Dinnington Community Primary School


Writing Activities 29.06.20 - 03.07.20

Lesson 9 - Writing


So today you get to wear your newspaper reporter hat and write you article about what happens to Grandma when she takes George's Marvellous Medicine. 


Use you plan to write a super report.


Don't forget! Make sure that you are including all of our writing Success Criteria too!

Tiddlers and Superworms, your success criteria are GREEN.

Gruffalos, you must include GREEN and ORANGE!


  • Capital letters
  • Full stops
  • Finger spaces
  • Phonics
  • Adjectives (describing words) 
  • Interesting sentence openers
  • Paragraphs
  • Conjunctions (and so because or when)

Lesson 8 - Plan


Let's have a go at planning our newspaper report. Think about the things you want to include.

You want to tell the reader all about what happened at the time of the incident, you might want to remind yourself of all the details be re-watching the video below.


Now you have reminded yourself think about how you might want to structure your report. Let's have a look at another report to give us some help:


What did you notice when you read the text?

  1. Name of the Newspaper
  2. Short, Snappy Headline
  3. 1st paragraph - Who, what, where, when and why
  4. More details about the incident
  5. What happens next? 


Now can you have a go at planning your report, with at least 3 paragraphs.  You can plan your report however you want. There is an example below:



Lesson 7 - Caption


In newspaper reports there are often photos to help the reporter tell the story of what happened. These photos are often accompanied by a short explanation of what you can see. For example:



This is all that remains of Mr Piggy's stick house.


Have a look at the pictures of Granny below following her taking the medicine can you come up with a different caption for each one?








Write your captions in a yellow book.

Lesson 6 - Headline


The title of a newspaper article is called the headline and tells you what the report is about. 

Can you have a go at matching the headline's to the start of the articles?



What did you notice about the headlines?#


I noticed:

  • They were short
  • They gave the reader a little bit of information about the report
  • They were catchy, making the reader want to read on
  • They could use alliteration Mysterious Brown Beast to catch the reader attention.
  • Or they could use rhyme Huffed, Puffed for the same effect.


Think about your article what is it about?

It's about Granny tasting the Marvelous Medicine and what happens to her could you write your own short snappy headline for your article. 


Here are some examples:

Marvellous Medicine has Amazing effect on Old Lady.

Granny Spotted Reaching for the Sky!


Bet you could do a better job than I have. 

Lesson 5 - Finding the Facts


When writing a newspaper report it is important to include all the facts. Reporters often concentrate on 5 important questions to find these facts - Who, what, where, when and why. You are going to write your report on what happened to Grandma once she had her medicine.

Re-read Chapter 7 or re-watch the video and have a go at answering the questions below.


Who did it happen to?
What happened?
Where did it happen?
When did it happen?
Why did it happen?


Now you have this information you should use this to write your introduction to the newspaper report. The introduction should be short and include all of the important facts. Have a look at the one below about the Rapunzel to help you. 


Who? - Rapunzel

What happened? - She was captured

Where? - She was kept in a tall, tall tower

When? - On her 1st birthday 15 years ago

Why? - The witch wanted her golden hair


It has been discovered that the missing princess Rapunzel has been locked in a tall, tall tower. She was captured by the wicked witch 15 years ago on her first birthday because of her beautiful golden hair

Rik Mayall - Jackanory - George's Marvellous Medicine, Part 3/5 Part Three: Grandma gets the Medicine. First shown on CBBC in Jan 1986, then repeated in Jan 1988 and 1994. This is the 1994 ...