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Activity 1

Over the next two weeks our English will be based on a wonderful book set in Ancient Egypt called 'Egyptian Cinderella'. Click the link below to hear the story being read aloud. Stop when the eagle drops the slipper in the Pharaoh's lap then have a go at our exciting writing activities. When you have completed them, read the rest of the story and enjoy!

In the story, the author uses adventurous vocabulary, especially powerful verbs to help create images in the reader’s mind. Remember a verb is an action or ‘doing’ word. However, you may not often hear some of the verbs used in the story. Once you know the meaning and other words that mean the same, try to write them in a sentence or use them when you’re talking to your parents or brothers and sisters.

Activity 2:

The author uses similes to create vivid pictures in the reader’s mind and to make the story more interesting. Have a go at writing some similes of your own. The ppt below explains what you need to do and helps to give you some ideas. We’ve included possible answers too parents. There are 3 levels of challenge – the trickiest is slide 2, slide 3 gets easier and slide 4 makes it easier again. You can choose what level of challenge you’d like to accept or have a go at slide 2 and if you need some help, use slide 3 or 4.

Activity 3:

Listen to or read the story again up to where the eagle flies off with Rhodopis’ slipper. Create a ‘role on the wall’ (this is clear on the power point) to describe Rhodopis at the start of the story. We have included the answers to help parents guide your children.

Activity 4:

Watch the clip to refresh your memory on the rules of speech.

Next choose your level of challenge.

You must read each sentence carefully and make sure it is punctuated correctly and you have clearly reported who said it.

We have included the answers to help.

Activity 5:

Have a go at retelling the opening of the story of Egyptian Cinderella. Use the success criteria and the word bank to help you. Try to include all of the things you have been practicing this week. The success criteria challenges you to also remember what you learned about compound and complex sentences. Try to include some of these too.

We have also included a WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) if you need some help, guidance, or want to check out what yours is like compared to Mrs Golby’s – we bet you will blow hers out the water! Remember sometimes it helps to read the WAGOLL first and try to spot all of the things from the success criteria to give you an idea of where to start. We can’t wait to read your stories.


Activity 1

Look through the power point 'Understanding Poetry' to help you understand what makes a poem a poem and the features poets include in their poems.


Next, read the poems in the power point 'poem examples'. You will learn about 6 different types of poems and how you can spot them.

See if you can find any of the poetic features from the previous power point.

Look up any words you don't understand in a dictionary. 

Think about which poem you like best and say why.

Activity 2

Open the power point to watch wintery clips and look at snowy images. Maybe even go out on your own winter walk. 

Then complete the planning sheet (you can choose the easier or trickier one) to write down your ideas to describe winter which you can use to write your own poem.

Activity 3

Have a go at writing your own winter Poem.

You can write it in whatever style you like - acrostic, calligram, free verse etc.

Use the examples of poems from activity 1, your ideas from your planning sheet in activity 2 and the success criteria below to help you. You can choose the easier or trickier one to follow. 

We would love to see some examples of your poems when they're finished.

Activity 4

Read your poems out loud to your family. Think carefully about the volume and expression of your voice. Can you add any actions to bring your poem to life.

We would love to see any pictures or videos of you performing your poem.