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Monday 1st February 2021

WALT: Use descriptive language

This week you are going to learn about the River Nile.

This week’s learning will help you explain the answer to a BIG question next week: Why was the River Nile was so important for the Ancient Egyptian civilization to thrive for around 3000 years?

Watch this clip How does the River Nile help people survive in Egypt? - KS2 Geography - BBC Bitesize

Over 5000 years ago the Ancient Egyptian civilisation started on the banks of the River Nile. The river runs right through the country & even today the towns & villages are situated along its banks.

If you look at images of the River Nile from space, you will see that Egypt is mostly desert with the fertile green valley of the River Nile running north/south through the country.

The villages that Ancient Egyptians lived in were built on high ground near the River Nile.

There was very little, if any, rainfall in Egypt itself, so the River Nile was very important as a source of water.

Writing task:

Remind yourself how to use the senses to describe a setting by watching this video: Descriptive writing using 5 senses ️ | How to write the perfect piece of descriptive writing - YouTube

Then, look at the image of a blistering hot desert: no water, no plants or animals, just miles and miles of sand and the baking hot sun overhead.  (You will find this in the resources). Next, look at the image of the River Nile. List everything that contrasts (is different) from the original uninhabitable landscape. Use all of the senses (you can leave out taste if this not appropriate).

Imagine you are a traveller walking across Egypt.  You have been walking for days in the desert and find yourself approaching the River Nile.  Describe what is happening in detail, using all your senses.

Challenge 1:

  • Accurate full stops and capital letters (including proper nouns)
  • Use 4 of the senses
  • Vary the sentence openers (not I can… for every sentence. Use ideas from the lesson you watched)

Challenge 2:

  • STS from challenge 1
  • Use 2A (with commas), BOYS (with commas) and fronted adverbial (with commas).
  • Use similes

Challenge 3:

  • STS from challenge 1 and 2
  • Use WWW sentence (with commas)
  • Use prepositions
  • Use metaphors