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Week Beginning: 07.12.20


This week, in English lessons, we will begin to look at The Christmas Truce Poem written by Carol Ann Duffy. 


Monday English - 

Watch the Sainsbury's advert, which is based on the events of Christmas 1914 when the soldiers in trenches in WWI stopped for Christmas day. Then write down how the main characters , Jim and Otto , felt at different points throughout the advert. 


Tuesday English - 

Today, we will be reading the poem The Christmas Truce by Carol Ann Duffy. Read the poem and try to learn some of it off by heart. You can listen to it being read here. 


A Christmas Truce – By Carol Ann Duffy


Christmas Eve in the trenches of France, the guns were quiet.
The dead lay still in No Man's Land –
Freddie, Franz, Friedrich, Frank . . .
The moon, like a medal, hung in the clear, cold sky.

Silver frost on barbed wire, strange tinsel, sparkled and winked.
A boy from Stroud stared at a star
to meet his mother's eyesight there.
An owl swooped on a rat on the glove of a corpse.

In a copse of trees behind the lines, a lone bird sang.
A soldier-poet noted it down – a robin holding his winter ground 
then silence spread and touched each man like a hand.

Somebody kissed the gold of his ring;
a few lit pipes;
most, in their greatcoats, huddled,
waiting for sleep.
The liquid mud had hardened at last in the freeze.

But it was Christmas Eve; believe; belief thrilled the night air,
where glittering rime on unburied sons
treasured their stiff hair.
The sharp, clean, midwinter smell held memory.

On watch, a rifleman scoured the terrain –
no sign of life,
no shadows, shots from snipers, nowt to note or report.
The frozen, foreign fields were acres of pain.

Then flickering flames from the other side danced in his eyes,
as Christmas Trees in their dozens shone, candlelit on the parapets,
and they started to sing, all down the German lines.

Men who would drown in mud, be gassed, or shot, or vaporised
by falling shells, or live to tell, heard for the first time then –
Stille Nacht. Heilige Nacht. Alles schläft, einsam wacht …

Cariad, the song was a sudden bridge from man to man;
a gift to the heart from home,
or childhood, some place shared …
When it was done, the British soldiers cheered.

A Scotsman started to bawl The First Noel
and all joined in,
till the Germans stood, seeing
across the divide,
the sprawled, mute shapes of those who had died.

All night, along the Western Front, they sang, the enemies –
carols, hymns, folk songs, anthems, in German, English, French;
each battalion choired in its grim trench.

So Christmas dawned, wrapped in mist, to open itself
and offer the day like a gift
for Harry, Hugo, Hermann, Henry, Heinz …
with whistles, waves, cheers, shouts, laughs.

Frohe Weinachten, Tommy! Merry Christmas, Fritz!
A young Berliner, brandishing schnapps,
was the first from his ditch to climb.
A Shropshire lad ran at him like a rhyme.

Then it was up and over, every man, to shake the hand

of a foe as a friend,
or slap his back like a brother would;
exchanging gifts of biscuits, tea, Maconochie's stew,

Tickler's jam … for cognac, sausages, cigars, beer, sauerkraut;
or chase six hares, who jumped
from a cabbage-patch, or find a ball
and make of a battleground a football pitch.

I showed him a picture of my wife.

Ich zeigte ihm ein Foto meiner Frau.
Sie sei schön, sagte er.
He thought her beautiful, he said.

They buried the dead then, hacked spades into hard earth
again and again, till a score of men
were at rest, identified, blessed.
Der Herr ist mein Hirt … my shepherd, I shall not want.

And all that marvellous, festive day and night, they came and went,
the officers, the rank and file, their fallen comrades side by side
beneath the makeshift crosses of midwinter graves …

… beneath the shivering, shy stars
and the pinned moon
and the yawn of History;
the high, bright bullets
which each man later only aimed at the sky.


Wednesday English - 

Today, we will be finding different poetic devices in the poem. Use the table below to complete today's activity.

Poetic Device

Example from the poem

Alliteration – repetition of the sound at a beginning of a word (Peter’s perfect pens)


Symbolism – symbol that represents an idea (cross = religion)


Simile – a comparison of two things using ‘like’ and ‘as’ (as cold as ice)


Rhyme/Rhythm – the use of rhyming words to give the poem a beat


Repetition – words/phrases/sentences and structures repeated


Personification – giving an object human qualities (the wind whistled)


Oxymoron – two words positioned together with contrasting ideas (beautiful death)


Onomatopoeia – words that sound like their meaning (crash/bang/pop)


Metaphor – an image created by referring to something as something else (He is a pig)


Imagery – words so descriptive they create a picture in the reader’s mind



Thursday English -

Imagine you are a Jim or Otto on the battle field. You are just about to come over the top of the trench. How are you feeling? Write an internal monologue deciding if you should go over the top or not.  Use the success criteria to mark your own work. 


Success Criteria




I have included a captivating hook.




I have written in first person.




I have used the correct and consistent tense.




I have used ellipses (max 4)




I have used cohesive devices




I have included a rhetorical question.




I have included a climax with a suitable resolution (happy, sad, relief, open-ended)





Friday English - 

Today you will be writing a short dialogue between two of the Soldiers. Listen to this podcast, which contains interviews from soldiers who were there that day. Think about how the conversation may have gone between two soldiers from the opposite side.  Now write a dialogue and include some narrative between two of them. Check your work against the success criteria.  


Have I…


  • used dialogue to develop my characters?


  • used dialogue to show my reader what is happening in my story?


  • made my dialogue realistic?


…used informal speech patterns such as:


  • contractions?


  • interjections?


  • used informal local speech patterns?


…punctuated my dialogue correctly using:


  • new speaker, new line?


  • inverted commas around direct speech?


  • punctuation inside inverted commas?


  • capital letters to introduce speech?


  • lowercase letters when speech restarts after being split by a verb?


Monday Maths -

Today's lesson is converting fractions, decimals and percentages. Please watch this video and then complete the worksheet below. 


Tuesday & Wednesday Maths - 

Over the next 2 days, you will continue to convert fractions to decimals. Complete the worksheets attached below. 


Thursday & Friday Maths - 

Over the next 2 days, you will be finding fractions of amounts. Watch this video and then complete the worksheets below. 


Think about internet safety. Use your knowledge you have built up over the past few weeks to answer the scenario cards attached below. 

History -

This week we will be learning about the Trojan War. Work through the powerpoint and then complete te activities. 

Science - 

This week, we are focusing on how bird's beaks are adapted to their diet and other needs. Work through the powerpoint and then complete the activity which you will find on slides 13 and 14.