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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

8th June - 12th June

Spooky Settings


Task 1: Describe Your Haunted House

Think back to any scary stories or poems you might have read, or perhaps a film that had a spooky part. Jot down some quick notes to these questions:


What was it that made them scary? 

What kind of characters did they have?

What was the setting like?

What made you keep reading or watching?


Have a look at the haunted house below...

Imagine you are really there, standing outside looking up at the building. What can you see? Hear? Smell? Touch? Taste? 


Write your ideas down! Use powerful adjectives, verbs and adverbs to make your descriptions really clear. If you can, use a simile, metaphor or personification! You can fill in the senses grid below or make your own. 

Task 2: Describe How You Might Feel


Have a look at the haunted house again, imagining that you are really there.

What emotions would you feel?

How would your body be moving? 

How might you react to the sights, sounds and smells around you?


Have a go at acting it out! Imagine you are walking up the crumbly path, looking through a cobweb-covered window or knocking on the old door.


Then, use the template below to write your ideas down. Put your feelings (eg. wary) in the middle of the body and your actions (eg. tiptoeing silently) on the outside of the body. In the head part, you can write down any thoughts or questions you would have (eg. ''I should turn back now'').

Task 3: Write a Setting Description

Use your descriptive words, phrases and sentences from the previous tasks to write a detailed description of what it is like to be there outside the haunted house.

Make sure you use powerful adjectives, verbs, adverbs (and similes, metaphors and personification if you can) so that I can imagine that I'm really there when I read your description.


Here are some sentence starters to get you going...


Shivering, I tiptoed cautiously towards the...


Holding my breath, I crept...


I flinched as...


I looked ahead at the...


Listening carefully, I could hear...


All of a sudden...