Hi s7ace, I have been doing this for a couple of years now, with great success. It takes 30-40 mins. On Monday we have talk partner time to share news. Then we model writing someone's news. We build on it through the year eg. Suggesting different ways to start sentences, linking sentences, describing words etc... They draw a picture afterwards. Quite formulaic at the start of the year eg: 'I went....' but develops and gets them all writing quickly.