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06.07.20

Monday 6th July:

 Task 1: 10 minutes (minimum) of independent or shared reading, followed by a reading response activity from the reading journals hand out (available below).

 Task 2: The Alchemist's Letter - Questions

✎ Watch the video 'The Alchemist's Letter' by clicking here.

✎ Answer the questions on the question sheet (available below) by pausing the film at the given times.

  • Must: Answer 5 of the given questions.
  • Should: Answer all 10 of the given questions.
  • Could: As above, and write a sentence explaining:
    - 1) What did you like about the film and why?
    - 2) What you did not like about the film and why?
    - 3) What would you add or change about the film and why?
    - 4) Do you have any questions about the film?

 Task 3: Spelling: Statutory Spelling Lists and Activities

All activities from the Nelson Spelling Pupil Book should now have been completed since you started in Year 5. You should now primarily focus on ensuring that you can spell as many of the words from the Year 5 / 6 Statutory Spelling list as you can.

Remember, the best way to practise spelling is by taking a 'little and often' approach. 5-10 minutes every day is better than one 1-hour long session each week. It is important to practise the same words repeatedly in order to make them 'stick'.

 

Tuesday 7th July:

 Task 1: 10 minutes (minimum) of independent or shared reading, followed by a reading response activity from the reading journals hand out (available below).

 Task 2: The Alchemist's Letter - Setting Description

 Re-watch The Alchemist's Letter by clicking here.

✎ Using the opening below as a starting point, write a setting description based on Veridion's point of view as he enters the cottage and sees the letter:

  • 'I stand nervously on the threshold of my childhood home. So many memories... I don't know if I can face them all. Summoning up all of my courage, I place the key in the lock, turn the key and open the door.'

✎ Think about the following as you write your setting description:

  • What thoughts or feelings might be going through Veridion's (your) mind as he (you) stands at the door of the cottage? Remember, he (you) has not been there for several years, and it is a place of memories, both good and bad.
  • When Veridion (you) opens the door, what does he (you) see? Does he see the letter immediately, or does he look around the room first?
  • What sounds does he head as he walks into the room? A creaking floor or the tricking of the clock? What else?
  • What smells greet Veridion's nose as he walks into the cottage? Can he smell mould, dust maybe?
  • Is the room warm or cold? How does the atmosphere affect Veridion physically? What does his body do? How does it react?
  • What thoughts or feelings might go through Veridion's mind when he first lays eyes on the letter? What questions may he have?

Must: Describe what Veridion sees, hears, smells and feels (physically) as he enters the cottage and looks around.

Should: As above, and describe Veridion's feelings as he walks into the cottage and looks around.

Could: As above, and include thoughts that might be going through Veridion's mind as he walks into the cottage and looks around. 

Challenge: Make use of similes, metaphors and personification (figuration language) in your description.

 

Remember: you are writing as Veridion, so your description needs to be written in the first person. You can choose past or present tense, but remember to keep this consistent throughout your piece from start to finish.

 

Thursday 9th July:

 Task 1: 10 minutes (minimum) of independent or shared reading, followed by a reading response activity from the reading journals hand out (available below).

 Task 2: The Alchemist's Letter - Memories

✎ Why are memories important? Think about what The Alchemist's Letter teaches us about the important of memories. Add some ideas into the table on the Memory Worksheet (available below).

✎ Think about what life would be like if we couldn't store our memories and use this to help you add further ideas.

 

Friday 10th July:

 Task 1: 10 minutes (minimum) of independent or shared reading, followed by a reading response activity from the reading journals hand out (available below).

 Task 2: The Alchemist's Letter - My most valuable memory

✎ Write a recount about one of your most meaningful, precious or fun memories.

  • Must: Write a recount of events surrounding your most meaningful memory.
  • Should: As above, and explain why this memory is so meaningful to you.
  • Could: As above, and include your thoughts and feelings about the memory.
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