We've been practising a retelling of The Three bears for about two weeks using various speaking activities I have taken from Pie Corbett's talk for writing. We started our writing today and what a total disaster! The children had made up their own sentence for each picture to the story and today decided not to bother with them and to ignore our oral work completely! Making up random nonsense! Nothing they wrote made sense. Gutted. This wasn't helped by the fact that I've had a bad sore throat for a few days and have a faint whisper of a voice! The lesson was supposed to last just over an hour. After nearly 2 hours (including a missed break) some children had written 2 maybe three rubbish sentences. I could just cry.