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English Summer 2019

From 15.6.20 Please look in the Home Learning icon then Summer 2 Home Learning for your lessons
Home Learning Weekly Activities
Week 5 18.5.20

Writing a play script!

This week we are going to be learning about the features of a play script and have a go at writing our own short play script. At this time we would have been writing the script for our assembly, instead we shall use the situation we are in to our advantage, and write a short realistic script.

Activity 1

  • We need to know about the features of a play script. It is really important that we are familiar with a basic structure.
  • Read The Story of Baucis, Philemon, Zeus and Hermes Play Script. There are 3 levels of text, so pick the one which most suits you.
  • As you are reading through, underline or highlight features that may be a little bit different to a usual narrative.
  • Talk about the things you noticed with an adult at home.
  • Now watch the Power point Features of a play script.
  • Talk about what you did and didn’t notice whilst reading earlier.

Activity 2

  • Revisit the Baucis, Philemon, Zeus and Hermes Play Script and chat about these next points
  • Hopefully you have noticed that there is always a title to a play script.
  • There is an introduction in that there is a large setting of the scene, so that we know where we are.
  • Then each little section or chapter is called a scene.
  • At the beginning of each scene, it tends to be described by a narrator.
  • There are no speech marks, but the character’s name goes down the left with a colon after it: This separates the speakers name from what they are saying. It is usually in bold.
  • There is good use of punctuation so that someone can read it well.
  • THEN we have the directions that tell an actor how to speak, so it might be softly or LOUD and SHARPLY (often in brackets).
  • Then we have the stage directions (often in italics and can be in brackets too) so that the actors know what to do and how to behave on stage


Now we need to think of our own idea to write as a play script. It could be a scene from the playground. It could be something that has happened to you recently. It could be you in a scene with a small group of people that know nothing at all about why you have been off school, and why you are insisting on standing 2m away from them! You need to have a plan for your scene tomorrow. Sketch it down in pictures or words!

Activity 3-5


So let’s imagine! I am walking around the edge of the golf course with my husband and Tala. We come across a family of 4 that would like to fuss Tala and say hello. This is where I set the scene and my scene starts! I wonder why these people don’t know about the lock down!


  • Please don’t worry about making mistakes. We can always copy our final script up at the end, or you could get an adult to scribe for you. You have to tell them what to put and tell them where the punctuation goes OR if you have a computer you could type and edit as you go.
  • Start with your title if you have one and then the big setting of the scene.
  • Use the notes in activity 2 to make sure you include as many features of a play script as you can.
  • Take care not to tell the story. We are just writing a scene. Mine is bumping into some people at the golf course! You have to imagine you are on stage talking the story with your other characters.
  • Think about any scripts that you have acted out before on our stage at school.
  • This will probably take you 2 or 3 sessions to get it how you want it.
  • Most of all enjoy writing your scripts. It is quite a skill and I admire anyone that can write a script to be performed by others!  We can’t wait to read some of them, so please let us know how you get on

Keep up your practice!

Make sure you identify spellings from the list for Y2-6 to learn each week. Pick 5-10 to focus on and use all the different ways that you know to learn them. Scribbles and pictures are very popular!


If you are registered with Nessy, please keep up with your sessions each day. You should be aiming for at least 60 minutes a week. You could do 3 x 20 minute sessions or however it works for you.


Keep working hard on your handwriting and presentation. Use the resources at the bottom of this page or convert printed poems into neat, joined and legible script.


Remember to read for at least ten minutes each day and chat about what you are reading.

Alternative English for Week 5

Grammar, reading and writing


Activity 1              Exploring fronted adverbials


Activity 2              Coordinating conjunctions


Activity 3              A reading lesson – Dindy and the Elephant by Elizabeth Laird


Activity 4              Exploring recounts

Week 4 11.5.20

Activity 4 from last week – Free writing whole week project

You are all wonderful writers and it is important that you all have an opportunity in your busy schedule to write something of your choice. You love this in class. Some of you love to write stories, letters, diaries, newspaper reports, information texts, recounts, posters, plays, reviews, the list is endless.


Take today and tomorrow or even longer if you like to explore your own ideas and be authors or reporters or play writers. Remember if you want to spend the whole week on this creative piece, that is fine. It might be that you would like to keep a diary each day, or you want to write a story with a chapter each day. 


Try illustrating your wonderful creation.


Don’t forget to send photos etc. in so that we can see all your wonderful ideas.

Alternative English for Week 4

Punctuation, reading, writing and handwriting


Activity 1              Using apostrophes to show possession


Activity 2              Using inverted commas for speech


Activity 3              A reading lesson with Jill Murphy


Activity 4              Using paragraphs correctly

Read the 'Book Of Hope' inspired by the current situation and to offer comfort to children at this time

Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg

Please find below the link to BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons and some reading activities based on some great poems!

Recommended Reading Year 4
  • Read at home each day in some way. Read to a sibling, read silently and share read with an adult. Get an adult to read to you and chat about the book.
  • Research what book you would like to read next.
  • Write a book review and tell us all about your book



  • Use the year 2-4 spelling list and play games around the tricky words
  • If you know them all already create a challenge with your parents and find some words in the dictionary that you would like to use in your writing. Learn to spell them using all the strategies we have taught you. Challenge your parents to learn them too!
  • Practise your phonics. Twinkl has some great phonic games
  • Create a word search with your spellings
  • Create a crossword with clues about your spellings
  • Create a spelling game to help you learn your spellings and spellings that may be similar
  • Challenge yourself to learn the meanings of some new words
  • Use a dictionary to locate words and find their meanings
  • Use a thesaurus to investigate words with the same meaning
  • Spellings can be practised creatively as below in the spelling scribble. Whatever works for you!
  • Practise writing between lines and getting your letters the right size, shape and flowing nicely on the page
  • If you have a patio or a path, use chalk or paint to practise your letters
Please find below some links to handwriting practice activities that link directly to spelling expectations.