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25th - 29th May 2020 - A half term selection


Half term this week so something slightly different. Instead of a theme for the week, I have listed a few ideas in the writing box below and you can just see what you fancy. If you have other ideas of your own or want to carry on the same piece of writing over the week to give yourself time to develop character or the story line, then go for it. Please send me some to look at.



Whether it is beautifully sunny or rainy and miserable, look around you for inspiration. Think colour, shape, size. Think if something is normal or a bit odd and enigmatic. Think active and adventurous or static and contemplative.  Think comical or serious.



I wonder what you have remembered about clauses and sentence structure from last week? A clause is a set of words based around a verb which is the main thing happening in that section of the sentence.

Below are some two clause sentences where one clause is more important than the other.

Try to work out which is the main clause (the information the sentence can’t manage without) and which is the subordinate clause (the less important information that is added information and we could manage without).

Underline the main clause (all the words in it) and circle the subordinate (all of it).  The document version below shows this more clearly.

  1. Phil was climbing a tree because his job is to be a tree surgeon.
  2. Since the tree he was climbing was so tall, he needed to wear a harness.
  3. A little, black bird had nested in the tree which meant he had to be careful to avoid it.
  4. Although the bird was small, it had glittering, vicious eyes.
  5. After a while, some other birds came to the tree so now there were lots of different varieties.
  6. They were hungry as the little, black bird normally kept them away.
  7. Insects lived in the rotten wood that Phil was now cutting away.
  8. When a branch was cut, Phil lowered it carefully to the floor.
  9. Whenever a new branch was lowered, the birds followed it.
  10. Screeching loudly, the little black bird flew at Phil because he was ‘stealing’ its lunch.
  11. Phil was a very brave man since his job was to work very high up.
  12. Until the bird attacked him, Phil had thought the helmet he wore was to protect him if he fell.


Some notes to help: I have marked the first few clauses with their verbs, you’ll need to identify the other ones.

Also, ‘After a while’ and ‘screeching loudly’ are fronted adverbials/prepositional phrases so aren’t a clause at all.

Here is a version of the SPaG that might be easier to use and print.

It also has the answers on the end.

Handwriting, practise every day to really embed it.

Handwriting, practise every day to really embed it. 1

Handwriting – definitely not the easiest letter to draw on a computer!! Anyway, try to make them straight and tall, no bulging bellies on these lean, mean ‘f’s. The join comes from the cross bar at the same height as the top of letters like a, c, i, e etc.

Vocabulary – find the definition of these words, but also look for synonyms (but don’t forget that words might have a generally similar meaning, they aren’t always a directly similar meaning so check with a dictionary too!)


Enigmatic                                                   These words, I decided to pick some random

Static                                                                         interesting words:


serious                                                                       provincial, incentive, obsequious, belligerent

And Finally - The writing tasks themselves!!   (word document version below for easier printing)


  • Complete the SPaG activity
  • Work out some of the vocabulary (maybe a couple of words a day)
  • Choose a window to look out of, preferably one that’s higher up and gives you a bigger view. Write a description of what you can see, in as much detail as possible. You’ll need lots of preposition words.
  • Write a story about a mystery that needs to be solved – who will the ‘detective’ be? What mystery? – theft of a grand jewel, a missing person, a series of odd or bad things happening?
  • Be a journalist and write a news report on the things that your street are doing to stay in touch with each other
  • Write a review of the book you read last. Tell about the storyline and the characters, about the way the author told the story, about the illustrations if it has them. Most of all, tell what you thought about all these things – a review is there to persuade other people to read the book.
  • Choose a subject that you have heard about recently - from the television or a magazine or book or on the radio – find out as much as you can about it and set down the information in a poster format (or a long paragraph report if you’d prefer). Again, explaining why you chose the subject would help your reader and it might be something you want to change people’s minds about, like an environmental issue or social justice, so think how you can include that.
  • Imagine being somewhere unusual and write a diary about it.
  • Got an idea? Use it!!




  • Work out sentences that use subordinate clauses.
  • Work out sentences that start with a fronted adverbial/prepositional phrase (see the SPaG for ideas)
  • Write in chapters as well as paragraphs and extended sentences

Use a balance of action, description and speech (correctly laid out and punctuated)