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Home learning – Lesson 8

Tuesday 13th April 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 15th April 2021


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

Use your work from earlier in the week 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 today too.



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


Use the success criteria you created 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?

Friday 16th April 2021

L.O. I can listen and appraise poetry.

Task 1:

Look at the poem document below (Dulce et Decorum Est). Read the poem through twice. This is a WW1 poem but it shares many of the same sentiments as the WW2 poetry we have been reading. You could also listen to Christopher Eccleston reading the poem and read as you listen (see link below).

Task 2: Answer the following questions:

  1. Write down the words you particularly like - what do they mean?
  2. Why do they like them?
  3. Why has the author chosen to use them?
  4. What image does it portray of war?
  5. How does it make you feel?
  6. How does the writer achieve this? What words does he use? 


You can use this website to help you; it is a particularly helpful website which explains the poem very clearly.

Task 3: L.O. I can write emotional phrases using figurative language.

Look at the image of the crying soldier (see below)

Answer these questions:

How does this picture make you feel? Explain why you think this.

e.g. Sad, devastated, alone, fearful, isolated, betrayed, cold, empty

What does it make you think? Explain why you think this.

e.g. Hope is gone, sense of loss, giving up, no energy to fight


How can you use language to communicate emotions as powerfully as possible? 

Challenge: ‘Make us Cry’

Focus on the image of the soldier crying – generate lines of poetry using figurative language and fit ideas into a short form.

The one stanza (verse) must be a ‘tear jerker’ that is going to elicit an emotional response from the reader.