3rd July 2020
Today you are writing your own version of the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This time, it's not a caterpillar that is eating, it's a different insect!
You also need to decide the things that your insect will eat! Remember it is very hungry!
Here is an example of one I wrote:
Now you get to choose what your insect is going to be. Is it an ant? A fly, or a bumble bee? Choose anything you want. Write it on the line as the top of the page and draw a picture of it in the box.
To begin writing, you have to fill in the blanks with the days of the week (in order) and what your insect eats. Towards the bottom of the page you have to write two full sentences, just like the type I helped you with at the start. You should at least write up until Friday.
2nd July 2020
Did you enjoy our story from yesterday?
Today your literacy task is slightly shorter because it links with your ICT task so I want you to use some of your time doing ICT today.
Listen to the story again here:
Your task today is to fill in the missing words in the sentences. Choose the right word to make the sentences complete.
1st July 2020
Today we are going to do some work with one of my favourite stories The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Do you have this book at home? If so, go and get it and you can read along with the video!
Our learning today is around capital letters and full stops.
Today there is more than one place we need a capital letter! Not just at the beginning of the sentence, but there is another word in the sentence that needs a capital letter.
The days of the week!
These are special words that always need a capital letter.
Do you remember the days of the week? Listen to our song to remind you (don't forget to do the actions!).
Today is Wednesday.
Can you see the capital letters at the beginning of the sentence and on the word Wednesday ?
In the document below you'll see some sentences from our book today. Read the instructions and complete the sheet.
30th June 2020
We hope you enjoyed learning about acrostic poems yesterday. Did you write your own? Send it to our email firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd love to read them!
In the presentation yesterday you may have come across a word that you've not heard that much. That word is simile. Today we are going to learn a bit more about similes and write a few of our own!
A simile is a way of describing something by comparing
it to something else using ‘like’ or ‘as’.
Click the presentation below for some more learning about similes and some examples:
29th June 2020
Today we are learning about acrostic poems. Read the document with a grown up to learn about what these types of poems are and to see some examples.
At the end of the document you'll see that you get to try to write your own poem on various topics. I chose chocolate to do as an example for you!
Chunky and smooth
Over ice cream
Last piece is for me!
Always room for pudding
Everyone loves just a little bit more
Now you can choose one of the topics and try your own!
26th June 2020
Today we are writing a letter to Miss Maple. Yesterday you thought about what the seeds would say to Miss Maple if they could thank her for taking such good care of them. Today you can write sentences in letter form, pretending you are the seed.
Remember, a letter always starts with the reason why you are writing. It could say something like:
I am writing to you to thank you for being so kind to me and my seed friends.
Then you want to write about the different things that Miss Maple did for you that you loved so much (look at what you did yesterday).
To end you can tell her where you ended up flying to once she let you go!
Miss Maple is a friend of yours so talk to her like you would your best friend.
25th June 2020
Miss Maple spends a lot of time looking for seeds that need her help. She takes care of them all winter long to make sure that they are ready to be planted in the spring to grow into beautiful flowers and plants. They stay cozy and warm, and she tells stories and sings songs!
Miss Maple is very kind. If the seeds could talk, what do you think they would say? Maybe they would say thank you to Miss Maple. Perhaps they would tell her about the places they've been.
In the document below you can see three speech bubbles. Speech bubbles are things that hold on to what someone is saying, like this:
Can you write three things that the seeds would say to Miss Maple? Use the suggestions above to help you.
If you can't print out the page, you can draw some speech bubbles on a piece of paper and write in them.
24th June 2020
Today is all about writing questions! Sometimes we need to put a question into our writing to engage the reader or move the story on. Can you think of what special piece of punctuation you use at the end of a question?
That's right! A question mark! This lets the reader know that you are asking a question. We also often use special words at the beginning of our question. Like who, what, where, when, why or how.
Watch this video that explains more.
An example might be:
Where is Miss Maple going?
Can you write 5 more questions that you want to know about what is happening? It might be about the time of day, or what she will do next. Think about good wording for your question and write them. You need a capital letter at the beginning and don't forget your question mark at the end.
23rd June 2020
Many seeds are planted in the spring just like the seeds Miss Maple has in our story. Look at the picture below of a spring setting and see if you can write three sentences to describe it. I've given you an example.
Example: The sun shines brightly in the sky.
This week we will be working with the story called Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler.
Listen to the story here.
We have some questions about the story. You may want to listen to it once through to see what happens and than again to help you answer the questions.
Today we are thinking about team work. In our story everyone worked together to pull out the enormous turnip!
19th June 2020
Think of a time when you worked as a team with other people. It may have been tidying the garden together, playing a football match or putting a puzzle together.
You can draw a picture of your team working together and write about it on the lines below.
Don't forget you need a capital letter at the beginning of your sentences and a full stop at the end. Write in your neatest cursive handwriting and try to spell the words correctly. Use your phonics to help you (and you can ask an adult to help you too!).
Just for fun, here is some colouring to end the week!
18th June 2020
Earlier this week we talked about synonyms. These are words that mean the same as each other. Such as: small and tiny, enormous and huge.
Today we are looking an antonyms. These are words that mean the opposite! Some examples:
light - dark
shiny - dull
In the document there are some words from our story The Enormous Turnip. Fill in the sheet, thinking about antonyms of each word. There is a possible answer sheet as well so you can see if you are on the right track.
17th June 2020
Today we are thinking about nouns, verbs and adjectives for our story The Enormous Turnip!
Noun: person, place or thing (ie: baby)
Verb: a "doing" word that describes an action (ie: run)
Adjective: a word we use to describe something (ie: blue or tiny)
On the sheet, there are 15 words. Put them under the correct heading. The answers are there for you too, but don't peek until you've had a go.
16th June 2020
Did you enjoy reading the story The Enormous Turnip ?
Imagine if you had a turnip that big grow in your garden!
Before we get started with today's lesson, try to retell the story to a family member.
Play a game: retell it with your adult/brother/sister taking in turns saying one word at a time.
Next, we are going to think about the structure of the story. What comes at the beginning, middle and end? The structure of a story is very important in writing. Especially if you want the reader to enjoy it!
Then think about the setting (where it takes place) and the main characters.
Write out all of the points on the piece of paper in the document below, or on paper you have at home.
15th June 2020
Good morning! Today we are starting a new story to go along with our unit on Plants called The Enormous Turnip.
This is a story about a farmer who plants some turnip seeds. Read the story and find out what happens.
The first thing we would like you to think about is different words for Enormous. These are called synonyms. A word that means the same thing, such as:
Enormous, big, massive....
Can you think of two more?
Next, you are going to make up another character who could help pull the turnip out! Is it a boy or girl, or maybe a princess, superhero or animal?
Draw a picture of your character in the box on the sheet and write a sentence telling us who the character is and why this character would be good to help the family.
12th June 2020
Today you will be writing a book review about Oliver's Vegetables. A book review is a chance for you to tell someone what you thought about a book. You can write about your favourite part and choose your favourite character!
Click on the document below for the template.
11th June 2020
Today your literacy task is a continuation from yesterday. I know sometimes it takes a little while to get our writing just right so I want to give you a bit more time.
10th June 2020
Today we are moving away from writing lists and we are going to practice our Diary writing. Do you remember when we learned about diary writing when we went to the Mosque? We all had to write a diary about our day and what we did at the mosque and what we learned.
There are a few things to remember about diary writing:
- you write in the first person (using words like I, me, my, we, us)
- you can write your thoughts and feelings
- you write as if you are talking to your best friend.
Guess what? You get to pretend you are OLIVER today! Let's pretend you went to Grandpa's house and went into his garden. You will write in your diary about the things you saw and what you got to taste! You can even write about your love for potatoes!
Here's an example of what it might sound like at the beginning:
You can tell your diary all about the vegetables you found and maybe even add a secret like..
Don't tell anyone, but I actually loved the beetroot!
Make sure you end your diary telling it that you'll write again soon!
You can use the word mat to help you with spellings if you need it.
I've also made a sheet you can print off to write on, or you can use a piece of paper you have at home.
Just in case you need the story again, here it is:
9th June 2020
Did you enjoy the story Oliver's Vegetables yesterday?
Today we are going to be writing lists! We use lists for all sorts of things like: a list of things to pack for a holiday, a list of your favourite books, a list of your family members and many more! Today we will be writing a shopping list. When we write a shopping list we normally write it vertically down a page, like this:
Sometimes we will use numbers next to each word and maybe even a heading at the top, like this:
My Shopping list:
This helps us to organise the list so we don't forget anything that we need!
But first, you will be writing a list of all of the vegetables that Oliver tried in the story. You may have to go back and watch the video here:
Next, talk to a grown up and ask them to help you write a shopping list. You can add anything to your list, but make sure it includes some vegetables! Perhaps you can add some vegetables to your list that Oliver tried. You can use the sheet below or write it on a piece of paper that you have at home.
8th June 2020
This week we are working with the story Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French.
Do you like to eat your vegetables?
Watch the video and listen to the story to find out if Oliver does!
Talk about the story with a grown up. What did you like the most about it? Did you hear any new words that you didn't know? Did Oliver try any vegetables that you've had before?
Today I need your help. I wrote some sentences but some of the words have fallen out! Read the sentences and choose which word needs to go in the blank space. Write in the word on the line if you can print out the page. Otherwise, write the words on a piece of paper you have at home.
You can watch the video as you go to help you.
5th June 2020
Today you get to pretend you are a giant!
We'd like you to write A Day in the Life of a Giant. Get creative and think about what a giant would do in a day. Use the 5Ws to help you get started.
When would you wake up, eat and sleep?
What would your day be like?
Where would you go and who would you see?
Why would you go to those places and do certain things?
4th June 2020
Today you can watch another version of the story Jack and the Beanstalk. Sometimes a story has different versions that tell it in slightly different ways and you get to know the characters more. Take a look here:
Now that you've gotten to know the characters a little better, we'd like you to choose one and write a character description. You did this last term with one of the characters in Madagascar. There are some words on the page to help you.
Think about what the character does, what they look like and how they act when you are writing.
3rd June 2020
Today we have some questions for you to check your understanding of the story Jack and the Beanstalk.
The story is here as a reminder if you need it.
2nd June 2020
We hope you enjoyed the story of Jack and the Beanstalk yesterday.
Today we have another activity for you to do with the story.
If you need the story, it is below:
Today we want you to use your imagination!
What would you do if you had a magic bean?
Think about things like:
What would you wish for?
Would you give it to someone else?
Who would you help?
Why would you use it in that way?
Write some sentences on the sheet below or on a piece of paper in your home
1st June 2020
This week we are working with the story Jack and the Beanstalk.
You can read the story here:
Today we would like you to write some sentences to go with the pictures. Below are 10 pictures from the story. Choose at least 5 and write sentences for them. You'll see some key words at the top of each page that you can use in your sentences.
If you cannot print the page, write your sentences on a piece of paper you have at home. Don't forget a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and on names (ie: Jack) and a full stop at the end of your sentences.
Extra challenge: can you write sentences with a conjunction? (ie: and, because).
20th May 2020
Today we are working with the "Un" prefix. We can change the meaning of a word by adding the word "un". Take a look at the document below. If you can't print out the slides, you can talk through the work with a grown up.
19th May 2020
Today we are working on some spelling, punctuation and grammar. You'll even get a chance to think about what you did yesterday! Have fun with this activity mat!
18th May 2020
Today we are working with singular and plural words.
Singular means there is one of something (ie: bird).
Plural means there is more than one (ie: birds).
Look at the worksheet below and see if you can work out which words are singular and which words are plural. Then you'll write some sentences using the words.