A Day at The Shops
A story by Amy – Year 2 (Age 6)
I went to the big, tall shops and I went there slowly. What did I go there for? I couldn’t remember because I am not good at remembering things. When I got there I still couldn’t remember so I came home because I was bored.
I was so bored that when I got home I logged on to the DfE website to look at the exemplification materials for writing. I found that the opening paragraph in my story (which is even more boring than being at the real shops) and this second paragraph (which is not a lot better!) would allow me to score “Working at National Expectations” at Key Stage 1.
I felt helpless (had to include a –less word my teacher told me it was one of the criteria) and despaired that no matter what tedious, dull drivel (my teacher gave me these words; she said that this writing would not now count as independent work) I wrote, I could bore the pants off the reader and still reach national expectations.
I remember the days in Year 1 when I wrote a fantastic story of a giant who lived in a big castle and about the ferocious dragon that rescued the beautiful princess from the locked tower, it was really exciting but we are not allowed to write like that anymore because Miss said we weren’t including enough “expanded noun phrases”. She also said we don’t have to be creative anymore – the government said so. Still, when I leave school I will be able to write like that and that’s only 11 years away which is not long to wait.
Then I woke up and it was all a dream (except it wasn’t because Nicky Morgan was still the secretary of State for Education)