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The Ursiwck 'lockdown;' Diary Project


The last two months has been a whole new experience for all of us.  Sometimes this has been positive, giving us time to rest and appreciate the small things.  At other times this has been really tough.  Boredom has kicked in, frustration at being unable to see friends and family has grown, fear of what might happen hangs over us and the lack of freedom to do as we normally have the privilege to do has felt restrictive.  The world we know has been a different place.
The Urswick School wants you to share your experiences by writing short diary entries.  These can be about the way you have seen the world outside your home change or your experience of being indoors.
Try to include:
Descriptive writing methods (SPAMROD – similes, personification, alliteration, metaphor, repetition, onomatopoeia, descriptive language)
A first person narrative and varied sentence structure 
Punctuation for effect – what mood do you want to convey?
1. Today I did….nothing!  Actually, that’s not strictly true.  Today I did the same thing that I did yesterday; I feel like I am stuck on a roundabout with no-one there to pull it to a stop.  No alarm rang this morning to drag me out of bed and no buzzer rang to indicate that I must move from one activity to the next every hour.  No school means freedom!  Well, it should mean freedom but it turns out that I actually miss hearing Mr Brown barking the lunch menu at me and reminding me to use a knife and fork to eat my chicken and chips.  Staring out of the window it’s strange to see so few people walking down Mare Street.  Even the pigeons have disappeared; I guess no people means no takeaway boxes to peck savagely at.
2. Today I decided that for my daily exercise I would explore somewhere new. It turns out that going round my local block 5 times every day can get a little dull!  The only thing that changes is the washing hanging from the balconies…it’s weird knowing when Mr Wilson washes his socks!  Walking towards London Fields was an eerie experience, normally cyclists whizz past on both sides and shouts float across the roofs of buildings from Mare Street.  But, today, today all was quiet.  Occasionally I spotted a face staring emptily from a window, like a prisoner longing for freedom.  As I reached London Fields I actually broke into a run!  Space…I have missed space and greenery.
What next?
Write your own diary entries exploring your experience of lockdown.  Aim to write two entries from different days, no more than 2 A4 sheets.
Send them to English@theurswickschool.co.uk stating your full name and FLG.  Miss Stannard and Mr Brown will read them all.
Postcards and prizes will be sent home for the best examples


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