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English Home Learning Activity Details: 01.03.21

 

If you have any questions about any of the tasks set below, or would like to share what you have done with us, email: yearfive@stokenchurchprimary.bucks.sch.uk

 

All resources available for download can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

This week, our writing unit focuses on biographies.

 

Monday 1st March:

Spelling Practice: 

✎ Nelson: Complete the activities from the Nelson text book (available at the bottom of this page).

This week's session is 'Unit 19: ': 

  • Must: complete 'Focus'
  • Should: complete 'Focus' and 'Extra'
  • Could: complete 'Focus', 'Extra' and 'Extension' using some of the words in sentences of your own.

Main Lesson: To research information about an author's life and achievements.

✎ For today's lesson, you need to select an author who you would like to research and eventually write a biography about in Thursday's lesson. You could pick your favourite author or the author of a book you are currently reading who you would like to find out more information about.

✎ When selecting your author and doing your research, remember who the audience of your biography is going to be and that they may know very little about the author.

✎ Once you have chosen an author, spend some time using the Internet or other sources (think back to our lesson last week where we considered a range of sources you might use to gather information from to put into a biography) to find out information about them. PLEASE NOTE: as this is a research task, please remember to follow Internet safety practices and that use of the Internet should be supervised. You may wish to use a more child-friendly search engine such as https://www.safesearchkids.com/ but please note these aren't guaranteed to be safe, so please continue to supervise your child completing their research.

✎ Use the research template document to guide you on the information you may want to find out about your author. Most of the questions/sections you will want to fill in but some are more optional and there is a section at the end for you to write any additional information you find out about your author that you think would be interesting to include in a biography.

✎ Remember that as this is a research task, you don't need to write the information that you find in full sentences - you can use note form and bullet points. Additionally, please remember not to just copy what you find exactly as you find it - extract the most important pieces of information that you think would be relevant to your biography about your chosen author.

 

 

Tuesday 2nd March:

Reading Response: Complete 10 minutes (minimum) of independent or shared reading. 

Main Lesson: To organise information into categories to form a plan for a biography. 

✎ There is a pre-recorded lesson for English today which you can access by clicking here.

✎ For today's lesson, you are going to be using the skills you learnt last week to categorise and order the information you found in your research yesterday into the relevant categories and chronological order to build a plan for your biography.

✎ As this lesson is still at the planning stage of your biography, you can continue to write your information onto the planning sheet using note form and bullet points.

✎ You may wish to colour code your different categories and your notes from yesterday before you start writing them onto your planning document so that you know which categories you would like the relevant information to go into.

✎ There is a category for the Introduction as well as the other categories for your biography. This Introduction category has been broken into the 5 Ws as you used in your Introduction writing on Friday. I would recommend planning your Introduction as the last section after you have planned which information you are going to include in your biography so that you can then summarise this for your Introduction.

✎ There are two versions of the planning template: the first has four pre-chosen categories (Introduction, Early Life, Their work/notable achievements and Later life/where they are now); the second has the Introduction and Later life/where they are categories, however there are six blank categories which you can choose how many to use (minimum of three) and what to call them.

✎ You will also need to choose a title for your biography - this will be based on the author's name.

✎ There are additional sections at the beginning to plan some key words, conjunctions and adverbials you may want to use in your biography.

For today's lesson you:

  • Must: use the planning template with the pre-chosen categories and write at least 3 pieces of information from your research yesterday into each section.
  • Should: use the planning template with the pre-chosen categories and write at least 4 pieces of information from your research yesterday into each category. You should also remember to plan key words, conjunctions and adverbials that you may want to use for your biography.
  • Could: use the blank planning template and choose your own categories (remember Sir Isaac Newton's biography had a subheading for each of his laws of motions - you may find a way to do this for your author's work). Remember to plan the key words, conjunctions and adverbials that you may want to use for your biography.

 

 

Wednesday 3rd March:

Reading Response: Complete 10 minutes (minimum) of independent or shared reading. 

Main Lesson: To use brackets, commas and dashes to show parenthesis. 

✎ There is a pre-recorded lesson for English today which you can access by clicking here before completing the activity.

✎ This lesson focuses on using either commas, brackets or dashes to show parenthesis (extra detail) in your writing. This is something that you may be able to use in your biography writing to add more detail for the reader about your author.

  • Must: complete 'Focus'
  • Should: complete 'Focus' and 'Practice'
  • Could: complete 'Focus', 'Practice' and 'Extension'.

 

Thursday 4th March:

Handwriting and Spelling Practice: Download the Statutory Spelling and Handwriting Mindfulness Booklet (available at the bottom of this page). Complete letters K and L.

Main Lesson: To write a biography about an author.

✎ There is a pre-recorded lesson for English today which you can access by clicking here before completing the activity.

✎ For today's lesson activity, you need to use your planning sheet from Tuesday's lesson and everything you have been taught over last week and this week to write your first draft of your biography.

✎ There are two writing templates for you to use for your biography (see below) but you may also want to create your own template, but don't spend too long on this - make sure you get the biography written down. If you do want to adapt the template there is an editable version available and you can make your own - you may want to consider a range of organisational features such as bullet points for certain parts of your biography or even include a timeline of the author's achievements or published books, for example.

✎ Make sure whilst you are writing your biography that you edit throughout using the Biography Key Features Checklist. When you have done one category, you could go through it and check for any mistakes or improvements to be made - you could even use a dictionary or thesaurus to improve your language choices.

  • Must: write a biography that covers the 4 sections from the pre-chosen category template. Make sure you check the key features checklist to ensure you have done as many things as possible. You could use a dictionary or thesaurus to include some high level vocabulary in your biography. 
  • Should:  write a biography that covers the 4 sections from the pre-chosen category template. Make sure you check the key features checklist to ensure you have done as many things as possible. You should use the resources available to include at least three high-level conjunctions and adverbials in your writing. 
  • Could: write a biography that uses the blank writing template or your own template based on your planned categories, which uses a range of organisational structures (e.g. bullet points, subheadings, a timeline). Make sure you check the key features checklist to ensure you have done as many things as possible. You should use the resources available to include at least three high-level conjunctions and adverbials in your writing as well as at least two examples of parenthesis using commas, dashes or brackets.  

  

Friday 5th March:

Reading Response: Complete 10 minutes (minimum) of independent or shared reading. 

Main Lesson: To edit, improve and present a biography about an author. 

✎ There is a pre-recorded lesson for English today which you can access by clicking here before completing the activity.

✎ In today's final lesson on our Biography unit, it is time to put everything you've learnt and worked on over the last two weeks together to edit, improve and then present a biography about your chosen author.

✎ Before you start writing your final version, take time to read through, edit and improve your first draft from yesterday. Make sure you use the Biography Key Features Checkist to tick off the items that you have included in your writing and add in any that you have missed. 

✎Consider the Must, Could, Should features that should be included in your writing such as higher level vocabulary; conjunctions and adverbials; and parenthesis shown through commas, brackets and/or dashes.

✎ Make use of a dictionary and/or thesaurus to ensure that your biography uses high-level vocabulary to make it have a formal tone as well as remembering all of the other formal tone style of writing features discussed last week (see resource available below as a reminder).

  • Must: write and present neatly  a biography that covers the 4 sections from the pre-chosen category template including an Introduction which summarises the important information about the author's life. You could use a dictionary or thesaurus to include some high level vocabulary in your biography. 
  • Should:  write and present neatly a biography that covers the 4 sections from the pre-chosen category template including an Introduction which summarises the important information about the author's life and engages the reader. You should use the resources available to include at least three high-level conjunctions and adverbials in your writing. 
  • Could: write and present neatly a biography that uses the blank writing template or your own template based on your planned categories, which uses a range of organisational structures to engage the reader including an Introduction which summarises the important information about the author's life as a way of engaging the audiecne to read your biography. You should use the resources available to include at least three high-level conjunctions and adverbials in your writing as well as at least two examples of parenthesis using commas, dashes or brackets. 

 

 

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