Lesson 1: Literacy
1. Today we will explore how characters are created and write a character description. Click on the image to watch the video on how authors create a new character.
2. Click on the image and listen carefully to the conversation between Matilda and Miss Trunchbull and think about what each character is like.
Copy and complete the table below. You need to think of two more adjectives (describing words) for each of the characters
Top tip: Think about what the characters say and do.
For example: I know that Matilda is brave because she stands up to Miss Trunchbull.
Imagine you are writing a story set in a school, like in Matilda.
You’re going to create a character that would be in that story. It could be anyone - the head teacher, a teacher, a student, a coach, a caretaker.
Complete the ‘Character Profile’ activity sheet. You need to draw your character in the centre of the page and then fill in the surrounding boxes with information about them, click here to download.
Read this character description of a school caretaker called Mr Simmons.
He is a kind and happy person who likes to help others. This is shown through his actions.
Mr Simmons is the caretaker at Dillon Road Primary School. He is a small man, with white-grey hair and bright brown eyes. He wears round spectacles and the same blue overalls every day. He has been at Dillon Road for as long as anybody can remember.
Mr Simmons can often be found with his old yellow bucket and mop cleaning the corridors. When the children run in from play time, leaving shoe marks and muddy footprints behind them, Mr Simmons will tut, roll his eyes and clean up the mess. Although he’s always hard at work, if he ever sees anyone who looks sad or upset, he’ll pull funny faces in order to make them smile.
At the end of the day, when everyone has gone home, he cleans the classrooms and leaves happy messages on the whiteboards for the children and teachers to find in the morning. If ever he finds a missing jumper, a lost toy or some hidden sweets (which are strictly forbidden) he always finds out who they belong to (and won’t tell you off!).
Write your own character description using the character profile you filled out in Activity 2. Try to write between five and ten sentences.
Try to include:
- What your character looks like.
- What their job or role is.
- What their personality is like.
- Their actions – what they do in the school.
Joke: Why did the daddy rabbit go to the barber?
Answer: He had a lot of little hares.
If you have any funny jokes to tell us, why not send them to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share them with everyone?
Lesson 2: Geography
Can you name them all?
Question: How do you think people that live in the Amazon are affected by deforestation?
Clues: food, fresh water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter.
3) Using some of the feeling words below, how might the Amazonian people feel about deforestation?
Riddle: Three men were in a boat. It overturned into the water, but only two got their hair wet. Why? (The answer will be revealed at the end of the day...)
Lesson 2: Numeracy
Today, we are going to look at time. Watch the video below to recap how to measure time.
Now, have a go at the questions below. Read the word problem and you can answer it by drawing the hour and minute (hands) of the clock next to each question. Click here to download the worksheet.
End of the day: Michael Rosen - Chocolate Cake
Remember you should be aiming to read for at least 20-30 minutes every day, either on Active Learn (Bug Club) or with a book.
If you have any questions or would like to send your lovely work for us to see, email us at: email@example.com
See you tomorrow for another day of learning!
(The answer to lunch time’s riddle is…one was bald!)