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*** Transition Work - Week Beginning Monday 6th July ***
Summer Term Week 10
Monday 29th June
Read the text on p.5 and answer the questions on p.15 of the text attached. 
Tuesday 30th June
Today I have including a ‘Spelling and Grammar Test‘ and a ‘Correct the Spelling’ activity. (Complete the first spelling activity as there are a few attached together.) You don’t need to treat it as a test, it is just a good activity to practise a range of skills. Let me know how you get on and if there are any areas of SPaG that you need help with. 
Wednesday 1st July

Watch the video 'A Cloudy Story' using the link below.

Once you have watched it, start by jotting down any thoughts you have about what you have just watched. e.g. Where? When? Who? What? Why?

Plot out a very simple story map of what happens in the video clip. Finally, think about the 2 characters we meet. What can you tell us about the characters? All of this information will help set you up for your work tomorrow...

Thursday 2nd July 

Think back to the work from yesterday. It might be helpful for you watch the film clip again before you start. Today I would like you to plan a story using the notes you made to help you.

What is actually happening between the two characters?

How did they get there?

What might happen next?

You can use the Story Mountain planning structure that we have used before to help you plan.

Friday 3rd July 

Refer back to your plan from yesterday and have a go at writing 'A Cloudy Story'. Don't forget to share your creations!


Be careful to think about:

  • Accurate use of punctuation
  • Good structure e.g. paragraphs
  • Adventurous vocabulary choices
Summer Term Week 9
Monday 22nd June
Have a go at the reading comprehension on David Walliams on p.13 of the attached document. Afterwards, perhaps you could research an author of your choice and create a fact file about them. 
Tuesday 23rd June
Below, I have attached 3 SPAG mats for you to look at today. Choose a challenge from each of the mats. Have a go at the questions and if there are any you are unsure of, do a little bit of research to see if you can find the answer.
Wednesday 24th June

Poetry - Haiku


Can you write your own Haiku about Lockdown? Look at the PowerPoint and follow the instructions. Think about an aspect of Lockdown that you would like to write about and have a go! Don't forget to share your creations.

Thursday 25th June
Today you are going to look at a different type of poem - a kenning. Have a look at the PowerPoint to see how they are formed. Choose a topic of your choice to try and write a kenning about. Perhaps you could write one about King’s Court? I can’t wait to see them!
Friday 26th June

To end our focus on poetry, you are going to look at a Tetractys poem. Similarly to a haiku, this form of poetry is built around a specific number of syllables in each line. Look at the example on the first page of the attached document. Have a go at writing your own. Perhaps your focus today could be about your move to middle school! Don’t forget to share them once you’re done.

Summer Term Week 8
Monday 15th June
Choose a challenge from the reading comprehension attached.
Tuesday 16th June

Revision - Using speech marks for direct speech

Have a go at correcting the children's work to make sure they are using speech marks correctly.

Wednesday 17th June

Today we are going to look at non-chronological reports. Attached is an example one about sharks (you do not need to answer the comprehension questions attached to it). Look at the 'Key Features' checklist. Can you find examples of these features in the text on sharks? You could label a copy or make notes about your findings.


Think about an animal you would like to find out more about and start to research it. What new things can you learn about your chosen animal?

Thursday 18th June
Continue with your research from yesterday. Once you have enough information, begin to plan a non-chronological report on the animal you have chosen. Use the checklist to help you. I have also attached a template so that you know how it will need to be set out. Think about your subheadings and decide where certain bits of information need to go.
Friday 19th June
Write up your non-chronological report. Make sure that your structure is suitable and you have the correct information in the correct sections. Think about the tone and the vocabulary you will be using. Don't forget to look at the example text on sharks if you need some help.
Summer Term Week 7
Monday 8th June
Have a go at the reading comprehension that starts on p.11. Remember VIPERS to help you.
Tuesday 9th June

Spelling and Grammar Game


A little different activity to help you revise a range of spelling and grammar rules. All the resources are attached below. As always, don't worry about printing everything off. Record your findings on paper. Have fun!

Wednesday 10th June
Find the 'Marshmallow' video clip - it is linked to Mr Symons-Chan's webpage below.

A boy is camping in the woods when a vicious creature creeps up behind him.
Pause the film at 18 secs -  describe this monster creeping up on the boy.  A good point to use 'Show not tell' writing. Leave the reader guessing what it is. You can point this out by explaining how the music is used to build tension and doesn't show the whole monster.  It just gives clues. 
Can you use imagery to make the monster sound vicious?  Perhaps use similes and metaphors.
Make predictions about what you think will happen next.


Then, watch the next section of the film - up to 1m5secs.  Is this what you thought would happen?  Can you alter your descriptions to make it sound like a friendly monster?  
The monster becomes scary again once the marshmallows run out.  He chases the boy.... will he escape? 

There is a twist at the end!

Thursday 11th June

Think back to the video clip that you watched yesterday. Look at pages 1-5 of the attached document and complete the following:

  1. Read up to p.3. 
  2. Using the text on p.3 can you then fill in the table on p.4?
  3. Continue the opening setting description, thinking carefully about the setting in the video clip. Use the word bank at the bottom of the page to help you. Be as descriptive as you can!
Friday 12th June
Look at p.6 of the document attached yesterday. Fill it in about the monster in the 'Marshmallows' video clip. Once you have gathered your ideas, have a go at writing a detailed character description of the monster. Use the variety of vocabulary and phrases that you practised yesterday. Try to start every sentence in a different way.  
Summer Term Week 6
Monday 1st June

I would love to know what you got up to over Half Term. Write a recount or a diary entry describing your favourite parts. Remember your 5Ws (who? what? when? where? why?) to provide as much detail as possible. 


Be careful to think about your accurate use of punctuation, spellings and choice of vocabulary.

Tuesday 2nd June

Uplevelling Sentences


Choose one challenge from the attached document (there are lots of options on there). Follow the instructions to make your sentences more detailed and descriptive.

Wednesday 3rd June

Writing to Advise


This week will be looking at Non-Fiction writing. Specifically we are going to look at how we write to advise someone in a balanced and fair way.

Look at the PowerPoint attached and read the example text. Answer the questions in the PowerPoint on how we write to advise. You could also make notes about the example text -

  • How is the text set out?
  • What type of vocabulary is used?
  • Are their any specific features you have noticed?

Feel free to do some further research on 'writing to advise' so that you become familiar with the features used. 

Thursday 4th June



Today you are going to plan your own piece of writing that would advise your friends why it is valuable to exercise at home. Think about how important that has been for you during Lockdown and how you have accomplished it!

Which activities would you choose to include? Pick 4 to go in to your piece of writing. 

Don't forget to plan your introduction too!


Friday 5th June

Write Up


Today you are going to write up your piece that you planned yesterday. Remember to include subheadings, paragraphs, appropriate punctuation and suitable vocabulary.

Summer Term Week 5
Monday 18th May
Please read the attached letter and prepare your responses for the Leavers' Book. Email me once you have completed it.
Tuesday 19th May
Continue reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory up to Chapter 23. Pick 10 questions form the attached sheet to answer about Chapter 22.
Wednesday 20th May

Spelling and Grammar Revision

Choose a challenge from each of the SPAG mats attached. Research any you are unsure of and try to answer the questions.

Thursday 21st May

Creative Writing


Look at the webpage below. It contains many images and ideas for creative writing. Choose an image that interests you. Today you are going to plan your creative writing. You could plan:

  • A story
  • A descriptive paragraph about the setting
  • A diary entry, imagining you were there
  • A poem

Make sure you are detailed and descriptive and be careful to choose powerful vocabulary.

Tomorrow you will write your creative piece. 

Friday 22nd May

Creative Writing


Write up the text that you planned for yesterday. Don't forget to share it!

Summer Term Week 4
Monday 11th May

VE Day Reading Comprehension

Have a go at the comprehension on p12 of the attached document.

Tuesday 12th May
Look at the attached documents on writing formal and informal letters. Look closely at the examples. Create a table comparing formal and informal letter writing. Are there any similarities? What are the differences? See if you might be able to find some examples of your own from around your house. 
Wednesday 13th May

Look at the attached example of an informal letter. It has been labelled with its specific features.

Today, write an informal letter as one of the characters from Hansel and Gretel. Think about the following:

  • Which character are you?
  • Who are you writing informally to?
  • What might you be writing informally about?

Plan your letter first and make sure you include the specific features of informal letter writing.

Thursday 14th May

Look at the attached example of a formal letter. It has been labelled with its specific features.

Today, write a formal letter as one of the characters from Hansel and Gretel. Think about the following:

  • Which character are you?
  • Who are you writing formally to?
  • What might you be writing formally about?

Plan your letter first and make sure you include the specific features of formal letter writing.

Friday 15th May

Today you are going to write a letter to your teacher either explaining which is your favourite traditional tale and why, or comparing Hansel and Gretel with another traditional tale of your choice.

Will your letter be formal or informal? Your teacher should be able to tell by looking at the specific features you have included.

Summer Term Week 3
Monday 4th May
Answer the following questions on the middle part of the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Tuesday 5th May

This week we are going to be thinking about adverts.

Today I would like you to do some research into adverts. Where might you find them? What format can they be found in? Have a look around your house to see what adverts you can find.

Create a mind map about everything you know/have found out about adverts.

Choose one advert that you have found and say why it is a good advert.

Wednesday 6th May


In the story of Hansel and Gretel, the children find a house made of sweets. You are going to create your own house that might have been found in your own version of the story. Hansel and Gretel were tempted by the smells and tastes of the house they came across. Think about what would be particularly appealing about yours? Why would 2 children really like it? 

You could draw a picture and label your house or, if you are feeling particularly creative, you could even make a model of your design. Write a descriptive paragraph about your house, thinking carefully about your choice of powerful vocabulary and description.

Thursday 7th May

Today you are going to write an advert for the house you created. You need to include persuasive language. Make sure to include information for as many features of the house as you can.


  • How many rooms does it have?
  • What is the garden like?
  • What is its particular appeal? e.g. made of sweets
  • What facilities does it have nearby? e.g. a beautiful wood

You will need to include a picture (or more than one) and think about other details such as the price and who you need to contact if you are interested.


You could look online at estate agents to see some examples or, if you have a local newspaper at home, there may be examples in there too.


Be creative! Make your house extra special!

Summer Term Week 2
Monday 27th April
Continue reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory up to Chapter 14. Pick 10 questions form the attached sheet to answer about Chapter 13.
Tuesday 28th April

Thinking back to Hansel and Gretel, today I would like you to think about the characters in the story and create a character profile. When we create a character profile we must think about physical features and personality traits e.g. what they look like and how they behave/why they behave in that way. I would like you to create 2 character profiles.

1. Either Hansel or Gretel

2. Another character of your choice

Think carefully about the character's emotions - why do they behave in a certain way?

You could set your work out using subheadings. Remember to think carefully about your choice of adjectives used to describe your character. Use a thesaurus to help you.

Wednesday 29th April

Grammar - Identifying Determiners

Look at the PowerPoint and check that you understand what a 'determiner' is. Pick a challenge from the Determiner Detective document. I have also attached an extension pack if you would like a little more practise.

Thursday 30th April

We have looked closely at the story of Hansel and Gretel and the characters involved. Today we are going to look at points of view and seeing things from another perspective.

Conjunctions are required for this: ‘Because, if, so, due to…’

Can you think about the reasons why and pro’s and con’s of why these characters might have thought and acted in the way they did? It is great if you can quote directly from the text and write down what your opinion or point of view might have been if it were you.

Today you are going to think about the woodcutter. Let’s start with: Did the woodcutter need to treat Hansel and Gretel the way he did? Should he have altered his business by changing wood cutting into gardening? For example, a modern day tree surgeon surely could do gardening too? What about moving woods, such as coming to the Great Park and working for the Queen? Or was his situation so harsh that he had no choice? Write about the woodcutter's point of view. Explain your answers in detail. Refer to what you believe to be right. Can you see the other person’s point of view?


The PowerPoint has some helpful hints to help with how you write your piece.

Friday 1st May
Debate whether Hansel and Gretel are innocent parties in this story or far from it. Use evidence in this story to support your answers. Should the fairy tale police be called to deliver swift justice? What should their consequence or reward be? Did their dad finally deserve them considering his part in the story? You could record your debate as a newspaper article with a specific viewpoint, a script for an interview, you could video your thoughts or write your thoughts down in paragraphs.
Summer Term Week 1
Monday 20th April
Continue reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory up to Chapter 10. Pick 10 questions form the attached sheet to answer about Chapter 9.
Tuesday 21st April

Hansel and Gretel - Story for children

Subtitled to listen, read and follow.

In our English sessions we are going to be looking at the story of Hansel and Gretel. There are video versions above or you may have your own version of this traditional tale at home. To become familiar with the story, I would like you to retell the story in one of the following formats:

  • A story map
  • A story mountain
  • A storyboard
  • Artistically e.g. a diorama

You could use the computer or paper to do this task. Be as creative as you can! 

Wednesday 22nd April
Imagine you are either Hansel or Gretel and you are lost in the woods. Write a recount or diary entry of what happened. How would you be feeling? How would you describe the woods where the story is set? Use appropriate vocabulary to show your emotions. Think of the '5 W's' (who, what, when, where, why) to make sure that your recount is as detailed as possible.
Thursday 23rd April
Today I would like you to plan an alternative ending for the story of Hansel and Gretel. I have attached a planning sheet to give you some ideas. You can use this or create your own plan format. Be as imaginative as you can be.
Friday 24th April

Hopefully yesterday you planned your alternative ending to the story of Hansel and Gretel. Today I would like you to write the ending in full. Be creative with your vocabulary choices and remember you can use a thesaurus to help you find alternative words. Make sure you are using a range of punctuation types accurately and use paragraphs where necessary. 

Upload your work to Class Dojo if you can!


Week 1

Monday 23rd March

Tuesday 24th March

Writing - Poetry

We have recently looked at poetry in class. If you can, take yourself outside and think carefully about your five senses: see, hear, smell, touch and feel. Write a poem about the arrival of Spring. I have attached a template to get you started but feel free to set your poem out in whatever way you wish. You could write it up in neat and decorate it afterwards. Email me your finished results! I would love to put some of your great work on to the website for everyone to admire! Be as creative and descriptive as you can.


Wednesday 25th March


Homophones - 'there', 'their' and 'they're'

I have attached a sheet for you to start with. Have a go at a few of the sentences to make sure you are using the correct version of the word.


Bronze Challenge: Write the correct sentences into your Homework Book.


Silver Challenge: Have a go at a few of the sentences on the sheet. What other homophones can you think of? Write a list - make sure your spellings are correct!


Gold Challenge: Create a list of different homophones. Write your own sentences with the correct version of each word in.

Thursday 26th March
Last Sunday was Mother's Day and I hope you shared a lovely day together. Have a go at the attached reading comprehension. Scroll down to p.11 where you should find the comprehension with 3 stars at the bottom.
Friday 27th March

Last term we learnt how to write a newspaper report. We made sure that we tried to include all of the different features that were required.

Can you write a newspaper report about this very interesting week in our history?

I have attached a checklist of the features of a newspaper report in case you need a little reminder.

Please send me your finished articles and I can put them up on the website and share your great work.

Week 2

Monday 30th March

Continue to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory up to, and including, Chapter 5. Answer as many questions as you can from the attached document.
Tuesday 31st March
Today I would like you to revise some SPAG (spelling and grammar) rules. I have attached 2 activity mats for you to work through. If you come across a term you are unsure of, look it up and see if you can work out the correct answer.
Wednesday 1st April
Complete the reading comprehension that starts on p.9.
Thursday 2nd April

Plan your own adventure story

As yesterday was April Fool's Day, I would like you to plan an adventure story around this theme. Think about a character playing a prank on someone. What happens? Where does it take place? Who's involved?

I have included some resources to help you get started. Focus on detailed planning today and then write your story in tomorrow's English session. You can use the planning template attached or you can record it in your own way.

Friday 3rd April
Write the story that you planned yesterday. Don't forget to email them to me. I can't wait to read them!