Hello Ash Class,
Welcome back to our online classroom (of sorts).
I hope you had a lovely half term. Did you get out in the lovely sunshine? My best achievement and memory is cycling 42 miles. I was amazing!
I look forward to seeing any of your work or news!
Welcome back to fractions!
Remember to start with the Flashback 4 as it might help to jog your memory.
English - Spelling
Endings that sound like /ʒən/ spelt ‘sion’
Look at the list of words below. What do you notice about them?
Can you add 'sion' to these words?
What word class is the word now?
Please check you have correctly added 'sion' before you practice spelling them.
Generation Lockdown is an exciting writing competition that’s just been launched for ages 7-17. Take a look at the website here to find out all the details: https://generationlockdown.co.uk/.
You have until midnight on Friday 17th July 2020 to write about life in lockdown during the coronavirus crisis, and submit your work to be judged by a published author. You can write about a personal experience, craft a poem or a creative story – the choice is yours!
You don’t have to enter the competition but, if you do, your entry must not go over 700 words. To give yourself a rough idea of how much writing you should be aiming for in your competition entry piece, try writing 100 words first. Allow yourself to ramble about your initial thoughts and feelings during lockdown. Don’t worry at this point if some of what you scribble is nonsense or not in full sentences; this exercise will get you thinking and warm up your ideas. Look at how much space you have taken up on the page and think about what x7 more might look like. If you’d prefer to word-process your work straight away instead of writing it by hand, do: you can then use an electronic word count function to do the counting for you. (Save your work regularly!)
In order to submit your entry, you will need to copy and paste your writing into the online form so it will need to be typed out even if your drafts are handwritten. You don’t have to do this all by yourself though – as long as the writing itself is your own work, you might prefer to persuade a fast typist in your family to copy it out for you (offer to do some housework or make them a cuppa, or something)!
Today's Task - Grow your idea(s)
The competition is quite broad and so you will need to start with a clear idea of what you will write about. Today we are going to think about an aspect of Lockdown that interests you and tomorrow we will think about how to write it (the text type).
1. What to write about
Professor Joe Moran offers some great suggestions on how to get inspired by taking the time to simply notice what’s around you: https://generationlockdown.co.uk/2020/05/10/inspiration-comes-from-opening-your-eyes/.
Sophie Minchell also has tips on finding ideas for your writing: https://generationlockdown.co.uk/2020/05/06/sophie-minchell/
You might also like to think about:
• What is the same as and what is different from before: daily routines; what you eat; when and where and how you play; what you dream of…?
• The effect the changing light throughout the day has on something, or the varying noise levels, or busyness in a room
• What do you like and dislike about lockdown?
• Your inside thoughts and feelings versus your outside actions (what others see of you)
• What experiences are you having that everyone shares and what ones are unique to you and your family?
…points of view. Can you come at something from a different angle?
• Follow one thing throughout a day in lockdown – your dog, a drinks mug, the sofa, your front door/letterbox…
• Could you write about two different people’s opinions on something or imagine how they might see an object or action differently from different positions – out at work while you’re homebound? areas of the same house, or places in the same room? over a face mask and once it’s been taken off?
• Describe lockdown as though it’s something that’s happened in the recent past; a few years ago; many, many years long, long ago? Or as though it’s yet to happen and you’re looking into the future?
• Imagine somebody else’s experience of lockdown – a homeless woman, an elderly man living alone, your younger/older brother or sister, the family cat, birds in the garden or public parks; what difference would it make to a caged hamster who is still behind bars, same as always?