10: Consolidation

This is Lesson #10 of a unit of 10.

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Objective: grammar

To consolidate and revisit existing grammatical knowledge.

Objective: writing

To explore the way in which pupils can construct meaning in texts through grammar.

Terminology for pupils:

noun, noun phrase, adverb, verb, tense, adjective, statement, question, exclamation, command

Select the type of word being referred to by the feature.


Grammar is an important part of writing.

Here is the opening to The BFG by Roald Dahl.

Sophie couldn’t sleep. A brilliant moonbeam was shining through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right onto her pillow.

The other children in the dormitory had been asleep for hours. Sophie closed her eyes and lay quite still. She tried very hard to doze off.

It was no good. The moonbeam was like a silver blade slicing through the room onto her face. The house was absolutely silent. No voices came up from downstairs. There were no footsteps on the floor above either.

The window behind the curtain was wide open, but nobody was walking on the pavement outside. No cars went by on the street. Not the tiniest sound could be heard anywhere. Sophie had never known such a silence.

Perhaps, she told herself, this was what they called the witching hour.

Your task is to now continue the story. Try to write in the same way as the author, thinking carefully about your choices in language. Here are some suggestions:

Once you have finished, share your writing with a partner and talk to them about some of the choices you made.

Here is how the author Roald Dahl continued the story:

The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had to the world themselves.

What are some of the similarities and differences between this piece of writing and the choices you made in your own piece?


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