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Mr Williamson has spent a lot of lockdown losing himself in a number of good books from Harry Potter to his
favourite cricketer's (Jonny Bairstow) autobiography. Audiobooks are a great way to listen to some of your favourite books, every week we will be sharing one of our favourites here for you to enjoy.

This week's is the classic 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'.


Reading Comprehensions

This year you have improved your understanding when reading and even though we are apart, we can all practice this skill at home.

Remember, don't worry if you can't complete some of the questions. Just have a go at what you can do.

Writing - Diary Entries


This week we will be writing a diary of a school girl during the Industrial Revolution

Day 1

Watch this  video to get an idea of what a day was like for some children at school.  Think about what type of child she is.  Is she rich or poor?  How can you tell either way?


You will be writing in the character of the girl: Maggie Johnson who is 10 years old.  The diary is on the 15th of October 1877.    Watch the video again and make some notes  of details that will make your diary more genuine.  For example ,

  • what the teacher is called
  • name of the school
  • what time certain things happen
  • the style of lesson
  • what lessons she does
  • classmates



There is a lot of back ground you can give your character, family, interests, where she lives.  You can get information from the reading comprehension. 



Day 2


Read the different diary entries. 

Day 3

Before you write your diary, complete this exercise in tense.  Even if it is just saying it out loud. 

Day 4 and 5

Your diary entry is just for one day.  Set it out different sections of the day.

  1. Morning before school (past tense)
  2. Travelling to school (past tense)
  3. School morning (past tense)
  4. School Afternoon (past tense)
  5. After school (past tense)
  6. How you hope the following day / week will be. (future tense)

What is the posh word for time order?

When writing your diary try to include:

  • Appropriate tense
  • First person
  • Paragraphs
  • Phrases that show time
  • Thoughts and feelings
  • Detail.