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This term we are going to start by looking at a famous narrative poem called 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes, which we will then turn into a piece of narrative writing (a story). 


Our learning journey will be: 

* To understand the poem (including context and language) 

* To plan and write a narrative (in small sections, based around the sections of the poem)



1. Write the date (Wednesday 24th February 2021) and LO (LO: To develop a rich understanding of words associated with night time). 

2. Watch the video in the link below. Remember to pause and complete activities from the video. Some should be done in your book, others in your head: 

* 1:33 – Key vocabulary definitions – copy into your book

* 2:24 – Two adjectives - In your head

* 3:21/7:34/12:30 – Describe the picture - In your head

* 5:17/10:28/14:30 – Find the synonyms - In your book

* 7:08/12:00 - Definition - In your head

* 15:42 – Word recap - In your head

* 16:25 – Own definitions - In your book

* 17:23/18:25/19:04 – Word choice - In your head

* 19:30 – Independent writing task - In your book


Where you can, you should correct your own work using the answers from the video. Your teacher will provide feedback for anything not covered in the video.


3. Remember to send your work to your class email account by 12:30pm.


1. Watch the video below - 'The Highway Rat'.

2. Write the short date (24.02.21) and Reading in your remote learning book so we can identify your work. 

3. Answers the following questions in your remote learning book, in full sentences.

     1) Did you like the story? Explain why/why not, using quotes from the text. 

     2) What did you notice about the structure of the text? Give examples of the features you             noticed. 

     3) Re-watch the video. Write down 5 examples of good vocabulary that you feel were                     particularly interesting or helped the reader imagine what was happening in more detail. 


David Tennant for Save with Stories reading "The Highway Rat" by Julia Donaldson

Thank you David Tennant for helping us to raise urgent funds for our coronavirus appeal by reading "The Highway Rat" by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel ...