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Home learning – Lesson 6

Monday 15th March 2021

L.O. I can identify the features included in a letter from a WW2 soldier.

Grammar –

Task 1: Write as many modal verbs as possible in one minute.


Task 2: Use the Year 6 revision ppt to go over the use of relative clauses.


Task 3: Complete the relative clauses mini-test as practice prior to including them in your letters.


During the world wars, letter writing was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones, helping to ease the pain of separation. Soldiers wrote letters in spare moments, sometimes from front line trenches or in the calmer surroundings behind the lines. Censorship dictated what servicemen were permitted to disclose in their letters. However, in practice, men often found ways to impart information, and their letters offer a powerful and highly personal insight into the experience of war.

Receiving letters from family and friends was also vital to morale, keeping men and women connected to the homes they had left behind. Letters written on the home front to family and friends are today a fascinating source of information about everyday life in wartime Britain. (Source: BBC information)


Task 4: Look at example letter – taken from WW2 BBC archives and adapted. Look at the highlighted features. Read the letter twice through and identify the features used and write down any vocabulary and features you would like to magpie.

Think carefully about the tone of the writing and the voice used (1st person, formal tone for the most part).

The letters you write must sound like they could have been written by a WW2 soldier.


Task 5: Complete the success criteria key, adding an example for each feature.

Home learning – Lesson 7

Tuesday 16th March 2021

L.O. I can write a letter from a WW2 soldier to a loved one.

Today we will be writing a letter based on the work we did yesterday and using the following video as inspiration: 

As you watch the video, make notes of some of the things you want to include in your letter and who it will be from/to. Create your own success criteria, like we do for an independent write at school, using the highlighted letter from yesterday to help you. Make sure you also think about including the following things:

  • A greeting to loved one
  • Explanation of what happened along with feelings
  • Thoughts on events
  • What is likely to happen next
  • Sign off with well wishes

Pause periodically to read your letter and edit, referring to their success criteria and checking spelling and punctuation. You could use an online dictionary or thesaurus to help you to up-level your work. Try to write an A4 page.

Home learning – Lesson 8

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Outcome: L.O. Can I write a newspaper report based on a WW2 event?

Task 1: Watch the following video using the link below.


This video is an audio narration of a US soldier recalling a particular event during WW2 during the Battle of Bulge.

Joseph Robertson served in the U.S. Army for 26 years. He was an infantryman during World War II and fought at the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the United States during World War II. In this short, Joseph recounts killing a young German soldier, whose face remains etched into his memory. Joseph passed away in 2009. An animated recount from Joseph, aged 90.  Joseph, a veteran of World War Two recounts the events of one day during the war. Joseph describes shooting and killing a young German soldier in self-defence. In the second half of the animation he describes what effect the death had on him and how he has never been able to get the 'boy' out of his mind.


Today we will be planning a newspaper report based on the event.

Task 2: Recap features of a newspaper report using the video below.

Using the powerpoint below, create a list of criteria for a newspaper report.

Look at the example text WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) – underline and annotate the features you’ve found as good features of a newspaper report on the blank example. Compare your example to the pre-annotated version.


Task 3: Research

Research the Battle of Bulge using the link below, thinking about the key things you will include in your newspaper report – remember to include the 5 Ws!

Home learning – Lesson 9

Thursday 18th March 2021


Outcome: L.O. Can I write a newspaper report based on a WW2 event?

Use your work from yesterday and your research to complete the boxing up plan – this includes the who, what, where, when, why and boxes for key vocabulary and anecdotes/witness quotations


  1. Read through the Hobbit example and complete the boxes on the plan.
  2. Create your own plan in the second column of the boxing up for the events of the Battle of Bulge.
  3. Re-watch the video with a focus on witness dialogue/captions to add to your plan.


Ensure your plan has as much detail as possible as you will be writing your newspaper report tomorrow.

Home learning – Lesson 10

Friday 19th March 2021

Outcome: L.O. Can I write a newspaper report based on a WW2 event?


Today you will be writing a newspaper report using your plan from yesterday to support you.


Use the success criteria you created the other day and keep checking through your work to ensure you have all of the features covered in the Hobbit example and in the powerpoint we looked at. Once finished, read your work backwards to check for spelling accuracy (this does not work for homophones).


Check you’ve included everything from your plan and success criteria and to ensure your writing is accurate, look at the ladder below (which we usually have in the front of our books) and check off the things you’ve included. If there is anything missing that you could add?