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Week 8 - Main Activity


Poetry - 'My Shadow'


I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,

And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;

And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.


The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—

Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;

For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,

And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.


He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,

And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.

He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;

I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!


One morning, very early, before the sun was up,

I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;

But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,

Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.


Poetry – My Shadow

Question to answer:

  1. Why is the shadow ‘very like’ the author of the poem?                     
  2. How does the author make the shadow sound like a real person?
  3. Which words rhyme? What is the rhyming pattern of the poem?
  4. Why do you think the author calls the shadow a coward?
  5. Is it possible for the shadow to stay in bed?



  1. Highlight words that rhyme and rhyming couplets (two lines of a poem that rhyme)
  2. What is personification? Can you find any examples of this in the text?
  3. Robert Louis Stevenson (the author of this poem) was also the author of many other stories including Treasure Island. Can you create a fact file about him?



Week 8 - Reading Challenge


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Read for 5 minutes every day for 5 days.

Read for 10 minutes every day for 5 days..

Read for 15 minutes every day for 5 days..

Read for 20 minutes every day for 5 days..

Read for 25 minutes every day for 5 days.

Share a story with an adult.

Read a chapter of a story.

Read a chapter of a story by an author you haven’t read a book by before.

Read a chapter of a story recommended to you by someone else.

Read two stories by the same author

Tell someone about a story you have read:

  • main characters
  • setting
  • plot

Retell a story you have read in the order that it happened.

Tell someone about a story you have read and suggest another story that it is similar to.

Describe the characters from a story you have read. Explain how they are similar to characters from another story that you have read.

Explain the plot from a chapter of a story that you have read giving information about:

  • the plot
  • the author’s style
  • who you would recommend it to

Read a poem

Read a poem that rhymes.

Read a poem that rhymes and describe the rhyming pattern.

Read two poems by the same author. How are they similar/ different?

Read two poems by different authors on the same theme. Describe the poetic conventions included in both poems

Follow a recipe. What did you make? Was it easy to follow?

Read a set of instructions for a game. Play the game

Compare a set of instructions with a recipe. How are they similar/ different?

Identify the organisational devices used in a recipe.

Compare recipes from two different recipe books or websites. What are the similarities and differences in how they are organised?

Give three reasons why reading is an important skill to learn

Make a list of all of the times you need to read in a day.

Explain how reading helps you in your normal school day.

Is reading important for maths and Science? Explain your thinking.

Explain how reading will help you in later life.

Talk about your favourite book.

Share your favourite book with someone else.

Give three reasons why your favourite book is brilliant!

Recommend your favourite book to a friend or family member, explaining why they should read it.

Write a book review about your favourite book (you could even post it on Amazon!). Give clear reasons about who would enjoy it and why.

Find out about your family’s favourite books.

Make a list of ten people you know. What are their favourite books? Why?

Find out the favourite books of:

  •  someone older than you
  • someone younger than you
  • someone the same age as you

Choose ten classic books. Conduct a survey of your family and friends. Find out:

  • how many they have read
  • which they enjoyed most

Create a timeline of your family’s favourite books. Which is the oldest? Choose one to read and discuss with the person who suggested it.


Week 8 - Picture of the Week - Questions


Without Gravity



The scientists huddled around the machine looking perplexed. Their laboratory was buried deep underground, away from prying eyes. Usually their experiments went completely unnoticed, apart from the occasional smell of sulphur or waft of grey smoke that made its way to the surface, but this particular experiment would certainly not avoid the headlines… They were in BIG trouble...


  1. What does the word ‘perplexed’ mean?
  2. Why are the scientists huddling around a machine?
  3. Why is their laboratory underground?
  4. What do they do in their laboratory?
  5. Do you think anyone knows about it?
  6. Why might they be in ‘BIG’ trouble this time?
  7. What is happening in the picture?
  8. Do you think this is just happening in their home?


Picture It! - Imagine the same thing was happening in your classroom! Can you draw what it would look like?



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