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Complete the exciting English activities. 

Remember we would love to see them! 

Week beginning 13th July 


The activities are all based on the film clip The Caterpillar Shoes. 

You will need to pause the film to answer the questions. 


Before the film

How many insects can name? Do you know any features of these insects? Can you describe a caterpillar? What is it? What does it do? What does it become?

Whose Shoes?  

Pause the film after 52 seconds – after he sets off into the woods at once. • What do caterpillars do? • What has he got on his feet? • Why does he want to give away his shoes? • Who do you think he will meet in the woods?  

Pause the film after the caterpillar leaves the woodlouse. • What shoes does he give to the woodlouse? • Why does he give him these ones? • How do we know the woodlouse likes them? • What does the word jig mean? • Can we think of any action words to describe what they woodlouse does?  


Pause the film when the caterpillar leaves the spider. • Which word rhymes with most? Can we think of others? • Which shoes does he give to spider? • She says they will keep her feet as warm as what? - This is a simile can we think of similes for cold, wet, long, big? 


Pause the film after he meets the earthworms. • What word means the same as ‘surprised?’ • Why do worms not need any shoes?  

Pause the film after he leaves the grasshopper • What shoes does he give to grasshopper? • Which shoes would you prefer?  

Pause the film after leaving the beetle. • How can we describe the beetle? • Why does he give the beetle party shoes?  

What does the word camouflage means?

Pause the film as the caterpillar tosses his shoes at the snail. • Do you think the snail will have the pair of shoes? • Which ones?  

Pause the film after the caterpillar leaves the fleas and says ‘I think it’s time to stop.’ • Why did the snail only take one shoe?  

Whose shoes? In the table there are the names of lots of different mini-beasts and also different types of shoes. Some of these mini beasts and shoes did not appear in the clip, can you find them and cross them out?  

Comic Strip 

Re-watch the clip 'Caterpillars Shoes' as you're watching the film, can you create a picture board of what is happening in the story. Can you use your picture board to create a comic strip of the story – make sure you get all of the mini-beasts in the correct order!  

Week beginning 6th July 

Have a look at the front cover of this book.   

A Day and Night in the Amazon Rainforest 


What can you see?   What do you think?  Does anything surprise you?  What do you like?  

Do you see something that you've never seen before?  Is this a non-fiction or fiction book?  What does nocturnal mean? 

I see, I think, I wonder

Listen/Read the book 'A Day and Night in the Rainforest'. As you are listening to the story – can you make notes about one of your favourite animals. Why are certain animals nocturnal? From your notes, can you write some descriptive sentences about the animal?  


Ocelot's are night animals as they quietly prowl the forest all night long for sweet, juicy prey. 


Bats are night animals because they listen for the echoes of sounds to help them find their way around the forest. 

A Day and Night in the Amazon Rainforest

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Look at some of the text from the book in the PowerPoint below: Can you identify the expanded noun phrases? 

Can you create some of your own? 

Week beginning 29th June 

Part 1 Great Kapok Tree

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Listen to the first page of the Kapok Tree, read by Mrs Curry.

Book Talk 

What do you like and dislike about what you see?  

Does it remind you of anything in real life?  

Do you have any questions? 

Does the picture change what you thought about the Rainforest?  

What are the men doing in the forest?  

What happens in the Forest as they appear?  


Can you now complete a Prediction Window Picture? 

Draw your prediction inside the window. What do you think happens next? Can you draw every little detail, add all your thoughts and ideas.  

Great Kapok Tree Part 2

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Were your predictions correct?
Listen to the second instalment of the Great Kapok Tree. Have you learnt anything new about the Rainforest?

Thought tracking 

Why would the man cutting down the tree impact on all these animals in the Rainforest?


Choose one of these animals from the Rainforest. Can you research any more information about this animal, have a look at this website to help you. 

Can you find 3 facts about that animal?  




Now imagine you are that animal – what would you say to the man to stop him from chopping down the tree? Take a photo or short video of your freeze frame (remember to stand as still as ice!) as you freeze think about the phrase you might use to get the man to listen! Then tell him!  

Can you now write a note to leave  the man whilst he is sleeping?   



Senhor, my home is in this kapok Tree and I leap from branch to branch seeking miniature insects for my lunch. If you chop down this tree I will stay hungry and need to find a new home. 

I am an Illustrator

The child said 'please look upon us with new eyes' 


What did the boy mean? Can you draw an illustration of what happens when the man wakes up?  

Use speech bubbles to record what the man is saying and what the other animals surrounding him might be saying?  

Week beginning 22nd June 


Listen to the story of the Kapok Tree.  

Why do the animals want to save the kapok tree? 

Choose one of your favourite animals from the story, draw them – use the illustrations to help you!  


Then make a speech bubble for the animal, what was their reason for saving the Kapok tree – can you remember? See if you can add it to your speech bubble!  


If you want to do more than one animal then you can!  

After reading 'The Wild World' and 'The Kapok Tree' and some of the other challenges we have set you – can you complete the table below? If you need a reminder, watch this video:

Rainforest Beneath the Canopy - YouTube

The Gondwana Rainforests are so-named because the fossil record indicates that when Gondwana existed it was covered by rainforests containing the same kinds ...

Week beginning 15th June 

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

Watch the video above, can you watch and listen to the video, recording any examples of interesting words or phrases to describe the setting? I would just watch the first 4 minutes! If you need to watch it again, really concentrate on hearing, remembering and noting the powerful words and phrases used to describe the setting.  


Huge trees stand like monuments 

Outlasting the dinosaurs  

Shrouded in a translucent veil  

The rivers and streams are the veins and arteries of the rainforest  



Now, have a go yourself at recording a description for the setting of the Amazon Rainforest. Try and think of some of your own words and phrases too! What can be seen? What can be heard?  

Week beginning 8th June 

Watch the video of the rainforest setting. Imagine you are there. Use your senses to describe the setting. There is a sense grid to help you plan your description. Can you include interesting noun phrases and adjectives?  

Rainforest Beneath the Canopy - YouTube

The Gondwana Rainforests are so-named because the fossil record indicates that when Gondwana existed it was covered by rainforests containing the same kinds ...

Week Beginning 1st June 
Sketch the setting 

Listen to this clip of the setting of the story that you will be reading this week.

Can you sketch the setting of the story? Where do you think this is? What can you hear – have a go at drawing it!