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Professor Plum

Writing task

This week’s writing task is based around the image in the attached Powerpoint, which you can also view by clicking on the link to pobble365. There is an activity to carry out on each slide of the Powerpoint. I recommend you do a slide each day this week.


Monday - Task 1: Read the story starter. I would like you to identify all the adjectives in the story. You can either print it out and underline them, or you can write them in a list. When you have done that, I would like you to rewrite the story opening, replacing the adjectives with your own. You could use a thesaurus to find interesting words. Have you improved it? Have you changed the atmosphere of the story?

Example: instead of ‘dusty pile of books’ you could write ‘neat pile of books’. This changes the image of the laboratory, but you may have to change more of the sentence to make it sound right, not just the adjective.  


Tuesday - Task 2: Read the questions on slide 2 and discuss possible answers with a family member. You might both have the same answer or your answers might differ.


Wednesday - Task 3: Think about the sounds you might hear and have a go at writing a short description using your senses. Two or three sentences would be fine, but feel free to write as much as you like! This would be a great opportunity to use onomatopoeia (words that sound like the thing they describe). E.g. gurgle, crunch, crackle.


Thursday - Task 4: Improve the sentences using one or more of the following:

  • Adverb
  • Adjectives
  • Prepositions phrases
  • Extending sentences with conjunctions

You can add words, but you can also change the words that are already there to make them more powerful or descriptive.


Friday - Task 5: This is you main writing task. I would like you to write a recipe for your potion. Think about what the potion would do to someone who drank it? What ingredients are in the potion.


  • A Title and introduction – what is the potion called and what does it do? Do you need to give the reader any advice on when, where and to whom this potion should be given?
  • Subtitles
  • A list of ingredients and equipment needed, including quantities.
  • The method (step-by-step instructions) – use imperative verbs such as mix, stir, add.


I have added an example to read below. This will hopefully give you some ideas and help you think about the features you need to include. 


WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like)

Go to Purple Mash to find '2do' tasks involving sequencing instructions and for some reading comprehension tasks.