In English this week we are enjoying reading traditional tales.
A traditional tale is a story that has been told and re-told for many years, and consequently, becomes a story that almost everyone knows. Traditional tales often include wondrous characters such as elves, goblins and wizards.
Many were passed down from story-teller to story-teller before being recorded in books!
The traditional tale we are reading this week is Jack and the Beanstalk. Please read the Jack and the Beanstalk Tale attached below. After you have read the story, discuss the tale with a parent or sibling, you may like to answer key questions such as:
What did you like?
What did you dislike?
How is it similar to other stories you have read?
Have you read any other versions of Jack and the Beanstalk? How are they similar or different to this one?
Do you have any questions?
After your book talk, look at the highlighted vocabulary in the story. Discuss and explore the meaning of the key vocabulary. Then choose three of the key words and write three sentences, each sentence to include one of your key words.
Today we are looking at adjectives and verbs.
What are adjectives?
Adjectives are describing words. Adjectives describe and add detail to nouns (people, places, things). They help us to imagine what the person, place or thing is like. Adjectives make our descriptions clearer and more interesting.
First, recap adjectives by using the adjectives powerpoint below.
Next, read the Jack and the Beanstalk tale again and highlight all the adjectives you can find.
Then, choose a character from the story (Jack, Jack's mother, the bean seller or the giant) and use adjectives to describe the character. You may like to list the adjectives first and then write some sentences using the adjectives you have listed.
What are verbs?
A verb is an action/doing word such as jump, hop, skip, sing, talk.
First, recap verbs using the verbs powerpoint below.
Next, read the Jack and the Beanstalk tale again and highlight all the verbs you can find.
Then, once you have highlighted the verbs, think how you could improve the writing by using more powerful verbs. For example, replacing the verb 'ran' with 'darted' or 'scurried'.
Now that you have read Jack and the Beanstalk quite a few times, we would like you to try and write the story yourself. Use the story map below to support you to remember the order of the story. Try to apply your fantastic adjectives and verbs you explored yesterday to really impress the reader!
After you have written your story, proof read your writing and see if you can make it even better.
Do your sentences make sense?
Have you remembered to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops?
Are your letters formed correctly and neatly?
Have you written on the line?
Have you used your phonics skills to help you with spelling?
Are there some more powerful adjectives and verbs you might use to really blow the readers socks off?
You may like to innovate the traditional tale. You can be as innovative as you like, you may like to change the name of your main character, change the beanstalk to a giant sunflower or another type of plant, or change the items your main character steals from the giant. It is really helpful to plan what you are going to write. You may choose to use post-it-notes to cover up the parts of the story map you are going to change and draw your changes on the post-it-note with the new vocabulary you are going to use. Your class teacher can model this on your morning zoom call if you would like to take up this challenge J.