St Philip's Church of England

Controlled Primary School

Daily Writing Tasks Week 4 27th April - 1st May

Week Four - 27th April - 1st May

Wednesday 29th April



Do you have the creativity to write a great robot story?


This is your chance to show off your creativity and take your readers on an adventure into the world of robotics and intelligent machines.

You’ll need to use your imagination to create believable characters and a compelling plot.

Your short story can feature any kind of robot you can dream up, and could take place on Earth, in space or even on another planet!

Think about whether your story is set in the present day, the future, or perhaps the past. What challenges will your characters face? How will the adventure end?

Once Upon a Robot is open to children aged between 7 and 11 years old.


How to get started


If you would like to enter this competition, here are some ideas and inspiration to start you off. First of all, think of what type of robot you are going to create and what its purpose might be. It might be a good start to design your robot and label its special features. Then think carefully about where and when your robot lives. Make sure your story has a clear beginning, middle and end and remember to use all the sentence structures we have worked on in class. It might be useful to cast your mind back to the weird and wonderful robot creatures we met in Star Wars.

This task should take the rest of this week, as before you write the story it is really important that you do some thorough research on your chosen setting, robot type and also explore possible emotions and descriptions.

Make sure that you keep a copy of your story so I can read it too!

Below, I have included some film clips and useful sites that could be a good starting point for your robot. 


'It is not just a machine... He is different'  Bibo is a robot, he has a warranty for 10,000 years. 
Bibo wheels his Ice Cream trailer to his corner each day; he watches the clock. No one comes, day after day, after day.  We have little clues that not everything is how it seems.  Where is everybody? We don't see any customers and Bibo seems to be remembering back to his past, echoing with the sounds of children's laughter. 

The opening of the film lets us see Bibo in his environment, there are clues to his past in his picture frames on the walls and the commentary running in the background.  One day Bibo has a vivid flashback, a hallucination.  He goes home and he creates a friend for himself.  We do not know what he is going to do with his new automaton or who she is but again the film makers give us clues. Bibo has created this whole world in order to recreate the good times in his life. 


A young girl builds a steam powered robot but has trouble getting it started. Impatiently, she turns up her power source too high, causing the machine to explode, spraying cranks, pistons and sprockets around the room. However, she learns something valuable along the way.


What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? After hundreds of years doing what he was built for, WALL•E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. However, after 700 years, he’s developed one little glitch—a personality. He’s extremely curious, highly inquisitive, and a little lonely. WALL•E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) is  programmed to clean up the planet, one trash cube at a time but EVE comes to realize that WALL•E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report to the humans.  



Click on the link below to find out how Pixar created this lovable robot and the futuristic world in which he lives.

Tuesday 28th April - Writing Task Two

You are going to use the work from yesterday to plan and write an incident report as if you were the attending police officer. Look at the check list below for the features you should include. Read the example below it carefully, to give you some ideas on how to plan it. 

Monday 27th April - Writing Task One