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This week we are writing a letter from the perspective of a child evacuee in 1939. 


Use the resources provided to write a letter that includes as many suitable features of the the year 6 writing criteria as you can .


Look at the pictures of child evacuees on the 'Evacuees Powerpoint' as they are leaving and as they arrive. Think about what the images show, including considering how the child or families in the photographs might have felt at that moment (as they were leaving, when they arrived).


Watch this short video to learn more about Evacuees


Create two mind maps

  • One for the emotions the child could be feeling as they arrive in the countryside. (What does the countryside look/sound like? What do the people looking after them look/sound like? What are they missing from home?)
  • One for what the parents might be thinking (What questions might they have about where their children are going ? What will they want to know about the people who will take in their children?)







Read the example letter, which is a real letter from an evacuee sent to her parents. 


Highlight/ jot down the key features of the letter - How do we know this piece of writing is a letter? 


Now highlight/ jot down the key vocabulary you could use for your own letter (pick out useful adjectives and emotions you couold use).


Read through the text again and think about whether she has answered any questions her parents may have had ? 

Can you use your mind map from yesterday to plan some responses to use in your own letter? What events has she spoken about in her letter? 


Storyboard the key events she talks about.



Using both your own mind maps, the example letter and your own knowledge start to write your letter. At least one paragraph.


Success Criteria:

Write in 1st person.

Use emotive language.

Include all letter features (Address, Dear...., Sign off).

Fronted adverbials (Nervously, In the morning...)

Subordinating Conjunctions (nevertheless, however ...)



If you need some support use the letter support guide to generate some ideas. 


Finish writing your letter today and check the word mat to see if there is any extra vocabulary you can add. 

Today is the day to edit and improve your own work. Read through the letter example and remind yourself of the success criteria.


Use a different coloured pen to edit your work.


You can now write a top copy of your letter. Produce your best work and sent this to your teacher to read..