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Digging those diaries!

Year 6 have been diary experts this week! We have written our own diaries, (describing lessons with our slightly madcap Year 6 teachers!), put ourselves in the position of Stanley Yelnats, from Louis Sachar’s novel ‘Holes’, as he arrives to begin his sentence at Camp Green Lake and even transported ourselves back to the Victorian era to write a diary from one of the strict workhouses – phew!!

Your next challenge Year 6 is to post an example of a diary on the blog.It could be about something you have been doing over the weekend or another example from ‘Holes’ or our Victorian topic, you could even write one from the point of view of your favourite celebrity.

Can you remember all of the features? If not, take a look at 6J’s actions to jog your memories!

Happy diary writing!

Year 6 Teachers : )

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6J’s Literacy Group – Holes – shared write “setting”

This morning we started our whole class shared write on the setting of Camp Green Lake, from the book ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher. This is our first draft, now let’s look at this and see how we can improve it, does it have the features of a setting in it? What is good about it?

“There is no lake at Camp Green Lake, all that remains of it is a barren, desolate lake bed, which hides the unknown secrets of what life used to be like many years ago. As your eyes slowly scan the distant horizon your mind plays tricks on you, confusing your every move. You can see the wind vigorously whipping the sharp sand into a frenzied cyclone.”

Mrs Jones :-)


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6J’s Literacy Group – Holes – VACE

Today we have been looking at the first chapter of “Holes” and looking at what we need to do to write our own setting.

We discovered that to be successful writing our setting we needed to include:

–  our five senses

– similes

– metaphors

– extra information, using subordinate clauses

With a partner, your challenge is to write four sentences using the above success criteria to describe the setting of Camp Green Lake. Remember to use your VACE knowledge to make your writing more exciting than Louis Sachar’s version.

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Mrs Jones’ Literacy Group – Holes

Hi all!

Today we started our new book “Holes” by Louis Sachar.

Let me know what you think of the story so far!

What do you think is going to happen to Stanley at Camp Green Lake?

We noticed that Stanley’s surname is Stanley spelt backwards (this is called a palindrome).

Your challenge is to find as many words as you can that are spelt the same backwards as they are forwards………

Mrs Jones


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