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Friday 15th January

Word of the Day: biting (adjective)

Meaning: bitter cold or harsh

Word Pairs: biting wind, biting frost, biting comment

Snow began to fall early on, and soon the world was reduced to the grey shadows of the dogs ahead, the lurching and creaking of the sledge, the biting cold, and the swirling sea of big flakes only just darker than the sky and only just lighter than the ground.

(Northern Lights by Philip Pullman)


Practise this week's spellings by inserting them into sentences.


LO: I can write a Viking saga maintaining a storytelling 'voice'.


 Today, you are going to write your Viking saga! 

Before you begin to write, look over all the work you have completed during the first two weeks of term. Remember that your saga will be based on the video clip: THE SAGA OF BJORN. It might be worth watching and pausing the video clip as you write. Do refer to the sentences and word bank from yesterday's lesson.

Here is a toolkit of devices and ideas you could use if you wish:

  • archaic (old-fashioned) language to create the 'tone' of a traditional tale.
  • storytelling language (speaking directly to the reader) from time to time as you tell the story.
  • descriptive language to describe maybe the setting or the halls of Valhalla
  • include the thoughts of Bjorn.
  • onomatopoeia to achieve sound effects.

Challenge: Can you include some figurative language? Simile, metaphor, personification.

The structure of your saga will follow the story in the animation:

  • Opening paragraph to set the scene (When? Where? Who?)
  • You could include a few sentences to tell the reader more about Bjorn - his achievements in the past?
  • His quest begins. You don't need to mention every battle you see in the video. Just let the reader now that there were many failed attempts to reach Valhalla.
  • Saving the lives of the Christian nuns who were faced with a troll.
  • Thinking he is on his way to Valhalla - description!
  • Finally, realising he has made to way to a Christian heaven.


When you have finished and edited your work for spelling and punctuation corrections, read your saga to someone in your family. It often helps to hear the story read aloud! Please email your writing to me when you are happy with the completed version.

You can either write your saga on paper or type your story. Whichever suits you best!

Do let me know how you found this writing challenge. 


The Saga Of Biorn


For your computing lesson please follow the link below.


Spend at least 30 minutes reading your chosen book. Here are some of the books that Year 6 are reading at the moment:



Year 6 Reading

Mrs Calzada is reading English Pastoral: An Inheritance


You should all now have your login for our new interactive music lessons. If you have not received it yet, your parents will need to give permission to the school office, and then you will receive your login.

Click on the link below and enjoy your first lesson! I have set tasks relating to the song HAPPY by Pharrell Williams. Enjoy!