This weeks English Focus … Up, Up and Away
Focus theme: Up, Up and Away! (Part one) This is the first of a two week unit defying gravity! Explore poems, stories and movies themed around the air and flying. Find facts and delve into the
history of flight. You might possibly end up being blown away!
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Watch and enjoy the short film, Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONHuLal2
Create an ‘ing’ poem about flying using some of the verbs you have explored. Start off by describing what happened to Mr
Whisked away by the
Write your poem out neatly and decorate it with pictures of flying books around it.
Watch and enjoy this clip from Peter Pan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YYXgEr0758
Remember to read back through your work to check that it makes sense. Check that you have punctuated your work correctly.
Read these poems about flight. As you read, jot down any interesting words or phrases about flight. If I Could Fly https://www.pitara.com/fiction-for-kids/poemsfor-kids/if-i-could-fly/The Leaf’s Lament
Discuss: What would you do if you could fly?
Write you own poem about flight. You may wish to use the title If I Could Fly, If I Had Wings, or create your own title. Try to use some of the interesting vocabulary you’ve collected from the poems you’ve read. You could also use a thesaurus to find
Don’t worry about making your poem rhyme – it doesn’t need to! Your poem can just be a series of sentences about what you would do if you could fly. Write your poem out neatly, illustrate it and share it with members of your household.
Today you are going to find out about the Wright brothers who, it is thought, invented the first flying machine. First of all, you are going to explore some vocabulary that you will come across. Have a go at thinking about what you think each word below might mean and then look up the definition in a dictionary.
aerodynamic, pioneer, glider, efficient, navigate, warped.
You could use a chart like the one below to record the words.
Now watch the clip below. Remember to listen out for the words you have explored. The Wright Brothers: First Successful
Find out some more information here: Ducksters – Wright Brothers https://www.ducksterscom/biography/wright_brothers.php
|Day 5||Using the information from yesterday and any of your own research, create a mind map to show all that you have learnt about the Wright brothers. Include all the key information that you have found out and add some pictures/drawings
too. Can you include any of the new vocabulary that you explored yesterday?
• Have a go at making your own paper aeroplane (spelt airplane in this American video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KPaxKUDj6I
• Watch Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONHuLal2OxM. Choose a section of the film and write the
story or a poem to match.
• Watch Judy Garland perform the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow in which she sings about bluebirds flying over the rainbow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW2QZ7KuaxA Write your own version of the song, perhaps using the title Flying Over the Rainbow. Try to use some
of the words and phrases you have collected from your poetry reading this week.
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