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WB 30-11-20

Week commencing 30th  November  2020.

This is the second week  that we will be using the text Shackleton’s Journey  by William Grill to complete several short  writing tasks. We will follow through the book to map the journey and watch a film clip which brings to life many of the extreme conditions they were faced with during their expedition. We will look at the different characters and their roles during the expedition.


  1. To identify features of text

Work through the book. Use expedition map to support mapping of events until the ship broke up. Read to Weddell Sea and Pack Ice

  1. In role describe first sighting of the Antarctic


  • Copies of pages from the story


  1. Parenthesis

Read  A change off plans and winter months.

Investigate sentences for parenthesis ( extra information)

  1. Use the powerpoint to find out more about parenthesis. Then use this to write a short letter

home to your parents- using parenthesis examples. This will be an informal letter.

  • Text
  • Parenthesis powerpoint


  1. Modal verbs

Read Pressure and Loss of Endurance

Identify modal verbs

  1. Write your own paragraph to describe what might happen, which will include modal verbs- underline grammar


  • modal verbs poster
  • text
  1. Speech and speech punctuation

Read Preparing the James Caird.

Role play saying goodbye to crew members including the emotion

Think about how to turn dialogue into speech.

  1. Write your own paragraph using speech accurately  punctuated.


  • Text

Examples of speech accurately punctuated

The role of the journalist

Read to the end of the text.

Now the story has been told, what as  a journalist would you like to know more about?

Hot seating- in role interview members of the crew- note take in journalists notebook

  • Text
  • Journalists notebooks


This week we are learning about the differences between irreversible and reversible changes. Can you find out what these two terms mean?

Then find out and list any reversible changes you have seen happening at home. Most of these you might find in the kitchen.

For example; what change happens when you make toast or cook an egg? What change happens when you boil water in the kettle?