Ospreys started this term in Literacy by reading stories about the journey of a river, from the source high in the mountains to the mouth where it meets the sea. Pupils were able to use all the learning we have done in our topic work about water and the environment, our workshop with Severn Trent Water, our visit to Slimbridge Wetlands Centre, and our learning about rock formation and erosion in Science. We made a story map of the different stages in the course of a river, using adventurous adjectives to describe each stage. We then worked together to make a ‘Magpie’ word bank of useful verbs, adjectives, adverbs and descriptive phrases we could use in our writing. We then worked together to write a shared starting paragraph on the whiteboard, before setting out to each write our own river recount.