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Week Beginning 25th January 2021

25.01.21 -Monday

Hello Year 6! It’s Miss Stephens that will be planning your literacy this week!


Watch the short video clip below for some writing inspiration!

Imagine stumbling across hidden treasure the next time you are out on the beach or in the wood with your friends. What would you do? Open the treasure chest? Keep it all to yourself? Hand it to the police? Show it to your family? I think we have all thought about this!


Write what you would do if you found hidden treasure. Make sure to describe it!



Some helpful words to describe treasure.

WOW! Some great writing!! A new week, a new text and some fabulous writing to start it all off!! Just a reminder to make sure you describe the treasure.

Great work girls! HC - A couple of good ideas about what to do with the treasure! EW- Great description of the treasure and interesting characters in your short story!

26/01/21 - Tuesday

Have a read of the story attached below.  As you are reading you can highlight or underline any key words/phrases or events. As well, any unknown words you will need to look up the meaning of. 



You will be answering comprehension questions about the story.

They are attached below with the remember to.


(There is also a link to a quiz if you'd rather do some of today's task this way)

Amazing literacy work! I love how you all are highlighting and underlining the text to help you! Great understanding of this story!

Good understanding of the text EW!

HC - Well done for highlighting the key words and phrases.

RB- Great understanding of the story!

Well done to AT, DB, EW, IS, RB, TS, XS, IL and Y6 bubble for doing the quiz today! Great understandings of the story! Well done to all!

27.01.21 -Wednesday

Before we get started today, well done to all of you for reading the story, highlighting it, sending work and completing the quiz from yesterday! WELL DONE!

Today's remember to:


The story that we have read is called a “rags to riches tale.” It generally follows this outline:

Today, we are going to investigate whether our story (Stanley and the Magical Map) follows this structure.  We will be analysing the main events and summarising main events.  For a challenge (level 3) we can also analyse the SPAG they use at different parts of the story.

A look into level 1. The part in bold is from the above table with what should fit into this type of story. I have written the key events in. So far, Stanley and the Magical Map follows this specific structure..

A closer look into level 3. In level 3 we need to also look at what the author uses in terms of SPAG. This means what types of sentences does he/she use? What types of punctuation? Etc. I've completed both boxes for you.

I've attached the tables in Word and PDF format.  But, please feel free to draw your own tables and note down the important events in each section of the story. 


So the question is... does Stanley and the Magical Map follow the generic "rags to riches" story outline?

Hot off the press.. EW an excellent understanding of the plot structure!

More fabulous work! Very proud of you Year 6! You understand the plot structure of this story! (This will help next week when we write our own!)

28.01.21 - Thursday

Task 1

We will now be creating a story map for “Stanley and the Magical Map.”


I can remember to: 

I can retell the text.

I can create pictures and symbols for key words and phrases in the text. 

I can create the same symbols for the same words. 

I can organise and sequence my text map with clear arrows. 


Remember to use the same symbols for the same words throughout the map!

For example, in my text map Stanley is the same throughout.  

As well, any time adverbial,  I just drew a clock.  


* You do not need to write/draw every word. *

Be creative with colours and pictures!


I have included my example story map to help you!  I can't wait to see yours!

Miss Stephens' story map example.

Task 2

Now that we have made a story map, we can retell the text with actions too! A good way of learning how to write different text types is by retelling them with actions to help us remember. 


A couple remember tos:

Read the story out loud.

Create actions for key words and phrases in the story.

Have fun!




Watch Miss Stephens retelling the text with her actions! 

Year 6 Talk for writing story actions

Now, it's your turn!! Have fun, be creative and use the text maps to help you!! 

You can send videos of your actions or you can also send in pictures! I'm looking forward to seeing yours!

If you're needing inspiration for actions... have a look at this document!

Y6 bubble's performance of 'Stanley's Magical Map' introduction!

I am so proud of all of you Year 6! Great story maps and actions!! Thank you for sharing your actions with me!! They are giving me some inspiration! Well done all!!

29.01.21 -  Friday

What are the settings in Stanley and the Magical Map?  What makes a really good setting? How do writers create exciting and intriguing settings in their stories?


The two main settings in our story are a forest and a cramped flat (Stanley’s home).


Task 1 

Have a listen to the videos below for a couple of minutes and gather thoughts about senses.  


Now, depending on which type of forest you'd like to write about, this will change the mood of your word list and how the reader feels.  (Examples: a spooky forest or a magical type of forest)


What can you hear? 

What can you see?

What can you smell?

What can you touch?

What can you taste?


You can just write words down in a list or whatever works for you!



Dark Forest Ambience, Soundscape, Background Sounds, Crows, Owls

Dark night in the woods with crows and owls, sounds of dark forest ambience.

Forest setting

Can you write a detailed setting description of a forest?Think about the five sense: What can you see, hear, feel, smell and taste in this environment? Try t...

Task 2 


Write your own setting description of a forest. 

Miss I can't remember what alliteration and personification mean! Well have a read..

How do I start?  That's usually the hardest part of writing! I'd advise to just start off by saying what you can see. Remember you can always edit after!

Miss how long does it have to be?


Well as I usually say it's quality over quantity. I'd rather have a short powerful paragraph than 3 pages of repeated sentences!  Wouldn't you?

Miss Stephens' setting description. As you read it you will see that I went for a spooky, suspenseful type of setting!

Let's take a closer look at my example... Purple is personification I've used and green is the senses. (click to enlarge)

Another example (click to enlarge)

WOW!! Great writing from Year 6.. again!! Some of your writing has given me chills!!

EF- WOW!! Great use of senses, alliteration and personification!! Love the ending too!! SO scary!

EW- Wow! Good use of senses and personification! What a cliff hanger!

RB- WOW! Great use of senses, personification, alliteration AND onomatopoeia! SO scary!