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The Queen's C of E
Primary School

English 30 March 2020

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to your English Home Learning page!

First and foremost, how's the reading going?

I've finally got around to reading Roald Dahl's Boy, which is crazy, as I think I've read every other Roald Dahl book. Anyway, I wasn't disappointed - it was awesome! 

Next up for me is Philip Pullman's Dark Materials. I have read these books before - when I was about 18. Northern Lights is probably tmy favourite book ever, so I can't wait to see if I love it as much second time round. 

So what are you guys reading now? I really want to know. It better not just be the sides of cereal packets! When we get back to school, I expect your brains to be jam-packed with new adventures, new ideas and new words.

And talking of words, now for the CROSSWORD.

So come on, who managed to crack the code?

Who'd have thought those pants would become so famous?

But don't fear, crossword fans; there's a new one out this week and, of course, a new code to crack. And no letter clues to start you off either! (HEADS UP! Remember to look at the colours on screen when cracking the code, as different shades can appear identical when printed.)

I've also added the Spelling Grid for this fortnight (-ent words) to the attachments below, so do grab a dice and get practising those spellings. 

Please also visit Education City and complete the ant/ent "Saddle Up" activity set.

Now, on to the daily learning. On the menu this week we have relative pronouns and clauses, a new opportunity to PEE and some creative writing too! Sounds delicious, right?

Day 1 (Monday)

OL. To recognise and use relative clauses and relative pronouns

We’ve worked on clauses this year and on pronouns (I, we, he, she, you, etc.). This week, we are going to explore a specific type of clause, known as a relative clause, and a specific type of pronoun, know as a relative pronoun (technically, some are known as relative adverbs). They always occur together, so we’re going to learn about them together. Makes sense, right?

Knowing how to include relative clauses can help you add more information to your writing, whilst also making it sound more interesting and grown-up at times.

First, click on the penguins to watch an introduction to relative clauses. (You will need the access information that has been sent to your parents.)

Next, download the PowerPoint, Day 1 - It's All Relative and use it to explore relative clauses and relative pronouns. (Remember to go to tabs at the top and select Slide Show > From Beginning. Also, don’t be tempted to skip through too quickly. Read each point carefully and learn as much as you can.)

When finished, turn to Basic Relative Clauses on pages 16-17 in your GPS Question Book and complete the activities.

Check your answers in the back of the book.  

Finally, find an adult and get them to give you a simple sentence starter, e.g. ‘I almost jumped out of my skin…’ Now see if you can finish it with a relative clause, e.g. '…when Nicky sneezed one of his crazy sneezes.’ Therefore, you have: ‘I almost jumped out of my skin when Nicky sneezed one of his crazy sneezes.’ If you can’t find an adult (they’re probably just hiding somewhere), I'm sure you can make up some sentences yourself. Here are some examples:

Izzy got very wet when she fell down the loo.

There was once a girl named Marianne whose eyes sparkled like sapphires.

I have a good friend called Jamie who has big, bouncy hair, plays the drums and swims like a dolphin.

Sorry, I'm getting carried away. Better stop before it’s too late!

Well done! I know you’ve worked your socks off today. Better give those feet a wash while you're there.

Oops, I almost forgot... Get going with the new CROSSWORD!

Day 2 (Tuesday)

OL. To recognise and use relative clauses and relative pronouns

Today we are going to build on yesterday’s learning about relative clauses and pronouns.

I know what you guys are like. One day of relative clauses and pronouns would be nowhere near enough. So here's some more! Haha!

First, download the PowerPoint, Day 2 - It's All Relative and continue to explore relative clauses and relative pronouns. (Remember to go to Tabs at the top and select Slide Show > From Beginning. Also, don’t be tempted to skip through too quickly. Read each point carefully and learn as much as you can.)

Once you've been through the PowerPoint, please turn to Trickier Relative Clauses on pages 18-19 in your GPS Question Book and complete the activities.

Check your answers in the back of the book. Did you get them all right? 

Finally, set up a page in your Home Learning Book and write two paragraphs which include a variety of relative pronouns/adverbs (and therefore, clauses), for example:

This afternoon, I saw a man whose eyes were as black as coal. It looked like he came from the place where demons are made. Gripped tightly in his hand was something that resembled a blade, but I couldn’t be sure. Whatever it was and whoever he was, this man was up to no good.

I am a pupil at The Queen’s School, where all the best people go. My teacher, whose name is Mr Megrah, has incredible taste in music and adores cows, which I happen to love too.  

You don’t need to have a relative clause in each sentence, but aim to include at least three in total. Write your paragraphs into your Home Learning Books, and remember to set out your page neatly with date, learning, underline, etc.

If you manage this, your brain will almost be as big as Mr Megrah’s, but there’s still a way to go to reach the size of Miss Carter’s!


Day 3 (Wednesday)

OL: To develop my comprehension skills

It's time to PEE! What a relief, hey?

First, download Day 3 - Lucy's Nightmare. (It's taken from The Iron Woman, Ted Hughes' sequel to The Iron Man.)

Next, read the text thoroughly before completing the questions. Remember to be precise and clear with your answers, using Point, Evidence, Explain in the B questions to score maximum marks.

(Note: You may print and solve the comprehension on paper before folding carefully and sticking into your Home Learning Book. Alternatively, you may write the answers in full sentences directly into your Home Learning Book. Either way, remember to set up your page neatly with date, learning, underline...)

The answers are included on the next page, with a suggested breakdown of how to score the marks; so, once you've finished, please check and honestly mark your work.

I almost forgot... CROSSWORD time!

Day 4 (Thursday)

OL: To extend a narrative

Can you believe it's Thursday already? Doesn't time just fly when you're having fun?

I think you'll like today's activity.

Remember yesterday's comprehension: Lucy's Nightmare? Well, what I'd like you to do today is to think about and plan for what comes next. 

As you know, this is an excerpt from real story by Ted Hughes, but here's the chance to make the next bit your own. What would you like to happen next? Does Lucy explore, hide under her bed, hear something, smell something, meet someone...? You can take it as far as you like and in whatever direction, but I'd like you to focus on three targets:

  1. Maintain the tension and suspense - aim to build detail, keep it slow and use short sentences for effect. You may like to add little clues to get the reader thinking and scared!
  2. Build in some sensory description. Of course we want to know what Lucy can see, but what can she hear, smell, touch...?
  3. Take care with your SPaG. Remember to edit as you go and when finished. If you want to give the time tomorrow or in the Easter Break, you may choose to do a second draft (I love that this word sounds like giraffe). 

Now's the time to put together a simple bullet point plan for writing. You can do this on some paper or a whiteboard if you have one. 

Once you've planned, you may feel inspired to get going with your writing straight away. If so, set up a page in your Home Learning Book - with date, learning, underline, etc. - and off you go. Tomorrow's session is dedicated to this writing, so you still have plenty of time.


Day 5 (Friday)

OL: To extend a narrative

It's time to write your narratives. Some of you will have started yesterday, and in that case, carry on. If not, let's get going...

I must emphasise that this doesn't have to be a super-long piece. As always, quality if far more important than quantity. However, some of you may really get into this, so do write as much you like. 

Please remember the 1, 2, 3 targets listed yesterday - they're really important to writing a successful piece. 

I can't wait to hear what you come up with.

If you can find a copy of The Iron Woman by Ted Hughes, have a read and see where he took the story next.

So, back to the CROSSWORD!

Have you cracked it...?

Happy Easter holidays!








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