Week beginning 6th July 2020
This week we will be aiming to write a story.
We have chosen an example 'Katie in London' by James Mayhew because it links with our topic 'All around the world' as the characters explore the city of London and all of it's iconic landmarks.
We will become familiar with the story in task 1.
Then think about how we could write our own version, using a new main character and a new setting (planning in task 2 and 3)
Finally we will write the story in task 4.
Task 4 may take a few sessions, depending on the speed of your child's writing.
We look forward to reading your exciting stories!
TASK 1 - Read / listen to the story
'Katie in London' by James Mayhew.
Task 2 - Getting ideas for your own version of the story 'Katie in London'.
Katie in London is a story about a little girl and little boy who go on an edventure in a big city - London. Now it is your turn to write your own story about going on an adventure to a different place.
Talk to someone about a place you have been to, or a place you would like to go to.
- Who would you go with? (someone that might fall asleep!)
- What landmarks and sights would you see there?
- What might you do?
- What might you eat?
You could use the information that you have learned over the past few weeks about another country or city or any place you like.
Task 3 - Plan your story on paper.
Use the planning sheet attached below to organise your ideas and get ready to write your own story.
Planning sheet - examples and blank on same document
Task 4 - Write your own version of the story.
The video below shows an example of the beggining and the end of the story.
You could EXTEND your writing by including descriptive words or phases.
Katie climbed onot the lion --->
Katie carefully climbed onto the big, bronze lion.
They looked up at the dome --->
They gazed up at the enormous dome.
Week beginning 29th June 2020 -
Food from around the world.
This week we will continue our topic ‘Around the world’ Focussing on food. Lots of the food that we enjoy eating here in the UK today originally came from another place in the world. Can you find out where these different kinds of food come from?
Sushi, tacos, noodles, pizza, hot-dogs, samosas, lentil curry. Can you think of any other foods that are from another country?
The tasks involve more extended writing this week, there are 3 to choose from. We would recommend only writing for 20/25 minutes at a time and revisiting a task later if your child wishes to complete more.
Task 1 – Write instructions to make food from around the world. (Writing a recipe)
Can you choose a food that you like that comes from another country. It could be pasta with sauce, pizza, apple tart, fajitas or stir-fry…anything at all.
Continuing with our theme of France, the example recipe is how make French pancakes, called ‘crêpes’
Task 1 resources
Task 2 resource
Task 3 – Correctly using capital letters and fullstops.
The third task this week is to practise using capital letters correctly, especially for proper nouns.
There is a home-learning pack attached below. It includes lots of activities to choose from.
I think pages 4 and 7 are very useful, so you may want to only print those 2 pages.
NB - Proper Nouns - A proper noun is a naming word for an individual person, place or organisation. For example; Julie, John, Cadbury, London, Miss Jones are all examples of proper nouns. Proper nouns should always start with a capital letter. Proper nouns also include days of the week and months.
Week beginning 22nd June 2020.
This week we are continuing our topic ‘Around the World’.
Children can choose a country to find out about.
Task 1 – Write a fact-file about your chosen country.
You could use books, the internet or ask other people to find out facts about your chosen country. Some things to think about:
What does the flag look like?
What language do they speak?
What food do they eat?
What kind of music is popular?
Are there any special landmarks?
Is there a species of animal that is common?
There are lots of downloadable templates below, or you can present your information in anyway you choose.
The example I have given is all about France.
Choose your own country fact file template
Here are lots of country fact file templates to choose from - check the name of the country in the title of the document
Task 2 – Write sentences about international landmarks.
If you love ‘Go Jetters’ you will love this task.
Choose a famous landmark eg The Houses of Parliament, The Great Pyramids of Giza, The Burj Kahlifa. Write some sentences to describe it. There is an example of writing sentences about the Eiffel Tower. You can do as many as you like. Perhaps you would like to make a mini-book with lots of landmarks in it? You can either print the photographs or draw your own.
Buildings of the world - only print the pages you need as there are lots to choose from
Task 3 – Adding the missing capital letters and punctuation to landmark facts.
Use a pen to edit the sentences. Remember that the names of places will need capital letters too!
Task 4 – Writing a postcard from the country of your choice.
Now that you know lots of information about your chosen country. Can you write a postcard from that place? My country of choice was France so I have written a pretend postcard to my friend Kate from Paris.
Task 5 – Handwriting.
Last week we looked at the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom. They are England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Can you very carefully copy these words on the given lined paper?
Extension: Write the names of the capital cities: Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.
Week beginning Monday 15th June
(There are 5 writing tasks to chose from this week)
TASK 1 : Adding the suffix 'un'
Our first task this week links to our learning about 'well-being' and talking about feelings. We will look at the prefix 'un' at the start of a word. Can you think of any words that start with 'un' to describe how a person could feel or how they might behave?
unkind, unhappy, unfair...
Can you think of any more?
Not all 'un' words relate to our feelings and behaviour. Here are some others:
unzip, unload, unwind.
What do you think the 'un' part of the word means?
This is a story about an unhappy man called Mr Un, can you find all the 'un' words?
Task - Adding the prefix 'un'
Task 2 - Write facts about:
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
This week we will be looking at the four countries that make up the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). Use the internet or the powerpoint attached below to find out some facts about these countries. Try to write at least one fact for each country.
Extention / challenge activity : Write some QUIZ questions for another person, using the facts you have discovered.
Support activity: Can you match the countries to their capitals?
Task 2 resources
Task 3 - Writing a postcard from your home or Exeter
Use the postcard template provided, or you could create your own, to write a postcard to someone you know.
You could tell them what you have been doing locally or at home recently. Don't forget that the names of places need a capital letter when you write their address on the right hand side.
Here are some examples of post cards (you can also use these to practise your reading and phonics)
Task 4 - Adding adjectives to Exeter postcards
We use adjectives to make our sentences clearer or more interesting. Look at the sentences about Exeter. Do you think they could be more interesting?
Can you add adjectives of your own or from the word bank to improve the sentences?
Task 5 - Kindness Postcards
For our final task this week, we will be writing postcards to people who maybe staying at home at the moment.
You can use the templates below or any piece of card or paper.
You could write a postcard to a friend, neighbour or an older person at your local care home to brighten up their day. On the back of the postcard, draw a picture of something that could make them smile.
Week beginning 8th June 2020
There are 5 Writing tasks this week
TASK 1 : Writing labels for maps.
The names of people, places and things (proper nouns) always need a capital letter.
Find a map, atlas or maybe ‘Google Earth’.
Can you find the oceans?
Did you spot that they all start with a capital letter?
There are two (very catchy) songs on YouTube that help us to name the oceans and continents of the world.
Complete “The Five Oceans of the World” activity – remembering to use capital letters at the start.
Task 1 labelling the oceans.wmv
TASK 2 – Complete the sentences about oceans
using the suffix -est
Watch the oceans song again. You could find some more facts on the internet or in a book at home. Fill in the blank spaces using the names of the oceans and the describing words.
Extension / challenge activity:
Sentences to dictate to children:
“The Pacific is the deepest ocean.”
“The Atlantic is the second largest ocean.”
“The Indian ocean is the warmest.”
“The Arctic is the smallest and shallowest ocean.”
“The Southern Ocean is the youngest ocean.”
Task 2 Complete the sentences using the suffix est
TASK 3 – Be the teacher!
Can you correct the sentences about the continents?
You could write them underneath. Remember to use capital letters at the start of sentences and for the names of places. Also check for spaces between words and full stops. Check that the tricky words (that we can't sound out) are also correct.
Can you be the teacher?
TASK 4 - Writing a weather report.
Before you complete this task, you might to look at some of the resources in the 'topic star' for year 1.
You will find links to the metoffice.gov.uk and the bbc bitesize which have some lovely suggestions for practical activities.
The daily weather report on TV, online and in newspapers uses maps to explain and forecast the weather.
Talk with your family about the weather. How has the weather changed recently? What do we do or wear when the weather is warm, cold, raining, sunny?
You could use the "My weather report" document to write your own weather report - real or made-up, or you could even video yourself presenting the weather report!
TASK 5 - Handwriting
Task 5 this week is to practise your handwriting. You could chose a poem about the weather, or practise writing the names of the 5 oceans that we have been learning.
There are a couple of short ones here or some more attached below
I hear thunder, I hear thunder,
Hark don’t you, Hark don’t you,
Pitter, patter raindrops. Pitter, patter raindrops.
I’m wet through.
So are you.
Rain on the green grass
Rain on the trees
Rain on the rooftops
But not on me!
Week beginning 18th May 2020
This week we will explore the world of mini- beasts.
There are 4 suggested tasks for you to choose from.
TASK 1 – Explore minibeasts in your immediate outdoor surroundings, garden, green space outside. Chose a minibeast that you are interested in. We call them minibeasts because they include lots of types of animals such as:
insects (eg ants, beetles, butterflies)
molluscs (eg slugs and snails)
crustaceans (eg woodlice)
arachnids (eg spiders)
annelids (eg worms)
myriapods (eg centipedes and millipedes)
Can you research your chosen minibeast? Have a look at the minibeast poster. Use the internet. Use EPIC books. Use BBC bitesize. Use books that you may have at home.
TASK 2 – Label some mini-beast diagrams. See resources below.
CHALLENGE / EXTENSION Can you write a sentence to say what the function of the body part is eg A bee uses it’s stinger to defend itself. A dragonfly has 4 wings so that it can hover and even fly backwards.
TASK 3 – Write a paragraph to describe a minibeast. We are going to revise our knowledge of adjectives in this task. Can you choose the adjectives that match and then write sentences to describe your chosen minibeast.
TASK 4 –Write your own fact-file about a minibeast.
You can use the templates below or make your own. We are going to focus on joining words with the word ‘and’. We can extend our writing by using other joining words such as ‘because’, ‘but’, ‘or’. This is a longer task that could be spread over two or more sessions.
CHALLENGE / EXTENSION : Can you write a quiz about your chosen minibeast? There is an example of a quiz (PowerPoint) below.
*** Week beginning 11th May 2020***
This week we are going to continue our topic on animals but a little closer to home with the theme of ‘pets’. Maybe you or someone in your wider family has a pet? Maybe there is a type of pet that you would love to have? Maybe you have a toy / robot pet?
In our reading and writing this week we will focus on poetry.
Not all of the poems are about pets, there are lots about mini-beasts and jungle animals too. Start by just reading the poems out loud and enjoying them. Once you become familiar with a poem you like, you could add actions to it and ‘perform’ it to an audience.
WRITING TASKS FOR THIS WEEK:
TASK 1 – Handwriting
Practise your handwriting – chose a favourite poem about pets or any type of animal. Can you copy the poem, or part of the poem, in your neatest handwriting onto lined paper.
CHALLENGE ACTIVITY : Can you use one of the templates to turn the poem into a ‘shape poem’? This is a poem that is set in the shape of the subject it is about.
TASK 2 – Find the rhyming words
Read ‘Ronald the Rhino’ from the PowerPoint attached. This is a rhyming story about a rhino who learns a lesson about being himself. It reminded me of Elmer the Elephant that we read a couple of weeks ago.
Can you complete the rhyming activities that go with the story?
CHALLENGE ACTIVITY – Can you make a matching rhyming pairs game to play with someone in your family? You could make it into a memory / matching pairs card game. Here are some rhyming pairs to start you off…
baboon & raccoon , eel & seal , drake & snake , goose & moose , snail & whale
TASK 3 – Write an acrostic poem
An acrostic poem is a poem which the first letter of each line spells out a word, name, or phrase when read vertically. For example, the lines below spell SNAKE.
Slithering, silently with smooth, scaly skin,
Nesting in grass or sand,
Anaconda, vipers, pythons,
Keep their body warm in the sun,
Eating whatever meat they can find!
Can you use the templates attached to create your own acrostic poem?
TASK 4 – Exploring Funny Pet poems by Kenn Nesbit
Kenn Nesbit is a famous poet from the USA. Lots of his poems are about pets and have a theme of making the pets do something funny or outrageous that they would not normally do. Have a read of the poems, then have a go of writing some ideas of your own. eg My snake plays football, My hamster loves to climb mountains or My rabbit loves to ice-skate – be as imaginative as you can!
CHALLENGE – Did you spot any rhyming patterns in Kenn Nesbit’s pet poems? In the poem ‘I taught my cat to clean my room’ there are rhyming words at the end of pairs of lines. We call these ‘rhyming couplets’. This is a very popular pattern – for example in Humpty Dumpty the rhyming words are : wall, fall, men, again. That’s two rhyming couplets. Could you have a go at writing some rhyming lines?
Task 1 - Reading aloud and handwriting poems
We then look at handwriting, remembering to keep our tall ladder letters tall and our descenders dangling below the line.
Finally, I had a go at writing a 'shape poem' about a fish in the shape of a...fish!
Task 3 - Writing an acrostic poem about a snake
Task 4 - Reading and writing peoms by Kenn Nesbitt
Resources for animal poetry - there are lots of different choices here - eg for the shape poetry - just choose the ones that you prefer.
Week beginning 4th May - What the Ladybird Heard - by Julia Donaldson.
This week we will moooove our learning on to Farm Animals.
We all love Julia Donaldson and her fantastic books, so we thought we could base our writing on her well-loved book 'What the Ladybird Heard'. You might have a copy of the book, or another one such as 'What the ladybird heard next'. If you don't, fear not! The links below with take you to a reading of the story AND a really fun song written and performed by Julia and her husband. It is rather a catchy song!
There are 4 tasks listed below that you could choose from- or you might choose to complete your own independent writing about farm animals. (These tasks are also available as word document if you would prefer to print them out)
There is also a poster reminding children where to start each of the letters of the alphabet. It can help to think about the letters as being in letter families eg curly caterpillar letters, ladder letters, one armed robots and zig-zag monsters - the poster below has pictures of each of these. Please email your teacher if you have any questions.
TASK 1 – ADJECTIVES
Listen to or read ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. Can you spot the adjectives? Remember these are describing words. I found 10… can you find any more?
The adjectives I found were: fat, red, woolly, hairy, handsome, dainty, fine, black, cunning and spotty. Did you also spot that Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh have adjectives included in their names?
Complete ‘Add adjectives to farm animals’ worksheet OR draw your own farm animals and describe them.
CHALLENGE / EXTENSION ACTIVITY – Write full sentences to describe what the animals are doing, including more than one adjective eg: The pink, velvety piglets rolled around in the thick, oozy mud.
TASK 2 – ONOMATOPOEIA
Do you remember when we learnt about ‘Onomatopoeia’? We came across this very long word when we were writing our fireworks poems (whizz, pop, bang). They are words that sound like the thing they are describing. ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ is full of onomatopoeia (meow, hiss, baa). The Ladybird’s plan to trick the robbers means that the animals say the wrong sound.
You could complete the worksheet ‘Farm animal onomatopoeia speech bubbles’ OR you could draw your own OR if you have toy farm animals you could make speech bubbles using post-it notes of bits of paper. You don’t have to write them in the correct places if you want to Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh!
CHALLENGE / EXTENSION ACTIVITY – – Did you know that other languages use different sound words to describe the sounds that animals make? In English we say that a dog makes a ‘woof-woof’ sound. In Japanese this is written more like ‘wan-wan’! Could you use the internet / ask a person who speaks another language to research what sounds farm animals make in another language?
TASK 3 - DIRECTIONS
The thieves Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh plan to steal the prize cow. They use direction words such as left and right. What other direction words can you think of?
You could start with a speaking and listening game. Find a space where you are not going to bump into things – eg a spacious room or the garden and then ask a family member to close their eyes (or you could even use a scarf to blind fold them!). Try to give them clear directions to find an object you have placed somewhere. Example
“Take three steps forward. Half turn to your left. Take two steps forward. Turn a quarter turn to your right.”
CHALLENGE / EXTENSION ACTIVITY – Can you write a set of instructions for a family member to find a hidden object?
TASK 4 – Wanted Poster
The crafty robbers had a plan to steal the prize cow from the farm. Luckily the police arrive and take them away. Imagine the robbers have escaped. Can you create a 'Wanted Poster' to tell people about Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len. You could use the template attached or create your own.
CHALLENGE: Could you write a newspaper report about the event that happened that night? Remember to include all the details about who, what, when, where. You could also include some quotes from the farmer or the police.
Resources for What the Ladybird Heard
Week beginning 27th April 2020 Elmer the elephant
This week in English we are looking at Elmer written by David McKee.
Elmer is a unique elephant who learns to embrace his differences.
Can you write about what makes you special or unique? Or maybe what makes a pet or friend unique.
We are introducing the suffix (word ending) 'est'. Your challenge is to use 'est' words (we call these superlatives) to describe the elephants in the book. Alternatively you could write about anything that interests you, aiming to include the 'est' ending...
Handa's Hen 13.4.20
Handa's Hen Resources
Ronald the Rhino 20.4.20
Read the story and talk about the African animals that are in it.
What do they look like? How does Ronald describe them?
Can you find pairs of words that rhyme?
Ronald the Rhino
Writing Activity 20.4.20
1. Choose an African animal you would like to find out about. Find out information for these questions:
Where does it live?
What does it look like?
What does it eat?
These will be the sub headings in your writing.
*To add extra information can you find out some fun facts about your animal?*
2. Draw a picture of your animal.
3. Write sentences about your animal under your subheadings. (see the example below).
Fact file sheet
African animal writing example.
Ideas for writing at home - remember your 5 star sentences!
- Start with a capital letter
- Remember finger spaces
- Use your phonics to help you sound out words (you have a sound mat to help you in the back of your yellow reading journal)
- Finish with a full stop
- Read your sentence to check it makes sense