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Week Beginning 18.1.21

This week we are focusing on a new book called 'Penguin Small' by Mick Inkpen. It focuses on the journey of a penguin from the North to the South Pole. We would like the children to predict the story, talk about settings and characters, feelings and draw a story map. We hope you enjoy the learning opportunities and we have linked many 'Being Imaginative' activities to the book too. Please check out the area on the class website as there are lots of practical tasks to have a go at.

Monday-Activity 1

Today we are looking at the front cover of our new story Penguin Small by Mick Inkpen.  

We would like you to discuss 3 questions:

Who are the main characters in the story?

Where do you think the story is set?

What do you think might happen in the story?


Now it’s your turn to have a go! Follow the link below to copy how to draw a penguin. This helps to focus on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Then think about which parts of the penguin you could label, use these words to help you to label the different parts: beak, head, eyes, feet, and flippers.

Tuesday-Activity 2

Watch the ‘Penguin Small’ animated story. See if you can pause it in the middle and predict what the ending may be.

Did you predict the ending correctly? How did Penguin Small feel to be back with all the other penguins? Is it a happy or sad ending?


Look at a globe or the image of the world map. Can you track Penguin Small’s journey from the North Pole to the South Pole? Try looking at how he got from the Arctic to Antarctica.

Wednesday- Activity 3

Think about the jungle island that Penguin Small visited (4 mins 40 secs on film). Talk about what it looked like. What animals were on the island? Choose one or 2 of the animals that he met.

Draw a picture of them and write a simple description. Watch the video of our teachers writing a short caption before you write your own.  We would like the children to copy the model of saying a sentence, counting the words, tapping/clapping or stamping it before beginning to write. Encourage the children to use their phonics to sound out each word.

Mrs Fortune writing a descriptive sentence

Still image for this video

Thursday- Activity 4

Today you are going to draw a story map to show the places that he travelled through and visited from the beginning of the story to the end (use story map document on Google Classrooms as a template or plain paper if you cannot print it) Draw and label each part of the story concentrating on the beginning, middle and end. Send your work to us once you have completed it. Remember to colour the picture in neatly and write a label underneath.

Friday-Activity 5

Today we are focusing on vocabulary and meanings of words in the story.

Here are some suggested questions to ask your child

What is an iceberg?

What is an ice cube?

What does the word melt mean?

Try writing a short caption to explain each word

 e.g. An ice cube is ….    An iceberg is…   Melt  means…