Reevy Hill Primary School

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Task 1

Read our key text 'The magic paintbrush.'

Then answer the questions in full sentences.


  1. Where is the story set?
  2. What did Chang use instead of a paintbrush?
  3. How did the water help the families?
  4. How did Chang get the paintbrush?
  5. What did Chang paint with the paintbrush?
  6. What did the emperor want Chang to paint for him?
  7. Which word tells you that the ship tipped over?

Task 2

Place the words from the text in alphabetical order.








Now use a thesaurus (or online thesaurus) to find the meanings of these words.

Write a sentence to show the meaning of each word.


Task 3

Below is a story map for the Magic Brush. A story map retells the story using images.

Draw your own story map for the story. 

Now add key words and phrases linked to each image.

Once you have completed your story map, retell the story to yourself using your key words and phrases.

Task 4

Read the story below.  I have made some mistakes. Can you spot the mistakes and correct my story? 


Once upon a time, there was a boy called chang who lived in china. he was kind and liked drawing so much, however he was so poor that he drew pictures everywhere with a stick. one night, he dreamt that an old man gave him a magic paintbrush and asked him to use it to help poor people. when he woke up, he found the magic payntbrush on his desk.


From that dai on, he used the paintbrush whenever poor people needed help. when he saw that poeple had no water to use in the fields, he drew a river and the river came to life. Peple could bring water from the
 riverbanks to the field to help their crops grow. When he saw the hard working farmirs struggling to feed their families, he drew more food for them to eat. Soon many people knew about the magic paintbrush and were very grateful to Chang. 



Task 5

Use your story map to write the story of the Magic Brush.

Remember to use:

capital letters

full stops

finger spaces