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This week is the last week before some children will be returning to school. The last 3 months have been a rollercoaster of emotions and events and to reflect on that time, we thought it would be nice to write some poetry. Our poetry this week is going to focus on the roles of key workers. Without them, life as we know it would have ground to a standstill so we owe them a big thank you!


Watch the video opposite from Laura Mucha, a children's poet. She will talk you through the process of writing your poem. Today will just be about gathering ideas for your poem and you will write it and finalise it later in the week.


To help you with your list of words we want you to us the following headings in a table:

What key workers wear, What key workers do, What key workers feel, Where keyworkers work.


Under these 4 headings try and list as many words or phrases as possible, thinking about all different types of key workers. E.g. Under the column 'What key workers do' you might have some of the following verbs (doing words):

* Save 

* reassure 

* grow 

* transport 

* deliver 

* stack 

* care

* calm



The more ideas you have, the easier it will be to begin writing your poem tomorrow.











You should now have a fairly large group of ideas that you can use to begin forming the sentences in the main body of your poem. View the file opposite called 'Poem structure' to see how your poem will be laid out.


You now need to use your ideas from your lists and turn these into sentences beginning with 'You'. For example, you may wish to combine roles of different key workers within one sentence:

You keep our loved ones healthy and our streets clean. Here I am referencing the work of doctors/nurses and street cleaners in the same sentence. Each sentence doesn't have to be solely about one type of keyworker.


Try to write as many 'You' sentences as you can today. It doesnt matter if you end up with a lot more than 10 as you will decide tomorrow which ones will make it into the final poem. You will find the final poem a lot easier to write if you have more sentences to choose from today. Ask your family for ideas too!


Poem Structure



Example poem


Spellings. Begin by looking over this week's spellings. Practice writing them by using look. cover. write. check. 


Today, think of yourself as a top editor. You are going to be looking over all of your ideas and sentences and deciding which 8-10 'you' sentences will make the final poem! Be ruthless! If a sentence isn't wowing you, it won't wow someone reading it. Could you find a way to make it a wow sentence by replacing the lazy words with upgraded ones? Could you make the sentence longer by adding a couple of more ideas from your lists?


Remember to follow the structure and start your poem with 'Dear Key Workers' and end it with 'Thank you'. Re-watch the first video to listen to Laura's tips on writing the final poem.

Spelling Lists


Now that you have finished your poem, you can have some fun with it! You can choose how you want to present your poem from one of the following ways:

* A Poem Poster - your poem will feature in the middle of a poster, decorated around the edges.

* A recording of your poem read by yourself.

* A video of you reading your poem or reciting it by heart. You could use iMovie or another video app on a phone or tablet and add some cool filters or music to make it jazzy!


Be as creative as you like smiley. Be sure to upload your chosen presentation to Teams or email it to your teacher when you have finished.



Spelling Test Day! Ask someone in your family to test you on Wednesday's spelling words.


Once you have finished, use a dictionary to find the definition of each word and write it down. Some words might have more than one definition, in that case just choose one. You may even like to use