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Today, I would like us to think about the types of sentences that we use in our writing.


As Year 6s, you should be using a range of simple, compound and complex sentences in your work. Today’s grammar activity will remind you about these.


Please read through and watch the videos. Then complete tasks 1 and 2. For task 2, if you can print it out, perfect! If not, I am happy for you to just make a list of the missing words. Both tasks are on the website today so click the red link to begin.


There are answers for both tasks on the site, so please do mark once you have done each.


To begin, I want to talk you through the elements of the model text. We are assessing this against the criteria grids that I introduced yesterday.

Analysing the model text.mp4

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LI: I can use modal verbs to persuade

From that video, we are today going to explore modal verbs.

Modal verbs indicate how likely something is to happen. Here are some examples.

In your book, order them from the most à least likely that something will happen

There is not one correct answer, but I would probably say…

From most to least likely:

must, will, can, shall, should, would, may, could, might


Ok, time for the persuasion practice. Choose one of the scenarios below and write a persuasive argument. When you send them to me on Dojo, I will be looking for how many modal verbs you can include and your individual target that I have set you. Good luck!

  • A cat to make friends with a dog
  • A parent to let you stay out late
  • A teacher to cancel all homework
  • A prince/princess to marry you
  • The England manager to pick you for the team
  • A wicked witch to change her ways


Once you are done, underline your modal verbs and your target (if possible).