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For Literacy, continue to read Kensuke's Kingdom if you can. There are activities attached below for you to complete over the next couple of weeks. You could even write a letter home to Eddie, as Michael, recounting your perilous journey. 

Continue to use Pobble365 for writing ideas and Bitesize for daily lessons, focusing on William Shakespeare.

Research information about William Shakespeare for yourself and create a fact file. Which of hi works do you enjoy? 

Literacy activities

If you have access to a copy of Kensuke’s Kingdom, predict the story after reading first few pages.

Read chapter 1 then continue the story in any direction you’d like.

Continue reading. Write a ship’s log or diary entry from Michael’s point of view.

Write a letter to Eddie recounting the beginning of the trip.

Michael Morpurgo comprehension.

If you don’t have a copy of the book, try to complete the literacy activities in the ‘Mixed Packs’ folder, as well as using Bitesize and Pobble.

Literacy tasks

Comprehension (attached below)

There are also some fun activities below to finish work based on ‘Holes’.

If you can get hold of a copy of Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, there will be work linked to this book for the final weeks of term. 

Literacy activities:

Pobble 365

Create a grammar revision poster – try to remember all that you learned during your time in school. Visit Twinkl free home learning resources to jog your memories!

Work related to Holes:

Comprehension questions – see attachment below.

Research the features of a biography. Plan and write a biography for Stanley Yelnats – you could use subheadings such as:

Early Life

Camp Green Lake

Stanley’s friends and foes

Later Life

What you don’t know about Stanley, you can make up!

Next, have a go at writing the biography of someone you know very well.

Don’t forget to have a look in the ‘Mixed Packs’ folder for more literacy activities.


Literacy tasks:

Use the storyboard to plan a story – this can be anything at all to do with holes, for example digging a hole that leads to time travel; digging holes to discover treasure; a large hole in a wall that leads to a magical kingdom. These are just a few ideas – I’m sure that by using your wonderful imaginations you can create a fabulous story.

Write up your story and try to include adverbial phrases (not just at the beginning of a sentence) and expanded noun phrases for detail.

Write a detailed description of The Wreck Room. Include figurative language such as similes, metaphors and personification. Draw the room to match your description.

Have a look in the folder marked ‘Mixed Packs’ for further literacy activities and don’t forget Pobble 365 for daily writing ideas.

A few more activities in case you're up-to-date with the tasks below...

And some more activities based on ‘Holes’…

  • Comprehension based on chapters 7-10.
  • Research the features of a non-chronological report. Make notes.
  • Plan and write a non-chronological report about yellow spotted lizards. You could include sub-headings such as: Attack/Defence, Food, Description, Habitat.
  • Complete the ‘Role-On-The-Wall’ activity for one of the main characters form the book. You choose who!

Further activities based on ‘Holes’…

  • Comprehension based on chapters 4-6.
  • Consider Stanley’s experiences so far. As Stanley, write a letter to his mother to recount what has happened. Try to include passive and active sentences.
  • Read the attached information about Yellow Spotted Lizards. Make notes about what you have read.
  • Complete the worksheet based on Yellow Spotted Lizards.
  • Design a front cover for the book ‘Holes’.

Literacy activities based on 'Holes'...


1. Complete analysis sheet.


2. Read Louis Sachar’s biography. Write a set of comprehension questions to ask someone else. Try to include RIC.


3. Answer comprehension questions based on chapters 1-3.


4. Write a diary from the point of view of Stanley. Try to portray his character. Include expanded noun phrases for description.


5. Create a character portrait for Stanley, showing what you have learned about him so far. Include modal verbs when adding writing about him.

See link below for Literacy Counts home learning pack and:


More activities based on The Giant’s Necklace…

  1. Following on from your narrative plan, write up your story in full. Edit your plan first, making at least three improvements. I’ll look forward to reading your narratives!
  2. Create a storyboard – at least 6 boxes – to plan an alternative ending to The Giant’s Necklace. Use pictures and captions to help organise your ideas.
  3. Write up your alternative ending in full. Include a variety of sentence types for effect.
  4. Research key features of newspaper articles and other examples of journalistic writing. Create a mind map to record your findings.
  5. Produce a poster to explain the key features of a newspaper article to someone else. Explain the features carefully and give examples.




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