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Friday 3rd April 2020

Good morning Mercury Class cool

I have included some Easter themed English activities for you below, care of Twinkl. Tell your parents not to worry about adverbs, conjunctions & prepositions as the answers are included! You have done some work on these with Mrs Little, so try your best.

The reading sheets are starred for different ability levels.

Brain Boxes & Clever Clogs use * sheet

Master Minds use ** sheet

Super Stars use *** sheet. 

Parents, please don't feel you have to print everything off. You could perhaps talk through worksheets on screen and children write their answers in Home Learning books.

Have a Hoppy Easter holiday and stay safe! 

Mrs Land xx

PS I might see some of you in school this Wednesday yes



Thursday 2nd April 2020

Good morning Mercury class!

Hope you all slept well and are feeling bright and breezy?

For English today I’ve attached some spelling word searches as a nice little activity. 

The Y3/4 one has 11 word searches so you could maybe do a couple today and save the others for the Easter holiday.

I’ve put three Y2 word searches on too if they’d match your spelling level better.  They could be printed off or you could search for the words on screen.

Why not make your own word search for someone in your house to attempt?

Happy searching!

Mrs Land xx



Wednesday 1st April 2020

It’s April Fools’ Day today - don’t let anyone trick you before midday! Maybe pull a few pranks on an unsuspecting parent or sibling yourself (‘sock-fluff spiders’ on the shoulder get me every time!)


I hope that you managed to complete your own adventure stories yesterday and you are very proud of your efforts. You may award yourself a virtual sticker and house points!

Today it would be fantastic if you could design and make a front & back cover for your story, either in your Home Learning book or by attaching two A4 sheets together. 

The front cover needs to include:

  • the story title
  • the author & illustrator’s name (that’s you!)
  • a cool picture of part of your story

The back cover could include:

  • the story ‘blurb’ (a short description of your story without giving too much away)
  • a quote from your story (actual words from an exciting part)
  • a review from someone who has read your story
  • the book’s price

I have written an example story blurb and attached it below, along with a selection of Minpins book cover pictures to help you with ideas.

I would love to see some of your books covers uploaded to our new Class Dojo site!

If you’re in school today with me you can make a front cover there.  Look forward to seeing you all before too long.

Mrs Land xx



Tuesday 31st March 2020

Good morning and happy Tuesday!

How are your own stories going? It is now time to start to wind them down and eventually get your character back home.

How will your character’s problem be resolved (sorted out)?

Is your character safe?

Did he help anyone else along the way?

Is she glad she had an adventure?

I have written an example story ending to give you some ideas for your own. Try not to rush to get to the end, remember to include details for your reader.

Try your best and enjoy writing your story endings!

Mrs Land xx


Monday 30th March

Hello Mercury class! 

Hope you've had a lovely, if quiet, weekend with your family.

Here is your English activity to begin our Working from Home Week 2!

If you've now written an exciting climax to your adventure story, you next need to think about how your character is going to get out of this rather scary situation.

In The Minpins story, Billy escaped up a tree and discovered the tiny minpins, who used birds to travel around their forest.  Billy came up with the idea of flying on the swan's back at low level so that the monster would pursue him. They flew over the lake and the monster tumbled in, putting out the fire in its belly forever!

Could your character also discover someone (or something) to help him/her escape from your creature? It could be little people, animals or perhaps a goblin or fairy!  If you planned a different problem-solving scenario that's fine too of course.

Keep going with the plot in an adventurous way, using creative extended sentences. 

I have attached some ideas below for extending sentences, so take a look!

We'll write the very endings of our stories on Tuesday.  

Thank you and good luck!

Mrs Land






Friday 27th March

Please see 'Other' subjects folder for today's main task for Mercury Class. For English you can finish of yesterday's climax to your adventure story if you haven't already done so, and also use your neat writing skills in the science activity.


Thank you, Mrs Land.


Thursday 26th March


Dear Mercurians,

Last week at school (a lifetime ago!) you wrote the 'build-up' part of your adventure story, describing your main character entering the forest (or whichever weird/scary setting you chose). 

You wrote some fantastic descriptive sentences which created tension and atmosphere. I could tell exactly how your character was feeling as you described his/her senses so well. 

I will keep those sheets safely at school for you, but I would like you to continue by writing the next installment over the next couple of days.


Introduce the creature that your character encounters in the forest (or your alternative setting). What does your character first hear/smell/see that give clues about the creature?

Build up slowly using a mixture of long and short sentences, then make it as exciting as you can as the creature is revealed, with possibly a scary chase like in The Minpins!

Remember to include impressive nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs as all of this action is happening.  What does your character think or scream out as s/he sees this terrible creature?  What does s/he do? Where does s/he go? Does s/he run away or hide?

You may have planned different ideas on your story volcano sheet last week at school, so use those or change them to something new, as long as it contains exciting action it'll be great!

Use ideas from The Minpins or The Tunnel if you need inspiration.


Stop after this climax of your story, so that we can find a solution to your character's problem after the weekend...


Thank you and happy writing! Mrs Land



For English tasks on Mon 23rd - Wed 25th March, please see the ones in Y3 Saturn's folder.