Forestdale Primary School

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English Lesson 1

LI: To be able to discuss a book opening and make predictions.

1. Read the start of ‘Way Home’

  • Look closely at the Front Cover of Way Home:
  • Make brief notes about five things that you notice and what you think might happen in the book.
  • Read the first page of the book in your resource pack. Is this how you expected it would be from the front cover. What do you think about Shane? What do you think might happen?
If you can, listen to the reading of the first part of the book, stop the video at 6.14,

2. Answer questions

  • Read through the book questions on the back of your text. Think carefully about your answers.
  • Write your answers as sentences making a paragraph for each section.

3.  Make predictions

  • With words and pictures if you prefer, what you think will happen in the rest of the book?
  • Write about your predictions. What will happen to Shane? What will happen to the cat? How might the story end?

English Lesson 2

LI: To be able to use informal language.

1. Listen to a story

Listen to the reading of the second part of Way Home, start the video at 6.14, where you ended it yesterday:
  • Did the story end as you predicted? What could happen in a sequel to the story?

2. Revise informal language

  • Use the Revision Cards in your pack to remind yourself of the use and features of informal language.   
  • Complete Formal and Informal activity sheet.

3.  Now for some writing

  • Read Through the Windows. This is what Shane says to the cat as they look through the three sets of windows in the book.  
  • Look at windows. Pick one window and imagine what Shane would say to the cat about it. Write 2 or 3 sentences of speech, making sure that you keep to Shane’s informal style.

English Lesson 3

LI: To be able to write a story through another’s perspective.

1. Track emotions through a story

  • Look carefully at the Emotions Graph – Example.
Listen to the story again and make an Emotions Graph for Shane
  • Try to find 4 or 5 key events and imagine his emotions.
  • Now make an Emotions Graph for the cat. Compare your two graphs. Are there points when they both have similar emotions? When are their emotions most different?

2. Read two ‘cat-narrator’ extracts

  • Read Cat Speaks 1 and 2.
  • Complete Cat Speaks questions.

3.  Now for some writing

  • Write Way Home as though it is told by the cat.
  • Use your Emotions Graph and some of the ideas that you saw in Cat Speaks 1 and 2.

English Lesson 4

LI: To be able to consider an image and pose interview questions to a character.

1. Make notes about a character

  • Make notes on Shane that show what you know about this character. You could include questions that you have about him as well.
Listen to the story again and add to your notes as you do so:

2. Look closely at an illustration

  • Look at the image of the last page of the book.  
  • Read Picture Prompts and think about your answers.
  • Choose five of your answers to write as sentences.
  • Complete Objects. Imagine how Shane got each of these objects and why it might be important to him.

3.  Imagine interviewing Shane

  • Think of 5-10 questions that you would like to ask Shane.
  • Write these down and then imagine his answers to each of them. Write his answers, trying to make them sound like the way he talks in the book.

English Lesson 5

LI: To be able to research a topic and perform a poem

1. Find out about a true story 

  • Read the Extract and answer the Questions about the extract.

2. Learn about homelessness in Britain

Visit this Newsround website about homelessness. Read all the information and take notes about the five things that most stand out to you.
  • Watch Natasha’s story on this website. How is it similar to Way Home? How is it different?
  • Make a poster that shows the five things that you chose as most important from this website. What do you want to tell people about homelessness?

3.  Read poems about home

  • Read the two poems about home: A Home Song and There’s No Place Like Home. Read each twice: once in your head and once out loud.
  • Choose your favourite poem and practise reading it out loud. Use the Top Tips to help you.

Reading Skills Lesson 1 

LI: To use an image to practice Reading skills

Task 1

  • Study the image of the world.
  • What can you see on the image. What do you think the image represents? Why might it have been created?
  • Use what you know about the image to answer the questions on the back of the sheet.
  • Some questions may ask for your opinion or to infer from what you can see. 

Task 2

  • When complete use a dictionary or device to find the meaning of the given words. 
  • Fill in the blanks in the sentences using the words you have found the meaning of, Not all words will be used. 

Guided Reading Lesson 2

LI: To use inference and retrieval skills from an extract

  • Read through the two page extract.
  • Highlight or underline key information as you read the text
  • Find out the meaning of any words that you do not understand.
  • Answer the questions on the extract using your skills of inference and retrieval. 



Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
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  • Big Lottery Fund
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