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English - Tuesday 2nd June

We have a new book to read together - Charlotte's Web, written by E.B. White (who also wrote 'Stuart Little').

Charlotte's Web is set on a farm in 1950s America. Today's reading activity is to watch this video about farming in America in the 1950s. Here are some new words that you should know about before you press play:

Fall - the American word for Autumn.

pasture - can you remember? Fields where animals can eat grass (pastoral farming).

calf - a baby cow

hay - dried grass that farm animals can eat

Writing L.O: I can use effective standard English to explain my ideas.

Not every farm would have been exactly like the one in the video. Imagine that you were a child on a farm a bit like the one in the video. Use the questions below and your imagination to help you to think about what farm life might have been like in the 1950s. Really focus on explaining your answers and ideas in a way that makes total sense. Make sure you read what you are writing as you go along to check that it does make sense in good standard English.

You can use phrases like 'I think that farming is different now because...', 'I think life would have been...', or 'Jobs that I think the children might have done could have been...'. Think of your own ways of writing your ideas too. 

Click here to read Charlotte's Web.

You can also listen to the audiobook below.

Why not play the audiobook, open the online book, and read along?

English - Wednesday 4th June

Write today's date and the Reading L.O: I can consider the context that a book was written in.

Charlotte's Web is a fictional story that is set in 1950s rural America (That's about 70 years ago. Do you know anyone who is over 70 years old? The book is set at the time when they were a child). The word 'context' means 'within the text' or 'within the place and time'. Today's learning objective is to try and understand what life would have been like for the characters in the story.


  • landscape: A view of the land. It can be a painting, a photograph or real-life.
  • rural: To do with the countryside - not built-up, urban areas like towns and cities.
  • depicted: This means 'shown'.

This is Walt Curlee.

Walt Curlee is a well-known and highly-skilled artist who paints landscape pictures of rural America as it would have been at the time when Charlotte's Web was set, like this one called 'Sunflowers and Cows'. It's really beautiful, isn't it? How has Walt depicted what life was like?

Today's reading activity:

  1. Click here to look at some more of Walt Curlee’s ‘Rural Americana’ paintings.
  2. Click on each picture to discover what the painting is called and more information.
  3. Jot down some words you might choose to describe what life could have been like in Rural America in the 1950s. Would you choose lonely, friendly, boring, secure, traumatic, busy, lazy, difficult, family, cold or togetherness? What other words can you think of? If you like, you could write down words that you definitely would use, and some that you definitely wouldn't use.

Now read the information from the back cover of Charlotte's Web. Here it is:

Write the Writing L.O: I can use pictures to generate ideas for a story.

Your task is to write a quick story.

  1. Look at the pictures below.
  2. Choose one, two, three or four that you like.
  3. Put them in an order that could tell a short story.
  4. Write your story down.
  5. Tell your story to someone at home. Did they like it?

Here are the pictures:

Well done! That's today's English work completed.

Email a photo if you like.

English - Thursday 4th June

Reading and Writing

First, watch this video about persuasive writing.

Write today's date and the Writing L.O: I can try to persuade someone about my opinion.

Follow the activity below. After you have read chapter one of Charlotte's Web (click on the link at the top of the page), choose one of the four 'things to discuss', and write your ideas in your home learning book, taking about half a page. Make sure your work has a heading as well as the learning objective, based on your chosen activity. How persuasive can you make your writing?

English - Friday 5th June

Reading and Writing

Have a close look at this word mat about what kind of language can be used to persuade somebody about something.

Follow part 2 below. After you have finished reading, write about one of the four 'things to discuss', a bit like you did yesterday. You should write about half a page, explaining your ideas so that your reader really understands what you are saying. Can you use some of the persuasive words and phrases from above? Underline each one you have used so that you know. How did you do? A photo would be nice.

English - Monday 8th June


Here is a fun drawing, making or acting activity for you:

  1. Make sure you have read chapters one to four- you can read, listen and watch by using the links above.
  2. Choose one or more of these activities:
    • Make a cereal-box model of the inside of Zuckerman's barn (chapter three).
    • Draw and label a plan (bird's eye) view of the inside of Zuckerman's barn (chapter three).
    • Draw a cartoon strip about the when Wilbur escapes (pages 17-23 in the book).
    • Make a model (lego, modelling clay, cardboard etc.) of the chase around the farm.
    • Make a model of your favourite character.
    • Make a phone video of yourself reading your favourite part of the story so far.
    • Make a phone video of your model - use it to tell the story.
    • If you can think of something else that is similar to these ideas, do that. 

Here are some pictures to help with your ideas (click to enlarge):

English - Tuesday 9th June

Watch some of the film. Choose another of the four subheadings or the 'You could...' activity from part 2. Again, you should write about half a page, explaining your ideas so that your reader really understands what you are saying. Remember to use the persuasive writing techniques that you have been practising. 

English - Wednesday 10th June

Hi! Today's activity:

Vocabulary from chapters V to VIII:

  • party = (in this context) person
  • gander = a male goose
  • lest = unless / or else / otherwise
  • pail = bucket
  • exterior = the outside or outer surface of something
  • swathes = lots of it
  • Frigidaire = the trade name for a fridge, like Hoover = vacuum cleaner.
  • morals, conscience, scruples etc. = a sense of right and wrong.
  • .22 = a gun that fires bullets of size 0.22 of an inch (about 5mm).
  • hysterics (say hissterrix) = very panicked, almost out of control. Can refer to laughter too.

1. Read to the end of chapter VIII (use your roman numerals skills to work out the chapter).

2. Think about this: How are the early days of Summer on the farm presented?

3. Jot down some words or phrases FROM THE TEXT that show that your ideas are correct.

4. Send me an email message that uses quotes from the text (that means copy and write words and phrases from the text) to explain why your ideas are correct. If you

Below is an example email message to help you.

If you are truly a bit stuck, you can send a list of words that you like from the text, and explain why you think they are powerful words. But only do this if you really are a bit stuck.

English - Thursday 11th June

Good morning. Thank you for sending your email message yesterday. Please do send one today if you haven't yet.

Today's activity:

  1. Write today's date and English L.O: I can identify persuasive words and phrases.
  2. Click on the pictures below to read these pages from Charlotte's Web, Chapter V, when Charlotte is trying to persuade Wilbur that it is good for her to eat other animals.
  3. Underneath the date and L.O, make a list of words, phrases or even sentences that Charlotte uses to persuade Wilbur.
  4. Is there anything else about Charlotte's argument that is really persuasive? Explain your ideas.

English - Friday 12th June

Today, we are going to think about a controversial topic.

What is the root and meaning for the word controversial?
The adjective controversial is from the Latin from controversus "disputed," formed from the prefix contra- "against" plus versus, from vertere "to turn." The Latin suffix –ialis, corresponding to the English suffixes –ial and –al, means "relating to or characterized by."
So controversy, or being controversial, is all about ideas that people turn against each other about. They disagree.
Should we wear school uniform? Should we all have to stay inside during the coronavirus pandemic? Should Nelson Mandela have been imprisoned? Should animals eat other animals? Should humans eat animals? Should we use air travel? Should we feed the United Kingdom first, or should we share our food with Yemen? Which is the best football team? Who is the best teacher? Which children are the hardest workers? Should we stop using paper?
These are all ideas that people feel strongly about.
These are ideas that people try to persuade other people that they are right about.
For the last few weeks, the government has told us that we must stay at home except to get essential shopping and to get some daily exercise.
Should we be in lockdown?
Write today's date and the heading Should We be in Lockdown? Make two lists, one called Arguments For and the other called Arguments Against. Write as many reasons as you can think of for each point of view.

English - Monday 15th June

Good morning.

Write the date and Writing L.O: I can use persuasive words and phrases in a letter.

Choose whether you are FOR the Coronavirus lockdown or AGAINST it.

Choose three or four reasons why you are for or against. For each reason, write a draft paragraph, missing out lines so that you can edit later. Each paragraph should give a reason and an explanation of your ideas. There will be three or four paragraphs.

Use the resources below to help you.

English - Tuesday 16th June



I hope you are enjoying Charlotte's web. By the end of today, please can you make sure you have read up to the end of chapter XI. Use the links above to watch and listen too.


Please use the year 5 skills lists below to help you to proof-read your three paragraphs.

  • Include the writing skills that you need to practice. See the lists below (from Friday) to check these.
  • Correct all your punctuation mistakes. Click here to use Espresso to remind you of anything you've forgotten.

  • Check and correct spellings that you are unsure about. Click on the image below for an online dictionary.

online dictionary-thesaurus

English - Wednesday 17th June to Friday 19th June


The aim of this activity is to learn some information about how laws are made in the UK, and who our local member of parliament is. This will help us to finish our piece of writing about Coronavirus Lockdown.

1. Click on the Espresso 'What is Parliament' video link below to watch the video about parliament (say par-li-ment).

2. Click on the Naz Shah picture. Explore the website and try to work out what kinds of opinions Naz Shah has. Clue: Explore the Spoken Contributions and Written Questions sections of the website.


Our task for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week is to use our three paragraphs about coronavirus lockdown in a letter to our local MP, Naz Shah, so that she can represent our views in the houses of parliament. We have already written our three paragraphs, so we now need write a short introduction.

Write today's date and the Writing L.O: I can use formal language to write an introduction.  Below is a WAGOLL of an introduction written using formal language (Remember, formal language is the kind of language you might use when talking about something important or when you need to talk very respectfully to someone). Use the WAGOLL to help you to write your own introduction. DO NOT include the arguments you have already written in your three paragraphs.


Dear Mrs. Shah,

Tuesday 5th May, 2020

My name is << insert name here>> and I’m writing to you today about <<issue>>. This issue is extremely important to me because <<reasons>>.

I think that we should <<say what you think our country should do about the coronavirus lockdown>>. I have three reasons for believing that this would be the best thing to do, which are as follows:

Friday 19th June

By the end of today, make sure you have read up to the end of chapter XV (15) of Charlotte's Web.


English - Monday 22nd June


By the end of today, make sure you have read up to the end of chapter XIX (19) of Charlotte's Web.

Before next Monday 29th June, make sure you have read to the end of the book.

Read the information in the two pages below. Read it carefully. You don't have to write anything, but I want you to have a really good think, or to talk to someone at home, about the ideas in the book.