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W.b. 22nd February

Guided Reading

This week we are starting a new 2 week unit based on the novel 'Cool!' by Michael Morpurgo, a famous children's author. How many other books of his have you already read? 

To complete each lesson, open up and follow the instructions on the related PDF document. To read the accompanying text on screen, open up the 'text' PDF, click on 'view' in the top left hand corner, then 'rotate view' so the document is landscape and easier to read!


For the next two weeks, we are going to be following an Oak Academy Unit of work, where we will be looking at the features of non-chronological reports and writing a non-chronological report all about wild cats. 

Lesson 1 (Monday) - Watch the video which will introduce you to the features of a non-chronological report. Create a mind map containing all the different features you would usually find in a non-chronological report (structural features, punctuation and language features).

Following this, highlight the different features of non-chronological reports in the Panda example below. If there are any features missing, add examples of these in for yourself. 

Lesson 2 (Tuesday) - Today we are going to refresh our knowledge of relative clauses. Follow the video and complete the short tasks as you go. Once you've watched the video, have a go at the two activity sheets below.

Lesson 3 (Wednesday) - Today we will be looking at subject specific vocabulary about the tiger. Throughout the lesson, you will be learning about vocabulary linked to a tigers appearance (what it looks like), diet (what it eats) and habitat (where it lives).

Once you've watched the video, write a paragraph or two about tigers including the words species, camouflage, adaptation, prey, predator, carnivore, habitat, territory and climate. You might want to do some research to find out more about tigers (including what they eat, where they live etc.) 

Challenge: Can you include a couple of relative clauses in your paragraph (remember to refer back to yesterdays learning if you're not sure). 


The tiger is the largest living species of cat, making them larger than their relatives - the lion. They live in many amazingly diverse habitats, including different countries and diverse climates, where the weather conditions and temperatures are varied, however, they can often be found in the jungle. To ensure they are able to easily catch their prey, tigers are well adapted to their jungle surroundings as their coat is striped ensuring they camouflage against the vertical plants, grasses and trees making them ferocious predators to deer, goats and cows. As they eat mammals and birds, this makes the tiger a carnivore, who only eats meat. Additionally, to allow them to capture enough prey to survive, the tiger protects a territory on 100 square kilometres so other tigers don't eat it's food.  

Lesson 4 (Thursday) - In today's lesson, we are going to be learning about the appearance of tigers. You will need to watch the video and complete some of your own research, completing the note taking worksheet to write down information which you will later use in your non-chronological report. Remember, as you are note-taking you don't need to write in full sentences and bullet points would be much more useful. Once you've finished your note taking, draw a picture of a tiger and label its features as shown at the end of the video. 

Lesson 5 (Friday) - We are going to be looking at formal conjunctions in our lesson today. Watch the video, which will give you lots of different examples of formal conjunctions and how to use them in sentences. Once you've watched the video, use the research you've done earlier the week, to create sentences using different examples of the conjunctions below.