Learning By Topic KS2: Minecraft and English

Theme/Spelling words: survival, generated, characters, skeleton,  alternative, dimension, creative, adventure, hardcore, spectator

List spellings in alphabetical order; write synonyms and antonyms for words (where appropriate); create a crossword puzzle for your theme words; write your theme words in sentences or use all of them in a short story, include some effective language features e.g. similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification.

Use alliteration for the hostile mobs, example: cruel creepers, skinny skeletons.

Write a story about Steve (or a character you yourself have created in Minecraft) and an encounter with creepers and zombies. (Genre of writing: Narrative)

Have you created your own Minecraft character? Write a description about your character. You could start with a descriptive profile of the character and then write as that character (first person) and describe the way your character has just played the game or perhaps describe the world you have just created. (Genre of writing: Literary Description)

Write a review of Minecraft for a video game rating website. Will you give it 5 stars?! (Genres of writing: Personal Response and Review)

‘Who Am I?’ This will be the name of a card game you will create on Minecraft characters. Think of 4 clues about each mainstream character/creature and write them on a card. See if a family member or friend can guess the character! Perhaps it could be a two player game and you could be the quiz master! Then whoever has the majority of cards at the end wins.

List 10 questions you would ask the creepers if you got the opportunity to meet them.  Answer the questions in an imaginative way: are the creepers misunderstood? Do they have feelings and do they get upset? Now have some fun and voice/record or film the interview – getting a family member to be one of the voices OR changing the tone of your voice between characters! Have fun with it! (CC:  Drama, Script writing)