BE CREATIVE! TREE-INSPIRED COMPOSITION TASKS...
Designed to support a school trip to Goodleaf Tree Climbing
ENGLISH Lower Key Stage 2
Other Key Stage Variants: Upper Key Stage 2 | Key Stage 3
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Students respond to their visit by writing creatively.
This is an English writing resource that engages students with their tree-climbing experience, enabling them to practise their crafting skills. Here, they are writing to entertain, and are using the tree-climb as their stimulus material. The task links to specific aspects of the tree-climbing environment, such as the oak tree, Appley Park, and the view across the beach to the mainland. The tasks are designed to appeal to students in key stages 2 and 3.
This is a follow-up resource to be completed in the classroom post- visit. This task can be introduced before the visit to Goodleaf, so that students are aware of the need to focus on experiencing the climb, thinking about their senses and feelings, and being able to write about the experience afterwards.
The tasks can be integrated into English lessons at any stage throughout the academic year as a revision tool / writing practice. It is anticipated that students will have an enriched experience as they will be reflecting on their tree-climbing activity in a creative way, and this will reinforce how English, and writing in particular, can be a valuable expressive tool.
Key Skills Practised
Writing to entertain
Creating a text from external stimuli
Crafting a creative response for a specific audience/purpose
Choosing language for effect
The questions could be discussed in class prior to the trip so students are bearing this in mind when on their tree-climb, focusing on the aesthetic aspects of their experience.
During the Visit
Completion of the tree-climb. Students could make notes in the evening of the climb to form the basis of their later writing. Alternatively, teachers could encourage an immediate response and students could complete the resource after the climb at the park, or later at their accommodation.
Completion of the English (writing - composition) resource/s linked to this document
Students will demonstrate their creative writing skills. They will demonstrate evidence of planning as well as showing that they can make language choices appropriate to an identified purpose and audience. Students will reflect on an experience and create a new text from this stimulus.
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