Upton Noble

C of E VC Primary School

Part of the East Somerset Federation which includes Bruton Primary School



For the next couple of weeks we will be looking at homophones. It is important not only to practise spelling these words but to know when to use them. There,their and they're are often confused, as are to, two and too. I have included separate video clips and worksheets for these words to help you to understand when to use them. 




Today you are going to write a recount of your favourite day of the half term holiday. It might be a day when you went for a lovely walk, or you might have camped in the garden, baked some cakes or had a barbecue. You need to think about how the day started and the different activities that you did. Write your recount using time connectives (first, next, then, after that, finally) to link your ideas. Remember to start each sentence with a capital letter and to end it with a full stop. Remember, a recount is always in the past tense.




We are going to be focussing on newspapers and newspaper reports for the next couple of weeks. We will start by thinking about what a newspaper is and what it is for. Read the slides below as an introduction to this unit.

Look at a newspaper and see how many of the different features listed on slide 4 you can find. Once you have done this I would like you to find an a report that interests you. Cut out or write the headline of the report and write a few sentences to explain why you have chosen it.

If you do not have a newspaper at home you can look through a previous issue of First News online using the link below. Go to the home page and scroll to the bottom of the page.




Newspaper articles usually have a similar structure. They always have a headline, followed by an opening, the main body of the article and a summary. The headline of an article or report is a short phrase that tries to grab the attention of the reader. Have another look at the newspaper that you used yesterday. Can you find any headlines that interest you?


I have written some headlines for reports using popular Fairy Tales. Have a look at the PowerPoint below and see if you can guess the Fairy Tale from the headline.


Now it is your turn to make up some headlines. You are a reporter for the Fairy Tale News. You need to make up headlines for the following stories;


The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Hansel and Gretel

The Gingerbread Man

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Magic Porridge Pot


Try to make your headline catchy, and use as few words as possible. Write your headlines in your Learning Journals. You might like to type them on to the computer and experiment with different fonts and sizes.



Our focus today is on the opening paragraph of a newspaper report/article. The features of the opening paragraph are explained on the slide below. Once you have looked carefully at the slide, you task is to identify the W's in the opening paragraphs of the reports below. What? Who? Where? When?

Colour the what - red

            who - green

            where - blue

            when - purple 

Then fill in the table on the worksheet below.


Read the PowerPoint below on features of newspaper reports. Then complete the sorting activity on the worksheet.