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The focus of this week is: Fiction 

This week we are continuing with Flotsam.


Flotsam By David Wiesner

While collecting Flotsam, a young boy stumbles across a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share... and to keep.


Activity 1 - Key characters 

Read the book 'Flotsam' again by watching the YouTube video above and look out for the key characters.


Task 1:

Write a list of all the key characters from the book 'Flotmsam'.

For example:

  • The boy  


Task 2:

Look at your list of key characters from Task 1.


Choose one of the characters who you'd like to ask questions to the most.

Write at least 5 questions to ask this character.


Then, imagine you are that character, can you answer these questions? Can you find any clues in the book or the WAGOLL?


Activity 2 - Dialogue 

Look at the image below.

George has just found a camera and is showing it to two boys. What do you think the three boys are saying to each other?




Write a short conversation between George and the two boys.



"When using dialogue, you must use inverted commas around the words that someone has said," reminded Mrs Paley.

"You must also add any punctuation inside the inverted commas," added Miss Khan.

"Don't forget, a new person means a new line" said Mrs Paley. 


Please see the Golden Rules for Speech Marks document below for more rules on using inverted commas correctly.

Please follow this link if you would like to know more about using inverted commas:


Activity 3 - Plan your version of the story 

As you have noticed, Flotsam is a picture book with no words. You will write a written version of Flotsam, similar to the WAGOLL.


You might want to look at the book again (see the YouTube video above) so you can remind yourself about what happens in the story.


Use the 'box up - editable' document below to add your notes for your written story.

Questions have been written on the left hand side to help give you ideas for your notes.

Some notes have already been added on the document in red, please add more to these.


Also add in expanded noun phrases, metaphors and similes that you will use in your story to describe things. 


Activity 4 - Write your story 

Using your planning, you will write your 'Flotsam' story.


Your story will have five paragraphs.


When writing your story, remember to write in full sentences.


Also include:

  • expanded noun phrases
  • similes
  • metaphors
  • dialogue (inverted commas)
  • fronted adverbials
  • a range of conjunctions such as although, because, when, since, if


Activity 5 - Edit your story 

Once you have written your story, it's time to make it even better!

You will edit your story and make improvements to the spelling, grammar and punctuation.


  1. Check that you have structured your writing by using paragraphs and your sentences make sense when reading them out aloud
  2. Check your spellings using a dictionary online or the mat below
  3. Have you included at least three expanded noun phrases, with a comma? Try to add some using the mat below
  4. Check that you have used inverted commas " " around speech
  5. Have you used a range of conjunctions in your writing, such as although, if, when, because? If not, then try to add some in your sentences