20th July - 24th July
Day 1 - Watch this video of the Rainbow Fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb2msIQo6TI
Rainbow Fish is unique because of his shiny, colourful scales. He likes his scales because they make him feel special. Have a think about what makes you unique and special and then make an all about me page.
Day 2 - At the start of the story the rainbow fish was not very kind to others. The sea creatures taught him how to be a good friend. Can you write a step by step guide to being a good friend?
Day 3 - Being kind to others is one of the things that makes you a good friend. Can you think of a time one of your friends has been really kind to you? Can you write down your memory of that time?
Day 4 - There are lots of ways that you can be kind to others. Can you write down some acts of kindness. Can you write some acts of kindness on individual pieces of paper and put them in a jar. You could pick one out each day and try to complete it.
Day 5 - Can you write a book review for the story of the Rainbow Fish? What did you like about the story? Did you have a favourite part?
13th – 17th July
Day 1 – Watch this video of someone reading “Commotion in the Ocean”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZMKFVx0OAk
Throughout the story, new sea creatures are introduced using short rhyming poems. Can you create your own poem for a sea creature of your choice?
Day 2 – There are many different types of sea creatures in the story. Which of the sea creatures is your favourite, and why?
Day 3 – There are facts about each of the sea creatures hidden within the poems. Can you choose a sea creature from the story to research and create a fact file about?
Day 4 – If you could have one of the sea creatures special features or skills for a day, what would you choose, and why? Eg: would you have 8 arms or be able to swim underwater for a very long time?
Day 5 – See if you can invent your own sea creature and then draw a picture of it. What features would it have? Would it have any special features or skills?
6th July - 10th July
Day 1 – Watch this video of The Singing Mermaid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8E0xAL8heE
The mermaid is the main character in the story. Can you write a character description about her, detailing what she looks like, what skills she has and what you know about her personality from the story.
Day 2 – In the story, the mermaid decides to go live at the circus. Can you make a poster advertising the mermaid’s circus act?
Day 3 – If you could perform in the circus, what act would you like to do? Would you need any special skills for your act, such as the ability to jungle, weight lift or balance?
Day 4 – Sam Sly convinced the mermaid that she should perform at the circus. Her friends tried to stop her, but she didn’t listen to them. Can you write a letter to the mermaid persuading her not to go?
Day 5 – If you could be a mermaid for a day, and have your own tail, where would you swim and what would you do?
29th June - 3rd July
Day 1 - Watch this video of the book “Tiddler” being read. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcTQADUywZY
Tiddler the fish regularly makes up stories about why he is late for school. Can you make up your own story for why he was late one day? Record this in your homework book.
Day 2 – Tiddler was busy dreaming up an excuse as to why he was late, and ended up getting caught in a fisherman’s net and going on a real adventure. His class were worried about where he was and thought he might be lost. Can you make a missing poster for Tiddler? Record this in your homework book or on the template provided.
Day 3 – Think about the moment when Tiddler was caught in the net. How do you think he was feeling and why? Record this in your homework book.
Day 4 – Tiddler ended up going on a real life adventure the day he was caught in the net. Can you write a diary entry pretending to be Tiddler, detailing what happened that day? Record this in your homework book.
Day 5 – If you could dream up your own adventure, where would you go, and what would you do?
22nd – 26th June
Day 1 – Watch this video of the Highway Rat https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09kkt1k/the-highway-rat
In the story, the Highway Rat steals from other around him. Can you make a wanted poster for the Highway Rat, listing his name, what he looks like and his crimes? Please record this in your homework books or on the template below.
Day 2 – At the end of the story, the cunning duck becomes the hero of the story by saving the day. If you were the hero in the story, what would you do to stop the Highway Rat from stealing? How would you help? Please record this in your homework book.
Day 3 – Can you write a book/story review of the Highway Rat? What did you like/dislike about the story, and why? Is there anything you would have changed about it? Please write this in your homework books or on the template below.
Day 4 – The Highway Rat is finally caught out for his unkind acts towards others. Can you make a newspaper report about the moment he is caught out and what happens to him? Please record this in your homework books or on the template below.
Day 5 – Can you write an apology letter from the Highway Rat to the other animals that he stole from to say sorry for what he had done and ask for their forgiveness? Please record this in your homework books.
15th - 19th June
Day 1 – Watch this video of Room on the Broom https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0102qfj/room-on-the-broom
Design a new and improved broom for the witch and her friends. Draw a picture of it and label its key features. Please record this in your homework books or on the template provided.
Day 2 – Create a potion that the witch can use to make the new broom. What ingredients would be needed to make it? Write a recipe for your potion. Please record this in your homework books or on the template provided.
Day 3 – Create a magic spell for the witch to say as she makes the potion for the new broom. Please record this in your homework books.
Day 4 – A terrible beast protects the witch from the dragon at the end of the story. Who is this terrible beast and how does it save the witch? Was it such a terrible beast after all? Create your own terrible beast to protect the witch. Please record this in your homework books or on the template provided.
Day 5 – Where should the witch and her friends travel next on the broom? What could be their next adventure together? Write about what it could be and draw a picture to go with it. Please record this in your homework books or on the template provided.
8th - 12th June
Day 1 – Watch the video of The Snail and the Whale – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000cslw/the-snail-and-the-whale
Choose one of the places that the snail and the whale visit and write a diary entry as the snail about her time there.
Day 2 – In the story, the whale is stuck on the beach. Can you write a letter to the schoolchildren asking for their help to save the whale?
Day 3 – The snail and the whale travel across the ocean to visit many places together. Can you use the ocean as main setting and write a description about it? (If they were in the middle of the ocean, what would they see around them? What would they hear? Would they see other sea creatures?)
Day 4 – Imagine you were the snail in the story and you could choose a place to visit with the whale. Where would you go? Write a list of what you would pack in your bag to take with you, and explain why you would take them.
Day 5 – If you could go on an adventure on the back of the whale, who would you take with you and why? Where would you go?
1st – 5th June
Watch the video of Julia Donaldson’s “Zog” - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bwdw8y/zog
If you own the book then read that as well.
What skills must Zog learn at Dragon School? Create a list of these skills, titled “How to Become a Dragon”. Remember to use bullet points as it is a list.
In the book, the princess dreams of being something else when she grows up. Can you write a dream for yourself for when you grow up? What do you want to be and why? For example: When I grow up, I would like to be a police officer because I want to protect people in the community. I also want to be a police officer because I get to see and interact with lots of different people every day.
Imagine that you were flying on the back of Zog. What would you see whilst you were up in the air? Where would you choose to go? Why?
Imagine that you have just arrived at your destination that you chose yesterday. What can you see? Smell? How do you feel? Write a postcard from that place back to your family at home.
Zog’s superpower is to be able to fly. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Record this in your homework book.
18th -22nd May
Watch the video of The Gruffalo - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pk64x/the-gruffalo
If you have the book also read the book. Identify some adjectives that have been used to describe thee Gruffalo and write these down ready for later. Once you have done this, then your job is to write a character description about the Gruffalo. Use some of the adjectives that you have found to help you with this.
What types of food are mentioned in The Gruffalo? Your job today is to create a menu for The Gruffalo. Have a look at different menus and look at their features eg: pictures, descriptions and prices. Can you create a menu that has all the Gruffalo’s favourite foods in from the book?
What would you do if you saw the Gruffalo on your daily walk? What questions would you ask him? Would you trick the Gruffalo as the mouse did? Write about it using the title “If I met the Gruffalo…”
Today you are going to be creating your own Gruffalo. Your Gruffalo must have different features to the original. Draw and colour your new Gruffalo and then label the main features. For example: The Gruffalo has pointy toes and a stubby tail.
Today’s challenge is to find rhyming pairs in the story. Rhyming pairs are words that sound the same at the end. For example: cat rhymes with bat. Dog rhymes with frog. Mouse rhymes with house. Sheep rhymes with cheap. Can you spot all of the rhyming pairs in the story? Make a list of the rhyming pairs in your homework books.
11th - 15th May
This week you will be writing the story of Dinosaurs Love Underpants but with different characters/objects. Complete the boxing up grid below (either print the sheet or do this in your homework books). Have a look at my example below to help you.
Create a new story map that includes the changes you have made to the story.
Write the new beginning for your story. Use your story map and the success criteria to help you.
Write the new middle for your story. Use your story map and the success criteria to help you.
Write the new end for your story. Use your story map and the success criteria to help you.
4th May - 8th May
Watch the video of “Dinosaurs Love Underpants” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5sh5r04r80
Why were the dinosaurs after the pants from the cavemen?
Was it a good idea for the dinosaurs to fall out over the pants?
What could they have done instead?
Create a story map of “Dinosaurs Love Underpants”.
Write the beginning of the story. Use your story map to help you. Have a look at the success criteria, to see what you need to include.
Write the middle of the story. Use your story map to help you. Have a look at the success criteria, to see what you need to include.
Write the end of the story. Use your story map to help you. Have a look at the success criteria, to see what you need to include.
27th April - 1st May
This week you will be writing the story of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs but with different characters. Complete the boxing up grid below (either print the sheet or do this in your homework books). Have a look at my example below to help you. This can be printed or drawn into your homework books. You could add adjectives to your drawings to include in your writing.
Create a new story map including your new characters from yesterday.
Write the new beginning for your story.
Write the new middle for your story.
Write the new ending of your story.
20th April - 24th April
Watch this video and listen to the story of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs
Create a story map either using the template below or using your homework books.
Watch the video again and come up with some actions to help you to retell the story.
Recap the story using the story map and actions.
Write the beginning of the story.
Recap the story using the story map and actions.
Write the middle of the story.
Recap the story using the story map and actions.
Write the end of the story.
30th March - 3rd April
Daily – Keep a log of what books you read. How many different books can you read?
Visit the Read Write Inc website -
Daily – Keep a diary of what you get up to whilst you are at home
Read “Deep in the Rainforest” poem
Ask your child these questions:
Draw a story map of the poem
Read the poem again. Why do you think the poet used the senses to describe the rainforest?
Complete the senses grid (if you have a printer feel free to print out the grid and write the responses on it. If not please write your responses in your homework book).
Challenge: Can you add a verb? Eg I saw a parrot swinging. I heard a tiger growling.
Show your child the painting by Henri Rousseau – Tiger in a Tropical Storm:
(These responses can be recorded in homework books if you would like)
Listen and look at the images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8myYyMg1fFE
Ask if they can listen to the sounds and look at the images and tell you where we are – in the rainforest.
We can’t go to the rainforest so we have brought the rainforest to Balderton.
What sounds did we hear? What did we see?
Look at a rainforest picture – what can we see, hear, etc?
Complete the senses grid for this new picture.
Extend by adding verbs and adjectives to describe in further detail.
Today the children are to have a go at writing their own rainforest poem. Recap senses and look at the sense grids that have already been completed.
There is a writing frame included. If you have a printer your child can write their responses on the sheet, if not then please use the homework books.
Challenge: Can you perform the new poem that you have written? Feel free to video this to share with the class when we are back at school or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to show me your great work :)