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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

Week beginning Monday 18th May

Week 5 is the time to write your persuasive letter to the engineers that will judge your entry!


Take a look at the tasks below and follow them to make sure you get your best letter written to convince the engineers that your idea is THE BEST and should be made into a prototype. 


Task 1 - Look at examples of persuasive letters (included below)

What is persuasion?

  • Remind yourself what persuasion actually means.
  • Read the example letters below and pick out any language that you think is persuasive and polite. This will be a formal letter; it must be persuasive but also polite!
  • What do you like about how these letters are written? 
  • Is there anything that you would add to make the letter better?


Task 2 - Plan your letter

Think about your idea and talk through these questions with somebody in your house.

  • What is the main benefit?
  • Who does it help?
  • Why is the problem that you’re solving?
  • How does your idea actually work? 
  • How did you come up with the idea? 
  • Who or what were you inspired by?
  • Which engineer have inspired you? (Look back at the videos from Week 1 of the competition)
  • Why is YOUR idea special?
  • Why should they build your idea as a prototype?


Now jot these ideas as notes into the planning template below.  In the right hand column add some powerful language that will help persuade the engineers. Look at the persuasive word bank to help you with this.


Task 3 - Write a draft of your letter and edit it

Now have a go at writing a draft of your letter. Remember to…

  • Take your time and take care.
  • Write one paragraph at a time, making sure you include all of that really good language, powerful openers and a good range of conjunctions.
  • Check each paragraph as you go for sense and accuracy.


When you have finished your draft, proof-read it for spelling and punctuation. Then check again that it makes sense and you are happy with the language that you have used.

Your letter must fit on one side of A4 and must use at least 100 words. 


Task 4 - Publish a neat copy of your letter

Now it’s time to write out your letter neatly and accurately, ready to send to the engineers.


Lay out your letter carefully and accurately...

Dear Engineers at the start

Yours sincerely at the end before you add your FIRST name only


Please do not put any address at the top as we usually would on letters, as you may not have enough space. Remember your letter must fit on one side of A4 and must use at least 100 words.

When you have finished, please take a photo of your letter and send it to your class email address, so that we can send it off for you.  Make sure you have also sent in your neat copy of your labelled picture of your idea with your first name and year group on it.