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Previous work

W/C 11.5.2020 and 18.5.2020


We hope you have had a good first week working on your play scripts! Don't forget that this was a two week block so this work will be staying here for this week too. Choose your next steps based on how far you got last week and we look forward to seeing some of them on the blog!


It'a Play Script Time! Over the next two weeks we are going to be writing a play script using our text 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo. Last week you practised the skills that you would need in order to write your own play script (these tasks can be found in the 'Previous Work' Folder at the bottom of this page if you need them). Now, to write the whole story as a play script would take a lot of time so we are going to focus on the next part of the story were David and Tucky make a discovery. If you would like at any stage to re-visit the beginning of the story then of course you are more than welcome but for now, we are going to focus on the next part.


Start your week by reading/listening to the next section of the story found here:


Once you have followed the next section of the story then task one is create your character list. Don't forget to include all of the characters and you can set it out however you would like to. Here is an example to help you if needed:




Then it's time to get started on your play script! Try and remember everything that you learnt last week about the rules of a play script (or check previous work if you can't remember). We suggest that you break it down into smaller chunks of work - our recommendation is no more than 5 minutes of the story at once (this section is 15 minutes long so this would give you 3 sessions at it). You could use this play script writing frame to help if needed:


...and this play script checklist to help you try and include everything...




Then, as this is a two week unit of work you have a choice for the next section (if completing the first part takes you into the second week then this is also fine, everyone will be different and at different stages). You can either continue your play script into section 5 of the story 'Friend or Foe' found here:

using the same structure as above, or... could act out your play script in a way of your choice. This may be using your family members at home to play some of the characters, or even some of your toys. It doesn't need to be the whole section of the story, just a section of it and then you could even share it on the blog for us to see!

W/C 04/05/2020 

Our next block of English work gives us an exciting opportunity to write a play script. As this is a new area of writing this year this is going to be a 3 week block. This week (04.05.2020) will see some resources to help you learn about play scripts and how to write them and then the next two weeks (11.05.2020 and 18.05.2020) will see us writing our play scripts using our novel 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo. For now just this weeks work will be shown here but next week will see 2 weeks in one (you can also find previous work in the previous work folder at the bottom). 


To keep going with the story we are asking you to read/listen to the next section of 'Friend or Foe' found here:

This way you won't be needing to read/listen to it all in one go!


Now, let's learn about play scripts!


Activity one requires you to work through this powerpoint (I had to save it as a PDF as the file was too big!). It will tell you everything you need to know about play scripts and what makes them different from a story.


Now, can you recognise some of the features that you have just learnt about in the extract? There are 2 different levels, 1 star or 3 star, each with the answers below the activity sheet - no peeking before you've finished!


Now it's time to have a go at a play script! Using the same Little Red Riding Hood story can you take on the 1, 2 or 3 star challenge to turn it into a play script? Again the answers are below each level so no peeking!


Now you've seen and practiced the skills needed to write a play script you should be ready for next week when we will be turning the story of 'Friend or Foe' into one!

W/C 27.04.2020


This week we are going to be looking at the second part of the story 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo. Follwoing on from your setting description of London last week, this week we are asking you to write a description of David and Tucky's journey to Devon. This will require some of the same skills as last week to describe the journey but we also want you to think about their thoughts and feelings this week.


To start off we need to practice some of our grammar skills. See the activities below:


Now it's time to think about our plan. You can see below there are still four sections but this time we have included a box for thoughts and a box for feelings. It might help to listen to the story again to help you. There is also a vocabulary mat below that should help.


What ideas can you come up with for the different senses but also their thoughts and feelings…

















What were they thinking?















How were they feeling?

Now you're ready to write! Use your plan carefully to help you describe David and Tucky's journey from London to Devon. Remember to include as many skills as you can that we have taught you such as fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, high level vocabulary etc! I have reattached the checklist from last week to help you with the senses description.

W/C 20.4.2020


This half term starts out new WW2 topic and our book focus is 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo.

This week we want you to listen to the first part of the story found here:

making sure you click on the sound button to hear it play.


Your task by the end of the week is to write a setting description of London from the story. To do this you will first need to practise some of the following skills:


Expanded Noun Phrases - 


Upleveling descriptive writing - 


Then you will need to create a plan to ensure that you feature all of the senses in your setting description. Your plan will focus of the different senses, what you can see, hear, smell and touch throughout London. Remember to up level those word choices and think carefully about your detailed description!



What ideas can you come up with for each of these senses…




































Now you're ready to write! Use this setting checklist to make sure you include all the elements needed for a good setting description:



Don't forget we want to see up leveled words and expanded noun phrases from earlier in the week but also as many other skills as you can manage to include such as fronted adverbials and conjunctions to extend your sentences.