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Dictation: - Explain to your child that you are going to read them a short story. They will write half of the story today and half tomorrow.

Read the first 3 sentences again. Discuss what they mean. If your child understands what they are writing they will have a better chance of remembering the sentence.

Introduce speech marks to your child and explain we use these in writing to tell the reader when someone in the story is speaking.

Remind your child that we need a capital letter for names as well as the beginning of the sentence. Also remind them that we do not begin a new line for every new sentence.

Then repeat sentence 1 a few times, counting how many words there are.

Then ask your child to write the sentence. They should write it from memory independently.

Repeat this for sentence 2 and 3.


The Song Thrush

“Six!” yelled Jess, as she ran past Tim and crashed into the shrubs. Thud! Her leg began to throb. She shifted the branches with her bat to get the ball.