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Spellings WB 4.05.20

Spelling Menu

Hello everyone,

Below are some useful tips to help with lessons this week.

Spelling Activities

Monday: Write the definition for each of your spellings. You can use your dictionary from school or a computer to help you.

Tuesday: Pick two activities from the spelling menu. A picture of the spelling menu can be found in the teaching notes section.

Wednesday: Write an interesting sentence for each of your spellings. Remember to use lots of interesting adjectives and phrases.

Thursday: Use the look, cover, write and check part of your spelling sheet to revise spellings.

Friday: Test on your spellings.

Grammar Activity - Monday

Today’s grammar activity is based on idioms. 

 Idioms are phrases that have a meaning that is very different from its individual parts. Unlike most sentences that have a literal meaning, idioms have figurative meaning. A literal meaning is when each word in a sentence stays true to its actual meaning. A figurative meaning is when a combination of words mean something different than the individual words do.

If you take the sentence, ''the dog ran down the street,'' you can figure out what the sentence means as long as you know what each part means. It's literal. But idioms don't work that way; they are figurative. Take the common idiom ''you let the cat out of the bag.'' If you take the literal parts and add them up, you would assume that it meant that a person was opening up a bag and letting a cat out of it. But that isn't even remotely close to what it means. The idiom doesn't even have anything to do with a cat or even a bag. Letting the cat out of the bag means to reveal a secret. The hard part of idioms is that you need to know what the phrase means to begin with

Below is a link that explains idioms:

To help with our grammar this week there is also a PowerPoint on idioms, an idiom board game and idiom meaning cards.

Talking and Listening - Tuesday


Today’s task is talking and listening.  There will be a different number of tasks. These tasks have a prompt to start either a debate or conversation. This is a great opportunity for your child to talk with family members about different topics and express their opinion. It is also important they give their family members a chance to express their opinion and that they listen to their family members.

Punctuation Activity - Wednesday


Today’s punctuation activity is based on contractions.


You can use apostrophes to show that you have omitted (left out) some letters when you are joining words together.

For example, you can join the words ‘you’ and ‘are’ together. You + are = you're. The apostrophe takes the place of the removed letters. In this example, the letter a.

Sometimes, however, you need to rearrange the letters a bit when you contract the words. For example: will + not = won't.

Using contractions like these makes your writing easier to read and more friendly. There will be a PowerPoint to help the children with their understanding of contractions.

Here is a video and some games to explain contractions:



Creative Writing - Thursday


Over the next while we will have one focus on our writing. This piece of writing will be based on an island. Each week you will be given a different task to link to your creative writing. You should have completed a drawing of your island! Here is the next piece of work. Follow the help sheet for some ideas.


Week 3

Week 3 You need a shelter. Write instructions which could help someone in a similar situation to yourself. Explain what materials would be best to protect you from weather and animals. Make sure that your instructions are easy to understand. You can use diagrams to help your explanation.

Watch Episode 2 of Treasure Island:

Comprehension and Handwriting - Friday 


This week’s comprehension task is a little different. This is a timed comprehension. Set a timer and see if you can find the important information as quick as you can. This helps with locating important information.


For handwriting this week, write a letter to a friend in your class. Explain what you have been up to during this time away from school. Use joined up handwriting in your letter. Remember capital letters and full stops.