The children then completed theirs. The first few sections needed only drawings, words ringed or underlined, phrases completed. The self-portrait was fun. Later sections (pets, hobbies, holidays) increased scope for written detail. In this way, children of all abilities were catered for. I kept the passports and used them to find out about the children. They often provided information not contained in school records.
In September, the passports were invaluable for classroom organisation: everyone had a friend on the same table and no one worked in an unsuitable literacy group. Finally, the passports eased apprehension, as they formed a welcoming wall display on the first day.
Eileen Jones, Year 3 class teacher, recently retired from Woodloes First School, Woodloes Park, Warwick