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Week 1: 1st – 5th June May 2020

This week we will be focusing on story writing. By the end of the week, you will need to write a story based on one of your favourite toys growing up!

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Monday 1st June 2020

Watch the following two clips:

Playmate - https://www.literacyshed.com/playmate.html

Toy Story 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElhbTsKsros

 

In your books, compare the two clips:

What is similar in both of these clips?

What is different?

What do you think is the moral/meaning of the stories?

 

As you approach your own transition into secondary school, have a think about any toys or ‘playmates’ you may have had over the years. If you cannot remember any specific toy, use the video to begin thinking about a character for your own story.

 

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Read the story ‘The Forgotten Toys’ by Pat Boulton. Are there any similarities in this story to the ‘Playmate’ and ‘Toy Story 2’ clips?

Can you find the following key features for an adventure story in this text?

  • Introduction to characters and settings
  • A build up to give clues about what is going to happen
  • A dilemma where something goes wrong
  • A resolution where the dilemma is solved
  • An ending to close the story
  • Dialogue to advance the characters actions
  • Short sentences used for effect
  • Cliff-hangers

 

Begin to plan your own adventure story about your chosen toy, considering the key features above. In your book, use a page to plan your story using the method you prefer. This could be a mind map, story mountain or a grid.

 

Consider the following questions:

What will the setting of your adventure story be?

What will the plot of your adventure story be?

Which toy/toys will be taking part in the adventure?

What dialogue will your characters use?

What problems will your characters encounter?

How will your characters resolve the problem?

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Today you will begin writing your own toy adventure story. You will have two days to complete your adventure writing and you should refer back to the checklist to make sure you are using key features for this text.

 

  • Introduction to characters and settings
  • A build up to give clues about what is going to happen
  • A dilemma where something goes wrong
  • A resolution where the dilemma is solved
  • An ending to close the story
  • Dialogue to advance the characters actions
  • Short sentences used for effect
  • Cliff-hangers

 

Use the attached ‘Adventure Story Word Mat’ for examples of language that could be used in your story.

Thursday 4th June 2020

Continue to write your adventure story today. Remember to maintain good handwriting and presentation at all times.

 

Continue to consider:

 

  • Introduction to characters and settings
  • A build up to give clues about what is going to happen
  • A dilemma where something goes wrong
  • A resolution where the dilemma is solved
  • An ending to close the story
  • Dialogue to advance the characters actions
  • Short sentences used for effect
  • Cliff-hangers

 

Remember that you can be as creative as you like with the layout and design of your instructions!

 

Friday 5th June 2020

Check that you have finished writing your adventure story and that it includes all of the features from the checklist provided.

 

Edit your work thoroughly for the following:

  • Correct use of punctuation – Non negotiables (capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks) and also semi-colons, colons, commas or clarity, dashes, hyphens, parenthesis.
  • Spellings – non-negotiable words and year 6 spellings (have you used the correct homophone?) Technical vocabulary spelt correctly.
  • Fantastic sentences – have you got a range of simple, compound and complex? Have you used short sentences for effect?
  • Dialogue – Have you use correct punctuation for any speech included?
  • Have you included specialist punctuation: semi colons, colons and parenthesis?

 

Now that your work is completed to your best standard, please send your work to me by using the email year6@holyroodprimary.co.uk

 

I look forward to hearing about the adventures that your toys have been on! laugh

 

 

Week 3: 18th – 22nd May 2020

This week we will be focusing on instruction writing. By the end of the week you will need to write a set of instructions for a new game that you have created! To give you some ideas of games, attached below are the instructions of popular board games. Have a look and start thinking about your own game!

Monday 18th May 2020

Read through the example instructions and create a list of key features in your exercise book that you think are important to use when writing instructions. Remember to consider language and structure – this also includes how it looks and is laid out!

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Have a look back at your key features for instructions. What features were similar in all of the texts? What was different? Attached is a key features list for instructions. Use this as a guide to spot any features you may have missed!

 

Today you will begin planning the instructions for your game. You will need to consider whether your game is a board game or is an activity to be played outside. What age group is your game intended for? What equipment will you need? What are the rules? How do you win?

 

Use the instruction planning template to begin planning your new game – remember it is a plan so only bullet points and annotations are needed. If you are unsure of a new game then you can plan a set of instructions for a game that you are already familiar with.

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Today you will begin creating the instructions for your game. Before you start writing, consider the layout of your work. Look back at the example texts for some ideas on how instructions can be presented.

 

You will have two days to complete your instruction writing and you should refer back to the checklist to make sure you are using key features for this text.

 

  • Title and introduction
  • Organised paragraphs (equipment, method etc)
  • Range of sentence structures
  • Chronological order
  • Imperative verbs
  • Description and technical vocabulary
  • Informal, advisory language for the reader
  • Diagrams

 

Thursday 21st May 2020

Continue to write your set of instructions today. Remember to maintain good handwriting and presentation at all times.

 

Continue to consider:

  • Title and introduction
  • Organised paragraphs (equipment, method etc)
  • Range of sentence structures
  • Chronological order
  • Imperative verbs
  • Description and technical vocabulary
  • Informal, advisory language for the reader
  • Diagrams

 

Remember that you can be as creative as you like with the layout and design of your instructions! enlightened

 

Friday 22nd May 2020

Check that you have finished writing your instructions text and that it includes all of the features from the checklist provided.

 

Edit your work thoroughly for the following:

  • Correct use of punctuation – non-negotiables (capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks) and also semi-colons, colons, commas or clarity, dashes, hyphens, parenthesis.
  • Spellings – non-negotiable words and year 6 spellings (have you used the correct homophone?) plus technical vocabulary spelt correctly.
  • Fantastic sentences – have you got a range of simple, compound and complex?
  • Have you included specialist punctuation: semi colons, colons and parenthesis?

 

Now that your work is completed to your best standard, please send your work to me by using the email year6@holyroodprimary.co.uk

 

I can’t wait to read them! laugh

 

 

Week 3: 4th – 8th May 2020

This week, we are going to practice our persuasive writing skills! We are going to have another go at writing a Room 101 persuasive speech to banish something we want to get rid of. Think carefully about the purpose of your writing – Room 101 speeches are designed to be funny so I’d like you to try and think of a way to make your writing comical! Good luck!

 

Monday 4th May 2020

Read through the Persuasion slides and follow the prompts. Think about how a persuasive text is written and what the features are – what will you need to include in your own writing? Then, create a brainstorm of ideas for what your Room 101 speech could be about.

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Today you need to plan your Room 101 speech. If you need to, look back over yesterday’s slides to remind you what needs to be included in your speech. Then, plan your persuasive text in your exercise book using the brainstorm you created yesterday to help. There is a planning sheet to guide you but it is up to you how many reasons you use within your speech (try to include at least 2 main reasons). Remember to also include persuasive phrases – use the attached sheet to help you plot key language onto your plan.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Today is the day to start writing! Look back over your plan and remind yourself of your main reasons to banish your item! Then, start writing your Room 101 speech into your exercise book or, if you prefer, you could type it on a computer. Today you will need to write the introduction and first main reason. Remember to try and make your writing funny – make your reader laugh!

 

Thursday 7th May 2020

We need to finish our persuasive texts today! Think carefully about what you have written so far – what was your first main reason? What other important reasons to you need to put forward? Read back through what you have done so far and continue writing your other reasons and conclusion. When you have finished, read back through your work and edit it carefully. Use your checklist to tick off the features you have included and add in anything you may have missed – never let it rest until your good is better and your better best!

 

Week 1: 27th April – 1st May 2020

This week, we are going to do some science writing! We are going to recap our knowledge of the circulatory system and write an explanation text to explain how it works. I’d like you to imagine you are writing for a science book on the human body so you will need to think about what you will include in your writing and how it could be presented.

 

Monday 27th April 2020

Read through the Explanation slides and follow the prompts. Think about how an explanation text is written and what the features are – what will you need to include in your own writing? Then, recap how the circulatory system works. Watch: https://www.bbc.com/teach/class-clips-video/circulation/zhf76v4 and make notes to remind yourself of the process.

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Today you need to plan your explanation text. If you need to, look back over yesterday’s slides and watch the videos to remind yourself how the circulatory system works. You can engage in your own internet research too if you want to find out more information. Then, plan your explanation text in your exercise book using the brainstorm you created yesterday to help. There is a planning sheet to guide you but you do not need to follow the same headings – it’s up to you which sections you include and the order in which you write them, but make sure it is clear and logical. Remember to also include technical vocabulary – use the attached sheet to help you plot the correct vocabulary onto your plan.

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Today is the day to start writing! Look back over your plan and remind yourself of what happens in the circulatory system. Then, start writing your explanation text into your exercise book or, if you prefer, you could type it on a computer. Today you will need to write the introduction and first section. Think about how to present your work creatively! Try to make your headings stand out and also include some pictures or diagrams. Make sure any decorations link to science and the circulatory system – have a look at the attached examples to give you some ideas.

Thursday 23rd April 2020

It’s time to continue writing your explanation text! Today’s task is to write the next two sections. Read back through what you have written so far – what key language did you use? Think about which vocabulary you will need to include today. You will need to make sure you have used a range of connectives to build on each stage, as well as causal connectives to explain the different processes.

 

Friday 24th April 2020

We need to finish our explanation texts today! Think carefully about what you have written so far – which parts of the process have you already included? What other important processes need to be explained? Read back through what you have done so far and continue writing the last section and conclusion. Remember to present your work creatively – imagine it’s part of a science book on the human body! When you have finished, read back through your work and edit it carefully. Use your checklist to tick off the features you have included and add in anything you may have missed – never let it rest until your good is better and your better best!

 

Once your explanation text is complete, please email a copy of your work to year6@holyroodprimary.co.uk so I can see how you got on! You could upload a picture of your work, or email the document if you have typed it. I’m looking forward to seeing your writing! laugh

Week 1: 20th – 24th April 2020

This week, we are going to look at twisted fairy tales! We’d like you to rewrite a well-known fairy tale using your own twist! Have a think about which fairy tales you already know – what happens in the stories? Who are the main characters? What is similar about each of the tales? You might like to research some traditional fairy tales before you begin.

Monday 20th April 2020

Read through the Fairy Tales 1 slides and follow the prompts. Think about what could happen in your twisted fairy tale and watch Revolting Rhymes – Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52E05DAN_4

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Read through the Fairy Tales 2 slides and watch Revolting Rhymes – Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKhraBhAABA

Then, plan your twisted fairy tale in your exercise book. Split your page in half and plan the original story on the left and your innovated tale on the right. There is a planning sheet to guide you – have a look at the example to help!

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Today is the day to start writing! Look back over your plan and remind yourself of what happens, then start writing your introduction into your exercise book. Remember to set the scene and think carefully about how to add effective description. Have a look at the example to give you some ideas and help to get started.

Thursday 23rd April 2020

It’s time to continue writing your twisted fairy tale! Today’s task is to write the build-up and dilemma sections. Read back through what you wrote in your introduction yesterday – how did you set the scene? Then, carry on with your story by building up the tension and reaching a dilemma – what problems will your characters face? Remember to be imaginative and keep your reader interested!

 

Friday 24th April 2020

We need to bring our fairy tales to a conclusion today. How is your fairy tale going to end? You might decide for it to have a traditional ‘they all lived happily ever after’ ending, or you could give it a twisted ending or even leave it on a cliff-hanger! Read back through what you have done so far and continue writing the resolution and ending. When you have finished, read back through your work and edit it carefully. Use your checklist to tick off the features you have included and add in anything you may have missed – never let it rest until your good is better and your better best!

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