Using one-armed robot letters when describing

Home learning focus

To understand how to correctly form one-armed robot letters and use them when writing labels and descriptive sentences. This lesson includes:

  • a video about one-armed robot letters

  • an introduction to describing words

  • three activities to do at home


Watch this short video below to find out about one-armed robot letters.

Whilst watching the video, try forming each letter in the air.

One-armed robot letters are: b, h, k, m, n, p and r.

They always start by going straight down, up and over. Most of these letters have a curve, except for the letter k.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: Finding one-armed robot letters

Take a piece of paper and draw seven big boxes.

  • At the top of each box, write a different one-armed robot letter.
  • Go on a hunt around your house or garden and see how many items you can spot that contain each letter.
  • Write each item down in the boxes as you go.
  • Once you've finished, try and think of some words that contain more than one one-armed robot letter and write them down. See if you can write five. Here are two examples to get you started: nature and milk

Activity 2: Making a poster

Imagine you're making a poster for a missing monster.

  • First decide what your monster looks like.
  • Then draw a picture of your monster.
  • Add labels to the different parts of the monster to describe its features.
  • Try and include at least six labels on your monster and see if you can use multiple describing words together.

Here are some examples:

Seven long, pointy fingers.
Thick, greasy, blue hair.

Once you've finished, read through your labels and circle or highlight all the one-armed robot letters.

Activity 3: Writing sentences about the monster

Use your poster from activity two to write a paragraph describing your monster. You have already labelled your drawing so you can use these labels to create sentences. Try to create five sentence all together.

  • Make sure you use capital letters and full stops in your writing.
  • Be sure to include adjectives (describing words).
  • You could also describe how your monster behaves; what it eats, what it drinks or what it likes to do.

Where next?

In this lesson you have created one-armed robot letters and used describing words in sentences about a missing monster.

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