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Week beginning 11/10/21

So far, we have listened to or read Chapter 1 of How to Train your Dragon where we have been introduced to ten boys, including Hiccup, who are hoping to become full members of the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans by  passing the 'Dragon Initiation Programme'. Hiccup, as the son of the chief, has been chosen as leader as they embark upon their first mission; to each catch themselves a dragon. They must enter the dragon nursery inside a cave where 3000 young dragons are sleeping and carefully choose themselves a dragon for their basket...without waking them all up...easy, right? 


Today we are listening to the first part of Chapter 2 where the boys are embarking upon their mission to capture a young dragon. Read the task sheet carefully first before you watch the video. Our focus today is on retrieving and inferring information about Hiccup and Snotlout's appearance and personality. We can't wait to see your finished pictures on our Zoom session!  

Cressida reads How to Train Your Dragon: Chapter 2, Part 1


Today we are listening to Chapter 2 Part 2 where we will find out if Hiccup and the boys are successful in their mission to capture a young dragon. Read the task sheet carefully before you begin listening to the chapter being read. Our focus today is on answering 'SATs style' comprehension questions so as you are listening, really try to picture what is happening in your head so you have a good grasp of the story. You may want to listen more than once and keep pausing on the second listen whilst you answer the questions. 

Answers for the reading comprehension - for question 6 you might have come up with different impressions and if you have backed up your answer with evidence you could still be correct!

Cressida reads How to Train Your Dragon: Chapter 2, Part 2


Now we have heard the first 2 chapters of 'How to Train your Dragon' we are going to use the setting of the dragon cave as inspiration to create our own fantastic setting description within the next few lessons.

Today, we would like you to read the example WAGOLL attached below and find and underline examples of each of the success criteria we would expect to see in a fantastic setting description. Give each of the success criteria a different colour to help you distinguish the different features.

If you can't print off the WAGOLL don't worry, just use the numbers of the success criteria and write down one or two examples of each success criteria you can find.

Success Criteria:

  1. Use of senses to describe: smell, see, touch, taste, hear
  2. Use of figurative language: similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia
  3. Expanded noun phrases (adjectives and a noun)
  4. Prepositional phrases (these tell you the position of something eg over/under/inside)
  5. Parenthesis, look out for: ( ) , -
  6. Semi-colons / colons : ;
  7. A wide range of sentence openers
  8. Relative clauses – look out for relative pronouns – who, which, that used at the beginning of a phrase which adds additional information.

Thursday and Friday

For our last 2 English lessons of the week, we would like you to develop ideas for your dragon cave setting description.

You will be using these when you are back in school next week to help with your writing so remember to being this work with you on Monday 18th when we are back in class!

You have three tasks to complete over Thursday and Fridays English lesson. We suggest you complete Task 1 and 2 on Thursday and Task 3 on Friday. The more detail you are able to create the easier your writing task will be next week!

The details of the tasks are on the attached instruction sheet below.

Task 1 requires you to read the attached pages of How to Train Your Dragon underlining vocabulary and phrases that are used to describe the Dragon Nursery Tunnel and Cave.

Task 2 asks you to generate your own descriptive ideas about the Dragon Nursery Tunnel and Cave.

Task 3 asks you to generate your own ideas to describe the Dragon Nursery and Cave specifically considering each of your 5 senses.


To help you further imagine, there's a video to watch of inside a cave, pictures for inspiration and a word bank of useful vocabulary associated with caves (though I'm sure you'll have lots more adventurous vocabulary of your own too). Remember though that your descriptive ideas also need to refer to the mass of young dragons that dwell inside the cave...