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Bonfire Night (non-fiction)


This week in English writing we are learning about Bonfire Night. 

We will be looking at a non-fiction text.




What special day is it this Thursday?

What do you know about Bonfire Night?


Task 1

Have a look at the Bonfire night text below. Click on the pdf link below to access it.

  1. What type of text is it? (Fiction? Non-fiction?)
  2. How do you know?
  3. What features can you see?


In your book, list the features you can see. For example,

  • subheadings
  • captions
  • photographs
  • bold writing


Task 2

Read the Bonfire Night text and highlight or underline any unfamiliar words. Unfamiliar words means words that you don't know.


Task 3

Find the meaning of the words in a dictionary. You can use an online dictionary by clicking on the link below.

Now write the word in your book and record the meaning next to it.

For example, 

Anonymous - not named or identified

Treason - the betrayal of a trust


Extension task 

If you have completed the above tasks and want some extra work, then complete this extension task.


Choose a word from your list and write this word in your sentence.

Record your sentence in your book and underline your selected word.

For example,

The plotters committed treason when they betrayed the King during the Gunpowder plot. 



Answer the following questions:


  1. How many men were involved in the Gunpowder Plot?
  2. What is the fourth of November known as?
  3. Who sent Lord Monteagle the letter?
  4. Where does the word bonfire come from?
  5. Where were the first fireworks used?
  6. How much did the largest firework weigh?
  7. Why do fireworks whistle?


Try to underline the keywords in the question and then locate the answer in the text.

Once you’ve found the answer to a question, write the answer in your book in a full sentence. See the example answer to question 1 below.


1) Thirteen men were involved in the Gunpowder Plot.


Wednesday - SPaG

Please see the spellings page.



Thursday - Plan

In today's lesson, you will plan your Big Write, which will be a fact file about Bonfire Night.


Write these three questions as headings and then write some notes underneath them. See the example below:


1. Why do we have Bonfire Night?

       - Remember events of Gunpowder plot



2. How should we keep safe on Bonfire Night?

        - Keep pets inside

        - Stand still when waving a sparkler



3. What other fun facts do we know about Bonfire Night?

        - Japanese word for firework is hanabi



Once you've added your notes, go back and add writing features that  you are going to include when you write your Big Write to make the text as interesting as possible.

Try to add: 

  • expanded noun phrases, such as, bright, sparkling sparkler
  • fronted adverbials, such as, during the evening
  • conjunctions, such as, although, if, when, because



Then, orally rehearse your plan, changing your notes into sentences.


Friday - Big Write

In this lesson you will write your Big Write using all of the notes gathered from the previous lessons.


You can choose your own title, for example, All about Bonfire Night.


Then use your questions from yesterday as headings and write information underneath it in full sentences. Remember to use a range of writing features to make your writing really interesting. Such as expanded noun phrases, conjunctions, punctuation etc.


Please see the below example of a Big Write (there's more to add to it yet).



All about Bonfire Night


Why is Bonfire Night celebrated?

Bonfire night is celebrated every year on the 5th of November. It is celebrated to remember the events of the Gunpowder Plot. During the year 1605, 13 men tried to blow up King James 1.


How to stay safe on Bonfire Night.

Bonfire night is a really fun night although it can be dangerous! Here are some tips to help you keep

1. To stay safe you must never go close to bonfire or fireworks that have been set up.

2. When you are holding a sparkler you must try not to move too much because


Fun facts about Bonfire Night.

Some people believe that the word bonfire comes from bone-fire. The first fireworks used in China were believed to scare bad spirits.