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This week, we'd like you to design your own dragon!

Take a look at the pictures below for some ideas but we'd like you to be as creative as you can - this is YOUR dragon!


Think about: 

  • the size of your dragon (height and weight)
  • its colour
  • whether it has scales, feathers, spikes
  • what type it is (e.g. water, fire, earth, thunder...)
  • what powers it might have (maybe camouflage)
  • what its temperament is like (character, nature, personality, intelligence)
  • what your dragon's habitat is like
  • its diet and teeth
  • what name you would give your species of dragon
  • what the egg would look like

There is nothing stopping you from inventing more than one dragon!

Now you have your dragon it is time to create its  Fact File!


Write an introductory paragraph about your dragon and make sure you include the criteria in the bullet points somewhere on your Fact File. This could be in your paragraph or as a score or rating. Take a look at the examples below for some ideas.

We can't wait to see what you come up with! 


There are lots of different forms of poetry.

At school we have looked at Haiku and Limerick poems.


Can you remember the rules to writing a Haiku and a Limerick?


Important features used when writing poetry include:








Take a look at the poetry activities below.

Is there a particular style you prefer using when you write your poetry?

Maybe you could research other forms of poetry.

Do you have a favourite poet? Who? What do you like about their poetry?

As you know, Roald Dahl is our year group’s author. We all really enjoyed reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and we know lots of you have read more from his collection.


This week, why don’t you have a go at our reading comprehension activity.


It is up to you how you challenge yourself. Take a look at our chilli challenge code   to help you decide.


Once you have read the text and answered the questions, you can check your answers.


You could also check out Roald Dahl’s website and read some of his books.


Which is your favourite? Why?

Can you relate to any of his characters?

Do any of the characters in his books remind you of someone you know?

Could you write your own story based on Roald Dahl’s style of writing?

Why not write your own Newspaper article.


News reports are found in newspapers and are designed to provide people with information about what is happening in the world. News is new information and is usually about something that has just happened. All news reports follow a certain structure and have the same key features:


Name of the Newspaper

Found on the front page at the top of the paper



This would be eye catching using a pun, rhyme or alliteration


The Reporter's Name

The person who wrote the article


A Introductory Paragraph

Including the 4 Ws

What, Where, When, Who?


Information About the Main Events

This information is written in chronological order (in the order that it happened)


Pictures with Captions


Witness Quotes

What people have said about the events


Written in Third Person

Using people's names, they, he, she


Formal Language



A paragraph to explain what might happen next



Look at the Newspaper articles below (you may remember some of them from earlier on in the year).

Can you identify each of the above features in the reports?

You may wish to record your findings in the 'Newspaper Features' table.

Now it's your turn!


Why don't you write your own Newspaper Report. It's up to you what you want to report on.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Coronavirus
  • Life in Isolation
  • Your birthday
  • An event from your favourite story

You could use the 'Newspaper Features' table to plan it out.


We are really excited to read your articles!

Please send them in so we can share them on the website.

You might want to film yourself reading it!

Choose one of the story starters from the document below!

Be as imaginative as you can.

First, plan out the journey your story will take using pictures and boxes:

Magpie and think of some effective vocabulary as you plan out your story and jot it in a Zone of Relevance:

What would happen in your version of the story?

Maybe you could make it into your very own book.

Why not illustrate your story as well!

 Your options are endless!

You are the author, it's your story!




Below are some writing prompts for a piece of non-fiction.

Choose one of prompts to write your own story.

You may wish to write more than one story or combine some of the prompts to come up with your own idea.

Don't forget grammatical features and punctuation to make your story exciting to read - use the story thermometer to help!

It may also help you to draw your character and the setting of your story as part of your plan.

Here is a story mountain to help you think how to plan out your story...

  • Write about a character who finds an odd-looking egg in the forest. When they take it home, they never could have predicted what was inside it...


  • Write about how magic is normal. Some are excellent at it, some are only okay and others are against it completely despite being able to use it. Your main character is the latter...


  • Your character boards a ship to sail across to a newly discovered land. What they find when they get there are undiscovered species – both animal and humanoid (looks like a human but isn't)...


  • Non-magic people are outlawed. Your character has no magic and their older sibling has made sure nobody knows since your character was born. One missed moment might ruin everything...


  • Write about a character who embarks on a quest to locate a special type of rock that lights fires almost instantly – something their settlement needs. What they didn’t expect to find, however, was a mermaid-like species living in the cave that houses most of that rock...


  • Write a fantasy story about a character who wakes up every day feeling the same thing: that something in their life is just…missing.  When they realise their frequent nightmares are actually memories, it all becomes clear...


  • Your character is a compulsive liar, unable to stop themselves from spinning tales that make them the envy of everyone around them. Then they wake up one day to discover that their lies have all come true…


  • Write about a character who goes looking for magic out of curiosity. They find more than magic in their family history...



We would love to read some of your finished stories!

Email them over with your plans and illustrations so we can share them on our year group page! laugh

Imagine that you have just walked into your kitchen to find this. Choose:

  • Role play the conversation you might have with the octopus.
  • Role play the telephone call you might have with a friend or family member to tell them what you have found.
  • You can only ask 3 questions to the octopus. What would you ask and why?
  • You decide to let the octopus stay here, but the next morning you come into your kitchen to find it joined by another creature. What might it be?
  • The telephone rings. It is the RSCPA and they are concerned: they have had reports from a neighbour that you are keeping sea life in your kitchen sink. What do you say?
  • Try to persuade the octopus to leave. Then try to persuade it to stay. Which was easiest? Why?
  • Write the story of how the octopus came to be here, and what happens next.
  • Write a limerick about this picture.



  • How did the octopus get here?
  • Why is it wearing a hat?
  • Is it speaking your language? Do you understand what it’s saying?
  • Where did the plants come from?
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