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Spelling activities can be completed each day in the familiar format as follows:

Monday- Find and write out dictionary definitions for the first 4 of your spellings using an online or paper dictionary.

Tuesday- Choose 4 of your spellings and put these into sentences. Remember to be creative and use sentences we have looked at this year such as 2A, simile and list.

Wednesday- Write all of your spellings in alphabetical order.

Thursday- Learn your spellings using the 'look, say, cover, write, check' table provided beneath the spelling list.

Friday- Complete a test on your spellings.

Our grammar focus this week is on prefixes. A prefix is a group of letters that you add to the start of a word to change its meaning. For example, adding un to the start of kind changes it to unkind which means 'not kind'. There are a lot of different prefixes used in the English language and I would recommend looking through the posters provided after following through the PowerPoint.

Tuesday Talking & Listening and First News iHub

For Talking & Listening this week, choose at least 3 of the question cards provided to start a discussion with a member of your household.
Remember to log in to the First News iHub and try some of the fantastic activities based on the latest edition of First News.

Wednesday Punctuation

We have been revising our use of apostrophes over the past few weeks. The words it's and its look almost identical apart from the apostrophe. It's is short for it is or it has whereas its is used when something belongs to it. For example:


The cat loved its new collar. (Belonging)

It's the first day of the summer holidays. (Short for it is)


Use the PowerPoint to explore some more examples.

Thursday Writing

This week we will be learning how to write a mini-saga. We will be writing a mini-saga based on the well known story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. A mini-saga provides the main ideas from the story without going into too much detail. A mini-saga can be easily written by following the OBDER pattern. OBDER stands for Opening, Build-Up, Dilemma, Events and Resolution. One sentence is written for each section. You can find more information on how to start each sentence of your mini-saga in the PowerPoint provided.


Before you start, use the video link below to watch the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

For our comprehension work this week we are going to look at Brig o' Doon, a famous bridge in Scotland. A few weeks ago we learnt about Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, a famous bridge in Northern Ireland. Use the comparison page provided to discuss similarities and differences between the two famous bridges. You can do this task before or after your comprehension task.