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Monday 8th June


2 x 15 minutes

Read anything you want – a book, a comic, a magazine, a blog, a web page, anything!



60 Second reads.  Read ‘Magic Potion’ and answer the questions attached to it



Today’s task: 1st draft of section 4. Try and include:

-Alma’s panic that she has lost the doll again and scanning the environment to find it.

-Her seeing it up high on the shelves and her emotions here.

- Alma climbing up the bookcase to get the doll. This is a great place to use short sharp sentences and repetition to build up the tension. This should not be rushed.

Our story will end with Alma touching the doll’s nose as it will leave the story on a cliffhanger.


Today’s targets: Get in some of the suspense features that we covered last Monday.

They include:

-Show the audience the character’s emotions. Don’t just tell them! (Alice watched numbly. Her heart was in her mouth and her breath came in sharp, rattling gasps.)

- Short, simple sentences to build the suspense (E.g. He turned around. She was gone.). These can be used as short sharp paragraphs aswell.

-Near to the short sharp sentences, use long, descriptive sentences to make the reader wait to find out what is going to happen next. (As she looked, blinking through the tears which had begun to stream hopelessly down her face, she was met with a sight at the top of the staircase which all but turned her to stone...)

- Empty words (E.g. someone/something/somewhere)

- Character(s) in a lonely, dark place which is clearly described (E.g. a cemetery at midnight). This allows the reader to visualise where the story is taking place. Try and use words that take the reader feel the environment, as if they were there.

-Use exciting word choices to show how the character’s move. ( Descending the stairs one careful, agonising, creaking step at a time, a hunched silhouette shuffled out from the darkness...)

- Powerful verbs/adjectives(E.g. sprinted, horrifying)

- Literary devices that make the reader imagine and see the story (E.g. similes, metaphors, rhetorical questions)

-Leaving the story as a cliffhanger



Practice your skills on Reflex



Log into My Maths for today’s lesson and activities

Also use this to play extra maths games for either My Maths or Abacus



Match the sentences to their subordinating clause then have a go at creating your own subordinate clauses to go with the sentence.



Speed Spell, Spelling zone (video transcript) and Dots and Dashes



Task 2: Colours of Mexico

Lots of Mexican houses are painted in really vibrant and bright colours.  We want you to be inspired by traditional uses of colour to paint a landscape with a vibrant and colourful twist and create a landscape painting using ‘Mexican cultural colours’.  See the topic task sheet for ideas.