Visit usborne.com/teachers to download printable resources to accompany this lesson plan, including extracts from The Train to Impossible Places and the all-important list of Wilmot Grunt’s Top Tips!
In an age of email and instant messaging, letter writing remains an essential skill. This lesson plan is based on The Train to Impossible Places by PG Bell and invites you and your KS2 pupils to immerse yourselves in his magical world, where impossible becomes possible!
The lesson uses a series of ‘Top Tips’ from postmaster and letter writing expert, Wilmot Grunt – inspiring children to find the fun in writing, to improve comprehension and inference skills, and to help them compose their own letters.
What they’ll learn
To discuss the importance of letter writing and how this has changed over time
To identify the components of a successful letter
To understand and define the terms ‘formal’ and ‘informal’
To write a letter using the correct form, structure, language and tone
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