· spell target words correctly
· write clearly
· focus on peer assessment and correction
1. Prepare a poster of the song lyrics
1. Pupils review the song they been singing for a few days. They have not seen the lyrics but have learnt them through listening only.
2. Give each group a piece of blank writing paper. The teacher asks each group to write the words of the song on the paper. The teacher makes it clear that the focus is on correct spelling and clear handwriting. To encourage group cooperation, have pupils pass the paper around so everyone gets a turn at writing.
3. When the groups are finished, they swap their writing with another group and check the other groups’ spelling by referring to the song lyrics poster the teacher has put on the board.
4. Pupils mark work according to how clear the writing is and if the spelling is correct.
The teacher writes the marking scheme on the board next to the lyrics poster, while the groups are checking their friends’ spelling. For example:
5. The groups return the work to the group who wrote it.
Pupils do corrections in their groups.
Pupils illustrate their work and display it on the wall in their classroom.
The teacher can use/create different songs according to the year group and ability level.
Encourage pupils to sing the song quietly in their groups to help with the writing task.