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Friday 26th June 2020 


Although today there is no writing lesson I'd like you to do two things:


1. Send me your diversity poster, or pop me an email to let me know how you have got on!

2. Go outside and enjoy spending time with your family this weekend! Perhaps you could have a games night or listen to music! 


Enjoy the sunny sunshine! heart

Thursday 25th June 2020


It's Big Write day... with a twist! I'd like you to create a poster including the features we have looked at over the last couple of weeks.


However, I'd love to see that you've really thought about the message behind your diversity poster - what do you want people to learn from your message?

What image have you chosen to celebrate or represent diversity?

What does diversity mean to you? How can others celebrate diversity like you?


I can't wait to see your posters, I'm going to be doing one too and I'll share it with you this afternoon!


Enjoy the hot weather, I think it's definitely ice-cream weather!

Wednesday 24th June 2020


It's now time to think of some Alan Peat sentences to include in your diversity encouraging poster.


Take a look at the lesson below smiley

Tuesday 23rd June 2020


Next up, write a set of rules to encourage people to celebrate and show diversity.


Watch the lesson below too smiley

Monday 22nd June 2020


It's been a whirlwind few weeks in our lockdown 'bubbles' and lots has been happening, that's for sure!

Your task is to create a 'bubble timeline' to show all the different things that have been happening since we left school back in March.


You should include:

-Things that have happened in your household/family

-Things that have happened in your town or city

-Things that have happened in your country

-Things that have happened in the world


Think about things that have affected you and other people. Things you have seen on the news or heard stories about and about how you have felt across the lockdown period.


You may choose to display your bubble timeline on paper or online, using purple mash or microsoft word.


Post on our class blog to show me your bubble timelines! smiley

Friday 19th June 2020


Happy Friday! 


In today's writing session I'd like you to bring all the features of a persuasive text we have looked at this week and, using your own bubble invention idea, create a persuasive poster!


I'm really looking forward to seeing your posters, you always have such brilliant ideas!


After editing your work (see our reading home learning page) please send me your posters via Purple Mash smiley


Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday 18th June 2020


It's back to our old friend Alan Peat and a sentence type you are familiar with.

Follow the lesson below, I look forward to seeing some excellent ad, same ad sentences in your persuasive texts! 

Wednesday 17th June 2020


One of the main aims of a persuasive text is to really get the reader thinking. This is done by asking them questions. However, these questions lead the reader to a specific answer (that your product will make them happy, change their life, be better than what they have at the minute).


These questions are called..... yes, you guessed it - rhetorical questions!


Today, please follow the rhetorical question lesson below and complete the activities. Who can spy the rhetorical questions I included in my own bubble invention?


p.s remember, if it's a question, it needs a... QUESTION MARK!

Tuesday 16th June 2020


In order to persuade your reader that your invention is the best thing they will ever see and that anything else they have used before is complete rubbish, you have to use the best vocabulary you know!

This means no more 'good' 'bad' 'big' and 'small'...


Using a mind map style like the ones below, brainstorm all the synonyms you know for:

Good and Bad
These will be used in your persuasive posters to describe your invention and make sure your reader knows that anything else they use will not compare to your product!

Monday 15th June 2020 



There seems to be some missing words from our Persuasive Text WAGOLL and it is your task to use those brilliant imaginations to think of suitable alternatives to go in the gaps.


Remember to read though the sentences afterwards to make sure your new alternatives make sense and that the sentences still have the same meaning and flow well smiley

Friday 12th June 2020

Good morning Hazel Class,

Today brings us to an end if our diary writing topic - which means it's time to add your finishing touches to your Big Write, get those purple pens out (or any colour you have at home!) and edit your work, checking for:

  • Capital letters and full stops in the correct places
  • Features of a diary entry clearly shown
  • Making sure your sentences make sense! Read your work to someone at home, this will help you see if your sentences flow nicely and whether you need to add anything.


Finally, send your work over to Miss Castledine! Last time some of you forgot to do this step, so I haven't seen your writing for a while! You can send them over 2email or add a photo of your work to your work file on Purple Mash. 


Have a lovely weekend!


Thursday 11th June 2020


After checking your features table from yesterday's lesson (see below!) you can then get started with your Big Write. Remember to include the features we have explored and use your amazing imaginations! I'm really looking forward to reading your diary entries! smiley 

Wednesday 10th June 2020 


Time to plan! 


Tomorrow you will start writing your diary entry Big Writes. Therefore, you need to make sure you have in mind exactly what you would like to write.


My best advice would be:

  • Look over the points to consider below
  • Write down notes you would like to include in your diary entry to remind you to include them when you're writing
  • Tell someone in your family about your plans once you're happy with them - they might have a good idea you could magpie!

Tuesday 9th June 2020


Alan Peat is back!

Today's Alan Peat sentence type is 'the more, the more' (one of my personal favourites).
Read the lesson below for more information... The more I think about it, the more I'm looking forward to reading what you come up with! 

Monday 8th June 2020 


A great feature to use in your diary writing is fronted adverbials. Fronted adverbials give more details about where, when or how something is happening.


Head to purple mash to complete the 2do set for you named 'Campsite Jim' where your task is to add the comma after the fronted adverbial in the given sentences.


Then, complete the worksheet below... 


I look forward to reading some fabulous fronted adverbials in your diary entries at the end of the week! laugh

Friday 5th June 2020


Time to use your imagination! Here's today writing lesson on Alan Peat noun, who sentences which will allow you to add detail to your diary entries by describing nouns.


(pdf attached!)

Thursday 4th June 2020


Now that you have researched your chosen diary entry setting (and hopefully this has got you excited!)


Write down atleast 5 sentences to describe your setting, with facts which you have learnt today.


Keep these somewhere safe because I'd like you to include these in your diary entry next week.


For example, for my setting I found out about the temperature, the wildlife, the plants and the scenery (what everything looks like) and included them in my diary entry - this is what we will do next week.


It looks so beautiful - I wish I was there now! 

Wednesday 3rd June 2020


A diary entry is a private piece of writing, people write them to help them talk about their feelings and reflect. They are often quite emotional and show peoples struggles, celebrations and key life events. 


Molly talks about how she feels in her diary entry. On the mind map page below (pdf attached) think about how you would feel if you were in Molly's position. Underneath the emotion you identify, add in why you would feel like that.

Tuesday 2nd June 2020


Today you are going to be working on adjectives, just like your reading lesson. However, now you are the author's and it is your job to think of the best adjectives for the job.


In your synonym staircase's are a range of adjectives used to describe different objects and settings. However, they are boring! It is your job as author to uplevel these and find the best synonyms for the spaces.


Remember, synonym means same meaning so your words must have the same meaning as the main adjective I have given you. I have completed the first staircase as an example for you. 

Monday 1st June 2020


It may seem like a long time ago but I'm sure you can all remember how we usually do the clarify part of a Reciprocal Read! Now that we have clarified the definitions of words, it's time to put your knowledge into practise and use your new vocabulary in sentences.


When writing your sentences, base them around an adventure, just like the one Molly was on in the diary entry.


Off you go!

Thursday 21st May 2020


Today you are a poet and now you know it! (Sorry, awful joke!) 


Please continue your poems you started yesterday, aim to include rhyming couplets about 3 or more toys and remember to include the features of poetry we have learnt about this week:


-Rhyming couplets

-Syllables (counted)



Tomorrow you will be doing something exciting with your poems so make sure they are your best work!

Wednesday 20th May 2020


Today's writing lesson is all about exploring rhyming couplets. Now, most of you won't have heard of these before but based on the name, what predictions can you make about what it might mean?



Yes, that's right. It sounds like 'couple' which means two (2). 

Therefore, when writing a rhyming couplet, you are writing two lines which go together and rhyme


Over to you...

Tuesday 19th May 2020


Another feature of poetry (another part of your poetry toolkit) is to make sure you have a wide range of vocabulary. In order to do this, today we would like you to explore a range of synonyms for basic, boring words.

Remember: a synonym is a word that means the same.
An antonym is the opposite meaning.


Once you have completed the synonym staircases below, include a synonym of your choice in a sentence about a toy of your own.

Monday 18th May 2020


Poetry requires lots of skill and there are lots of parts you will need to explore before you are a poet! Not all poems rhyme but most do, so today's lesson you will be learning about rhyme.


Here's a tool to add to your poetry tool box!

(I have attached the pdf of this lesson for those of you who prefer it!)

Friday 15th May 2020

Today is your final day to finish your narrative, I can't wait to read your seed stories! Send pictures of your writing or email me your narratives on Purple Mash to share them - I will read them over the weekend!

Thursday 14th May 2020


Your story will be getting exciting at this point and you, as the author, have some decisions to make.


Remember to refer to your Year 3 writing checklist... Off you go!

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Big Write day one... Here is your grid of features and prompts. Use your story board to help you remember the plot of your narrative.


I have also added the Year 3 Writing Assessment Objectives to remind you of what you should aim to include in your writing laugh

Tuesday 12th May 2020


The time has come... it's time to start planning your own narrative! 


Below is a storyboard to help you structure your ideas (a pdf version for those of you who prefer to print). Use the questions in grey on the storyboard to help you plan your story and remember that this is just somewhere to put your ideas in the order you want to write them, you don't need to write it in full and you can even add pictures to remind yourself how you want your story to go. 


I have also added a copy of the features to include in the narrative (don't worry too much about this in the planning stage, it is just a reminder).


Remember to use your imagination and be creative with your stories... I can't wait to read them at the end of the week! smiley

Monday 11th May 2020


A key part of writing a narrative is making sure the reader of your story is imagining the story exactly how you want them to. The way to make sure this happens is to use the correct adjectives and verbs to write about how things are happening and what it looks like in your mind, as an author. 


Below is an Alan Peat sentence type we have used before. Follow the instructions (again, a pdf version added) to explore a great way of including verbs and adjectives in a powerful way...

Thursday 7th May 2020

Features - tick!
Definitions - tick!
Examples - waiting...

1. First, check your answers from yesterday's task of matching the correct definition with the feature included in a narrative.

2. Next, use the text to find examples of these features from the story. (I have attached the PDF version too)

3. Complete the rest of your Home Learning for today and enjoy your long weekend! 

Wednesday 6th May 2020


Now that you have seen the story being read to you, your task today is to look into the features of a narrative (a story).

Below is the same format we used for our previous topic and one we have used in school, your task is to match the correct definitions to the feature used in the narrative 'The Promise'.

Answers to this grid will be given tomorrow, when you will have another job to do with this information! 

Tuesday 5th May 2020


It's time to put your work on inverted commas and direct speech from yesterday into practice! The below illustrations have had speech bubbles added, it is your task to think about what these people may be saying in the images. Write your speech with the correct puncuation.


Remember: open your speech with inverted commas " and close your speech with inverted commas "

I like to think of it as you put " when the character has opened their mouth and " again when they have closed their mouth and finished talking! laugh

What are they saying?

Monday 4th May 2020


In this writing topic we will be covering narratives - who can remember what a narrative is? (Clue: What does a narrator do?)
We know that a feature of a great narrative is that it contains direct speech. Therefore, this lesson will remind you how to correctly punctuate direct speech. This is one of the Year 3 writing objectives which you need to be able to do, so the more practice the better! (You were fabulous at this last time we covered it at school!)

Below is:

  • A powerpoint lesson - follow this to remind you how to punctuate speech (this is the same presentation you have seen before, so it should remind you what to do)
  • A punctuating speech task - I have included my examples to help guide you

    (p.s A narrator tells a story...!)
2. Activity - Punctuating Speech

Thursday 30th April 2020


I think you've earned a writing rest for the day, an exciting task is waiting for you on the reading page - go, go, go!

Wednesday 29th April 2020


It's your final day of writing your persuasive letter to the builders - today you should write your final reason paragraph and your conclusion. Finally, edit your writing to ensure it is A M A Z I N G!
Once you have done this you can choose to either:


  • Send me a picture of your letter via Purple Mash as a photograph (ask an adult to help!)
  • or email me a typed up version of your letter.

This is the only way I can see that you have taken part in this fortnight's English lessons and Mrs Lindsay can't wait to see how hard you have been working when I send her your letters!


Tuesday 28th April 2020


Today you are on day two of your big write letter to the builders. Check out the sheet below to see what you need to include in your third paragraph. Please also spend some time editing your paragraphs from yesterday.

Monday 27th April 2020

Happy Monday Hazel Class - today is the day you can get your teeth into your Big Write task! This is one of my favourite books to use and I think you're going to love writing your letters to the builders from Jeannie Baker's Window story. Just as we would do in school, you will need to use your work and ideas from last week to help you write your letter. Now don't rush this letter, you will have tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday to write this letter so make sure you are doing your best work. 

You should refer to:
  • Your reason's against building, that you wrote last Wednesday
  • The features of a persuasive letter, that you completed on Friday. 

You will need to include all of this in your letter. Below is a suggested structure for your letter, each paragraph should include the features of a persuasive letter shown on today's sheet. Today I would like you to write your opening paragraph and your paragraph containing your first reason against building.


We will be asking for you to send us your letters, via PurpleMash (either as a message or a picture of your writing) so make sure you can WOW us! 

Friday 24th April 2020


After watching the video I hope it has reminded you of the ways we can write to persuade. Today's writing task requires you to use the features of persuasive writing, which are:

  • Using rhetorical questions
  • Frequently using adjectives to describe
  • Using conjunctions to add more points
  • Repetition, to repeat the points you want to make clear
  • Being informal, so that you seem friendly to the reader and they are more likely to listen to you
  • Your opinion presented as a fact, so that the reader thinks that what you think is definitely true and not just your opinion
  • Exaggeration, making something worse or better than it actually is to encourage the reader to do something

Below is a worksheet I would like you to complete. I am sure you recognise what we are going to do today from lessons we have done at school. Today we are looking at matching features with an example and the effect it has on the reader.  I have very kindly found the examples of these features from the WAGOLL shown to you yesterday (scroll down to remind yourselves).

Your job is to match the correct effect these features have to the correct feature! (I have even given you the options to choose from at the bottom of the sheet)smiley​​​​​​​

Thursday 23rd April 2020


Feature detective!
Your job is to work through the letter written by a worried resident to the builders, trying to persuade them not to build and identify the features they have used.
Tomorrow's lesson will reveal the features so keep your guesses written down somewhere safe so you can check them tomorrow! 

Wednesday 22nd April 2020


Now that you've spotted all those differences in our reading session (and there are a lot of them!) write 3 reasons against the builders building houses, roads and shops behind your house and explain why these reasons are a problem. You should be aiming for a paragraph for each of the reasons.

For example, one of my reasons would look like this:

One of the reasons we bought our lovely home was because it was full of colourful, vibrant plants and flowers. If you build behind our house, these beautiful plants and flowers will be ruined. This will be devastating, devastating because it makes me smile in the spring and summer months and they provide nutrients and homes for the precious wildlife in our area. 

Tuesday 21st April 2020


Imagine you are Sam, the boy we see growing up in the story. Write about how you would feel if you were him, seeing all of those things happening out of your window.

  • Do you like the changes to the trees?
  • Do you like the new roads and buildings behind your house?
  • Do you like it being louder and busier or did you prefer it quiet?
  • What do you miss most about the view from your window?
  • Is there anything you wish you could change?

Monday 20th April 2020

Using the first page of our new topic book 'Window' by Jeanie Baker and the adjectives you have just thought of in our reading session, I would like you to write sentences (to create paragraphs) of descriptive writing, about exactly what you can see in the image. 


One of my examples would be:


There is long, wavy grass that is magnificent and bright green. It is filled with tiny insects, of all shapes and sizes.


By the end of it you should have a great amount of sentences to describe the image - this will come in handy later on in our writing so keep it safe (I suggest your wet play book).


Off you go!



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On Purple Mash you will find writing tasks linked to our topic 'Were the Greeks geeks?'


Throughout the Home Learning period, please complete these tasks to the best of your ability. The children can design and create the writing tasks on Purple Mash, using their computing skills. If they would prefer, they can create a paper copy of the tasks - remember to include all the writing features we have done in Year 3. 


The tasks include:

* Retelling the story of Medusa and Athena (narratives)

* Writing your opinion on the story of Medusa (first person writing)

* Write everything you know about the history of the Olympics (informative writing)

* Write everything you know about the Greek Gods and Goddesses
 Do you have a favourite God? Tell us why they are the best! (informative writing/ persuasive writing)

* Write everything you know about Greek food... (informative writing)
 Remember our trip to  Yiannis? Write about it!

*Write a postcard from Greece! What were the best bits about it? (Geography, informative writing)