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Weekly writing tasks

Welcome to the Weekly Writing page.

 

Every week, new writing tasks will be posted here by 9am each Monday.

 

There will be a prompt for the writing with some questions to talk about. Children of different ages will be able to talk about the questions together and share ideas.

 

There will be different tasks for each year/age group. All children should try to complete one written task per week but some children may like to complete more. Work can be handwritten on lined paper using a pencil or pen (this will be easiest for most children) or it could be typed. Each task can be broken down into smaller steps and does not have to be completed all in one go.

 

Completed written work should be e-mailed to the child’s class e-mail address by 3pm each Friday.

 

If you have any questions about the tasks set, please e-mail Learning@thepinesschool.org.uk

Around the World - Zahra's Story (Monday 1st June)

 

This week’s theme is Around the World so our writing this week is going to be based on the story of a little girl called Zahra. Watch the video here:

Zahra.mp4

Still image for this video

 

Questions to talk about:

~ What is Zahra trying to do in the story?

~ Where in the world do you think the story takes place?

~ What is the place like?

~ What do you think it would be like living there?

~ What made the tree grow in the end?

Writing Tasks

Year 1

Think about the story of Zahra in the video.

You are going to write some sentences to retell Zahra’s story. Try to use some interesting words to write what happened.

~ Where was Zahra?

~ What was Zahra doing? Why was she doing this?

~ What happened after Zahra poured the last drop of water from her jar on the tree?

~ What was the tree like in the end?

Remember to use your phonics to pinch out the words to help with your spellings.

You could start your writing like this:

It was a hot and sunny day. Zahra was getting water from the pump.

 

Year 2

Think about the story of Zahra in the video.

For your writing this week, you are going to retell Zahra’s story. Try to use some interesting adjectives to describe where Zahra was and what she was doing.

~ Where was Zahra? What was the place like?

~ What was Zahra doing? Why was she doing this?

~ What happened after Zahra poured the last drop of water from her jar on the tree?

~ What happened to the tree?

~ How do you think Zahra felt after the tree grew?

You could start your writing like this:

One hot, sunny day Zahra was fetching water from the pump in her village. There was a tree with just a few leaves and Zahra wanted the tree to grow.

There is a boxing up sheet at the bottom of the page to help with your planning if you would like to use it.

 

Years 3 & 4

For your writing this week, you are going to retell the story of Zahra and also continue the story to include what you think happened after the tree grew.

~ Try to use adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe where Zahra was and what she was doing

~ Include detail to show how Zahra felt and why she kept going back to the tree

~ Try to use some fronted adverbials to start sentences e.g. After pumping the water pump several times, a tiny drop of water fell into Zahra’s jar.

~ Use your imagination to describe what happened after the tree grew and when Zahra woke up – what did she do? How did other people react? What did it mean for the people of the village?

~ Write in the third person (she/Zahra) and the past tense

~ Check your punctuation to make sure all your sentences start with a capital letter and end with a full stop

There is a boxing up sheet at the bottom of the page to help with your planning if you would like to use it.

 

Years 5 & 6

For your writing this week, you are going to write a short story inspired by Zahra’s story.

If you want to, you can simply retell the story in the video and add your own details about what happened at the end after the tree grew and when Zahra woke up.

Or, you can be more creative and write your own story about a child living in a challenging place, how they showed perseverance and what happened as a result.

~ Use adjectives, adverbs and expanded noun phrases to describe the place and what Zahra (or your character) was doing

~ Remember to include details about the character’s feelings but try to ‘show not tell’

~ You could include a second character so that you are include dialogue in your writing

~ Use a variety of sentence openers: adverbs, fronted adverbials, conjunctions, verbs

~ Write in the third person and past tense

~ Check your punctuation and try to use a more advanced range of punctuation e.g. commas, brackets, semi-colons

There is a boxing up sheet at the bottom of the page to help with your planning if you would like to use it.

 

Optional extra tasks:

  1. Draw a picture of your own beautiful imaginary tree and write some words or sentences to describe it
  2. Write a description of the setting as it is shown at the end of the story

 

 

 

 

 

3. Create a poster to persuade people to support Water Aid or other charities that help to provide water in places where they have very little (You could research Water Aid to help you!)

4. Write a character description of Zahra. Describe the kind of person she is as well as what she looks like.

5. Write a short story based on a child living somewhere in the world (not the UK) and having to work hard to achieve something.

6. Write a letter to the government to persuade them to support projects that provide water in places in Africa where there is very little. You will need to give plenty of reasons why these projects deserve their support.

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