As part of your home learning packs I have set several writing activities linked to our topic of the Romans. Each week I will upload set WALT's (we are learning to) and specific tasks and resources to help structure your writing. These are suggested activities and can be done in any order.
Have fun writing!
- Write a diary recount of life as a Roman solider (See week 1 for further details)
- Create a persuasive piece of text to advertise for a Roman Soilder (See week 2 for further details)
- Write a non-chronological report about the Romans (See week 3 for further details)
- Use the following feature- Speech, descriptive language, variety of sentence structures to write a fictional narrative about the Roman gods
- Use the following features of a recount- 1st person, informal language, thoughts and feelings, fronted adverbials to write a diary entry from the perspective of the Anglo Saxons who is being invaded.
- Create a Roman bath glossary using the following words and giving definitions. Roman baths, tepidarium, frigidarium, caldarium, springs, strigil, aqueduct, hypocaust, great bath
I kmow some pupils would prefer to work from booklets so below are some genral Y4 writing/spelling booklets. These can be printed out and collected from school if needed. Just call the office and let them know when you'd like to collect them.
500 Word Story
Although the competition is now closed this is a fantastic resource to get the children engaged in writing. Click the link to download all the needed resources.
|Adult Guidance||[pdf 425KB]|
|BBC 500 Words Certificate 2020||[pdf 2MB]|
|Problem Solved Activity Cards||[pdf 5MB]|
Week 3- Non-Chronological Report (20/04/2020)
Write a non-chronological report on the Roman. These reports could then be used of our new classroom display to tell other people in our school about the Romans
WALT: Understand features of a non-chronological report and plan our own
Task- Plan and research
Look at an example of a non-chronological report and pick out features of a non-chronological report e.g Headings, subheadings, variety of conjunctions, facts & paragraphs
Then research and plan your report on the Romans.
WALT: Use headings effectively
Task: Write your introduction
WALT: Understand the difference between fact and opinion
Task: Write paragraph 2- 'Who were the Romans?'
WALT: Use a variety of conjunctions
Task: Write paragraph 3, which can be a paragraph of your choice, e.g Roman soldiers, Roman clothing, Roman gods, etc
WALT: Up level and edit our work
Conclusion (summarise & where can they can find out more information), up-level and edit work.
|The Romans Higher Ability||[pdf 3MB]|
Week Two- Persuasive Writing
Task: Persuasive Advertisement
WALT: Research, plan and draft ideas
Your Task: You are going to design a Roman soldier recruitment poster! An army recruitment poster is a poster that encourages men to join the army (No women were allowed to join the Roman army!)
You need to include all the skills that are essential for joining the Roman army. We have been learning these skills in class, and you could research other skills that they would need!
Include images and make your poster persuasive, you want soldiers to join the army!
Information you can give your potential soldiers:
- You must join the army for 25 years!
- You will be paid 3000 Sesteriti (Ancient Roman money) a year.
- Uniform and equipment is free.
- At the end of your 25 years you will receive money and land.
How do I make my work Outstanding?
An Outstanding poster will be eye catching and persuasive, as you are trying to attract attention. This could be through the use of bold font or eye-catching slogans to catch the reader’s attention. It must be colourful and contain some information about the skills needed to become a soldier. It will have good standards of literacy.
A World Class poster will do all of the above, but will demonstrate independent research and thoughts of the skills needed to be a potential Roman soldier. It will have an original slogan or message. All written information on the poster will demonstrate excellent literacy skills and will all be accurate.
Task: Write a list of 10 rhetorical questions you could use for your advertisement. Pick your best three to add to your persuasive advertisement.
WALT: Use a variety of persuasive features
Task: List 5 benefits and evidence each point
WALT: Use cause and effect conjunctions
Task: Use emotive sentences to persuade people to join the army.
WALT: Use strong emotive language
Task: Complete your persuasive advertisement by adding 'facts'
WALT: Use opinion as facts
|Persuavive text level 2 3||[pub 125KB]|
Week one- Recount
Task: Write a diary recount of life as a Roman solider.
WALT: Plan and draft ideas
Watch the following clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5e7cl19Ha0 and make notes of your key infomation regading the day to day life of a Roman Soildier.
Create a plan for your writing, you could use the following paragraphs- Joining the Roman Legionaries, the great march, friends, thoughts and feelings, a battle etc.
Task: Write 1st paragraph
WALT: Write in 1st person
Task: Write 2nd paragraph
WALT: Write in 1st person
Task: Write 3rd paragraph
WALT: Write in past tense
Task: Write 4th paragraph
WALT: proof read, edit and improve our own writing
Challenge: Can you include a variety of fronted adverbials in your recount?
|Recount checklist||[pdf 480KB]|
|1st, 2nd and 3rd person||[pdf 71KB]|
|Recount text level 2 3||[pub 124KB]|
National Curriculum for Y4 writing
En4/3.1d place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals and in words with irregular plurals
En4/3.1e use the first 2 or 3 letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
- discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
- discussing and recording ideas
- composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures (See English Appendix 2)
- organising paragraphs around a theme
- in narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
- in non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices
- assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
- proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
- extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although
- using the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense
- choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition
- using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause
- using fronted adverbials
- learning the grammar for years 3 and 4 in Appendix 2
- using commas after fronted adverbials
- indicating possession by using the possessive apostrophe with singular and plural nouns
- using and punctuating direct speech