Year 6 English Home Learning
This week, we are going to use a short film clip to write a descriptive narrative. We love doing this kind of writing and hope you do too. Click on the link to watch the video clip.
Monday – watch the film clip without sound. How does it make you feel? Which bits do you enjoy? Which bits don’t you like? What do you really notice?
Now watch the clip with sound. Does is make you feel any differently? Do you notice things you didn’t see before?
Film makers use music to set a scene – they give the watcher an early indication of what is going to happen and help create atmosphere. Of course, when you read a book, there is no music, so how do writers set the scene? Write down words that you can think of that describe what is going on in the movie clip – they don’t have to be really adventurous words – we can up-level them later. The important thing is that you need to think carefully about the words you want to use. For example: ‘bad’ is a great word in certain circumstances but it doesn’t describe atmosphere or scene; ‘eerie’ however, does a better job and makes you think of something creepy, silent, scary and mysterious all at the same time. This is the start of your Word Bank – keep adding to it during the week – any words you think of or find in a dictionary or thesaurus will help when you are stuck for a word. (You can find dictionaries and Thesaurus online. Google will also provide you with synonyms and antonyms if you search for them).
Tuesday – Using the words from yesterday, now it’s time to write that opening scene. You see Indiana Jones and an unknown male walk into a room…but that’s not all…can you describe the room, the rocks, the undergrowth, the men themselves (not just what they are wearing) – how are they walking? Who is in charge? You can add in why they might be there..was it by accident or are they looking for something? All of these things tell the reader a lot about what is happening and also what to expect. Remember, you want your reader to keep reading – so give them a reason to want to find out where this ends…
If you are struggling where to start, use your 5 senses (see, smell, touch, taste, hear)- they will give you a good start on setting the scene – you want your reader to be in the cave too!
Wednesday – Remember to keep watching the film clip as much as you want. Each time, you might find something new to add in. Today we are finishing the opening scene. Edit, check, re-read – maybe ask an adult to read what you have written – do they want to know what happens next? Can they recognise the scene you are writing about?
Thursday – Today we focus on the 2 men. Think about them as people – who are they? What is their relationship like? Why are they dressed the way they are? How do they feel?
Listen to the dialogue – what does this tell us about them and their characters/personality? It’s important to describe what they look like and what they are wearing, but there’s so much more a reader needs…
Friday – today you can move on to some more of the clip. I suggest you take it in small chunks – maybe a minute or 30 seconds at a time. Use some of the skills you’ve looked at earlier in the week..
Keep adding to your word bank – even if you find a great word that you can’t use just yet, write it down – it may come in handy later on…
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
This week we look at fronted adverbials – these use often used to add interest to you writing. Use the PowerPoint and ISPACE game to help you practice changing your sentences around so that you use different adverbials at the beginning. Some will work better than others, but it’s another great way to edit your work and find the best sentence arrangement.