Writing a letter
Home learning focus
To write a letter to your teacher using questions and paragraphs correctly.
This lesson includes:
one video about using paragraphs
one video to remind you how to write a question
Today you are going to write a letter to your teacher to tell them all about what you’ve been doing and learning at home.
Letters need to be written in paragraphs so that they make sense and are easy to read.
Watch this video to remind yourself about using paragraphs.
In your letter, each paragraph should talk about something different.
Paragraph 1 = what you have learnt in your home schooling
Paragraph 2 = what you have enjoyed doing the most
Paragraph 3 = what you are looking forward to when you go back to school
Letters also contain questions so that the recipient (the person receiving the letter) can write back and answer those questions.
Watch this video to remind yourself how to write and punctuate questions.
Questions often start with one of the five w's:
Questions can also start with words like 'did', 'how', 'do' and 'which' and should always end with a question mark.
You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.
Write down seven questions you want to ask your teacher in your letter.
What have you enjoyed doing the most while you’ve been at home?
Remember to use a question mark at the end of your questions.
Try starting your questions with the five w's: who, what, why, where, when.
Complete the 'Letter planning' activity sheet by answering the questions in each box.
Either print off the planning sheet, or copy out the subheadings and write notes under each one.
Remember: When you are planning, you do not need to write in full sentences. You can just write notes.
Now write your letter to your teacher.
Write three paragraphs following your planning sheet structure. Between each paragraph leave a line.
Each paragraph should be between five and eight sentences long and include lots of detail.
Ask your teacher at least five questions.
You could start and end your letter like this:
Dear (teacher’s name),
How are you? I'm writing to let you know about all the exciting things I’ve been doing at home.
I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.
When you have finished your letter, you could put it in an envelope. Keep it somewhere safe until you return to school and can give it to your teacher.