Last half term, the children in Year Four had a real sweet shop inspiration for the Scrumdiddlyumptious topic writing. We were set the task to create a persuasive advert that would convince even more people to shop in Ma Humbugs Old Fashioned Sweet Shop in Basingstoke. We read reviews online, looked at photos taken inside the shop, read the shop leaflet and adverts as well as interviewing customers that have been in the shop. We had to take careful notes and listen for key facts that would be most persuasive and interesting to our audience. Then we looked at lots of other persuasive adverts to see which features we would need to organise our own poster. To help us with our language, we did some role play sessions where we took customers on a tour around our mock up Ma Humbugs - we had some brilliant ideas. Finally, we started creating our own posters that would really catch the eye of our reader. The children worked so incredibly hard on their writing and loved thinking of catchy phrases, questions and adverts to capture their reader. We were very proud of all the children in both classes - which is why they were awarded with a sweet treat at the end and a class window display of all their adverts was created. Each class also had an overall winner who were given a mega mix bag of sweets as well as having their writing displayed up in the shop itself. We are very grateful to Ma Humbugs for letting us use them as our inspiration and for donating such fantastic prizes. What a wonderful writing opportunity that was! We are very much looking forward to where our next writing challenge takes us.