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Reading tasks this week......

Monday- The Book of Hopes

L.O: To discuss what you have read and draw comparisons with similar texts

Today, you are going to have some time to explore a book called ‘The Book of Hopes’. Within this book,  there are a selection of short stories, poems, essays and picture. Contributions have been made by well-known authors such as Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson.


Read the texts on this page below (or look at the collection of texts on the word document or PDF) .

1.Read ‘ A very short note about hope’ by Katherine Rundell (pg xiii-     xv)

2. Read aloud ‘A way to the stars’ (page 22). The poet creates many different images throughout this poem.  Can you illustrate Almond’s poem.

Consider these discussion questions:

  • How can children relate to this poem?
  • What emotions do you feel as you read this?
  • The poet uses repetition of phrases e.g ‘Up! Up! Up! Up!’ and ‘Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!’ Why do you think Almond has used repetition, does this have an impact on the reader?

3. Read ‘Hope: or. Learning the Language of Birds (Page 76-78)


Consider these discussion questions:


  • How does the poet create the theme of hope? (e.g imagery, reference to light and dark)
  • Why has the poet written in the third person? What is the effect on the reader?

4. Compare Poem 1 and Poem 2

  • Which do you prefer, why?
  • What emotions did you feel when you were reading them both?
  • Poem 2 refers to nature with references to night and day. Do you think this makes the poem more powerful?

Tuesday- The Parent Agency by David Baddiel

L.O: To reflect on what I have read conveying my opinion

We are going to look at two extracts from the book ‘ The parent agency ‘ by David Baddiel.

Barry Bennett hates being called ‘Barry’ and has made a list of ten other things he hates. Barry feels that his friends have better names, better clothes, better birthdays and definitely better parents. Barry wishes he had better parents and is transported to a world where children choose their own.

In the first extract, Barry is planning his birthday party and his younger twin sisters, who he refers to as TSE, The Sisterly Entity, are winding him up with their dad.

1. Read or watch the extract 1

  1. Complete the activity below or on the documents below.

Extract 1:

Think about the following:

  • How do Ginny and Kay (the twins) react to Barry?
  • Do you think Barry’s suggestions for his birthday are over-the-top?
  • Are you surprised by his parents’ reactions?

Identify the top 5 things that happened in extract 1 (which are the most important things).

Extract 2

Extract 2

As a reader, do you think Barry has:

    1. Over-reacted
    2. His reaction is reasonable and can be justified
    3. Do you blame him for his reaction or has he taken extreme measures?

      Discuss or write down your thoughts.

Wednesday- A Midsummer Night's Dream- William Shakespeare.

 L.O: To make inferences

We are going to look at a famous Shakespeare play called ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream’.

Before we begin, look at the front cover.

  • What do you think the book will be about?
  • What things can you see on the front cover?
  • What sort of story will it be?
  • Who might enjoy it?

1.Watch this clip

2.Follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will meet the characters.  Scroll through the gallery of characters and make some notes about their characters.

3. Look at Act 1, Scene 1. Read together and open the document ‘Wednesday transcript’.

If there is time watch this animated clip:

4. Answer the discussion questions below (or on the word document or PDF). You can either write down your thoughts or discuss with someone.

Questions you could discuss


  1. Can you name some of the key characters?
  2. Why are playscripts organised into acts and scenes?
  3. What do you think the main theme is in this play?
  4. What types of characters will we meet?
  5. Which characters live at court / which characters live in the town / the wood?
  6. Who is in love with who?
  7. Who wants Lysander and Hermia to be together?
  8. Who wants Demetrius and Hermia to be together?
  9. What might happen next?
  10. How is Hermia feeling about marrying Demetrius?
  11. . What might Helena be thinking and feeling on page 13 when she says, “Then who does he love?”?
  12. What are your first impressions of Helena?

Thursday- A Midsummer Night's Dream (day 2)

L.O: To summarise what I have read

We are going to look at a famous Shakespeare play called ‘ A Midsummers Night’s Dream’.

From yesterday, this is what we have found out so far:

1. Read through the document ‘transcript’ where we will be looking at Act 1, Scene 2.

2. Watch the animated clip.

3. In this scene, we meet the different mechanicals. Using the ‘activity sheet’ below or pdf file below, describe the mechanicals.

e.g Bottom: Loud, confident

Friday- Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morgurgo

L.O: To retrieve answers from a text

Today, we are going to look at the opening extract from Chapter 1. The story is told from the viewpoint of a boy called Michael. Finding a book that you enjoy and reading for pleasure is such an important part of your education.

  1. Look at the front cover and read the blurb.

2. Read an extract from Chapter 1.

3. Answer the retrieval questions below or in the word or pdf document.

4. Self mark using the image below or word or PDF document.
If there is still time and you want to read more of this exciting book, follow the link below