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Topic based English WB 1.6.20

Last half term you began learning about the voyage of the Mayflower and the link between the ship and our locality and local History.


Revise the facts and take the quiz. Make notes of your own.



This link takes you to a letter written by a child onboard the Mayflower. There is a speaker at the bottom which will mean you can listen as you read.

Once you have read the letter please create a comic strip of the events onboard the ship. Add speech bubbles to the characters and captions. EXT try to use some of the language in the letter.



Once the pilgrims arrived in America they met the native people who lived there. This link explains their daily life and how things were different for the Pilgrims and the wampanaog people.

Share and discuss the powerpoint about paragraphs.

Create your own comparisons of the ways of life for both people. Year 2 - Using the mini headings: housing, clothes, food, chores, schooling, games; write a paragraph to compare each category. Year 1 – you can do as above or create pictures with captions explaining the ways of life and how they differ.



Use the quiz to help you to rewrite or cut this up into paragraphs.



The coat-men are still here, but we have had no contact with them. Some of the older warriors say that the strangers carry weapons that can knock down a swift bird far away. After a time, scouts returned to where the ship was and found that it had gone. I busied myself practicing my hunting skills and helping to get ready for our move into the valley. My wish was that the strangers had gone back across the sea where they came from. I could tell that this is what the others wished as well, especially the elders. Our wishes, though, were not granted. The coat-men have been seen at Patuxet, where some of our people once lived. Several years ago, when I was a young child, a great sickness came to our People. Many villages were almost wiped out. Patuxet was one of these. Maybe the sickness still lingers there, for some report that the coat-men are half the number that they were and that they are beginning to ache for food. There is much discussion about what to do. Some say that because they brought women and children with them it is a sign that they mean us no harm, and that we should help them. It is clear that they have no skill in hunting or fishing. Others say that they may be good for us in being our friend. Still others worry that they may war against us or kidnap our young men as other coat-men have before. Two men living at Pokanoket with the Sachem Massasoit have lived among the coat-men and call them “English.” Samoset is a Sagamore of the Abenaki who has been visiting our Sachem for some moons now. Tisquantum lived at Patuxet until he was kidnapped by some other English many years ago and was taken across the sea and sold into slavery. He returned to Patuxet after the sickness, and found that his people were dead or gone. Both of these men speak the strangers’ language. Massasoit decided to send Samoset to the English to find out why they are here, and to see if they want to live peaceably amongst us.

Diary entry of 12-year-old Pometacomet, a fictional member of the Pokanoket tribe of the Wampanoag nation.




Wampanoag Words
: Wampanoag house made by constructing a framework of bent saplings and covering it with woven cattail or reed mats (summer wetu) or bark (winter wetu).
Sagamore: chief/sachem (different nations used differ
ent words for their leaders)
Sachem: chief

EXT – Discuss how you feel about this recount.



In North America they celebrate ‘Thanks Giving’. This tradition is linked to the journey of the Mayflower. This clip explains the reality of what actually happened and how the people felt. as you watch make notes of key words from the story.

Retell the story using your own words and reflecting on what you know so far.

Use as best you can the paragraph format.

Writing success criteria:

Use conjunctions – joining sentences with and, but, because, so

Use varied sentence openers – use the sheet provided

Use noun phrases – adjectives that describe someone, somewhere, something

Use rhetorical questions – e.g How did they expect us to live like this?

Use exclamations – MUST begin with How or What. E.g How amazing! What a ridiculous idea!

Try to add speech marks recalling the rules from before.

Always use capital letters and full stops where needed.

Please join your writing if you have been learning to do so.