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Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Home Learning - English

On this page, I will upload the writing topics that we would have covered if we were in school. Have a look at the features and resources to help you, plan your writing and then have a go at writing in these genres. You can send your finished pieces to me to read if you like! Below are some additonal websites for you to access. 


Spelling Shed  - Complete the spelling challenges

Pobble 365  - Choose a writing task and complete the writing challenges

Classroom Secrets - Range of interactive activities (requires a free login to be created by an adult)

Twinkl - Range of interactive activities and downloadable home learning packs (requires a free login to be created by an adult. One month free using the code UKTWINKLHELPS)

All About Me

Now is your chance to tell Mr Fudge as much information as possible ready for next year! Fill in the booklet below and e-mail it over to me or send it into school and I will make sure that Mr Fudge gets a copy of the booklet so that he knows lots about you ready for starting back in September! (fingers crossed) 

 All About Me Transition.docDownload
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Favourtie Memories

As we edge closer to the end of the academic year it would be great if you could write down some of your favourite memories from Year 2. You can present this in anyway that you want! It could be a comic strip, poster, powerpoint or in any other way you could think of! Have a look at the photos on the class webpage to help jog your memory. I can't wait to see your finished pieces.

 End of year writing frame.pdfDownload
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Transition Letters

Have a go at writing a letter to the new Year 2 children. What do you think you will need to include? What will they want to know about? What things have you learnt in Year 2 that they might like to know about? 

Please send your completed letters to me so I can pass these onto the current Year 1 children. 

 Example Text.pdfDownload
 Genre Checklist.pdfDownload
 Word Cards.pdfDownload
 Word Mat.pdfDownload
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Instructions/Healthy Meal Recipe

Choose your favourite healthy meal. If you cannot think of one, there are ideas below or you may want to Google new ideas for yourself. With adult help, have a go at making your healthy meal. Take pictures as you go along and then taste your meal! For those of you that have allotments, is there a way of using some of the vegetables you are growing in your healthy meal?


Once you have made and most importantly, tasted, your healthy meal, write your own set of instructions or recipe, to tell someone how to make your meal.

Reflection Time

As we are seeing some of our siblings or friends returning to some days of school, let's reflect on what we have learnt during lockdown so far. Below is a pack of resources that helps us to recognise what new skills we may have learnt, what new talents and special qualities we have discovered about ourselves. Ask your family to help - what have they noticed about you? I'd love to see your responses.

 What positives have come from lockdown worksheet.pdfDownload
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Story Writing - The Amazing Pebble 

Start of by having a look at the powerpoint presentation and follow the instructions and ideas that are provided to you. Following on from that have a look at the planning to sheet to help you collect some ideas for writing the story, before finally having a go at writing your very own adventure story. I can't wait to read them Year 2! 

 Amazing Pebble Planning Sheet.docxDownload
 Amazing Pebble Writing Template.docDownload
 The Amazing Pebble!.pptxDownload
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Step 1 - Play a game of 'Who am I'? 

Play the guessing game, ‘Who am I?’ Think about a minibeast, but don’t tell anyone else its name. Give only ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers to their questions as they try to work out what minibeast it could be. 


Step 2 -  Read and listen to traditional poems and rhymes about minibeasts, such as There’s a Worm at the Bottom of My Garden by Pete Bradbury, Caterpillar, Caterpillar by C Richard Miles and Hurt No Living Thing by Christina Rossetti. Talk about the poems and rhymes, spot any rhyming words and describe the imagery that they create. Identify favourite words and phrases in each poem and explain why they like them.


Useful links: 

There’s a Worm at the Bottom of My Garden

Caterpillar, Caterpillar

Hurt No Living Thing

Step 3 - Mini beast movements - Brainstorm adjectives and adverbs that describe how minibeasts move. Choose one of the words, then work to find a rhyming word. Compose simple sentences orally and create a class word bank of rhyming words. Write finished versions of the sentences.

Note - use the mini beast adverbs document below to help you generate some ideas. 


Step 4 - Writing in the poem! Write a poem about one or more minibeasts. Use a writing frame to help structure the poem, or write a free verse poem that doesn’t have to rhyme. Perform the poem, film it and send it over e-mail so it can be put up on the class webpage. 

 Mini Beast Page Border.pdfDownload
 Mini Beasts - Who am I powperpoint.pptxDownload
 Mini Beasts Adverbs.pdfDownload
 Mini Beasts Shape Poetry.pdfDownload
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Writing Instructions 

Write instructions for planting a seed or bulb, making sure that you include the key features of the genre. Reread your instructions once completed to check that they are easy to follow and include all of the relevant steps. Make sure that you are happy with your spellings and have demarcated sentences correctly. Add photographs or diagrams to illustrate each step.

Start of by looking at some of the example texts and see what the features are. Then have a look at some of the imperative verbs and coordinating conjunctions activities before having a go at writing your own set of instructions for hoe to plant seeds or bulbs! 

 Conjunctions Activity Sheet.pdfDownload
 Coordinating Conjunctions.pdfDownload
 Example Texts.pdfDownload
 Imperative Verbs Activity Sheet.pdfDownload
 Imperative Verbs.pdfDownload
 Instructions Powerpoint.pptDownload
 Page Border.pdfDownload
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Garden Stories 

Imagine that a large plant has grown in the classroom overnight. Consider questions such as ‘How did it grow there? Where might it lead to?’ Read and discuss the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk to act as inspiration. From there have a go at sequencing the story to help you memorise it before writing your own version. Use the story mountain sheet to help you plan it before you write it on the lovely page borders. All the resources you need are in the box below. I can not wait to read them! 

 Jack and the Beanstalk Story.pdfDownload
 Page Border.pdfDownload
 Sequencing Activity.pdfDownload
 Story Mountain.docxDownload
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VE Day Fact Files 

Can you create a fact file giving lots on information about VE day. What VE day is? When do we celebrate VE day? Who decided when the fighting had finished? For an extra challenge try to create a glossary to help explain what some of that ambitious vocabulary that you have used means. 

Have a look at some of the resources below to help you and to look of the VE day webpage.  

 Example VE Day Fact File.pdfDownload
 Page Border 1.docxDownload
 Page Border.pdfDownload
 VE Day word mat.pdfDownload
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Recount - write a recount about what you have been doing over the Easter holidays!

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Non-Chronological Report

Read non-chronological reports about plants and gardening, noting the features of this genre. Find out more about a plant that they find interesting. Write down key facts, noting the spelling of new vocabulary. Include information about the plant’s appearance, where it is commonly found and its characteristics, including flowers, fruit and seeds. Identify features of the plant that are similar or different to other plants.

There are so many amazing plants to look at Try cacti (mind the spikes) or fly catchers like the Venus flytrap, rat eating pitcher plant (Nepenthes attenboroughii) and parachute flower (Ceropegia). Or explore the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum), pelican flower (Aristolochia grandiflora), sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica), flypaper plant or Aloe vera.

Useful Links

Did you know? Cacti BBC Gardening

Mimosa Pudica - The Sensitive Plant - Youtube

 Amazing Plants.pdfDownload
 Features of Non Chronological Report.pdfDownload
 Writing Template.pdfDownload
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Our next writing is to write an advert about a visit to a castle. 

The advert must include a rhetorical question, things that will wow visitors, facilities and activities which are there and a catchy slogan.  The children could use this as an opportunity to look at different Castle's websites such as Conisbrough Castle and Linclon Castle. 


As part of their home learning, the children can plan and write their narrative. I have included some documents  below which will help you to plan and write your adverts - make sure you e-mail a picture of your completed advert -  I can't wait to see them! 

 Advert Plan.docxDownload
 Lincoln Castle Leaflet (1).pdfDownload
 Lincoln Castle Leaflet (2).pdfDownload
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