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Week starting 25th January

This week we will be doing some exciting writing about some magic chalk, based on 'The Magic Paintbrush. by Julia Donaldson. Don't forget to join our daily zoom session at 9am. smiley


Monday 25th January -9am Zoom lesson - Before you watch or listen to 'The Magic Paintbrush', look carefully at the picture of the front cover and try to answer the prediction questions. When you have finished the prediction worksheet, listen to the story and then draw and describe 3 things which happen in the story.

The Magic Paintbrush

Written by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, Stickman and Zog this is a lovely book about Shen who overcomes the powerful, greedy emperor with her magic paintbrush..

Tuesday 26th January - Would you like to use Shen's paintbrush? Activity 1: Choose one of the things which Shen painted in the story. Write a card saying thank you to her. Activity 2 “Discover” a set of magic paintbrushes. What do they do? What would you paint with them? Paint or draw an object and imagine them coming to life. Discuss with children what they painted and why they chose to paint it.

Wednesday 27th January - Join the 9am Zoom lesson - WALT plan a story about some 'Magic Chalk'. Use the planning questions on the worksheet below to help you to plan your exciting Magic Chalk story.

Thursday 28th - WALT Write a story. (Use yesterday's plan to help you. )One day, you found a packet of chalk. The first time you used the chalk, you discovered that every picture you drew came to life! Use the plan you wrote yesterday and write an exciting story describing the first adventure you had with your magic chalk.

Friday 22nd January WALT: answer questions based on a story.  Today you will be choosing either the 1 star, 2 star or 3 star comprehension to answer questions about the story The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We have completed lots of work around this story so you should be able to answer the questions with only a little help! Don't forget if you choose 2 or 3 stars you must answer in full sentences! Don't forget your capital letters and full stops.

Thursday 21st January - WALT: You have a choice today! You can either write a recipe for something which you would like to put in Mr Grinling's lunch or Write a set of instructions that teach someone how to make a delicious sandwich for Mr Grinling's lunch. Have fun! Maybe you could draw a picture or try to make your sandwich or recipe with the help of an adult? Use the example below to help you.

Mrs Brand’s fruit salad

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Wednesday 20th January - WALT Describe a character. Join our zoom lesson at 9am to go through todays' work. Please draw and describe your favourite character from 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. Remember to write in sentences and try to use amazing adjectives. Write in a book or on paper, or you might like to use the below worksheet to help you.

Tuesday 19th January - WALT Write a book review. Join the zoom lesson to find out more about today's work. Please print the book review template below or use paper to create your own.

Monday 18th January. WALT Write a story. Using the story plan you wrote and drew last Thursday, we would like you to write a story about Bill (the fisherman) telling us about his adventures with the naughty seagulls. We will talk about this in our zoom lesson but please use the resources below to help you.(You won't need to print all of them) Good luck! Your plans were so good that we can't wait to read your stories.

Friday 22nd January

Today's work can be found in the reading and spelling links. If possible, please choose 1,2 or 3 star, and print the comprehension for your child. Many thanks.







Thursday 14th January - today we are going to plan a story based on what happens next in “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch”. Use the Powerpoint of Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch story to reread. Freeze frame on the final circular picture of ‘Bill’ the fisherman. We are going to continue the story, writing about how Bill the fisherman got the seagulls to go away. Look at circular picture. What can you see? What might Bill choose to do? Who might he talk with to ask for advice? (Mr Grinling?) Use the planning sheet below to plan the next part of the story.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

Look at the cover of the story and discuss it with your child. What is a lighthouse? What does a lighthouse keeper do? Can you think of any other jobs with keeper in the title?
Who are the main characters and where is the story set?

Wednesday 13th January - re-read to the end of the book. Discuss the neat structure of the story and how the author used the days of the week to sequence the plot. Discuss why the writer chose to start the story on a Monday. Could it have started on Thursday? Discuss if this story follows the same structure as the normal story structure with beginning, middle and end, but the middle has more stages it in? Complete the storyboard worksheet below writing a sentence for each day of the story. Discuss how the book’s illustrations enhanced the writing then illustrate your storyboard. You will find an example on the second page to model what you need to do.

Mrs Brand explaining Wednesday’s storyboard work

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Tuesday 12th January - Re-read Tuesday and Wednesday" from The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. How do you know that Hamish is not happy being in the basket? How does the picture show that he is unhappy? How do you think Hamish is feeling on Wednesday evening? Use one of the printable sheets below or your own workbook to answer these questions in full sentences. What else do you think Mrs Grinling could have done to stop the naughty seagulls? In a book or a lined page (see below) write down or draw and label your ideas.

Monday 11th January - today we are learning to compare speech bubbles and direct speech. Recap "Tuesday" from the story of the Lighthouse Keepers Lunch. Can you locate all the speech marks and identify which words are actually spoken? Complete the worksheet below. If you would like an extra challenge, have a go at the 'Use speech marks correctly' worksheet too.

Mrs Brand talking you through today’s work.

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How to do worksheet 1 Tom, Bert and Fred

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Wednesday 6th January. Today we would like you to write a recount about a favourite day in your Christmas holiday. Who were you with? What happened to make it fun or special? Remember to write in sentences which start with a capital letter and end with a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark. Try to use super adjectives too. The writing mats below will help to give you ideas of what to include in good writing. Don't forget to email us a photo of your work so that we can share it with the other Year 2 children in our gallery. Have fun!


Our work this week is based on 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' by Rhonda and David Armitage. We hope you enjoy reading the story together before you attempt each daily activity.

Thursday 7th January - What have you found out about the characters in the story? Do you think Mr Grinling was a hard worker? Did he like his job? Do you think he is fit or unhealthy? We would you to create a mind map for each of the main characters on the worksheet below. Use both what you have been told and what you can infer/ work out from the text.

Friday 8th January - Discuss children’s favourite foods – create a list of adjectives used for food and a list of adjectives used. Now read ‘Monday’ and look at spread of food prepared by Mrs Grinling. Children to look at each dish in turn thinking about what it comprises, how it tastes, texture, if they would enjoy it. Which part of the lunch would they like the most? Can children create adjectives to make the food sound even tastier? Children to write sentences into books about the food Mrs Grinling prepared. Mrs Grinling concocted a delicious lunch for Mr Grinling. She made a colourful mixed salad and a huge, tasty lighthouse sandwich. She also prepared a …