Upton Noble

C of E VC Primary School

Part of the East Somerset Federation which includes Bruton Primary School


Summer Term 1

Week Beginning 20th April

Over the course of this week, use the document below to begin to research different aspects of Viking life. Make notes in each section using bullet points (at least 4 facts in each box). Then, using these ideas, turn your notes into a formal report, using headings and sub-headings to layout your information.

Your work can also be turned into PowerPoint displays, allowing you to share the information you have found with family members. Complete a presentation showcasing all that you have found.

Week Beginning 27th April


Below is an image of a Viking funeral. Spend some time on the first day collecting information about what happens during this event and why it takes place.

Then, start to think about how we would describe this image if we saw it. Think about your senses and including any similes to give even more detail.

Finally, I would like you to write a letter to a friend detailing the fact that you had witnessed a Viking funeral an what it was like (including information and detail you have already collected and created earlier in the week). Look into example letters, and how they arrange the address for where the letter is going and how you start and end letters to friends. 


Go one step further and try tea staining your letter to give it age ones you have finished! Please send in any photos to share of your amazing letters.

Week Beginning 4th May


Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to be using the video below as our inspiration for a Viking traditional tale. Watch the clip each day to keep it fresh and follow the plan below.


Day 1 - Watch the clip and then, using the arrow document, you are going to split the story up into the main events that have happened. Then, once you have all the events (8 minimum), order these events. Example of an event: boy walking through a Viking village, father and son find an object missing.


Day 2 - Watch the clip. There is no speech at all through the video, so we are going to make some up between the boy and the father after they have found the object missing. Use the speech bubbles in the documents below and think about what each character would say to each other. Use inverted commas and try not to use the word said. Push yourself further by thinking of actions that each character may do as they are speaking.


Day 3 - The journey! The main character takes a journey and travels through different environments. Split an A4 page into four sections and draw 4 different environments that the character may travel through. Then, list and label the picture with adjectives, nouns and similes.


Day 4 - Taking the ideas from yesterday, write a paragraph to describe each environment that our character travels through. Use full sentences, and try and expand your ideas using connectives and many different descriptive tools (ENPs, similes, openers).


Day 5 - Watch the clip. What do you think the main character would be feeling and thinking as they travel through the different environments on their journey. Using the heart and thought bubbles, write ideas about how the character might feeling and why, and also what rhetorical questions they may be thinking to themselves. Remember to use full sentences.



Viking Traditional Tale

Still image for this video

Week Beginning 11th May


During this week, you are going to bring together everything that you prepared last week to write your own version of the animation above. Use the arrows from last Monday to help work out each paragraph and aim to do two paragraphs a day. I wouldn't suggest writing more because you want to try and include as much detail and description as possible.


Follow the checklist below to ensure that you have included all the different features:

  • Setting Description
  • Character Description
  • Expanded Noun phrases (adj, adj noun)
  • Similes (like... as...)
  • Interesting openers
  • Speech
  • The journey


This story should be something that you are proud of and can even turn into a small mini book with illustrations if you want. Enjoy and I look forward to reading your stories.

Week Beginning 18th May 

If you have not finished your traditional Viking tale from last week then use this week to complete and publish your story with illustrations.

If you have finished your Viking Story, Mrs Akhurst has asked you to change the story by innovating your  Viking Traditional Tale.

You may change the setting, the characters, the plot of your story and the ending.

Day 1: Plan a story map of your story, changing the settings, characters and the beginning, middle and end.

Day 2: Begin to write the beginning 2 paragraphs of your story using adventurous vocabulary, powerful verbs and effective openers.

Day 3 Write the middle of your story with the problem and climax of the story. Remember to included power language and speech.

Day 4 Write the resolution of your story and the ending of your story.

Day 5 Edit, improve and publish your own innovated Viking story.

If you are happy with your  Viking story. You may like to design a front cover and a blurb for your Viking story. I will look forward to reading them.

Please send them via the Beech class email and I will enjoy reading them.

Miss James


End of Spring Term

Tilly and the Time Machine


Unfortunately, we were unable to finish reading the story of Tilly and the Time Machine. Last time I read with you, Tilly had just visited the Battle of Trafalgar with Admiral Nelson, trying to find her father. The GO! button that helped her travel had got stuck on the rigging and she experienced a real life battle onboard of a battle ship.


We know that she also travels to the final of the Football World Cup in 1966 and visits Queen Victoria. 


I would like you to write a chapter for the story yourself, with your own ideas. You will need to consider the following:

  • Where have you travelled to?
  • Which famous characters from history are you meeting?
  • What could happen to the GO! button that makes it difficult for you to leave this place in time?
  • What speech may occur between you and the people from the past?
  • Descriptions to tell the reader about the time and characters you are meeting.
  • Something bad or exciting happening that Tilly would get involved in


Please take pictures of your writing or email them across to me so that I can add some of your ideas onto this page!



Still image for this video
Using this video as inspiration, write a newspaper article explaining this natural disaster.
Think about adding in titles, quotes, a byline, pictures, captions and an introduction containing the 5Ws

Summer Term 2

Week beginning 1/6/20

This week, before you begin, you must choose one of the following Olympic athletes: Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis Hill or Adam Peaty.


Task 1: Research and find out as much information as you possibly can about your chosen athlete. There is a video below on note taking. 

Put a picture or write the name of your chosen athlete in the centre of your page. Now jot down the notes you wish to take. If you are watching videos, watch the video once without taking any notes then begin to take notes as you watch the video a second time!


Task 2: Create a mind map for your athlete (see picture below)

So you should now have lots of information about your athlete but you will now need to organise them in a mind map so they are clear to write from


Task 3: Create a leaflet on your athlete

It's now time to put it all together! Don't forget to have a nice front cover and fill your leaflet with lots of information about your athlete. Don't just copy your notes down but think about putting them into full sentences.

Taking Notes for session 1

Helpful video for taking notes

How to put together a mind map

Week beginning 8/6/20

When we think about the Olympic games, there are usually 3 sports which spring to mind: Swimming, athletics and gymnastics. However, did you realise there will be 28 different sports represented at the games with a total of 339 different events!

Your task this week is to find out about one of the following - less well-known sports and create a report on them. This can in the end be typed or handwritten! It's up to you.


Firstly, before you begin, you need to choose one of the following sports. It might be worth finding out what all of them are first before choosing!


Modern Pentathlon


Artistic Swimming


Task 1: Simply spend time finding out about your chosen sport. Become an expert in everything you need to know such as: What the sport is? What does it involve? Who are the champions? Are there any records? What are the rules? How do you win? How to train? How to get involved? etc etc. Watch videos online and read books - this is the easy bit!


Task 2: Create a 'FACT DUMP'. From memory, write down as many facts as you possibly can about your chosen sport. You may have lots, you may not have very many! If you don't have many, your research isn't complete. Watch more videos and read more books. Add to your fact dump and repeat this until you think you have enough research!


Task 3: Write up your report! Follow this layout if you wish.

Introduction: Tell the reader a little about the sport but don't give too much detail. That's what the rest of the report is for.

What is the sport?

What are the rules?

Famous athletes


How to get involved?


Week beginning 15/6/20

This week, you are going to retell a series of iconic Olympic moments as if you were the athlete!


Top tips:

Create tension with short simple sentences

Create description with complex, detailed sentences

Think about how you are feeling, what is happening around you, what you can hear, see and feel!


Session 1: This still gave me goose bumps when I watched this!

Watch the video of Mo Farah winning Olympic gold, firstly in the 10,000m and then again in the 5,000m. Write down as many things as you can which will help you retell this event!


Start your writing with: As I heard the bell which indicated the last lap, I knew I was in with a chance of winning my first gold medal.


Session 2: 

Watch the video of Usain Bolt in his last ever Olympic race. Again, as you are watching, jot down as many things as you can which will help you retell the race as if you were Usain Bolt!


Start your writing with: Don't drop the baton. Don't drop the baton. That's all I kept pleading to myself as I waited fo the race to begin.


Session 3: 

Watch the video of Derek Redomond at the Olympic games in Barcelona '92. In the 400m semi final, he started the race well. Watch the video to find out what happened to him before retelling his story.


Start your writing with: The gun went off and I powered out of the blocks.


Session 4: 

Choose you favourite and write it up as beautifully presented as you can before sending it across! Add pictures, add a border and write it as neatly as you can!

Session 1: Mo Farah wins double Olympic gold

Great Britain's Mo Farah became a double Olympic champion at London 2012 after he won the Men's 10,000m and 5,000m. Can he win he defend his titles at Rio 20...

Session 2: Usain Bolt's last Olympic race | Throwback Thursday

At the 2016 Olympic Games, Usain Bolt won his last gold medal in the men's 4 x 100 m relay with the support of Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade!...

Session 3: Derek Redmond's inspirational 400m Race at Barcelona 1992 | Throwback Thursday

Let's take a look back at the semi-final of the Men's 400 metres sprint where Derek Redmond tore his hamstring and still finished the race limping while the ...

Week beginning 22/6/20

Well, I found this out this morning - poetry was an Olympic event with bronze, silver and gold medals given out and this still took place in 20th century! So with this in mind, your tasks this week are all linked to poetry!



Poetry is difficult

Don't give up

Think of the 2 words you want to rhyme before you write the line

If it doesn't make sense, don't use it

READ - if there is one thing you do this week, read. Read as much poetry as you can! A simple Google search of 'rhyming poems' will help with this though there is no substitute for reading poetry books!


Session 1: Create a rhyming couplet poem

Firstly, watch the video below - it will explain to you what a rhyming couplet is. It's pretty simple really. Make sure you have 2 lines in each verse, roughly the same length and both lines must end with a word which rhymes. (The video is a bit slow and steady but it does help to explain).

Take a look at the poem 'Salute to the Olympics' for further ideas.


Now, select an event at the Olympic games and mind map as many words as you can which link to this event. This is really important as it will give you many more ideas that if you started cold. You're now ready to write. Now repeat what you have just done, but for either a different event or a specific athlete - maybe the one who you researched and know a lot about!


Session 2: Create an acrostic poem

Firstly, visit the webpage below to recap on what an acrostic poem is. Now, select whether your poem will be on an event, sport, athlete or just the Olympic games. Be careful not to make each of your lines just one word. This is too easy for you. Look at the poem below called Olympic poem for an idea of what it could like. For an extra challenge, make your acrostic poem a rhyming couplet poem too!


Session 3: Create a stanza/Quatrain

The poem below called when Granny won gold better explains what a quatrain is than anything that I could write so take a look at that poem first. You can see that each verse has 4 lines. Though not all of the lines end in a rhyming word - just lines 2 and 4! This is a trickier type of poem to get your head around, but like you have in the last couple of days, jot down as many ideas as you can about your chosen subject (what your poem will be about) 


Session 4: Freestyle

You choose the type of poem, you choose what to write about. Off you go!

Olympic poetry examples

Session 1 Couplet Poem Mini-Lesson

Mini-Lesson on couplet poems!

Week beginning 29/6/20

Your task for the next couple of weeks is all about writing newspaper reports - something which I know that you will have done in class before. However, it's not as simple as just writing one. There are lots of different pieces which we have to put together to make an excellent report. We have introductions, quotes, factual information, headlines, sub-headings and conclusions which we have to understand before we actually start to write! Eventually, you will write a newspaper report on a scandal which took place at the Olympic games (as if it was past tense).


Session 1: write effective introductions

Firstly, visit the website below for session 1, take a look around and complete the quiz on newspaper reports. Also watch the video on newspaper reports - it goes into a little more depth.



Here are a few examples I have written proving that introductions can be written in a variety of ways.

1) Early yesterday morning, the world record holder and clear favourite for the Olympic title, Adam Peaty, was barred from the games leaving the swimming world in a state of shock.


2) Swimming fans worldwide have been left in a state of shock and confusion as it was announced yesterday that Adam Peaty has been banned from taking part in the Tokyo games.


3) Adam Peaty was sensationally pulled out of the Olympic games yesterday by officials who are said to have seen him smuggling pizza and chocolate into his room during greedy midnight feast sessions.


Task: To write introductions for these headlines

1. Usain Bolt to come out of retirement

2. Not enough medals to give out to athletes

3. British athletes stranded on Mount Fuji


Ext: Come up with better headlines



Session 2: write quotes

Below I have written a couple of reporting clauses. These help the reader to know who the quote was from. A simple one would be  - Adam Peaty explained, " or Usain Bolt told us, " but I know you are much better than that so take a look at these below.


A British official - who was clearly stunned by yesterday's events - explained, "


Peaty's coach - who has been helping him prepare for the games for the past 4 years - said, "


Task: To write quotes, using reporting clauses like the above to support the headlines from yesterday’s session


Remember the key rules.

Capital letter for speech

Inverted commas around what is being said

Vary the reporting clause

Punctuation inside of inverted commas

Use reported, explained, suggested and said,



Session 3: use reported speech

Watch the video below on changing direct speech to reported speech. It's pretty straightforward really. I've done an example. The first sentence is direct speech and the second is reported. Take a look.


A British official - who was clearly stunned by yesterday's events - explained, "We have been left with no choice. Adam's actions have brought are nations involvement into disrepute and we had to exclude him from the games."


A British official - who wished to remain unnamed -  told us that Adam's actions were indefensible and they had to exclude him from the games.


What’s the difference?


Task: Now convert the quotes which you wrote yesterday into reported speech


Session 4: read, read, read newspaper reports


The only way that you will become effective at writing newspaper reports is if you read them. It is important that for this task, you have some parental support so they can check the suitability of what you are reading. Either ask an adult to get some newspapers across the week - or alternatively visit the webpages of a range of news reporting websites such as BBC news, Sky news, newsround etc.

Session 1 video: Creating a News Report

This video is about Creating a News Report

Session 2: How to write direct speech

This short video demonstrates to students how to use quotation marks in their creative writing.

Session 3: Reported and Direct Speech

This video shows you the difference between direct and reported (indirect) speech.

Week beginning 6/7/20

Continuing with last week's work, you will be writing up your newspaper reports. By this point you should know how to write introductions and include quotes in your reports. You must remember though that the most important thing is that you are telling the reader about something which has happened so you write your report in the past tense. To support what you are saying, you often use quotes or 'direct speech' which is written in the present tense.


Take a look at the pdf below for a guide to this week's sessions. It may take you a little longer than I have planned for. What would be great is when you have written it up, to either do it in best handwritten or using a computer. Either way, try your best to make it look like a newspaper!

Week beginning 13th July

So, your final week of literacy this year is going to be all about writing letters. For those of you who have never written a letter before, take a look at the video and bbc bitesize pages below. This will allow you to be sure that you are setting your letter out correctly and also using the correct language! Also be sure to recognise who you are writing to. If you were writing to a friend, you could write in a very informal or chatty style whereas if you were writing a letter to complain about something or to the Prime Minister, then you would need to really think about writing more formally (professionally).

How to write a formal letter in English

A clip to teach students how to write a formal letter in English. Created with PowToon.

Letter #1

Your first letter is to Mrs Akhurst. You may want to think about your level of formality in this letter as you know her really well therefore you could write in a chatty tone. However, remember, she is still your teacher so formality shows respect as well!


Before you start, you will need to think about why you are writing. I'll give this one to you! You are writing to her to thank her for the hard work she has put in this year, to tell her about your favourite memories of the year and what you think has gone well for you in her class. You may also want to ask her a few questions as I am pretty sure that she has been through a very important few months!


Letter #2

Your first letter is to Mrs Baker. Your level of formality with Mrs Baker will need to be slightly different since you don't know her as well as you know Mrs Akhurst!


This time you are writing to introduce yourselves to your new teacher, letting her know how excited you are to be in her class in September. Include within the letter lots of details about you such as your favourite lessons, your strengths, areas for improvement, what you like about school etc. There are lots of different things which you may want to include in a letter to your new teacher. Some of you may focus on talking about things you need help with in September for example.


Letter #3

This letter is going to be written to yourself! And then you are going to seal it and keep it safe until the end of year 5! This can definitely be a more informal and chatty letter!


Within this letter you will need to write about your recent experiences of home learning and anything else notable which has happened. You can include details such as what has gone well for you and what might not have gone quite so well. Additionally, include details about what you hope to achieve from the next academic year, whether that be in school or out of school. You can then come back next year, read the letter and see if you are still on the path which you set out on!