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As a whole school, over the next two weeks we’re going to study letter writing. Of course, it wasn’t that long ago when letters were the only way to keep in touch with friends and family who lived far away and although now we have amazing technology to help us keep in touch, letter writing is still a useful writing skill. Many of the ideas and skills we’ll look at during our work on letters are just as useful when writing emails too. To get us in the right frame of mind for this new style of writing, we’re going to start with some descriptive writing. We have done this before, describing what we see, hear and feel when we look at a picture. You even did this during our distance learning when you described settings. Today, we’re going to use this idea, but we’re going to use postcards from famous places around the world to inspire us.


Firstly, you need to choose a postcard! Choose one of the postcards from the attachment below, they are all of famous places around the world, as an extra challenge can you work out where they’re from? You can of course choose your own holiday destination if you have a picture to help you remember it! I have tried to include seaside postcards to keep a link to our topic this half term!


Secondly, look closely at the picture and use your wonderful imagination to imagine what it would be like if you were actually there. What would the weather feel like? What might you hear? What emotions would you have? What would you do if you were there? Use the grid to help you collect your ideas (you don’t have to print it out, you can draw it roughly onto a piece of paper). I have written down my ideas in green after looking at this picture of the River Nile to give you some examples (See attachment – Collecting Words).

Finally, I would like you to use those ideas to write a postcard. You can use your ideas collected in the grid as well as other things you might think of.


Hot and Spicy – Use the template provided.

Mega Hot – Use the template provided to finish the sentences.

Are You Nuts – You can use the Mega Hot grid for ideas but write the postcard without physically using the template.