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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’


Week Commencing – 18.05.20

This week, we would like you to carry out 3 tasks: 

  • The first is to finish listening to the audio story of Carrie’s War, if you haven’t already.  Here is the link: 
  • The second is a grammar activity on the use of formal and informal language.  This is something we covered last term so should be a recap for you.  Please work you’re your way through the PPT to start off with and then carry out the mini quiz. 
  • The third task is a writing activity.  Using your knowledge of the experiences of evacuees during WWII, we would like you to have a go at writing a short chapter that comes BEFORE the first chapter of Goodnight, Mr Tom - the first chapter is below for you to re-read if you need to.  Some questions to consider might be:


What you do you think Willie’s experience of being evacuated from London would have been like?

How would he have been feeling?

How did he get to the countryside?

What would his journey have been like?


Please write your chapter in the third person.  I would love to see some of your work on the class blog.

Goodnight Mister Tom Chapter 1

English – Week Commencing 11.05.20


This week, we would like you to carry out two different tasks: a reading and writing activity.  Firstly, there is a reading comprehension activity below about evacuees.  Please answer the questions below the extract.  Please note that question number 12 is a 3 mark question, which means that you must expand your answers fully and use evidence to support your response. 


Using your accumulated knowledge about the experiences of evacuees, we would like you to imagine that you are an evacuee and write a letter home to your parents.  There is another PPT below which gives you some extra background information to support the content of your letter.  Why not post your letters on the class blog?  You could try publishing them on aged paper, by using teabags to stain the paper. 

Task 1 - Reading Comprehension

Task 2 - Evacuee PPT to support your letters

English - Week Commencing 04.05.20

Carrie's War by Nina Bawden


This week's English is mainly a reading and listening week.  We are going to continue our WWII topic by reading (and listening to) another famous novel about the experience of evacuees during the war. 


Task 1: Below, is the first chapter of the book and a set of comprehension questions that we would like to answer in full sentences. 


Task 2: AFTER you have done this first part of the work, we would like you to use this link:  to access the 9 audio episodes of the book.  This is a really fantastic resource and will give you the opportunity to listen to the entire story in just under 2 hours.  Each episode is 15 minutes long; you do not have to listen to the whole book in one go.  Maybe you could listen to a couple of episodes a day?  


Next week, we will be doing a piece of writing linked both Goodnight Mister Tom and Carrie's War where we will be considering the experiences of evacuees so the more of the story you can listen to, the more material you will have to work with.  

This week, we are going to continue using the first chapter of 'Goodnight Mr Tom' as the stimulus for reading and writing.



Reading - Please re-read the extract below and answer the comprehension questions (Sections A-D) in the document below


SPAG - Following the reading comprehension questions (Section A-D), Section C of the Challenge Activity is about synonyms and antonyms and Section D is a vocabulary activity


Writing - Using Page 4 of the extract you have been reading over the past 2 weeks, we would like you to use the image in the document below to write a setting description of the living room in the style of Michelle Magorian.