week 1 - English - home learning

In the attachment below (English Home Learning Help Pack), there are lots of hints and tips to keep your learning fresh, ready for our return to school. There are some suggestions of times to study, web links to games and suggested activities to support your learning. There are also posters that will help you remember the knowledge you have learned already. You will also find links to websites that have free online books to read. 


Please read every day for 30 minutes. 

At least twice a week, respond to your reading using the VIPERS grid in your blue Reading Journal.


10- 15 minutes everyday. Please practise the words on page 4 of the English Home Learning Help Pack in the attachments below. These are the words from year 1 to 4 that the government believe all children should be able to spell by the end of Year 4. Pick up to 10 a week. If you can easily spell some, choose the harder ones for you. You can practise them in anyway you choose. There are also spelling, punctuation and grammar help and game links on page 2 of the pack.

Week 1 Writing Task - Fiction

Have a go at writing a Volcano Adventure Story.

Use paragraphs and balance your writing with a good mix of description, action and dialogue (speech) to keep it interesting for your reader.

Monday - Read some WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) adventure stories written by other children found on the link below and then plan your Volcano Adventure story. You should think about a main character and at least one other character - collect words to describe each character's appearance and personality. You should collect words and phrases to describe the setting of your story. You should plot a beginning, middle and end. Can you collect some expanded noun phrases that you wish to include in your story?


Tuesday & Wednesday - Write your Volcano Adventure Story. This is the first draft of your story. There are a few vital points for you to think about and discuss with your parents/carers before you begin.

You must think about how to include different writing tools and skills you have learnt since the start of the year. It would be useful to look at your year group’s writing wizard frame in the English Home Learning Help Pack attachment. Use your plan carefully to help you write. Carefully think about the vocabulary you will be using. Flow is important and you must make sure your writing makes sense.

Thursday - Edit your work carefully. This is one of the most important parts of the writing journey: annotate your first draft in a different coloured pen. Try to find at least 10 corrections or single word improvements within the body of your writing. This includes, correcting spellings, improving or adding single words and correcting or adding punctuation. Add at least 5 footnotes. These should be written below your first draft and are used to add in whole sentences or to re-write and improve sentences.  

Friday - Write or type your final draft. This does not mean just writing up your first draft as neatly as possible. You must remember to include all your editing and improvement annotations and footnotes but more importantly, there must be continuous improvements made. These are improvements you think of in your head as you are writing. We do this as adults and this is a skill you must develop yourselves.