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Seascale Primary School

Aim High

The Highywayman

We began by listening to the narrative poem.

We commented on how it was quite a difficult story to follow and so we took the key events and put them in order.

Questions we want to answer about The Highywayman

After ordering our events we noticed that we still found elements of the story hard to follow as it had words we didn't understand and so we took 4 words in each pair to use the context to guess what we thought it meant before finding the definition to create a class glossary. We even challenged ourselves to give a synonym.

Rereading the poem we discussed the different techniques the author used to describe and highlight different features we notices such as metaphors, figurative language etc.

Performing to Year 5

The Highwayman.mp3

We spent some time learning different grammar techniques using The Highywayman as a stimulus such as adverbs and adverbials, relative clauses and perfect verb forms.

Comparing Narrative Poems

We read two different poems 'The Listeners' by Walter de la Mare and 'A Smugglers Song' by Rudyard Kipling.

In groups we discussed the poem and answered some questions before spending some time comparing all three.

The Listeners by Walter de la Mare

A Smuggler’s Song by Rudyard Kipling

Comparing Narrative Poems

To finish our topic on The Highwayman we were to write our own version. We spent a lesson creating a class comic strip to summarise the story as it is.

The Highwayman, a summary.mp3

We then discussed how and at what point we could change the story to create an alternative ending. We came up with a variety of different suggestions. Then individually, we created a new story board or how we wanted the story to end.

Using our planning and recapping on the grammar focus for this topic we set to writing.


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