Monday, 31 January 2011

Year Five Prose Homework: Hot Chilli Challenge

We are revising our prose work so far - making sure we can combine different sentence starters and forms of punctuation.

Please write ten lines all about being chased by a monster. What you write isn't important today...your focus is on including all the different sentence starters and uses of the commma. Clever clogs will include brackets, too! Write 10 lines.

P.S. Don't forget it is your spelling test with Mrs Mannan tomorrow!

Year Five Comprehension: Chariots!

In class, we've been sharing with an imaginary peer how to read and annotate a comprehension paper.

Homework: Please complete the Chariots comprehension

Due: Thursday (as Mr Hitchen out on Wednesday)

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Year Five Fiction: Building a 'Spooky' Atmosphere

Great writers build an 'atmosphere' at the beginning of a short story. Combine our descritive techniques to create a spooky atomsphere...and don't forget to include plenty of different 'ly' starter sentences

Task: Write the first draft of your 'Scary Forest' story. Write 1 1/2 sides of A4.

Due: Monday

Friday, 21 January 2011

Year Five Fiction: My Teacher is a Vampire

We are learning about using varied sentence openers.

Task: Write your own version of the vampire piece you wrote in class. Write 1/2 side of A4.

Due: Monday

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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Year Five Spelling & Year Six Gothic Stories

Year Five:
Please complete the using 'ful' as a suffix exercises and learn the spellings for the test next Wednesday with Mrs Mannan.

Due: Next Wednesday

Year Six
Please redraft your 'Monster' story, based on my comments for improvement.


Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Year Five Preparation for Levelled Writing

Tomorrow is your Spring 'Writing Stage' assessment. This will be reported on the Spring Term report.

Please prepare by thinking about your 'Writing Stage'. Watch the video above for guidance.

You may also like to prepare by listening to some of the 11+ revision 'Bald Worm in Just a Minute' podcasts here. Why not download them and listen on your iPod?

There's an example podcast here:

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Year Five Homework: Redrafting the 'War Horse' Stories

Writing is rewriting! Learn more about redrafting a short story at

Task: Please write a second draft of your War Horse story.

Due: Monday.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Year Five and Six Homework: The Features of a Horror Story & Subordinate Clauses at the Beginning of Sentences

Year Five
Please read another story in Michael Cox's anthology of Horror stories:The Monkey's Paw.... We'll be turning it into radio dramas tomorrow!

Due: Thursday

Year Six
Please complete the first draft of your 'Gothic' story for Monday. Don't forget to try to open a sentence with a subordinate clause at the beginning of a sentence.

Due: Monday

Monday, 10 January 2011

Year Five Spelling & Year Six Fiction Revision

Year Five
1. Please learn the 'root words' spellings for our test next Tuesday.
2. Please complete the example sentences.

You can revise online at Spelling City.

Due: Tuesday.

Year Six
1. Please complete the first draft of your plan.

2. Write the first 8-10 lines of the story. Focus on your use of punctuation.

Revise the 'Punctuation Pyramid' by listening to this podcast:

Write 1 1/2 sides of A4

Due: Wednesday

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Year Five and Six Comprehension Homework

Year Five have been revising how to read a comprehension passage

Please complete the 'Horror' comprehension.

Due: Wednesday

P.S. Stuck on question 3? Listen to this podcast!

P.P.S. Prepare for next week's comprehension lesson on understanding the meaning of unfamiliar words by listening to this teacher podcast. Why not download it onto your iPod?

Year Five
Year Six
Please complete the 'Poirot' Consortium-style paper

Due: Wednesday

Character Description Audioboo


Friday, 7 January 2011

Year Five War Stories: War Horse Suspense into Action Task

Please complete the War Horse Task. When you are finished, please complete the self-assessment for self-improvement task.

Why not download the 'Bald Worm on Suspense' and 'Bald Worm on Action' podcasts and listen to them on your iPhone to revise?

Due: Monday