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English: Week beginning 4th May


Once again, we'd like to thank you for all your hard work at home. It has been brilliant to see some of the work you've been sending in. smiley These short activities will help you to keep your minds active and revise some of the grammatical terms. This week there is some work on metaphors and similes as well as some grammar work on modal verbs - can you remember how these can change a sentence?


We look forward to seeing some of your work. Perhaps you could send us your letter to Wilf Merttens. Did you like the informal style? Who do you think this poem would appeal to most? Does it make you stop and think? Has your experience of the last few weeks made you think about the poem differently?

Don't forget about your tone in the letter. It should be mostly formal in order to sound polite. How will you set it out?



Story challenge...


If you want an extra challenge, or something just a little different, have a look at the image below. Can you plan and write a short story about this character? I wonder what you will come up with...?

Story starter...


Professor Plum had been locked away in his laboratory for days now, barely even stopping to eat or drink.

He rested his left arm on the dusty pile of books scattered across his desk, and with his right hand he gently flicked the conical flask in front of him. The red and orange liquid inside coughed and spluttered as heat from the Bunsen burner excited it from below.

Professor Plum wiped his weary eyes; only the excitement of finally finishing the potion kept him awake. Just a few more hours, then it would be ready…

You can start your story here if you like or edit the above to make it unique. 

Why do you think certain words or punctuation has been highlighted by us as good examples? What is effective?


Before you start, see if you can answer these questions:

Question time!

Who is Professor Plum?

What potion is he making?

Has the Professor chosen to lock himself away?

Why hasn’t he had any sleep?

What might the vessels and books on the table contain?

If you could make any magic potion, what would you make?

What do you think the Professor keeps in his pockets?


Remember all we have learnt about the art of story writing, including how important it is to edit...

Think about vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling. Remember to paragraph. But most importantly, allow your imagination to take us on a journey...