Y3-6: verbs and adverbs
Y3-6 nouns and adjectives
Help a publishing director create a bestselling horror story. Read the story. Choose effective nouns and adjectives to increase the impact of the story and make it scarier. Select illustrations that highlight the horror of the events.
Y3-4 reading between the lines: inference
Read the to gather information that will help you answer the questions. Analyse the information in each sign to work out the implied meaning, and to determine the opinions, feelings and ideas. Record your opinion of what each sign means. Review the information collated from each of these signs and then answer the questions.
Y3-4 improve these sentences – grammar
Test your ability to create lively sentences by selecting the most appropriate words. For example, view animations of a boy and a girl on the beach. Next, add appropriate adjectives and adverbs to two simple sentences about them to make the sentences more lively. Select a suitable connecting word or phrase to join your two lively sentences. Then write a few more vivid sentences of your own to continue the story.
Year 4: structure of a newspaper article
Test your understanding of how visual elements in a magazine page affect reader response. Compare a poorly created magazine page layout with a good page layout and identify how the visual elements in the good layout work better to convey meaning to the reader. Explore how the style, size, colour and placement of images, text and other page elements can improve the readability of the page. Examine the magazine’s model page layout, then create a new page layout to suit the magazine’s requirements. Reflect on what a good layout for a magazine is and why it is important. Finally, view and print a report of your results.
Y4-5 Recount: Select language elements to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the elements to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adverbs and adjectives to make the recount clearer and more scary. Combine simple sentences using conjunctions.
Y4,5,6 Finish the story
Edit a comic book story. Look closely at the narrative and make it more exciting and complete. Choose an ending. Improve the story by adding adjectives, choosing verbs and linking sentences using text connectives. Choose a title and image for the cover.
Y4,5,6 Point of view: newspaper report
Examine a model newspaper report to learn about structure and use of pronouns. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable pronouns for the report. Create a headline and choose a photograph.
Year 5 Instructions
Help a basketball team to practise shooting, passing and dribbling skills. Look at diagrams in a coaching manual. Use a model structure and sample phrases to build a set of instructions. Choose words that clearly describe actions and arrange them in sequence. For example, identify the first step in shooting as ‘Face the basket and watch the backboard’. Watch how much your coaching helps the team’s performance.
Y5: formal and informal language
Assess your ability to build a video for a public awareness campaign about safety at the beach. Work with a lifesaver to help make a beach safer. Look at the importance of water safety and skin protection at the beach. Hear some safety tips from some beach-goers. Then build your video. Choose appropriate animated clips and edit the video if you need to. Examine differences between formal and informal language, then select appropriate text for the script. Replay your video, and then view and print out your results.
Y5: reliability of sources for a newspaper article
Track down a black panther reported to be prowling around a town. Interview witnesses and gather information from sources such as a website, advertisement and newspaper article. Notice that some of the statements may be wrong and the opinions may be biased. Choose the evidence most likely to be accurate. Rate reliability by using the SAFE test (Source, Attitude, Facts and Emotions). Identify when, where and how to find the panther.
Y5 graphic design – selling (biscuits, chocolate, soft drinks)
- Students decode, interpret and apply information from texts by incorporating visual elements.
- Students relate a text to their own knowledge and experiences.
- Students identify literal meanings and inferential meanings in texts.
- Students identify the meaning of a text by referring to illustrations and text structure.
- Students use information from written and visual texts to construct new text.
- Students explore how certain word choices and text structures appeal to particular social groups.
Y5-6 chronological order recount
Help a detective work out what happened to a missing celebrity. For example, look closely at clues in a rubbish bin. Note key dates and times on items of evidence such as a pet grooming receipt and a flight reservation. Sort the evidence into chronological order. Look at a model recount of another case story. Build a recount of Cal’s disappearance using the facts collected. Conclude with your solution to the case.