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Thursday 5th November, 2020

LC: To identify the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarise these. 

Today, we are going to practise the skill of summarising with an explanation text. 

Remember, explanation texts explain how or why something happens.

They are always in a logical sequence.

A summary is a shorter version of something, like a piece of writing, and includes the main points.


There are several steps we need to take before we can summarise a text which your teacher is going to model to you now.


Let's begin!

1. Identify the main points in each paragraph.



Newborn babies are very small. Most of them weigh around 3½ kilograms and are only about 53 centimetres from head to toe. Some are even smaller. However, soon after they are born, babies are ready to eat! Their food is milk.

   The milk helps the baby grow, so by 3 months old it weighs about 6 kilograms and is around 60 centimetres long. Its stomach is growing stronger too. This means mum can give the baby some solid food as well as milk. The food is special mushy baby food because the baby does not have any teeth, so it cannot chew it yet.

   At 6 months old, a baby is about 8 kilograms and 68 centimetres long. Its body is stronger now so it can sit up and play. Its little teeth are starting to come through. This means it can have some hard food like rusks as well as baby food and milk.

   By one year old, most babies weigh around 9½ kilograms and measure about 72 centimetres. They can stand up, and will soon start to walk. They usually have several teeth, so they can eat the same food as older children, as long as it is cut up small. As they eat more and more, they will grow heavier, taller and stronger.

2. Put the main points into a series of logical steps.

3. Using the main points, summarise the text.


Now it's your turn!


Click on the Explanation One button unless you have been told to click on Explanation Two