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Monday 13th July 2020 

 

Please note that this will be the last writing task before the summer break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 6th July 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 29th June 2020

 

This term we would have been learning about different monarchs (kings and queens) throughout British history. Therefore, this week's challenge is to carry out some research about King Henry VIII.

The image on the left is King Henry VIII.

 

What can you find out about him?

When did he reign? (During which period of history did he reign/rule?)

 

He was famous for having several wives - how many is up to you to find out.

Why did he have so many wives?

What happened to each one?

 

Find out about his life. You could use this to create a diagram to present the information about him. You could just focus on his wives or you could write a biography of his life. If you chose the last option, this would be a chronological report (in time order) as you would start with his birth, then his childhood before writing about him coming to the throne and describing his achievements. You would finish your report by describing how and when he died and what happened after his reign had finished.

 

Use the links below to help you with your research.

Remember, when writing, don't forget the basics such as capital letters (including for names) and punctuation. Use descriptive language and other features such as subordinate and relative clauses.

Use paragraphs to show a change in place, time or subject. You can use sub-headings if you wish. Don't forget to use a title and to write an introduction.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkrkscw/articles/zv2bmfr

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/henry-viii-lesson-1#

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/monarchy/henry-viii-facts/

https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/king-henry-viii

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/tudors/kings/henry8.htm

 

Challenge:

 

You may also want to find out about other monarchs, such as Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria or our current monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

You could create a timeline for each monarch that you find, showing when each one reigned.

Monday 22nd June 2020

 

This week the writing challenge is based on a story that is a bit of a twist on Red Riding Hood in the sense that the villain in the story (the wolf) has tried to lure his victim by using a disguise.

Use the pictures and prompts below to create a piece of writing. It could be a story (using the story starter), or a description of the scene. You could write the story from the boy's point of view.

 

 

Monday 15th June 2020

 

This week's writing is all about a place called Animal Town. You can describe the picture, writing some descriptive sentences about what you see (remember - ENP, adverbs, prepositional phrases and some of you may way to include some relative clauses, using who or which). You could write a story or you could write a diary entry about a day where you visit Animal Town and what it was like. You may want to write a descriptive piece or diary entry from one of the animal's perspectives. You could describe a visit from a human, which you have never seen before.

 

Use the prompts to help you and as ever, there is a PDF version for you to print, below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 8th June 2020

 

This week, you could carry out some research and write a report. The report could be about anything you like. It could be about your favourite football team, your favourite animal (you could use a pet as inspiration), you could write about a particular climate on Earth (deserts, rainforests, savanna) or something like a hobby. 

 

You can use the BBC link below to help you. The group of lessons on this link is all about writing a report about badgers. If you like you could follow the lesson plans and activities here to write your own report about badgers, or use the principles given to you to write about something that you are passionate about.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrb48xs

 

Remember, you need to include:

1) A title.

2)An introduction - to tell the reader what it is you are writing about.

3) Sub-headings - splitting your report into more manageable chunks.

4) Summary.

 

To make it more exciting you can also include:

1) Pictures and diagrams

2) A 'Did you know?' box.

 

You can be flexible with how you set out your report and remember it does not necessarily need to be chronological (in time order). 

 

You can find some pdf documents below, if needed, to plan and write your report.

Have fun!

Monday 1st June 2020

 

Use this picture to inspire your writing.

 

You can use the story starter or the perfect picture section (see below) to start you off. 

 

You could do some descriptive sentences or imagine a world inside the tree and draw. What would it be like? Use the 5 senses to help you - see, hear, touch, smell, taste. If you are writing in character you may want to include the character's feelings as they enter the magic tree, to begin their adventure. Would they be nervous, excited, apprehensive cautious. 

 

You could write a diary in character describing a day in the magical world within the tree. Did the character make any friends? Do humans live there or are there other creatures? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 25th May 2020

 

Fact or opinion

 

What is the difference between a fact and opinion? It is important to know the difference.

E.g - The girl's coat is red. FACT.

         The girl's coat looks lovely on her. OPINION.

 

Use the BBC link below to learn all about facts and opinions. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkvg47h

 

Then use your knowledge to answer the following:

 

Challenge:

 

You could create a newspaper report in order to practice using facts and opinions. This could be a newspaper article on anything you like. It could be something that interests you. It can be completely made up or it could be based on a book you like, or something that has happened recently. The choice is yours!

 

 

Monday 18th May 2020

 

 

Monday 11th May 2020

 

This week, we have found two short writing opportunities for you to try.  Use the prompts as best as you can to complete the tasks.

 

 

 

Monday 11th May

Monday 4th May 2020

Use the video link below.  It is all about a little shoemaker called Mr Botte.  He makes and sells a special kind of shoes and business is good.  However, the little shoemaker's life is about to change... a new shoe seller is in town and he will do anything to gain business.  Mr Botte's business starts to fail.  How will he cope?  Maybe he will get some help from unexpected quarters. 

 

Writing Activities

Describe the shoemaker and his shop. 

Retell the story in a fairy tale style.

Use show, don't tell to describe the shoes coming alive but leave your reader wondering what is happening. 

Describe the rival shoe maker using specific language to make him sound sly and cunning. 

Create some dialogue between the two shoe makers. 

Write some dialogue between the shoemaker and his shoes. 

Create a new plan to get rid of the shoemaker. 

Create persuasive arguments for the little shoe maker's shoes.

Explanations or instructions about how to make magic shoes. 

 

 

The Little Shoemaker

Still image for this video

Monday 27th April 2020

 

This week you could refresh your learning about writing instructions. Use the link below to watch a video clip which will give you some pointers.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkgcwmn/articles/zfrcmfr

 

The video link is all about three witches who create a love potion.

Activity ideas:

1) You could pretend that you are a witch or a wizard and create your own potion. Design it and decide what the purpose of the potion (what will it do?). You could the create a set of instructions for your design. 

Use the five senses to think about how it looks, smells, tastes and sounds when being made. Are there any reactions that take place as certain ingredients are added that could take the reader by surprise.

E.g - When frogs legs are added to the potion,  there is a loud popping noise and the solution turns a potent green colour. 

Rats eyeballs create a whizzing sound followed by the sounds of mini explosions similar to fireworks exploding in the night sky.

 

2) You could focus on a creative task that you have completed, while learning from home. It could be something that you are really proud of and have shown great resilience and patience while creating. You could persuade others to try the same task by giving instructions on how you did the task. You could then ask parents to share your work on the school Facebook page. 

 

 

You need to include:

  • a title
  • an introduction if you like (with a hook line)
  • a list of what is needed (including apparatus)
  • method - a step by step instruction list in chronological order. Think about using imperative (bossy) verbs, adverbs (for when) and adjectives.

Examples

Imperative verbs - cut, slice, draw, mould, measure

Adverbs - First, then, secondly, after that, next, meanwhile, finally

Adjectives - describe the noun - small, circular, straight, sharp, smooth, 

 

 

Good luck!

Monday 20th - Friday 24th April 

 

Below you can find a mini Literacy unit based on the picture shown.  You will need to study the picture closely and think about the characters in this scary situation.  

 

A PDF version is available for you to open and to use as necessary.

 

Activity 1:

 

 

Activity 2:

 

 

Activity 3:

 

 

Activity 4:

 

 

 

 

Monday 20th - Friday 24th April

Thursday 16th April 2020

 

Use the video link below. It is all about a young girl called Scarlett, who has had her leg amputated (removed) after suffering with cancer. The video shows how Scarlett struggles to do the things that she loves. 

 

Think:

How does she struggle physically?

How is she feeling mentally and emotionally?

How does she overcome her struggles?

What qualities of her personality does she show?

 

By the end, she helps somebody else who is struggling.

 

Writing activities:

1) Write some dialogue (speech) between Scarlett and her mother when she is struggling.

2) Write some dialogue between Scarlett and her new friend that she helps in the end.

3)Write some letters to people who have asked for Scarlett's help. Maybe other children who are finding themselves in a similar situation.

4) Write some diary entries as Scarlett. You could start by imagining her returning home from hospital. How does she cope? How do her family help her during the difficult times that she faces? You could write a sequence showing how she came through showing resilience and refusing to give up. Your final entry could be all about the buy she meets outside of school at the end of the clip.

 

You could act out activity 1 and 2 with someone at home to help you imagine what Scarlett would say to her mother and the boy at the end. One person would act as Scarlett and one person would act out her mother's part or the young boy's part. Then, you could swap over.

 

 

 

Scarlett - Writing Activities 16.04.20

Still image for this video

Tuesday 14th April 2020

 

In this picture, a girl called Lara is climbing a cliff face. 

 

 

Activity

 

1) Can you research and draw the equipment a climber may need to embark on a climbing adventure as above?

You will need to label your drawings and describe their use.

 

2) Think about how Lara feels at the beginning, middle and end of her climb.

Can you describe her ascent to the top in three stages? How are her mind and body feeling at each stage?

If you like,  you can write it as a recount in character (as Lara).

Thursday 9th April 2020

 

How about some poetry.....

 

  

                                                                                             Wednesday 8th April 2020

 

A new type of car has just been invented: The Spider car. Write about all the cool features of this car. Then invent your own cool car.

Writing ideas:  After you have listed all the different components/features, you could write an explanation text to explain how the car works.  Remember to use causal language and technical verbs e.g. This makes, this causes, as a result, consequently, therefore....
 

   

 

                                                                                  Monday 6th April 2020-Pobble 365

Can you use this story starter to complete the story?  Can you vary how can you open your sentences?  

Try to include a sentence with;

-A fronted adverbial phrase

-A prepositional phrase

-An adverb for 'how'

-A subordinating clause, e.g. As the devious wolf was licking his lips, ....

Friday 03.04.20

 

Your task today is to use the grammatical skills that you know from the classroom to improve sentences. You many want to use an online thesaurus (if you don't have a thesaurus at home) to come up with some exciting adjectives to describe the picture.

 

Extension: You could imagine a busy market day and describe the setting. Use the 5 senses (see, hear, smell, taste, touch) to help you.

Don't start a sentence with. "I can see" or "I can hear". Vary your sentence openers to make it interesting to the reader.

You could think about describing the people. What are they doing? What are they buying? How do they choose? What are they thinking? Are they eating, talking to others or playing (children)? Think about how you can describe the actions (using adverbs).

 

                                                        Short Writing Activity-01.04.20

 

Your task today is to write a play script continuing the conversation between the friends as they explore the house but discover it is not as empty as they thought!

 

Think about the characters in the play. What are they like? (Billy and Cara)

 

What do they see inside the house?

 

Why is the house not as empty as they thought?

 

Hint: Write your stage directions in brackets ( ).

They tell an actor what they should be doing at that time (their actions) or how they should talk.

 

We would love to see some examples of your writing on our school page! smiley

                                                           Short Writing Activity- 30.03.20

 

 

Short Writing Activity - 27.03.20

 

Just as we have our short write in class, you could complete one at home. Use the  following image and story starter as inspiration. Remember, Miss Lindop and Mrs Whyment want to see you using the features that we have been practising in class. Impress your parents and other adults at home!

Don't forget the basics - capital letters and punctuation.

 

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