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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

27th April - 1st May



Do you remember this lovely video of Mara and her flying machine that we watched in class? This week, you get to enjoy it again and use your imagination to create your very own flying machines!


Before you start, watch the video all the way through to remind yourself of what happens.

"Soar" by Alyce Tzue



Below are some short tasks related to the video. There are links to resources that can be printed and used or you can draw them yourself. Enjoy!



Task 1: Design Your Own Flying Machine


The elves in the 'Soar' video use their flying machines to put the stars into the sky at night time. If you could invent your own flying machine...


What would it be used for? 

What would it look like?

Who would use it and why? 

What would your machine be made from?

Would it have any special features?

How would each part work?


Jot down your ideas to these questions. 


Now, draw a picture of your flying machine design! Label your drawing to describe the different parts and what they are for. Use the word mat below to inspire you and help with descriptive language. 

Task 2: Explain How Your Machine Works


Look carefully at the flying machine you have designed. Imagine that it is about to be used for the first time and you- the inventor- need to explain clearly to the pilot how to use it. They will need more than just instructions... they will need to know exactly how it works, what each part does and why it's important. Jot some of your ideas down or talk through them aloud (to yourself or somebody at home). 


For example: To start the machine running, you must first wind the clockwork handle. This provides enough energy to turn the central wheel, which causes the cockpit to open ready for the pilot. 


Take a look at the example explanation text linked below and see if you can pick out the causal conjunctions - a very important ingredient in a clear explanation! They show how one thing leads to another. 


Then, have a go at writing an explanation of your flying machine for its brand new pilot. Remember to use causal conjunctions! You might also need time conjunctions to organise the sequence in which things happen. You could also add simple drawings help the pilot understand trickier parts.


When you've had a go at a draft, check it carefully and write it up neatly. You can either print one of the attached presentation papers, or decorate your own paper with a border. Then send us an email with your writing so we can celebrate what you've done!

Task 3: Write a Diary Entry 


Imagine that your flying machine has just been on its first ever flight! 


Who was flying it?

Where were they going?

What were they going to do?

What time of day was it?

What was the weather like?

Was it successful?

How did you feel? 

How did you react?


Jot down your ideas to these questions.


Then, have a go at writing a diary entry for this important and memorable day! Remember, the purpose of a diary entry is to tell the reader your thoughts, feelings and opinions about the things that happened. Use the word banks to help you. There's also an example diary entry for you to use... it might be familiar!


I can't wait to read your work so don't forget to send in a photo of your best copy!

Reading Comprehension


Read through the text once, underlining any words that are unfamiliar to you. Then, use your strategies to work out their meaning. If you're still not sure, you can use a dictionary (or


When you are confident that you understand the language, read the text again and talk through what you are picturing in each paragraph. At the end, have a go at summarising the text in a few sentences - you could do this out loud or write it down. 


Then, have a go at the questions.