Session 1: Take a moment to remember
In this lesson you will:
Take a moment to think about your first day at ABC. Perhaps you started in Early Years or maybe you joined later on.
Here is an example:
I only have a few memories of starting at ABC but I would like to share these with you: on the morning of my first day, my older sister helped me to dress in my new uniform. I remember that my purple school jumper had a strange smell to it and my new shoes felt really heavy on my feet. Although I can't picture myself walking into school only first day, I remember how I felt: terrified! My mum walked me to the door and I wanted to run back up the path and home again - I think I might have cried but I'm not sure. It's funny because every time I get new clothes and smell the new-clothing smell on them, it still takes me back to that squirmy-tummy feeling!
I must have been in the Christmas play but I don't remember that. My greatest memory of my time in Wrens class is that we all went on a coach to a local farm and my friend Tilly was sick on the bus! I wasn't, but when we got there I fell over in a puddle and had to wear wet clothes all day! It's funny the things we remember.
The children in Year 6 seemed like giants to me when I was four years old. Once, I was walking up the stairs with some work to show the head teacher when a couple of really big girls raced past me - I was so frightened of them that I dropped my book and it fell to the bottom of the stairs. I started crying. Before I knew it, those girls came back and one of them took my hand and walked me up the stairs and the other one went and picked up my work for me. I'll never forget that. After that, I would wave at them (they would sometimes wave back at me).
My advice to anyone starting ABC is this:
When you have completed your first draft, read your work aloud. Does it make sense and have you included Year 6 grammar, punctuation and spelling?
You will be writing this up neatly later in the week so don't worry too much about presentation at this stage. Edit your work to improve sentence styles and punctuation (in particular, ensure you have included a range of punctuation such as , ! ? ( ) ; : ) and then check spellings.