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Please start off your literacy learning by looking through the spelling lesson presentation for your group and practising your spellings for this week.

Don't forget the common exception words that are on the help sheet glued into the front of your book!

Creative writing 


For your first day back at (home) school, we would like to see your creative juices flowing!

Go to the website and choose a picture that you find inspiring. Use this picture to give you a basis for writing a story. Your story could be set anywhere, anytime and have any characters. 

Before you start writing you need to consider two things: the construction of your story and your success criteria.


1. The construction of your story

Is your story going to be a finding story where a character finds something amazing but runs into difficulties that are eventually solved? Is it going to be a warning story where your characters are warned not to do something but they do it anyway to disastrous results...? It's completely up to you! For some ideas about story structure, have a look at the document below:

2. Your success criteria

Think about the objectives we have been learning about in literacy over the past few months. How many of the below can you achieve in your story? They are colour coded according to how tricky they are but please try your hardest to do as many as you can!



  • Capital letters and full stops
  • Comma after a fronted adverbial
  • Comma after a subordinate clause at the beginning of a sentence
  • Brackets, dashes or commas around a relative clause
  • Brackets for extra information
  • Semi-colon to replace FANBOYS or 'because'
  • Correct speech punctuation (look here for a checklist)
  • Colon to introduce a list (must have a full sentence before it)
  • Range of speech structures - speech verb at the start, middle (split speech) or end.

Sentence structure

  • Compound sentences - using FANBOYS
  • Complex sentences - using subordinating conjunctions or relative clauses
  • Short snappy sentences
  • Sentence with more than one subordinate clause
  • If, if, if, OR Even though, even though, even though

Description and detail

  • Fronted adverbial to tell you when, where or how something is happening (e.g. Beneath the azure sky, )
  • Precise and powerful vocabulary (wow words)
  • Expanded noun phrase (e.g. the dank, dingy, cramped cupboard with an acrid, pungent smell emanating from beneath the floorboards)
  • Show not tell (e.g. her heart thumped as her clammy hand edged closer to the door handle)
  • SHAMPOO - Simile, hyperbole, alliteration, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia and oxymoron