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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)

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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