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ENGLISH - WEEK 1 - Setting description 





Sketch, draw or paint a picture setting of a scene of your choice. For example, you could draw a country cottage, a snowy village, a deserted school. 


Spend some time thinking about the atmosphere that you want to create. For example, it could be spooky, lonely, and lively. It does not matter if you feel you cannot draw great pictures. As long as you have a great picture in your mind.


Make sure you include the following in your picture:

-something to hear

- something detailed to see

- something to smell / taste

-something to touch




Write some ideas for your image which you created yesterday. Think about sights, sounds, touch, smell and taste.   It might be helpful if you imagine yourself (1st person) or a character (3rd person) walking through the setting.  Don’t worry if you feel that your setting that you drew yesterday is a little uninspiring; you could have a look online for some images to help you.


If you can include:

  • Examples of figurative language (Simile & metaphor, onomatoepia, hyperbole)
  • Extended noun phrase (adjectives and preposition phrases)
  • Variety of sentence types (conjunctions and semicolons)
  • Variety of sentence starters (ISPACED)
  • Use your reading record to include Y3/4 and Y5/6 vocabulary.




Using your ideas from yesterday, write your first draft of your setting description.  Make sure your writing includes description of sights, sounds, touch, smell and taste.   Remember to imagine yourself (1st person) or a character (3rd person) walking through the setting. 





Think of a problem in your setting and how you might overcome this to finish your story. Plan this problem today using comic boxes to sketch your ideas. Add key vocabulary and ideas to your plan. Use an online thesaurus to try and uplevel some of your words.




Time to write the ‘problem’ and ‘resolution’ part of your story. Try and use all of your writing toolkit to write a suspenseful paragraph: add short sharp sentences. Try and show emotions and feelings as opposed to telling the author them. If you are introducing a monster, try not to show him too soon. Think of the film Jaws – we don’t actually see the shark until nearly the end!!

In your writing, try and include different sentence types. Add some short sentences and some long descriptive sentences. Once you’ve finished, have a look at your sentence openers. Do they all start with ‘the’, ‘he’ or ‘she’?