Room 3, Thornbury School,Year 4-6. Teacher: Rachel Peters.
We have been exploring report writing and specifically what detail our reader needs to know to keep them interested and engaged. We combined this with our favourite event of the year - PET DAY! The reports were presented with our pets to show what we knew about our favourite bundles of fluff, everything from their characteristics to the care they need to keep them healthy. Our aim was to make them accessible to all visitors coming to pet day, this meant they needed to include a range of informative text and images to help the reader better understand what we were talking about. We deliberately adopted an informal tone because of our audience and we made the books bright and colourful to attract their attention. We did lots of reading of other people's reports to understand the different features of reports, then we (the children) created a list of criteria we wanted to achieve. Each of the children in the class picked a way to present their report, some hand-wrote booklets, others created digital posters or power points, and we made ebooks. We drafted each section and then proof read our work, it took about a week to write and check each of the sections we wanted to include. Once we'd done that we got started, a page at a time creating digital images that would form the book. We used Strip Designer to do this, but we avoided the preset page layouts to make our books more individual, and more skilful. There were lots of edits as we tried different colour themes and fonts to keep it interesting but maintain consistency for our readers, in the end we agreed on a pallet of colours that we used in different combinations across the pages.