Have any of you read a Good Book this week?
Try to find some time to read each day as we do in school. You may wish to keep a log of the books you read and write a review of any that you really enjoy. If you read a really good book why not recommend it to one of your friends!
There are lots of great resources online to help you find a book you might really enjoy. Audible are currently offering free streaming service whilst schools are closed, why not ask an adult to sign up and you can start listening to some great stories straight away! Click on the link below to access:
English for Week 2- Week commencing 30th March
This week we have a selection of activities to practice some keys skills based on the traditional story of 'The Princess and the Pea' and a range of funny poems.
1. Read ‘The Princess and the Pea’ by Hans Christian Anderson
• Read the story in your head and the practise reading it out loud. Can you read with good expression?
2. Answer Princess and the Pea Questions
• Read the ten Princess and the Pea Questions and then write a sentence answer for each one.
Brilliant! Well done. Work with a grown-up to check the answers.
Discuss any wrong answers. Can you see what went wrong?
3. Make a storyboard
• Use the Storyboard to make a version of the story in six parts. Use a mixture of words and drawings to tell the story.
1. Re-read ‘The Princess and the Pea’ by Hans Christian Anderson
• Read the story again, in your head and out loud. What can you spot new, when you read it this second time?
• Look at the picture called ‘Garden Scene’. This is from a version of the story by a writer called Lauren Child. The Prince is talking to the King and Queen. What do you think they could all be saying?
2. Write some speech
• Look at ‘Dialogue Scenes’ – these are scenes from the story. Make up some speech for each of the speech bubbles. Write it in ‘Dialogue Ideas’.
• Now try writing some of your ideas as direct speech with punctuation. Use the Revision Card and Dialogue Checklist to remind you how to do this.
If you find this tricky, try the fun extra activity-
• Make your own miniature world, like the pictures in Lauren Child’s book.
1. Read ‘The Princess and the Pea’ by Lauren Child
• This is the first part of Lauren Child’s version of the story. How is it different to Hans Christian Anderson’s version? Which do you prefer?
2. Practise dialogue punctuation
• Choose either Dialogue Practice 1 or Dialogue Practice 2. (Version 2 is a little more tricky – challenge yourself!) Use the Revision Card and Dialogue Checklist to help you.
Finished? Wow! Great stuff. Check your answers with a grownup. Discuss any mistakes you made.
3. Now for some writing
• Write a version of part of the story. Include some dialogue as you do and practise punctuating it perfectly.
1. Read ‘Younger Brother’ by Trevor Millum
• Practise reading the poem in your head and then out loud.
• Does the poem remind you of anybody you know? How many different objects does the younger brother collect? The words for these objects are nouns. (Nouns are a person, place or thing).
• Use the Revision Card to help you remember about nouns, verbs and
2. Search for nouns, verbs and adjectives: ‘In the Cave’
• Read the poem ‘In the Cave’. Try highlighting the nouns in this poem in one colour. Now search for verbs and highlight those a different colour. Finally search for and highlight adjectives.
3. Making up new lines: ‘The Teacher’s Day in Bed’
• Read the poem ‘The Teacher’s Day in Bed’.
• Highlight the nouns and verbs in this poem.
• Make some more lines – other animals and what they could do in the classroom. Can you think of three more?
1. Read ‘Things I have been doing lately’ by Allan Ahlberg
• Practise reading the poem in your head. Then try reading it out loud.
• Write a bit about this poem on the sheet What do you like? Or dislike?
2. Make up your own ideas
• Think of some items for a poem called: Things I did last week. Make these as imaginative as you can, e.g. Last week, I battled a ferocious dragon. Last week, I discovered long-lost treasure. Last week, I invented a contraption for travelling through time.
• Look at the nouns, verbs and adjectives that you have used and try to improve some so that they are really vivid and memorable. Use the Revision Card to help you remember the types of words.
3. Present your poem
• Choose your favourite items and carefully hand write a version of your poem.
• When you have finished, add an illustration.
Last Monday you would have been given a spelling test, ask someone to test you on these words.
Your new spellings for this week are attached.
To help learn your spellings you could
1. Complete a Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check Sheet.
2. Ask someone to put your spellings into a word search and then try and find them.
3. Write a sentence to help you remember the word.
English for Week 1- week commencing 23rd March
In school recently we have been enjoying reading stories from other cultures and some of us have read a few Anansi stories.
Where did the story originate?
Stories about a spider-god, Anansi or Ananse, were first told in Ghana by the Ashanti people. They were not written down but recounted from generation to generation. Gradually the stories grew and spread across Ghana and then all around West Africa.
West Africans originally considered Anansi to be the creator of the world. Anansi is one of the most popular of the animal tricksters in the mythology of West Africa.
Anansi is a spider, but he is also a person. Sometimes he is seen as wise and even thoughtful to humans.He certainly he is generally portrayed as clever, with words as well as deeds.
However, he is more often a trickster, with few scruples, who uses his wit and cunning to get an advantage over animals who are bigger and stronger than himself. His stories show him as often selfish and even cruel. Sometimes he will help other creatures, but only when it suits his own purposes. Anansi generally uses his victims’ habits and ways of life to trick them into situations in which he is able to achieve what he wants.
Read the story of Anansi, Lion and Mouse if you have not read it in school (see link below). When you have read the story think about these questions-
Who was helpful in the story?
Who was a good friend?
Who was clever?
Did Lion deserve what happened to him at the beginning? At the end? Why?
Do you like the story?
What makes it funny and/or interesting?
Next, Read King Birds Party and complete the Story Board (see link below) If you cannot print out the sheet you can draw it out onto paper. To complete the Story Board you will need to think about the 6 key scenes of the story for example:
1. Anansi disguises himself as a bird.
2. Anansi flies to the top of the tree
Support idea: read the story with an adult and retell it to the adult once you have finished it.
Challenge idea: describe each scene in greater detail. Can you identify the modern and traditional language in the story?
Watch the BBC Class Clips story of Anansi and Turtle: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z4qkjxs
Once you have watched the clip (you may wish to watch it through twice) think about these questions-
Have you ever felt snubbed, slighted, tricked, fooled, foolish? What does that feel like?
Was Turtle fair to Anansi? Why?
Did Anansi get what he received?
What is revenge? Was Turtle's revenge fair, unfair, foolish, wise?
What should Turtle expect next, and how should he respond?
What alternatives exist to revenge? What could Turtle have done instead of turning the tables on Anansi?
Did Anansi learn a lesson? If yes, what? If no, what happened when Turtle tricked him?
Did Turtle learn a lesson? If so, what?
What do you know about sequels- which stories do you know that have sequels?
We would like you to write a sequel for this story about Anansi and Turtle. What could happen if they meet again? Begin to plan your ideas for the sequel.
Using your story plan from yesterday to write your sequel to Anansi and Turtle. You could write this as a story or as a comic strip (including some pictures)
If you are really pleased with your story why not share it with a friend or relative? You could call them to read it to them aloud.
If you have really enjoyed the Anansi stories you may wish to read 'Anansi and the Magic Spell' (see link below).
Read the story of 'Brer Rabbit and the Little Girl' (see link below)
Brer Rabbit stories originate from America and are about the animals of the countryside. They are called 'Brer' which means 'brother'. How is this story similar to an Anansi Story?
Scan the story to find adjectives which describe:
1. The Garden
2. The Lettuces
3. The sort of shock Brer Rabbit had.
4. The sort of thief that the little girls daddy called Brer Rabbit
5. The sort of voice Brer Rabbit had
Do you know any similar rabbit stories?
Now complete the Describing Words sheet- if you cannot print it off then draw it onto paper.
Challenge Activity: Read the story again with members of your family and ask each of them to read the different parts. Choose someone to be the narrator. You may wish to write the story out as a playscript before you do this.
Read Brer Rabbits Race below.
We would like you to map the events of the story onto the Story Map. If you cannot print this out, please draw it onto paper (it may work better this way). Using labels and speech bubbles, show what the different characters do at each stage.
Can you find anymore Brer Rabbit or Anansi stories online to read and share with your family?