Friday 3rd July 2020
Question of the week
LI: To give a personal response making connections to the text
Today's Reading Mastery gives you the opportunity to consider what you know and what you have learnt from the text in the week. You should make links to the knowledge you have already and use idea from the text.
Question of the Week
Do you think that Theseus was right to go and slay (kill) the Minotaur?
Explain your answer fully giving reasons using ideas from the text. Write a paragraph to explain your thinking clearly.
Thursday 2nd July 2020
Thinking caps - To infer information from a text
Today you will be using your inference skills to work out what is happening using clues in the text.
Our success criteria for today is:
1. Why do you think the 13 children were ‘shivering’ when Theseus got onto the boat? Explain your reason as fully as you can.
I think the 13 children were ‘shivering’ when Theseus got onto the boat because ...
2. Compare the characters of Theseus and Aegeus using the words brave/ coward. Give reasons to explain and justify your choice.
……………. is a brave character because…………. However ……… is a coward because ……………………...
3. Imagine that you are Theseus about to fight the Minotaur. Describe how you feel. Use evidence from the text to explain and support how you feel with reasons.
I feel …………… about going to fight the Minotaur because………….
4. Describe King Minos’s character using the text to help you give reasons to explain your view.
King Minos is a/an ………………….person, because ……………..
1. I think the 13 children were ‘shivering’ when Theseus got onto the boat because they were terrified about going to Crete and being offered to the Minotaur. They knew that the Minotaur was a vicious beast.
2. Theseus is a brave character because he was willing to put his own life in danger to try and defeat the Minotaur to save the children. However King Aegeus is a coward because he didn’t have the courage to stand up to King Minos, instead he agreed to put 14 children in danger rather than putting his own life in danger.
3.I feel terrified/scared because the Minotaur is such a vicious beast that it has to be locked away inside a huge, spiralling maze. I hope that I am successful and that the string works. If it doesn’t, I could be trapped forever.
I feel brave and ready to defeat the Minotaur because I am fast on my feet. I am hopeful that he ball of string will help me find my way out of the maze once I have tricked the beast and brought it to its death!
(Answers that relate some evidence from the text to the feelings described would be also be correct.)
4. King Minos is an unkind and cruel person because the texts tells us that his own daughter Ariadne ‘wanted to escape from her father and his unfair laws. This shows the way he behaves is very unfair to the people around him. He is also a greedy and cunning person because the text says that he enjoyed attacking Athens when they were not expecting it.
Wednesday 1st July 2020
Rapid Retrieval - To retrieve information from a text
Today you will be using your retrieval skills. That means finding the exact information you need in the text and using that for your answer.
The steps to success for retrieval are:
1. Each year, how many girls were offered to the minotaur?
Each year …………. girls were offered to the minotaur.
2. What city was King Aegeus king of?
King Aegeus was the king of ……………
3. Who gave Theseus the ball of string?
…………..gave Theseus the ball of string.
4. What was the Minotaur locked inside?
The Minotaur was locked inside ……………………..
5. Why did Daedalus agree to help Theseus and Ariadne?
Daedalus agreed to help Theseus and Ariadne because….
6. Name one way in which Theseus was better than the Minotaur.
Theseus was better than the Minotaur because …………..
Tuesday 30th June 2020
To explain the meaning of words in context
Today’s lesson is looking at the vocabulary in ‘The Story of Theseus and the Minotaur’.
Remember, steps to success for finding out the meaning of an unfamiliar word are:
Read around the text to work out what the word means.
Use your knowledge of synonyms for that word.
Use a dictionary (online or a book) to find the definition of the word.
Read the text first and write down any words you are unfamiliar with. - Use a dictionary, or ask an adult, to help you to understand the meaning of those words first.
1. In the 3rd paragraph which begins ‘Aegeus was shocked…’ the text tells us ‘Aegeus begged Theseus to find another way…’ Can you find a synonym that means the same as ‘begged’?
A synonym that means the same as ‘begged’ is .......
*Can you use begged in a sentence of your own?
2. Look at the paragraph beginning ‘Before Aegeus could even…’
Find and copy one word which means the same as beat.
A word that means the same as beat is .......
3. 'After a long battle, he emerged victorious.’ Which other word from the choices has a similar meaning to victorious?
.............. has a similar meaning to the word victorious.
*Can you use victorious in a sentence of your own?
Now check your answers. Check your own sentences with an adult.
1. A synonym that means the same as ‘begged’ is pleaded/urged.
2. A word that means the same as beat is defeat.
3. Triumphant has a similar meaning to the word victorious.
Monday 29th June 2020
Text talk - To summarise the main points in a text
This week we will be looking at a text called ‘The Story of Theseus and the Minotaur’ and answering questions about it.
You will need to use the skills we practised each week in our Reading Mastery lessons.
Read the text first and then try the questions. The answers are below but don't check them until you have had a good go at answering each question.
Before starting your questions;
Can you retell the main points of the story to an adult in your own words?
How do you know that this is a story? Think about the features that make it a story and not an information text.
Did you enjoy the story? Explain why you liked it or why you didn't like it.
Which was your favourite part of the story?
Theseus immediately made his way to the ship with Ariadne. He had done it! No more children would ever have to meet the Minotaur. Feeling tired but happy, Theseus hoisted the black sails of his ship and headed for home, forgetting all about the promise that he had made to his father.
2. Check the order
Friday 26th June 2020
Today for English you have been set a reading comprehension task with a mix of questions similar to the questions you are asked on different days during Daily Reading Mastery sessions in school.
Your text is linked to our history unit of work all about life in the Iron Age. Remember to use what is in the text of it is a retrieval question. For inference questions you will need to think a little bit harder what you learn from the text and your knowledge already.
Thursday 25th June 2020
Today you will look at prefixes which are important to understand to help you with your spelling of words and understanding of new words.
A prefix is something which is added to the beginning of a word to make a new one. Different prefixes have different meanings.
Today you will will explore the prefixes mis- dis- un-
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Earlier this week I asked you to think about what you have been reading while we have been working away from school at home. Today you will find out about the ideas authors have when planning their books and you will create a book review for a book of your choice that we can display in our library when we return to school. Please keep your finished work safe! It would be great if you could tweet your book review n our school Twitter feed. Tag us in @KensingPrimary
An author chooses everything about a book:
This is called authorial intent.
Tuesday 23rd June 2020
We would like you to continue to send your teacher a message on your reading plus account if you haven't already, to tell us about something you have read while you’ve been at home that you have enjoyed. We will reply back to you this week!
Today for English you are going to look at some basic skills activities linked to spelling the very important homophones they're, there and their.
Monday 22nd June 2020
Today we would like you to send your teacher a message on your reading plus account to tell us about something you have read while you’ve been at home that you have enjoyed. We will reply back to you this week!
Today for English you are going to look at some basic skills activities linked to using paragraphs to link similar ideas together. There are a range of different activities for you to complete on paper. By the end of the activities you should understand how to group ideas together and how to use paragraphs in your own writing.
Friday 19th June 2020
LI: To invent a diary log.
Today you will be inventing (writing) your own Diary log. You will be using everything that you have learned this week to help you along the way.
You’re now ready to write your own jungle log. Have a look at the poster below. This will explain the success criteria that we will be looking for you to include in your jungle log.
Remember to re-read Jed’s Jungle log to jog your memory of what yours should be like!
Use your plan to draft your log on a separate piece of paper.
- add detail to your sentences by using and or but;
- add explanation to your sentences using because;
- use fronted adverbials like After that or because, to start some
- check your capital letters at the start of sentences, full stops at the end and commas after a fronted adverbial or the phrase introduced by the fronted adverbial.
★Don't forget to read your work and check it flows and makes sense.
Thursday 18th June 2020
LI: To use subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.
Today you will be developing your knowledge and use of subordinating and coordinating conjunction to add more detail to your sentences.
You can add detail to your sentences by using the simple coordinating conjunctions and or but. For example:
1. I trudged through the dense forest and collected samples of the plant life.
2. I tried to catch a fish but they were too fast for me.
Notice how I also included adverbs and adjectives to further describe my Jungle exploration.
Create sentences about your jungle and add detail using and or but.
Use your plan from yesterday to write your own detailed sentences that you can use in your jungle log tomorrow!
The log uses sentence signposts to tell the reader when something happened in the journey. The ones used in the log are known technically as ‘fronted adverbials’ – adverbs (or phrases beginning with adverbs) that are placed at the front of sentences to show us WHEN.
These include: First, Next, After that, Then, Afterwards, After a while, Finally, When ... ,
It’s now time to redraft your sentences, using fronted adverbials to show WHEN things happened.
Have a look at the examples below;
1.Next, I trekked to a clearing and found a beautiful plunge pool.
2.Finally, I headed back to camp but struggled to find my way.
Now its your turn!
Now it’s time to add in a little more detail. This time you will be using because- this will help you explain your sentences further. Try practising some sentences that will help you explain what you were doing, using because to enable you to explain.
Take sentences from your ideas above but try adding because to explain why you did something. Start your sentence with a fronted adverbial again. Remember, you can spin your sentence round and start with because, as well. For example:
1. First, I set out early because the jungle was far away.
2. Because the jungle was far away, the first thing I did was set out early.
3. After that, I packed my camera because I wanted to photograph the
Now it’s your turn!
REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR SENTENCES SAFE AS YOU WILL BE USING THEM TOMORROW.
Wednesday 17th June 2020
LI: To develop and imitate a jungle discovery diary log.
Today you will be developing your own jungle discovery in preparation for you to write your own jungle diary.
The first task you are going to complete is to watch the video below, this will take you on a journey through a jungle- while you are watching take note of the things you see, hear and feel. You could also imagine the things you would smell and touch.
Watch the first 15 minutes!
Now its your turn! Imagine you have gone through a wardrobe and you are in a new jungle. If you had a telescope, an instrument that makes far away objects look closer;
what would you see through it?
What would the new jungle be like?
What weird and wonderful things would be in this new place?
In the circle below, draw what you would see through your telescope.
Now that you have created your own Jungle, it’s time for you to plan your own jungle log.
Now let’s imagine you have explored your new jungle and you are going to write your explorer’s log. Follow the same pattern as Jed’s and use this planner to jot down the ideas for yours.
Remember these are just jottings, you do not need to write down everything you will be including!
Tuesday 16th June 2020
LI: To understand and use varied vocabulary
Today you will be using our shared text to understand, find and use the varied vocabulary that is in our shared text.
The first task you will need to do is re-read or re-listen to our shared text. When you are doing this make sure to underline any words that you do not understand. You will be able to find out the meaning of these words later on. (scroll down for the story and link!)
Here is a list of words that we found tricky- we used our Reading Mastery skills to find out what the meaning of the words were.
Remember to find the meaning of words you must…
1. Read around the text to understand the meaning of the word
2. Use a dictionary
3. Use synonyms to work out the meaning of an unfamiliar word
Task 2- Below you will see a grid with 4 separate words. Your task is to find the meaning of the words by following the above steps. If you don’t have a dictionary at home, you can use the internet- follow the link for an online dictionary.
Find what the word means and then draw a picture of the meaning.
Task 3- Which synonym is correct? Below you will see a table with several words and synonyms for them.
First you will need to find the meaning of the words and then decide which synonym matches with the correct word.
Remember; Synonyms are words with the same or similar meanings.
Can you find any other synonyms for the words? Write them down!
Task 4- Now it’s time for you to have a go at using the words you have discovered in today’s learning. Underline the correct meaning of the words in bold then have a go at using them in a fantastic, descriptive sentence. We bet you can write better ones that we did!
Does mesmerising mean ‘something that is boring’ or ‘something that is really exciting’?
Is turquoise close to the colour blue or close to the colour red?
Does trek mean ‘to run quickly’ or ‘to go on a difficult journey’?
Does discovery mean ‘something you do all the time’ or ‘finding something for the first time’?
For example; The sky looked turquoise this morning.
Monday 15th June 2020
LI: To use comprehension skills to answer questions based on a diary entry.
This week we will be focusing on an explorer's diary entry, we will be doing lots of different activities based on his diary entry, so get ready!
Our explorer is called Jedediah or Jed for short. He had this to say when we spoke to him earlier;
‘Would you believe me if I told you that I have a wardrobe that takes me to magical places? I have been a jungle explorer for many years. I have explored the Cloud Jungle in Peru, the wild jungles of Borneo and even the Ancient Waipoua Forest in New Zealand. However, six years ago, I bought a beautiful wardrobe at a market and when I got it home, I discovered that it was not just beautiful, but magical too! Every week, on a Sunday evening, if I step into the wardrobe, I’m transported to a magical jungle that is out of this world. Come and discover these new lands with me!’
Exploring jungles is very exciting. Every time Jed goes through his wardrobe, he discovers a new one, he writes in his ‘Jungle Log’. It is a bit like a diary, and it is where he writes down what has happened on his visits.
Here is his entry from his visit to the Atlanti Jungle in Oreno, an amazing place where the sky is yellow and the soil pink.
The first thing you will need to do is read the jungle log below. However if you prefer, you can follow the link below and listen to the jungle log instead.
Jungle Log: 18th April, 2020
Today has been an amazing day of discovery! I woke early and got ready for my trek into the Atlanti Jungle. I was excited and couldn’t wait to see what lay ahead of me. I packed my rucksack and put on my sturdy walking boots. I made sure my camera was working because I wanted to record as much of the day as possible. I left the camp at 6am.
First, I trudged through the dense forest and collected samples of the plant life. My favourite was a thorny bush. It had tiny, yellow flowers growing on it, which smelt like ice cream! Next, I studied some of the mesmerising insects that were crawling up the rough bark of every tree. One insect looked like a caterpillar but had 2 sets of wings and tiny hands on the ends of its 20 legs. Excitedly, I photographed as many creatures as I could because I wanted to show my explorer friends what I had discovered.
After a short tea break, I measured the circumference of the tallest trees to work out how old they were. One measured 10 metres around and was so tall that I couldn’t see the top of it. It reminded me of the beanstalk in a famous children’s story. Next, I trekked to a clearing and found a beautiful plunge pool. The water was turquoise and tiny neon fish were splashing on the surface. I tried to catch one, but they were too fast for me. Then it was time for a rest. I lounged on pink grass, soaking up the purple sun beams and listened to the strange jungle noises around me.
Finally, I headed back to camp because the sun began to set. It sets quickly in Oreno and I was worried I might get lost. When I got to my tent, I unpacked my rucksack and stored my plant samples safely. I’m really looking forward to where my wardrobe will take me next week!
Task 2- It is now time for your second and final task today.
You will see below a task sheet with several different types of comprehensions question, you will need to use your Reading Mastery skills in order to answer these questions- remember to use our text as much as possible!
Friday 12th June 2020
Today you should continue with your story. If you wrote it yesterday, you should use today to go over it and edit it. This means you change things to make your writing better.
Read yesterday's lesson again to remind yourself of what you need to do and what you should be including.
Don't forget to share your work with us! https://twitter.com/kensingprimary
If you have finished that, or you want an extra challenge, you could complete this task:
This picture could be part of your final published piece.
Thursday 11th June 2020
Today you are going to start writing your story. Story writing involves planning, drafting (that's your first go at writing it), editing (making changes) and then publishing the final version. You may want to split this lesson up over two days.
Remember to use:
Here is a story starter to get you going. You can use this as the beginning of your story, you could take the ideas from it to begin your own story, or you could do something completely different altogether.
Share your stories with us on Twitter @KensingPrimary https://twitter.com/kensingprimary
Wednesday 10th June 2020
Today we are going to be writing some super sentences to go into our story. You will already have some with onomatopoeia from yesterday, and you should have a good idea of your story from the work you did on Monday.
Task 1: The sentences below are not very exciting. Your first task today is to improve them.
(Remember, dice is the plural; it means more than one. 'Die' is the singular; it means just one. You have one die, two dice, three dice etc).
One way to improve them is to use adjectives to describe the nouns in the sentence. This is called an expanded noun phrase and you can find out more about it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhfgcqt
If you remember the work we did on 2A sentences then you will already be good at writing expanded noun phrases.
The second sentence in the list already has 2 adjectives (big and black) to describe the dots. However, we know that we need to use more adventurous vocabulary if we want our writing to be interesting.
The word mat below has some good ideas for more adventurous adjectives.
Task 2: Now write some of your own descriptive sentences to include in your story. They could be about the giants, the game they're playing, or the place it is happening in.
Include expanded noun phrases in your descriptions.
Another great way to improve your sentences is to use similes and metaphors to compare the giant / die / beach / waves to something else.
This page will remind you how similes and metaphors work: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmmpscw
A simile compares one thing to another using like or as.
eg. The giant roared like a dragon.
The beach was as golden as the sun.
A metaphor describes one thing as if it really is another thing.
eg. The die was huge boulder that had thumped into the sand.
(The die isn't really a huge boulder but in the sentence it is described as though it is.)
The water was glass, slicing into the sand.
(Again the water isn't really glass but it is used to help the reader imagine what it looked like.)
This word mat will give you some ideas to describe the beach and the sea, but you also need to describe the giants and the die.
Keep your descriptive sentences safe, ready to use in your story tomorrow.
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Today we will be looking at different language devices we can use to make our writing more interesting. Poetry using lots of different techniques but we can use these in our story writing as well. We will specifically be looking at onomatopoeia.
This video explains it a bit more:
Onomatopoeia words sound like the thing they are describing! For example, the word hiss sounds like you are hissing when you say it.
This video shows how onomatopoeia works in poetry, but the same is true for our story writing:
Now think again to the picture we were looking at yesterday.
Keep these sentences somewhere safe because we can use them when we come to write our story!
Here are some other onomatopoeic words you could use:
Monday 8th June 2020
This week we will be focusing on one unusual picture and creating our own story about the picture. The picture has come from https://www.pobble365.com/ which features a new picture and tasks every day. Check it out if you want to try something different.
The picture we are focusing on this week is this:
Answer these questions to get you thinking about what is happening here:
Put your ideas down in a spider diagram like the one below. I have included some questions to prompt you but you can include any information that you think is useful. You can draw your own giant or use the one on the blank spider diagram.
The more detailed your answers are today, the easier you will find the rest of the tasks this week, as you will have a good idea of your story already in your mind.
Friday 5th June 2020
Today you are going to publish your shape poem by turning your lines of poetry into the shape of your chosen creature.
It is also an opportunity for you to read over your draft poems from yesterday and make any changes to improve you vocabulary choices, similes, and use of alliteration for example.
Thursday 4th June 2020
Today you are going to draft your own poem that will become a shape poem about an animal/creature.
Remember when you make a draft it is based on your first ideas and word choices. You can cross through words as you write to improve your word choices.
Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about your own poem.
How now beautiful butterfly,
What’s with your fragile, fluttery wings?
And your tiny, black beady eyes?
Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Today you are going to take a closer look at the poem titled Brown Owl. You are going to re-read this poem, consider vocabulary in the poem and look at some of the features it includes.
Before you you read the poem Brown Owl, can you show someone in your house a scowl?
Task 1 Think and answer the questions below.
What does the verb ruffle mean when it says a ruffle of wings?
Why are the the owls eyes like gold rings?
Why do you think the poet asks the owl are your neighbours loud?
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
LI: To create calligrams
Today you will learn what a calligram is and how to create some calligrams of your own.
Calligrams look very different to how we would normally write. The letters of the word are written to make an image in our heads that represents the meaning of the word.
The dictionary definition of a calligram says ‘a word or piece of text in which the design and layout of the letters creates a visual image related to the meaning of the words themselves.’
Take a look at some of the calligrams below. Also type calligrams into Google to explore some other ideas for calligrams.
Monday 1st June 2020
This week your English tasks focus on poetry and poetic devices you can use to make writing poems fun, creative and totally unique.
Friday 22nd May 2020 – To write a story from a different perspective
Today we will be retelling Catch It from the perspective of the meerkats. This means we are writing as if we are one of the meerkats. It is in the first person. You will use the pronouns I, me, we, our etc. For example I really wanted to get the fruit back.
Choose your vocabulary and sentence types carefully to make your story as exciting as possible.
It does not need to be really long. You need to cover the main events and make sure it is interesting to read.
Here are some other ideas you could complete based on the film:
You could do some of these over the half term holiday.
Thursday 21st May 2020 – To write direct speech
Watch the video again and think about what the animals might say to each other at different points, particularly what the meerkats might say to the vulture.
Now use these ideas to write the conversation as direct speech. This is when we show what a character has said using inverted commas “ ” and then we say who said it. It is how we would see a conversation written in a story book.
“We need to run!” exclaimed the meerkat.
Use this page to recap direct speech if you need to https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z7s6t39
Wednesday 20th May 2020 – To write a verb poem
A verb is a word used to describe an action, state or appearance. It is sometimes called a doing word as it is often something that we do.
Every sentence needs a verb.
A verb is the word we change to show if we are speaking in the past or present tense.
You can use this page to remind you of what a verb is: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfc2mfr
Watch the Catch It film again to help you with today’s activity:
Don’t forget to share your poems with us on Twitter www.twitter.com/kensingprimary @KensingPrimary
Tuesday 19th May 2020 – To understand what a collective noun is
We are going to have a focus on grammar in this lesson, using Catch It as our inspiration.
We are looking at collective nouns. Remember, a noun is a person, place, thing or idea.
There is a quick reminder of what nouns are here https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zjrdwty
Today we are learning about collective nouns.
There are lots here http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml
Monday 18th May 2020 – To respond to a story
This week we will be basing our lessons on a short film called Catch It.
Today you will be answering questions about the film. You will need to stop the video at different points so be ready to pause it when you need to! You can record your answers on paper or you can say them aloud to an adult.
Watch the film and remember to pause it at the right moments
Friday 15th May 2020
Today you will focus on thinking about the characters feelings at different points in the story. We have looked at inferring what characters are feeling from language used in texts. You will remember the feelings work we have completed already.
You will look at writing ‘show not tell sentences’ to express characters feelings.
This type of sentence shows how the character is feeling without saying the feeling.
E.g. If the character is upset the storyteller might say... Sophie’s eyes filled with tears and she stared down At the ground.
Main task to end the week - To write your own adventure story based on the storyboard pictures you have.
Think about all of the work you have completed this week based around the storyboard and make it as exciting as possible.
We can’t wait to read your stories. Tweet them on Twitter and tag us @KensingPrimary
Thursday 14th May 2020
Today you are going to look at how to use adverbs to improve your story telling.
Click the the link to watch a video and learn more about different types of adverbs.
Task 2 - To write 4 sentences that include adverbs.
Remember a good way to start a sentence is by using an adverb opener (fronted adverbial) If you begin with the adverb it must have a comma after it.
E.g. Slowly, Sophie and her brother plodded down the empty street.
Use the picture storyboard to help you write your sentences. You can do more than 4 sentences if you want to.
Finally retell your your story trying to use the following things we have looked at this week. Include:
Wednesday 13th May 2020
Today you will recap fronted adverbial for time as they are very important when writing and telling stories. Fronted adverbial for time help your story ideas to flow and they tell the readers/your audience when exactly each event is happening. The more descriptive they are, the more they enhance your story.
Task 1 - Look at the storyboard images/pictures and on your paper write 4 sentences that begin with different fronted adverbial for time.
Task 2 - Now tell your story out loud a few times making it better each time by adding adjectives (expanded noun phrases and 2A sentences) from yesterday and the fronted adverbial/time openers from today.
E.g. After arguing and smashing mum’s favourite photo frame, Sophie and Ben walked down the quiet, deserted street. A while later, they came to a derelict, rubbish filled junkyard.
Tuesday 12th May 2020
Today you are going to focus on using exciting adjectives to up level sentences about some of the pictures in the story.
You task is to write sentences using expanded noun phrases. 1 adjective to describe the noun.
E.g. The little girl tiptoed through the forest.
Improve further :
The little girl tiptoed through the empty forest.
Extend to use two adjectives separated by a comma , to describe the noun. (2A)
The terrified, little girl tiptoed through the forest.
Improve further :
The terrified, little girl tiptoed through the dark, gloomy forest.
Final Task - Now enjoy telling your story to somebody in your house including your expanded noun phrases and descriptive 2A sentences from the writing tasks today.
Monday 11th May 2020
This week you will be looking at a storyboard of images from a story. You may recognise some of the images or even the story that they have been taken from.
Your focus is to think about adventure and mystery.
Adventure - A story in which the characters go somewhere exciting and dangerous.
Mystery - A story that contains a puzzling event that is not solved until the end of the story.
By the end of the week you will write your own story based on today’s storyboard of images.
Thursday 7th May 2020 – To infer information from a text
Today you will be using your inference skills to work out what is happening using clues in the text. Our success criteria for today is:
1. Why does Doctor Magnetor talk through gritted teeth at the beginning of the text?
Doctor Magnetor talks through gritted teeth because …
I know this because the text says …
2. How do the two characters settle their argument at the end? Do you think this is a good way to end the argument?
The two characters settle the argument by …
I know this because the text says …
I think this is / is not a good way to end the argument because …
1. Doctor Magnetor talks through gritted teeth because he is holding on to the ledge tightly and he is putting a lot of energy into keeping hold of it.
I know this because the text says One of his hands was tightly gripping the overhanging rock above his head.
2. The two men settle the argument by playing rock, paper, scissors. I know this because the text says they raised their fists and mutter rock, paper,scissors and then opened their fists. This is how you play the game.
I think this is a good way to end the argument because it is fair and both people have an equal chance. If they have both agreed that this is what they will do, then the winner or loser cannot really argue with the results.
I think this is not a good way to end the argument as it does not make up for everything that has happened between them in the past three years. A game cannot solve all of the problems they have had and they will probably end up still arguing once the game is over.
As long as you can give an opinion and support it with good reasoning and evidence then your answer will be right.
Wednesday 6th May 2020 – To retrieve information from a text
Today you will be using your retrieval skills. That means finding the exact information you need in the text and using that for your answer. The steps to success for retrieval are:
1. What did Doctor Magnetor grab hold of?
Doctor Magnetor grabbed hold of …
2. Where is this story set?
This story is set …
3. How long had Professor Magnetor been evading Professor Amazing for?
Professor Magnetor had been evading Professor Amazing for …
4. What is Professor Amazing’s catchphrase?
Professor Amazing’s catchphrase is …
1. Doctor Magnetor grabbed hold of an angry bat.
2. The story is set in a vaulted cave.
3. Professor Magnetor had been evading Professor Amazing for three years.
4. Professor Amazing’s catchphrase is ‘You’ve been caught by Professor Amazing’.
Tuesday 5th May 2020 – To explain the meaning of words
Today’s lesson is looking at the vocabulary in The Decider. Remember, steps to success for finding out the meaning of an unfamiliar word are:
Read the text first and write down any words you are unfamiliar with. Use a dictionary, or ask an adult, to help you to understand the meaning of those words.
1. What does shadows engulfed him tell us about Doctor Magnetor at this point?
This tells us that …
2. Find and copy a word that tells us Doctor Magnetor had been hiding from or avoiding Professor Amazing.
A word that tells us that Doctor Magnetor had been hiding from Professor Amazing is …
3. Replace the word firmly with a synonym (a word with a similar meaning which won’t change the meaning of the sentence).
A synonym for firmly is …
4. What does the word cautiously tell us about how they felt when they approached each other?
a) They were both ready to fight.
b) They couldn’t see what was ahead of them.
c) They didn’t trust each other.
1. This tells us that the shadows covered him completely.
2. A word that tells us that Doctor Magnetor had been hiding from Professor Amazing is evading.
3. A synonym for firmly is securely/solidly/forcefully etc.
4. c) The word cautiously tells us that they didn’t trust each other.
Monday 4th May 2020 – To summarise the main points in a text
This week we will be looking at a story called The Decider and answering questions about it. You will need to use the skills we practised each week in our Reading Mastery/Active Reading lessons.
Read the text first and then try the questions. The answers are below but don't check them until you have had a good go at answering the question.
1. Summarise what is happening in this paragraph:
A purple ash sprang out of the darkness and darted towards the professor. He’d been expecting it though and swivelled out of the way. There was a heavy thud. Professor Amazing shook his head sadly as he watched Doctor Magnetor dust himself off and rub his head where he’d crashed into the wall.
In this paragraph …
2. Place the following events in the correct order using the numbers 1 - 4:
1. In this paragraph, Doctor Magnetor tries to attack Professor Amazing but he misses.
In this paragraph, the doctor hurts himself by bumping into a wall.
Friday 1st May
Today your task is to think about writing a short poem of your own about the changes you can make in the world to make it a better place.
Title: Ways to change the World
You can take ideas from the changes poem from yesterday.
You can also look at some of the ideas below.
Remember when you write a poem a new idea goes on a new line.
Each stanza can have 4 lines.
Try and write 3 stanzas.
Here is the start of a poem we have created.
Ways to change the world
Get ready, set, go,
Make the changes to improve our World,
Be the person to make the change,
Share an act of kindness with your brothers or sisters,
Recycle what you can when you can,
Thursday 30th April
Today you are going to read some poetry linked to this week’s important theme of making a change like Captain Tom did. Did you know? Today is Captain Tom’s 100th birthday. What a truly inspirational man he is!
Task- Read the the poems I have uploaded below and talk about them with someone in your house.
Discuss: Which is your favourite poem?
Why is it your favourite poem?
Did anything surprise you?
Did any of the stanzas/ lines of poetry leave you feeling puzzled?
What was the message in the poem?
Wednesday 29th April
Today have some fun with reading about some very strange and wonderful ways you can create your own world record.
Use the links to read about ways you could create a new world record.
Task - Create your own poster for a World Record. You can be as creative and imaginative as you like. You can create a poster with a picture of the achievement you completed and information about it including;
Remember to tweet any work you complete on our school Twitter and tag us @KensingPrimary
Tuesday 28th April
Good morning all, today’s task is to reread the newspaper article from yesterday and write down the key facts including:
what the record of achievement was - include all details
who completed it?
when was it completed?
how long did it take to complete?
how the children felt when it was completed - use your inference skills
Monday 27th April
This week your English tasks are a mix or reading and short writing tasks linked to making a positive change to our world.
Today's reading task is a newspaper article. Read the article carefully with an adult or older brother/sister if this is possible.
If you cannot open the Word document here are the questions.
5. What is the reason why the school made a video of their sandwich event?
6. What is the main idea in the article?
7. What is the main idea in the section titled "Their Eyes Were On A Record"?
Answers – check your work.
Friday 24th April 2020 – To write a story
If you need to watch the story again, do so here:
Today we want you to retell the story, starting from the point where the lamp smashes and the ship begins to approach the shore (from the middle of the story to the end – this is the most dramatic part!). Use your comic strip from yesterday to help you.
Here are some things you could include to make your story interesting and your writing better:
Alternatively, or in addition to, you could use the story to complete some of these activities. Make sure you keep your work to show us when we return to school, and if you can tweet it to us @KensingPrimary!
Thursday 23rd April 2020 – To recall the main events in a story
Watch the video again (you should know it pretty well by now!)
Create your own comic strip showing the main events of the story. You only have 6 boxes to use so think carefully about the events you are going to include and how you will represent them. Include some speech bubbles to show what is being said and thought bubbles to show what the characters are thinking and how they are feeling.
Wednesday 22nd April 2020 – To identify nouns, adjectives and verbs
Watch the video again:
Now read the following poem. This is a diamante poem (the poem makes the shape of a diamond).
These poems follow this structure:
Use the video and your own ideas to create your own diamante poem about the lighthouse and the sea.
Here is some vocabulary to help you. The words have been colour coded.
Green = noun
Red = adjective
Purple = verb
Use this to help you to structure your poem. Again it has been colour coded to help you.
Tuesday 21st April 2020 – To answer comprehension questions
Watch the video of the Lighthouse again:
Now read this extract which is based on the video. Use the text to answer the following questions. Say your answers out loud to someone in your house, or write them down. Make sure you answer in full sentences.
The answers can be found below but don't look at them until you've had a good go at the questions.
Question 6 is looking for you to give a good reason for your answer. Eg. I think the villagers cheered because they were celebrating a birthday. I think this because it says they were dancing and applauding, which tells me they were having some kind of celebration.
Monday 20th April 2020 – To write descriptive sentences
Your work this week will be based around a video called The Lighthouse.
A lighthouse is a tall building that has a light near the top. Lighthouses are built on the coast of an ocean or lake. The lighthouse protects ships from crashing into shore by sending the light out towards the sea. The light usually turns in a circle so that ships see a flashing light.
Watch the video by following these links:
As you watch, see if you can spot any of the objects listed below. You may need to watch the video again to catch any that you missed first time.
These objects are all nouns as they name something. Now choose 3 of the nouns and write a sentence about each one. Try to use 2 adjectives (words that describe a noun) in each sentence. Make sure each sentence has the correct punctuation.
The villagers gathered on the steep, crumbling steps leading up to the lighthouse.
Friday 3rd April 2020
We know that lots of you always ask to write your own story so today your task is to transform yourself into an author!
TasK 1 Re-read chapter 1 and 2 of Mr Majeika following the link below.
Task 2 - Write your own chapter 1 on your paper. See the task below.
Think about including:
Upload your story to our school Twitter page so the teachers and other children can read them if you can! @KensingPrimary
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Today you will continue your work using apostrophes for contracted words.
Look back at your work and video clip from yesterday if you need a reminder.
Task 1: To write 3 sentences of your own that include different contracted words.
Write these on your paper and underline the contracted words to check you have used one every time.
Can you write sentences that start with contracted words and sentences that have them in the middle of the sentence? Play around with your sentence structure and try to make them as exciting as possible.
Task 2: Diary entry writing. Read the task below.
Try apply your knowledge of apostrophes by including contracted words in your diary entry.
Remember a diary must include:
Wednesday 1st April
Today’s task links to the story extract from Mr Majeika that you have been reading this week.
Task 1 Read through chapter 1 and chapter 2 extracts and write down 10 contracted words you see in the text.
A contraction is a shortened form of two words written as one word in which an apostrophe takes the place of the missing letter or letters. E.g. She will - She’ll , Do not - don’t
Task 2 Follow the link to play a game to test your understanding of contracted words with apostrophes.
BBC Bitesize games and support https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/zcyv4qt
Help to understand contractions - https://study.com/academy/lesson/contractions-lesson-for-kids.html
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Task1 - Read over the extract from Mr Majieka again to remind yourself of the story.
Task 2 - On your paper complete the comprehension questions about the extract.
Task 3 - Have a go at completing the GPS tasks.
Monday 30th March
This week your work for English is linked to the story extracts taken from the book Mr Majieka! Before you complete today’s tasks you need to read chapter 1. When you have read chapter 1 complete your tasks on paper.
There are 3 shorter tasks to complete today.
In the extract the author uses some interesting word choices. Look at some of the words below and discuss with an adult or use google to find the meaning of them. When you understand what they mean use each word in a sentence of your own. They can be linked to the extract or be a sentence of your choice. You may choose your own words or use the words below.
Write the word then the sentence.
E.g. muttered - The boy muttered the answer under his breathe, because he was unsure if it was correct.
Find: quarrel -
Talk about or write down your answers to these questions.
What was your favourite part of the extract? My favourite part was when...
What were you intrigued by? I was intrigued when....
Did anything confuse you? I felt confused when...
Make a prediction about what you think will happen in chapter 2. I predict that....
Friday 27th March 2020
It's time to finish your story. Remember to read what you have already written, and finish your story with a fantastic ending.
If you have already finished your story, re-read and edit it with an adult or older brother/sister in your house. If you need to change some of your spellings, you can use the google dictionary or a dictionary if you have one!
Use some of your spare time today to go on Reading plus and Spelling Shed.
Thursday 26th March 2020
It's time for you to write your own short story based on the picture.
- Remember to include all of the things that you have been working on this week.
- Don't forget to include correct punctuation, paragraphs and direct speech ("I feel as tall as a tower!" exclaimed the boy.)
Here is an example of how you could start your story;
It was the greatest match the world had ever seen! The boy's colossal legs waded through the deep, blue stretch of water, sending shockwaves through the city engulfed by shadow. With a loud grunt the enormous child lunged towards the bright, sparkling sun, ready to take the shot........
We cant wait to read them!
Wednesday 25th March 2020
Today you are going to plan your own story! Use the ideas you gathered yesterday to create your own story about the boy in the picture. Remember your story will need a beginning, a build up (where the action begins), a problem, a resolution (how your problem is solved) and an ending.
Use the example plan below, you could copy it out onto a sheet of paper or set it out how you wish.
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Using the picture below, answer the following questions:
1. Where is the boy?
2. Where has he been?
3. Where is he going next?
4. What other characters might he meet?
5. What might they get up to together?
Record your ideas in a table like this:
Good Morning Year 3! Here is your first English activity, remember you know much more than you think!
Monday 23rd March 2020
Look at the picture below. Write down as many adjectives that you can think of to describe the picture below.