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The Water Cycle


This week in English writing, we will be looking at a non-fiction explanation text, called The Water Cycle.



LO: To discuss models of writing (explanation texts) and ask questions to improve understanding of a text


Watch the teacher input video first and then complete the tasks. 

Monday's input 1

Monday's input 2

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An explanation text is a piece of non-fiction writing explaining an action, process or event in a detailed but simple way. It features numbered points, conjunctions, pictures/ diagrams, labels and captions to help the reader understand the process of what’s being delivered. 

Task 1: Read 'The Water Cycle' text (below).

Can you remember where you've already learned about the water cycle? In geography! So you might be able to recall how the water cycle works.

Task 2: Identify the features of an explanation text in the water cycle text and write them down.

Task 3: Using the 5W's or the question hand, write some questions about the text.


Once you've completed your tasks, you can watch the BBC video below to look at further illustrations of the water cycle.



LO: To retrieve and record information from an explanation text


Watch the teacher input video first and then complete the tasks. 

Tuesday's input

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Task: Skim read over The Water Cycle text and answer the questions below about it.


Remember to use evidence from the text. Underline key words in each question and find them in the text. Answer in full sentences.



What has Earth been doing to the water for over 4 billion years? 


Earth has been recycling water for over 4 billion years.



  1. Who has drunk the same water as you?
  2. Is water only a liquid?
  3. How does the water cycle begin?
  4. Describe the process known as ‘transpiration’.
  5. When do water droplets fall back down to earth?
  6. Where is precipitation collected?
  7. If the water falls on vegetation, where does it evaporate from?
  8. True or false? Ice will melt to liquid water and then soak into the ground in cold climates.
  9. Which water is called ‘surface run-off’?
  10. What does the word ‘infiltrate’ mean?


Wednesday - Spelling

Words ending in –ar/ -er


Watch the teacher input video first and then complete the tasks.

Wednesday's input

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Task 1: Spelling test


New spellings:

Task 2: Practise your new spellings using game 15 from the spelling menu.











Task 3: Have a go at writing a sentence using each word.



LO: To take notes from a visual stimulus


Watch the teacher input video first and then complete the tasks.

Thursday's input 1

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Task 1: Watch the BBC video 'Water treatment in the UK' on the link below and listen carefully for new information, facts and relevant vocabulary.

Task 2: Watch the video again but this time record information down in your book, in note form.

When taking notes, remember you do not have to write in full sentences. Using bullets points usually helps.


For example,

Notes about water treatment in the UK.

  • dirty water is called waste water
  • travels from houses to waste water treatment works  
  • solids are removed
  • clear water runs off

Thursday's input 2

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Task 3: Change your notes into full sentences.

For example,

The solids in the dirty water are filtered and removed from the dirty water. Then, the clear water runs off for further cleaning.



LO: To use apostrophes to mark possession

possessive apostrophe () shows that something belongs to or is connected to something else.

When you want to show that something belongs to that person or thing, you add a possessive apostrophe and an s.


For example:

The singular noun is: Cat

singular noun is a noun referring to just one person or thing.

The cat's tail was fluffy.

's shows that the tail belongs to the cat.


Top tip - You just add an apostrophe and s to the noun.

For example:  Fiona’s cat was naughty.

Task 1: Rewrite each sentence out, placing the apostrophe in the correct place to show possession.


Number 1 has been done for you as an example.


1) Davids sister painted him a picture.

David’s sister painted him a picture.

2) They went to have dinner at Marys house.

3) They lost Bens football.

4) This is Joes hat.

5) Andy likes to sit behind the drivers side in the car.

6) The ladys car had broken down.

7) Petes dog has been missing for two weeks.


Task 2: Rewrite these sentences so that they use a possessive apostrophe.

Number 1 has been done as an example.


1) The teddy belonging to Sarah.

That is Sarah’s teddy.      Or,       The teddy is Sarah’s.

2) The car belonging to Anna.

3) The house belonging to Steve and Amy.

4) A new book belonging to David.

5) The photos that belonged to Mary.

Challenge task: For each sentence below, explain the mistake before rewriting out the sentence so the possessive apostrophe is used correctly.


1) Steves’ car had gone missing.

2) Sarah’s borrowed Davids ball.

3) Anna went to visit Mik’es house last week.

4) Andrew’s house is next’ door to Freddie’s.

5) Amys picture’s are hung on the wall.