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Kempsey Primary School

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Week Beginning 8th June 2020

 For the next few weeks we will look at the book called, Grandad's Secret Giant written by David Litchfield. It is the same author who wrote The Bear and the Piano, which hopefully you will remember!

Grandad's Secret Giant

Friday 12th June 2020

All today's activities can be found when you click on the pdf below.  The writing of the diary entry will continue into next week, so don't worry if you don't get too far. 


Thursday 11th June 2020

So far this week we have looked at the feelings of the character Billy, apostrophes for possession and similes; all of these can be found in the book, Grandad’s Secret Giant. To finish the sequence of learning we are going to write a diary entry using the story as a stimulus.  This is going to be written from the point of view of Grandad (who knows and can see the giant) and will focus on the time when they are out in a boat, sailing the choppy seas.


Today you are going to plan your diary entry for the day when Grandad and Billy went out in the boat. Use the comic strip to plan your day.  Here are some questions to think about:

  • Where were you going?
  • How was Billy feeling about the day?
  • What could have been seen or done in the morning?
  • What happened to the weather?  How quickly did the conditions change?
  • How long did the storm last?
  • How did the giant help?  Remember Billy didn’t see him.

Wednesday 10th June 2020

In this session we will be looking at similes.  In the story, Grandad's Secret Giant, the author uses similes to describe the appearance of the giant. Watch the clip which explains what a simile is.  Then work through the powerpoints to see a number of different examples. One of the powerpoint presentations asks you to piece together different parts to make a complete simile. Finally, rewrite the part of the story describing the giant, thinking of your own ideas:

  • He has hands the size of________
  • ...legs as long as _____________
  • and feet as big as _____________

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Today's session will have a SPAG focus and in particular apostrophe for possession.   This is a tricky concept, which the children will return to in key stage two, so don't worry if your child finds it difficult.  There is a link to a full stop activity which may be more beneficial for some children.  Watch the bitesize clip to gain an understanding of when to use an apostrophe and then complete the quiz/games which can be found on the website too. Look through the story, Grandad's Secret Giant and find examples where the apostrophe is used for possession.  Finally, click on a document below and write your answers in your book. 

Monday 8th June 2020

If you didn't get the chance to complete the summarising activity from Friday, it may be worth doing that today to familiarise yourself with the story once again. 


Today's session will look at the feelings of the characters in the story.  As you look through the story again, discuss how each of the main characters are feeling: Grandad, the Giant and Billy.

The activity, which can be found below (feelings graph), is a graph which can be used to plot the feelings of individual characters.  Complete it for the character of Billy. When you have finished, join up the dots to create a line graph.  Then you will see how much the character's feelings change during the story.  Also, when you mark on a small x, jot down which part of the story it is from. 

Or you can use the pictures (found below) for a few different activities:

  • Cut these out and put them onto the feelings graph.
  • Cut them out, stick them in your book and write a thought bubble for each picture.  What is Billy thinking/feeling?
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