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Essential reading for our new writing unit

If you have not already done so, please read Roald Dahl's Boy, chapters from The Bicycle and the Sweet Shop through to the end of the chapter Mrs Pratchett's Revenge.  Without reading this, you will not be able to complete our writing unit.  If you have misplaced your book, the relevant chapters are on the power point below.

English Reading Group - here is the activity to do today if you normally do reading instead of French on Thursdays


Monday 30th March

By now you should have finished your biography. Today we would like you to edit your work one final time and then publish it. 

Please publish it in your home learning journal and if you would like, you can add a photo or, if you're incredibly artistic, a sketch of your famous person. 

Tomorrow we will be starting autobiographies through reading a section of the Roald Dahl book, Boy. If you haven't been reading this daily, can I gently suggest you start today!



Friday 27th March 

Today we would like you to finish your biography with the final section. 

Focus on:

(If alive) what they have done most recently; it could be their latest Award, their latest album release, their latest big film, their latest charity work and, if you know, what projects they are planning next.

(If not alive) what was the last achievement they made before passing, where and when did they die and what family members did they leave behind.

Whether alive or not, finish on their lasting legacy in meaningful phrases, for example, they change the world of gymnastics for generations to come or the world of television would never look quite the same again or they left the planet a safer, more harmonious place to live.

Remember to use cohesive phrases like: At the end of their life...  Most recently... In the end... In closing...  After all... Finally... After years of ...., Significantly...  Notably... Undoubtedly... Consequently... 

Remember to use Year 5/6 words where possible and ensure all vocabulary choices are high standard choices.

Keep your conclusion consistent with the middle paragraphs, with a formal tone.

Then edit.  Then edit again.  smiley


Thursday 26th March 2020

Below is work for Mrs P's reading group.  These are the children who would normally build their reading skills as an alternative to French.  Those children should try this instead of French.  Other children, who have done French, may do it as an optional extra, but do not have to.

Thursday 26th March

Today there is nothing new for you to write but we would like you to edit your biography. 

Editing is a CRUCIAL part of the writing process as you all know. 

These are the things we would like you to edit. 

  • Non negotiables- Capital Letters, Full Stops, Commas after fronted advberbials and subordinate clauses. 
  • Spellings of homophoes eg/ were, we're and where; too and to; of and off
  • Use of DADWAVERS. A lot of you sentences start with He or She. Remember you need to vary this not only to aid cohesion but also to engage the reader! 
    • Desciptions 
    • Action 
    • Dialogue
    • Where 
    • Adverb 
    • Verb
    • Estimation of time
    • Rhetorical Question 
    • Simile or Metaphor 
    • ! Exclamation or onomatopoeia. 
  • Your use of 5/6 vocabulary. I will upload a pdf of these words in the spelling and grammar section so you can refer to them there. 
  • Are you stretching your vocabulary and making sure it is appropriate for the audience and purpose of the writing. It is a biography so the vocabulary you should be using should be suitable for the person you are writing about. If they are a sportsman or woman then you should use technical language in keeping with that sport. 
  • Have you just listed their successes? If they have starred in multiple films you DO NOT need to list them all. Maybe pick out the most notable ones and look more in depth at those. You could look up any reviews of the film or any interview that your famous person had while playing the role and incorporate some quotes into your work. The same applies with sports stars. Do not list all their titles, focus on one or two and give more detail about them as a person and their emotions and thoughts at that particular time.
  • Finally, remember that any section of the biography can be more that 1 paragraph. If in their first taste of success section you have spoken about two separate achievements then these should go in different paragraphs. 

Wednesday 25th March 

Today you should start writing the main body of your biography detailing the person's successes. You want to think about their 'first taste of success'. What steps did they take to become the inspirational person they are today? Focus on keeping that formal tone consistent throughout your biography. 

Starting your sentences with subordinate clauses and fronted adverbials will aid cohesion. 

Be careful though. You do not want to just list all of their achievements You can focus on one of their earliest achievements and then one significant one before the main success which we will write about tomorrow. 

I look forward to seeing them on Seesaw later. smiley


Grammar focuses are the same as yesterday!


Tuesday 24th March

Today in English, we would like you to write the Early Life paragraph of your biography. This should focus on where and when the person was born, their family, their childhood and any notable achievements or interests which they had at a very young age which might explain why they became such a well known or successful figure. 


Grammar Focus:

  • Think about the vocabulary you are using- attended school rather than went to school. Remember a biography is a formal piece of writing and your vocabulary choice should reflect this. 
  • Parenthesis ( ) ,    , and -    -
  • Semi colons to separate main clauses 
  • A range of sentence starters. You don't to just keep starting sentences with He or She. Think about using some of the following: 
    • At a young age, 
    • From the age of…. , 
    • During this period of their life, 
    • As a family unit they were...
    • ................. was something that he/she was interested in from early on in life; 

Good luck and we can't wait to see your next paragraph smiley

Monday 23rd March 

Write the introduction to your biography. 

Use the notes that made in your English book last lesson and the research you did at school to write the introduction to your biography. 

Remember that you have several options on how to structure your biography introduction: 

  • If they had a particularly hard upbringing like Pele, focus on this and their journey to success.
  • If they had one moment of glory (such as Ellie Simmonds and her gold medal), then focus on this before going back to their early life. 
  • If they have had a tragedy in their life (such as Malala being shot), briefly recount this moment before going back to their early life. 


Grammar focuses

  • Formal tone- make sure you are using vocabulary which is appropriate for a formal toned biography. 
  • Parenthesis- Biographies are a great place to use brackets and dashes for parenthesis. Remember that dashes are used when the parenthesis is a particularly important or hard hitting piece of information. 
  • Non negotiables- People's names need capitals! 


Upload your biography introductions to Seesaw so that we can have a look at them and provide you with any feedback smiley