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The Tunnel by Anthony Browne


• Write a new story with the title ‘The Tunnel’. Who are the characters? Where does the tunnel lead to?
• Imagine that a tunnel has been found in your school grounds. Where does it lead? What / who is hidden inside it?
• • Write a character profile about the brother and the sister. What do they look like? What do they like doing?
• The sister lies awake at night ‘listening to the noises of the night’. Can you describe what these noises might sound like?
• Could you act out the story, adding speech and actions where appropriate?
• Could you rewrite the story in the form of a play using narration, speech and stage directions?
• Try to write the story in the girl’s book.
• Think about the objects on the waste ground. Could you write a story which explains how they got there?
• The girl struggles to decide whether to go into the tunnel or not. Can you think of reasons for / against entering it?
• Read the story up to the point where the girl first enters the tunnel. Write what might happen next.
• Read the words used to describe the inside of the tunnel. Can you think of any more words that might be suitable?
• Think about how the boy and girl have changed throughout the story. How did they feel towards each other at the beginning? How did they feel at the end?

• The sister lies awake at night ‘listening to the noises of the night’. Think about how different noises sound. How are they made? How could we muffle sounds to make them quieter and help the girl to sleep?

• Look at the different patterns in the illustrations (in the wallpaper, brickwork, fabric etc). Could you try to create your own patterns using different art materials?
• Look carefully at the illustrations. Can you spot any hidden objects? where are they? Could you draw your own picture with lots of interesting objects to find?
• Look at the graffiti in the picture of the waste ground. Find out about graffiti and talk about the arguments for and against it. Could you design your own on paper, using different Art materials?
• Look at the strange textures and images on the illustrations of the tree trunks. What can you see on them?
• The brother gets turned into stone at one point in the story. Could you sculpt a model (of a person or another object) using clay / plasticene?
• Look at how the colours in the illustrations change as the sister cuddles her brother. Can you try to make different shades of each colour by mixing paint?
• The brother and sister are different ‘in every way’. Think about how you are similar / different to your friends and family.
• The brother and sister argue a lot. Think about why arguments are caused. How can we help to resolve problems with our friends and family when they occur?
• Look at the body language of the children in the illustrations. What does it tell us about how they are feeling? Can you ‘act’ different emotions by changing your body language / facial expressions?
• Think about the emotions of the boy and girl at each point in the story. How are they feeling? Why are they feeling like that?

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Are you looking forward to our cinema trip?

Add your thoughts and comments about the film clip Zootropolis

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Great Poetry


The Pobble Who Has No Toes by Edward Lear

The Pobble who has no toes
Had once as many as we;
When they said, ‘Some day you may lose them all;’–
He replied, — ‘Fish fiddle de-dee!’
And his Aunt Jobiska made him drink,
Lavender water tinged with pink,
For she said, ‘The World in general knows
There’s nothing so good for a Pobble’s toes!’

The Pobble who has no toes,
Swam across the Bristol Channel;
But before he set out he wrapped his nose,
In a piece of scarlet flannel.
For his Aunt Jobiska said, ‘No harm
‘Can come to his toes if his nose is warm;
‘And it’s perfectly known that a Pobble’s toes
‘Are safe, — provided he minds his nose.’

The Pobble swam fast and well
And when boats or ships came near him
He tinkedly-binkledy-winkled a bell
So that all the world could hear him.
And all the Sailors and Admirals cried,
When they saw him nearing the further side,–
‘He has gone to fish, for his Aunt Jobiska’s
‘Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!’

But before he touched the shore,
The shore of the Bristol Channel,
A sea-green Porpoise carried away
His wrapper of scarlet flannel.
And when he came to observe his feet
Formerly garnished with toes so neat
His face at once became forlorn
On perceiving that all his toes were gone!

And nobody ever knew
From that dark day to the present,
Whoso had taken the Pobble’s toes,
In a manner so far from pleasant.
Whether the shrimps or crawfish gray,
Or crafty Mermaids stole them away —
Nobody knew; and nobody knows
How the Pobble was robbed of his twice five toes!

The Pobble who has no toes
Was placed in a friendly Bark,
And they rowed him back, and carried him up,
To his Aunt Jobiska’s Park.
And she made him a feast at his earnest wish
Of eggs and buttercups fried with fish;–
And she said,– ‘It’s a fact the whole world knows,
‘That Pobbles are happier without their toes.’

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Multiplication Magic

Multiplication Magic

Our targets involve us improving our tables. Here is a link to some fabulous games.

Explore the games and tell us what you think of them.



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How Humans Work

How Humans Work

How many facts can you write about the heart and circulation?

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Moses Gate country park entrance

Moses Gate Country Park

We had a marvellous time at Moses Gate!

Can you write some sentences to  describe our visit?

Can you self assess your writing? What have you used in your writing that you are proud of?

Can you peer assess someone’s writing?

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English – Writing expanded noun phrases

writing Can you write an expanded noun phrase?

Remember it’s : adjective + adjective + noun e.g.   an enormous,  trumpeting elephant

Don’t forget a comma

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Telling the Time

untitledLearn to tell the time with these fun activities.

Click on the clock to travel in time!





Watch this short video to find out more about telling the time

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