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South Brent Primary School

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Ongoing Activity:

Reading - Please try to read at least once a day. 

 

Spelling Shed - Practice the words you have been set on Spelling Shed.  These will be updated each week. 

 

 

 

Monday 23rd March 

Use the writing prompt below to create your own poem. Try to use simile, metaphor or personification.

Use the writing prompt below to create your own poem. Try to use simile, metaphor or personification. 1

Tuesday 24th March 

Today I have given you a different writing prompt, which starts with an imaginary conversation between an butterfly and a bee.  You could use this as the start of a poem which has other imaginary conversations between things you would find in nature; you could use it as the start of an argument between the butterfly and the bee about who is best or it could be the start of a story.  How you choose to continue the writing and in what style is up to you.  Be as creative as you can, and try to be ambitious with your word choices.

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Wednesday 25th March

Morning Year 5 - I hope the home learning is going well and that you have enjoyed the two writing activities.

 

Today, I would like you to revise and practise using direct speech in preparation for some story writing. 

Have a look at the extract from 'The Twits' by Roald Dahl.  Some of the punctuation from the direct speech is missing and I would like you to correct it.  You can write the corrected speech straight into you home learning journal. I have also included a short video to remind you how to punctuate and set out direct speech. Don't forget the punctuation inside the inverted commas (speech marks)!

 

I will include the corrected speech today so that you can check you have done it correctly.  Once you have checked it, I would like you to write an imaginary conversation between either you and a favourite character, from a book you have read, or a conversation between two characters from different stories.  For example, it could be a conversation between Willy Wonka and Fantastic Mr Fox or between Harry Potter and Peter Pan.  What would they say to each other?  Try to make sure they speak as their character would in the original story.  

Direct Speech to correct

Corrected direct speech

Extract from the Twits ‘The Frog’ pp.12-15 

 

To pay her back for the glass eye in his beer, Mr Twit decided he would put a frog in Mrs Twit’s bed. 

He caught a big one down by the pond and carried it back secretly in a box. 

That night, when Mrs Twit was in the bathroom getting ready for bed, Mr Twit slipped the frog between her sheets. Then he got into his own bed and waited for the fun to begin. 

Mrs Twit came back and climbed into her bed and put out the light. She lay there in the dark scratching her tummy. Her tummy was itching. Dirty old hags like her always have itchy tummies. 

Then all at once she felt something cold and slimy crawling over her feet. She screamed. 

‘What’s the matter with you?’ Mr Twit said.


‘Help!’ screamed Mrs Twit, bouncing about. ‘There’s something in my bed!’


‘I’ll bet it’s that Giant Skillywiggler I saw on the floor just now,’ Mr Twit said.


That what screamed Mrs Twit.


I tried to kill it but it got away, Mr Twit said. It’s got teeth like screwdrivers Help screamed Mrs Twit. Save me! It’s all over my feet!


‘It’ll bite off your toes,’ said Mr Twit. 


Mrs Twit fainted.


Mr Twit got out of bed and fetched a jug of cold water. He poured the water over Mrs Twit’s head to revive her. The frog crawled up from under the sheets to get near the water. It started jumping about on the pillow. Frogs love water. This one was having a good time. 

When Mrs Twit came to, the frog had just jumped on to her face. This is not a nice thing to happen to anyone in bed at night. She screamed again. 

‘By golly it is a Giant Skillywiggler!’Mr Twit said. ‘It’ll bite off your nose.’ 

Mrs Twit leapt out of bed and flew downstairs and spent the night on the sofa. The frog went to sleep on her pillow. 

 

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Speech to correct 

 

What’s the matter with you? Mr Twit said.


Help! screamed Mrs Twit, bouncing about. There’s something in my bed

I’ll bet it’s that Giant Skillywiggler I saw on the floor just now, Mr Twit said.


That what screamed Mrs Twit.


I tried to kill it but it got away, Mr Twit said. It’s got teeth like screwdrivers Help screamed Mrs Twit. Save me! It’s all over my feet!


‘It’ll bite off your toes,’ said Mr Twit. 


 

 

Corrected direct speech

“What’s the matter with you?” Mr Twit said.


“Help!” screamed Mrs Twit, bouncing about. 

“There’s something in my bed!”

“I’ll bet it’s that Giant Skillywiggler I saw on the floor just now,” Mr Twit said.


“That what?” screamed Mrs Twit.

“I tried to kill it but it got away,” Mr Twit said. “It’s got teeth like screwdrivers!”

“Help!” screamed Mrs Twit. “Save me! It’s all over my feet!”

“It’ll bite off your toes,” said Mr Twit.


Thursday 26th March 

 

Hopefully you came up with some interesting conversations between your characters and also remembered how to punctuate the direct speech correctly.  

 

Today I would like you start planning and writing a story of your own that starts with dialogue (direct speech).  I have included some story openers which include direct speech, which I would like you to use. Alternatively, you could think of you own dialogue to use or you could use the conversations you wrote yesterday.  

 

Remember the dialogue (direct speech) needs to tell the reader about the characters or help to move the story along.  You also need to make sure that your story isn't just speech - remember to use it sparingly.  It would also be great if you included some examples of relative clauses and expanded noun phrases, especially when describing the characters or settings.

You will also have tomorrow to write your story so use your plan to help organise your story and your time.  

 

Story starts using dialogue:

 

"What have you done?" the headmaster bellowed, all eyes now turned to me.

 

"Witches don't exist!" My gran's words echoed around my head as the horrific visage gurned at me through my bedroom window.

 

The phone rang. "Hello," I said, "Hello." No one was there.  I hung up. All the lights went out...

"Welcome to the future!" said the teacher as she removed the sheet with a flourish, revealing what had been hidden beneath. 

 

“Can’t you drive a bit faster please, Mum?” said Emma.  “I’m going to be late for the talent show audition at this rate.”

“Not on these country lanes, young lady”, replied her mum sternly.

 

“Where am I?” I mumbled in a daze, “and who are you?” I asked the woman standing opposite me.

 

 

Friday 27th March

 

I hope your story writing is going well. Today I would like you to finish your stories and then read them carefully.  Make sure you have checked your non-negotiable targets (capital letters, full stops, spelling of common words etc). You should try to underline and check the spelling of at least five words in your work.

 

I would then like you to pick two things to try and improve about your writing - it could be that you find some more ambitious words in a thesaurus or on the internet;  it might be that you include a wider range of sentence types or you could try to build up the tension by revealing clues to the reader about what is happening.  Only pick a small part of your story to improve.   You could also add an illustration or illustrations to your story. 

 

 

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