To whom it may concern - Letter Writing
Hello Again Year 3,
I was so proud to see all of your fantastic work on fables over the last 2 weeks. I was thrilled to see how much you have remembered and also how much progress you have all made in your written work since I first met you. Well done to you all.
We are now going to move on to our new topic! Letter writing.
As you will all know, you will be moving into Year 4 in September and will be having a new teacher. If you do not know who you new teacher will be, I will include our staff video underneath so that you can see for yourselves.
I thought it would be a great idea for you all to introduce yourselves to your new teacher by writing them a letter to tell them a little bit about yourselves.
However, if you are not sure that this is for you, you could always write a letter to me or Miss Turner to explain your favourite memory or moment from Year 3.
If you are feeling really confident you could always write both letters at the end of this mini-project and really showcase your skills!
I am really looking forward to seeing all of the fantastic work I am sure you are going to produce over the next couple of weeks,
All the best and good luck,
Why is letter writing important?
Letter writing is an important skill to learn as it can help to improve your communication, social and handwriting skills.
Writing and receiving letters is a fun way to communicate with your friends, family or even your teachers as it gives you the opportunity to think about what you want to say and provides you with the opportunity to complete your task at your own pace.
Letters are a more personal way of greeting or sending information to a friend as you have to take the time to think about what you are wanting to say and how you want to present your work.
Hopefully over the next 2 weeks, we will all discover how much fun and expressive letter writing can be.
Monday - WALT: explore letter writing by highlighting the key features of a letter
During todays lesson, I would like you to look at the two WAGOLLs (What A Good One Looks Like) that I have provided you below. Can you use the checklist that I have included to see if you are able to recognise and highlight the different features that I have included in my two letters?
Within my work I should have included:
- The sender's (my own) address
- The date that my letter was written on
- An appropriate greeting
- An introduction
- Chatty, informal expressions and style throughout my letter
- A conclusion
- A complimentary close
- The sender's (my own) name or signature
I would like you to highlight each feature in a different colour like we would usually do in class, then can you tick off the different features you have found on the checklist I have included.
Keep this checklist safe, you will need it later.
Tuesday - WALT: explore the theme of a letter by identifying the difference between formal and informal language
During todays lesson I would like you to think about the theme of our letters.
Your final pieces of work are going to be letters to Myself and Miss Turner and a letter for your new class teacher.
I would like you to think about which style of letter we are going to be writing. Do we need to use formal or informal language?
Formal language is used for more official and serious purposes. The correct grammar and standard English should always be used.
Informal language is used for more casual and less serious purposes. Slang words and chatty language can be used.
I hope that you were able to recognise from my own examples that our letters are going to be more chatty and informal. You are writing about yourselves, you should feel free to express yourselves and show your wonderful personalities.
During todays lesson I would like you to look at the phrases and statements I have attached. You need to decide whether they are formal or informal statements.
Wednesday - WALT: explore the features of a letter by writing in first person
During todays lesson, we are going to be thinking about a feature of our letter writing that I did not include on our checklist. We are going to be writing our letters in first person.
When we write in first person we refer to ourselves with the pronouns: Me, My or I. You may refer to people who are with you using the pronoun: we or us. If you are describing other people though, you can still use the pronouns: he, she, they or them.
It is important that we choose the correct person when writing our letters so that it is clear that you are writing about yourselves.
Your challenge for today is to become more comfortable writing in the first person. I would like you to write about an adventure you have been on, or a fun memory that you have.
If you need any help, please look at my example below!
Thursday - WALT: explore first person writing by identifying correct pronouns
During todays lesson we are going to continue to work on our use of first person and pronouns.
Yesterday, we though about first person writing and how we need to use the correct pronouns when we are writing in the first person.
Today I want to challenge your ideas further.
Below, I have written different descriptions of different celebrities, cartoon characters or athletes. However, I have removed their names and personal pronouns, instead referring to each of them as "they".
Your task is to identify who each description is. Can you then rewrite my descriptions using the correct names and pronouns instead of they?
Friday - WALT: highlight the structure of letter writing by ordering the features of a letter
During todays lesson, we are going to be thinking about the structure of a letter.
How should our letter be set out?
Look at the examples that I shared with you during Mondays lesson, can you recognise the structure of a letter?
It should include:
- The sender's address in the top right corner
- The date the letter was written directly below the address
- Your greeting should then appear towards the left hand margin of the page, and must be below the address and date.
- The rest of your letter should be written from the left side of your page (the same way we would usually write in our English books in class)
Your task for today is to look at the letter I have written below.
Unfortunately I have gotten a little jumbled up and my letter is all over the place, can you put it in the correct order for me please?