The children were asked to be English detectives and had various tables set up around the classroom with different activities such as: a table of props with different items a highwayman may have used, the story ‘The Highway Rat’ to read and there were some themed laminated fact cards.
The children were presented, in table groups, with illustrations from the Highwayman story and on pink post-it notes they had to make notes on facial expressions, positioning in the picture, appearance, who they thought the person might be based on the evidence they had in front of them.
We then watched the Highwayman on the whiteboard and the children made notes and predictions throughout. They then, with orange post-it notes, added to the initial character notes they had made now they had seen the actual story. Noting how, if at all, their opinions had changed.
Working in groups the children read through The Highwayman and underlined words that they were not sure of the meaning. As a group they predicted, using the context of the sentences around the word they were unsure of, what that word might mean before they looked them up. They then used dictionaries to look up what these words meant and wrote them in their magpie books. These words were also collected on post-its to make a class dictionary.