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For the first two lessons this week, we will be continuing with what we started last week. 




Today you are going to look at the features of an informal letter. Start by working through the PowerPoint attached below to remind yourselves all about informal letters. Think about how to set out your own informal letters and which language features or presentational devices you would need to include. You might want to make a note of these as you work through the PowerPoint. 


Once you have worked through the PowerPoint, have a look at the WAGOLL that it also attached. Your job is to annotate or identify as many of the features of an informal letter as you can!


Make sure you look for: 


the sender's address 

who the letter is to/appropriate greeting

date of writing 

an introduction 


first person

informal/chatty language 

a conclusion including what you expect next

an ending/closing 




Today you are going to write your informal letter. You should write your letter as if you are the boy in the first animation that we watched. You may need to watch it again to remind yourselves what happened. 

You should write the letter to your mother, thanking her for your puppy and explaining why you are so grateful/how it has helped you. Make sure you set it out correctly, using as many of the features from yesterday's lesson as you can!


This is where your notes from Friday's mind map will come in handy- use all of the advantages you thought of to do with having a pet or therapy dog and use these to help form your letter to your Mum. Remember to consider exactly what the boy and the dog had in common and why he didn't like him at first and how his feelings towards the dog changed. 


Here is a reminder of both of the videos we watched last week. They will also help you to think of some emotive language that you could include in your letter.


Just to remind you: 





For the rest of the week and going forwards, in both English and Guided Reading, we are going to be looking at the book Charlotte's Web. The lessons will run alongside each other and there will be a lot of links between the two lessons so make sure you are completing everything that is asked of you! We don't mind whether you want to read the chapters as part of your "English" lesson or for "Guided Reading," as long as you have read them when you should have. Below is a PDF version of the book for you to use to read the chapters. Alternatively, you could listen to the chapters being read aloud to you on Youtube.


Wednesday – read Chapter 1 of Charlotte’s Web

Thursday – read Chapters 2 and 3 of Charlotte’s Web

Friday – read Chapter 4 of Charlotte’s Web




Read Chapter One of Charlotte’s Web


Have a think about how Fern was feeling. She really did not want her Dad to kill Wilbur. Imagine you are Fern and you really don’t want him to harm Wilbur. How can you persuade him to change his mind? You decide to write a letter to your Dad in an attempt to persuade him to not harm Wilbur and ask him if it is possible for you keep Wilbur as a pet instead.


Try to remember the key features of a persuasive letter that we have talked about in class- some of these will be very very similar to your informal letter we have just looked at. You need to include all of these features when you write your letter.


When we plan persuasive writing, we can think of the word ‘Oreo’ to help us.

Watch this video to remind you how to write a persuasive letter:



Opinion – Tell the reader how you feel (for this letter our reader is Fern’s Dad).

Reasons – Tell your Dad why you feel that way.

Examples/evidence – Give examples to support why you feel that way. Use facts and evidence to support your opinion.

Opinion – Tell your Dad one more time about your opinion and feelings (this is your conclusion).


Write on the planning sheet provided and have a look at the success criteria checklist to make sure you are including everything.




Now that you have written your plan, you need to write your letter! Remember you are writing in role as Fern so you need to use the first person (‘I’). Use some of these openers and additional vocabulary to help you. Your letter should be around five paragraphs long. Will you be able to write a letter which is so persuasive that it stops Fern’s Dad from harming Wilbur?





In Chapter Two of Charlotte’s Web, we really start to see Fern’s character emerge. In the first few pages of the chapter, she treats Wilbur like a baby.

1. Make a list of all of the ways that Fern treats Wilbur like a baby.

2. Draw a picture of Fern and write some expanded noun phrases to explain to someone who hasn’t read the book what sort of person Fern is.


*Remember, expanded noun phrases = determiner, adjective, adjective, noun. 

Challenge: write your expanded noun phrases as part of a sentence rather than just a phrase.

You could always flick back to Week 1- English- Thursday lesson for a reminder!