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Week 2

Week 2 English week beginning 11th January




LI: To use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis                                 

Look at the attached parenthesis power-point which shows examples of parenthesis. Remember that relative clauses can be examples of parenthesis.


Look at the following examples of parenthesis used in sentences about Arctic foxes:


An Arctic fox has a long, fluffy tail (which helps to keep it warm).

An Arctic fox’s thick and white fur means it is well adapted (suited) to living in the Arctic.



Write sentences containing parenthesis about the Arctic animal you researched last week.



Can you also include semicolons or colons 



LI: To use the passive voice

Look at the attached power-point which explains the active and passive voice.


Here are some examples of active and passive sentences:

Active: Arctic foxes hunt lemmings.

Passive: Lemmings are hunted by Arctic foxes.


Remember the order of active sentences goes: subject / verb / object.

Remember the order of passive sentences goes: object / verb / subject.



Write active sentences about the Arctic animal that you have researched. Then change these active sentences to passive sentences.



Include expanded noun phrases in your sentences.




LI: To use bullet points

What are bullet points? Why do we use them? Use the following BBC Bitesize link: to watch videos about how to use bullet points and practice punctuating them correctly.


In today's lesson, you are going to write the introductory paragraph to your non-chronological report using bullet points for the subheadings of the report. Look at the example shown below:


The Arctic fox is much smaller than its red counter-part. Arctic foxes (who have thick, white fur) are able to hide from predators and hunt prey by using camouflage. They use unusual hunting techniques to find their prey. Within this report about Arctic foxes, you will find more information about their:

  • Habitat (where they live)
  • Appearance
  • Diet
  • Life-cycle, and
  • Fun Facts.




Write the introductory paragraph of your report including bullet points to indicate the subheadings.



Include parenthesis and colons.



LI: To use cohesive devices

Use the attached power-point to revise what cohesive devices are. Look at a diagram showing the life-cycle of your Arctic animal and use different web-sites to find out about its life cycle.


In today's lesson, we will be using cohesive devices (conjunctions, connecting adverbs, fronted adverbials, time conjunctions) to link sentences about your Arctic animal's life-cycle. Use the attached cohesive devices word-mat to help you think of your sentence starters.


Here is an example of a paragraph using cohesive devices to link sentences about an Arctic fox's life-cycle:



First of all, the life cycle of an arctic fox begins when a male and female  mate – usually between February and June. When the vixen (female) is pregnant, she builds a new den for her family. After a period of four to five weeks, a litter of baby foxes are born: these babies are known as kits, pups or cubs. The usual size of a litter is around 5 – 8 kits. Once they are born, the male and female arctic fox will take care of the young pups. During the first two to four weeks of a pup’s life, it feeds on in its mother’s milk. After 14 – 16 weeks, a young pup will leave its mother’s and father’s den. When a young Arctic fox reaches one year old, it is sexually mature - meaning it is now an adult. The average life-span of an Arctic fox is between three and six years.




Write a paragraph about the life-cycle of your Arctic animal including cohesive devices.



Use parenthesis to explain technical vocabulary.




SPAG lesson:

LI: To explore relative and subordinate clauses


Click on or copy and paste the link below to complete today's SPAG lesson all about relative and subordinate clauses,


There are two videos to watch and three activities to practise.


Once you have done this the try writing five sentences about your Arctic animal including a mix of relative and subordinate clauses.