Week beginning 30.3.2020: The Hidden Temple
In these videos, Mrs Herbert explains the tasks for this week. Use these video links, along with the powerpoint presentation.
Punctuation and Grammar - Week beginning 30th March
This week we will be focusing on prepositions and a and an. We have done lots of work on this already this year. Remember the rule for a and an. If the letter starts with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) you must use an, if the letter starts with a consonant you need to use a, but there are exceptions to the rule which the sheets below cover.
Prepositions are words that tell you where or when something is in relation to something else, it links nouns and pronouns. Some examples of prepositions are: after, before, on, inside, across, beside.
When you have completed the sheets have a go at writing a descriptive paragraph about a room in your house. What can you see? Where are things positioned? Challenge yourself to include as many prepositions and a and an as you can. For example:
I am sat on a wooden chair at my table which is next to the window. Looking out of the window, I can see can see a squirrel eating an acorn high up in a tree. Beyond the tree, a fox is emerging from its den underground. It has a bright orange coat. The fox walks across the garden and jumps onto the wall and disappears from sight.
Week beginning 23/3/2020
Weekly plan for a writing activity based on Varjak Paw
Before school closed we were reading Varjak Paw. This is a book about a pet cat who lives all his life with the Contessa until one day, when some intimidating black cats arrive, he is forced to go on an adventure to the outside world. We would like you to plan and write a story about a pet animal who has to go on an adventure into the outside world on their own.
Day 1: The Plan
Your first job is to plan the story into paragraphs. A good way of doing this is to divide your page into boxes and in each box label the paragraphs. For each box, draw a picture of what is going to happen and write some bullet point notes.
Paragraph 1: Introduce your pet – who do they live with? What are they like? Are they bored like Varjak and wanting to go on an adventure?
Paragraph 2: Why does your pet decide they have to leave the house? Does something happen to their owner? Does someone else come into the house? How do they escape?
Paragraph 3: What happens when they get outside? Do they meet other animals? What problems do they have?
Paragraph 4: How are the problems resolved (sorted out)? Does the pet return to the house? Or does he start a new life in the outside world?
You may decide that you want to break up some of these paragraphs into two paragraphs.
Days 2 and 3: Writing your story
Find a nice quiet place in your house to start your writing. You will need your plan. Give yourself about 45 minutes to try and write paragraphs 1 and 2. Don’t rush it! Remember each paragraph should be at least about 5 sentences long. As you go, make sure you read over your work and check your punctuation. If you use speech, remember speech marks or inverted commas.
Then write paragraphs 3 and 4 the next day like we often do at school.
When writing paragraphs 3 and 4, try reading your work aloud to yourself as you go so you can spot mistakes. Make sure you are happy with the end of your story. Maybe share your work with someone else in your house.
Day 4: Editing your story
Take a red pen if you can find one! Or any colour will do! Read through your story and see if you can edit it. First look for any missing punctuation or spelling. Then see if you can improve it by adding in some more adjectives or adverbs.
Day 5: Design a front cover and blurb for your story
Now it’s time to get creative. Look at other books and their front covers. Then design a front cover for your story. Finally, you could design a back cover and a blurb – remember a blurb needs to make people want to read your story!
Punctuation and Grammar - Week beginning 23/3/20
If you would prefer not to print these sheets out, you can copy the work into your exercise book.
Week beginning 16/3/20
This week we are continuing to read Varjak Paw by SF Said. Can you write a summary of the story that you have heard in class so far?
We will be focusing on our use of paragraphs this week; when do we start a new paragraph? How are paragraphs structured? If you have access to the internet, google 'TIPTOP' as a way of remembering when to start a new paragraph. Have a look in books that you have at home and discuss when and why new paragraphs are started.