We have a very exciting task for you in English this week. We are going to be writing letters for children to read in 2030 - so when you are all grown up! We will be telling them all about the strange year that 2020 was, as this will definitely go down in history. We will do some activities to refresh your memories and get you ready to write your letter at the end of the week. The letters will be entered into a competition, run jointly by Usborne, The Postal Museum and the National Literacy Network. A selection of letters will be chosen by The Postal Museum to be included in an exhibition, both online and hopefully in real life, too!
Today, we are going to be thinking about why 2020 was so important in our history. Below, you have a template with three bubbles: one for how 2020 impacted you, one for how it impacted your family and one for how it impacted on society and the world. You can either draw pictures or write words in the circles.
We are also going to think about different conjunctions. See if you can select the correct conjunction to put into the gaps.
There are three levels of challenge to choose from - 1 star is the easiest, 3 star is the trickiest.
Today, we are going to carry on thinking about 2020 and how it affected us. Your task is to create a collage of things that remind you of the year 2020. Your collage might include drawings, pictures or newspaper clippings. Think about all the things that featured in 2020 - perhaps face masks, hand sanitiser, social distancing, empty streets, home learning and other lockdown activities.
2020 wasn't all about the pandemic, though, and there might be other things that happened to you and your family in 2020 that you'd like to mention or celebrate - so please include these as well!
There is a template below, or you can make your own.
Today, we are going to have a think about letters. Writing letters is a more traditional method of communication than most of us are used to, in our technological age of texts and emails. How many people still write letters to friends or family members? What is the benefit of writing a letter rather than sending an email, a text or communicating using social media?
Write a list of the benefits of writing a letter - there is a template below if you'd like to use it, or you could write the list into your exercise book.
Today, we are going to plan your letter and write your first draft. Below is an image to show how a letter should be laid out and a checklist to help you with the techniques you should include.
We will talk about this in more detail in our zoom call!
It's time to write your letter!
We have put a template below with lines, that you might like to print and use - but if you already have some lined paper, that's also fine.
You can draw a border or some decoration on your letter, too, if you'd like to.
Your finished letter can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Kids of 2020, Publicity Department, Usborne Books, 83-85 Saffron Hill, London EC1N 8RT.
When sending your letter, please include your address or email address so that The Postal Museum can get in touch if they would like to include your letter in the exhibition.
Letters need to be received by 2nd April 2021 to be considered for inclusion.
Finally, we would LOVE to see your letters, so please send us a copy as well!