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Week beginning 15th June 2020

This week we are going to read and change a story with a repeating pattern. That means there are words in it that are said again and again - it makes it almost sound like a song or a poem. 
You may have read the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ before. Here is a video of the author Michael Rosen performing it. We’d like you to practise reading the story out loud with Michael – why not practise and perform it for someone in your family!  

Next.. choose an animal that you might see in Africa and CHANGE the story. You are now the author! Last week you read facts about African animals - you could choose your favourite, or an animal that you didn't know about before. Here is a video of a book written by David Axtell called We're Going on a Lion Hunt. 

You could now change the obstacles that get in the way of your hunt for your African animal. You could find things outside - sticks/ mud/ leaves/ sand etc and make a story book (or use a notepad if you have been using one for your work) and stick them in if you wanted to, to help you remember! You could illustrate your story too (some things you will need your imagination for - if you are having to wade through a swamp for example!) 

Here is a sheet you could fill in (or copy) where you can write down:

  • your chosen animal
  • the things that are going to get in the way
  • some words to help you make your writing more interesting
There are some other ideas below.  

You could write your story all the way through, or just use the pictures to perform your story to someone. We would LOVE it if you could take a photo or video of your writing, or record yourself reading your story out like Michael Rosen.

Are you going to go on a zebra hunt..  hyena hunt.. an ostrich hunt or something else? Are you going to go though caves? Are you going to crawl through a tunnel? Are you going to run through the grass? Will the animal follow you home at the end? Don't forget you can pinch lots of words from the two story videos above, and just change the animal and obstacles, you don't have to rewrite the whole thing.. although you can if you want to! 

One more thing to remember is to form your letters correctly, whatever you write! Remember the places to begin and end your letters – this will help your writing flow and look beautiful. 😊   

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