Persuasive Writing/Advertising SoW (KS3)


Apologies for a brief hiatus – I have been away on holiday & then our cat got stuck on our neighbour’s roof and so…needless to say this has been on the back burner. However, now I’d like to share one of my favourite units for KS3…the persuasive writing campaign! There were several ways to approach this unit in our department but I wanted to make it  really meaningful and engaging for the pupils (surely that is always the aim but hopefully you get what I mean!).

I approached it as a charity campaign whereby pupils chose a charity in their group and created a three-pronged campaign of: a persuasive letter encouraging people to donate; a radio advert; and a poster. This gave pupils a bit of variety and an opportunity to use lots of different language features…as well as something a bit fun at the end!

Pupils got really stuck in and it was a fantastic way to explore citizenship and current issues within the classroom. There is scope to use it as a whole-school exercise as well and get the pupils to campaign for their charities and raise some actual money – if that is something you wanted to do, of course!

There are 7 lessons but it definitely spanned over that as some of the tasks take longer than others. You can download them from Dropbox by clicking this link here.

I hope it is useful! As always, my resources are FREE to download but if you would like to contribute anything, please feel free to do so below…

Persuasive Writing SoW



Journey to the River Sea

This is a new novel that we are going to be using with Year 7 in the Autumn Term. I will be teaching this to a lower attaining group. As such, I think some of the language will be challenging for them.

After seeing Mr. Pink’s vocabulary sheets for pupils with various activities to consolidate understanding:

I felt inspired to use a similar format for this novel. Therefore, I have created vocabulary sheets for pupils to complete as homework prior to our reading in order to clarify understanding and boost their vocabulary. These will then be complemented through class work and guidance.

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For ease & adaptability, I have divided the sheets by chapter. However, the file is editable so please feel free to change it up to suit your needs.

Building Independence

I feel very strongly about creating independent learners from the get go and it has been one of the elements of my teaching that has been praised throughout my training year. I’ve purposefully designed these sheets with this in mind by encouraging students to use their own spelling strategies. For some that may be creating word art or stories (I’m going to be writing a post about spelling strategies for pupils very soon!) so it puts the onus on cross-curricular strategies rather than variable adaptations from teacher-to-teacher which the student relies on.

You can find the link to the vocabulary sheets here.