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Miss Munro's English Group

English Lesson 1

LI: To be able to write about a day in my life

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Task 1 - Listen to the reading of Sam’s Duck, written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Keith Bowen. Stop when you get to, ‘No quacking,’ Sam whispered, ‘Please!’

  • Explain one thing you have really liked in the story so far.
  • What do you think Sam will do with the duck?

Task 2 - Answering comprehension questions based on the Farms for City Children extract

Task 3. Writing about your average day

  • Read the text of An Average Day at Nethercott Farm.
  • Say one way in which your average day is different to that on the farm, and one way in which it is quite similar.
  • Write about a normal day for you in the same way.
  • Mention at least four different things for each part of your day.

English Lesson 2

LI: To be able to write a character profile

Task 1 - Go back to the video from yesterday's lesson: 


Listen to the rest of Sam’s Duck, from, ‘No quacking,’ Sam whispered, ‘Please!’ to the end of the book.

  • Who nearly revealed that Sam had the duck on board the coach?
  • How do you think the duck would have felt at being smuggled home by Sam?
  • Consider two different emotions it might have had.

Task 2. Reading about characters

  • Think about the characters in the story. How many can you list?
  • Name one character that is sympathetic (that you like and feel warmly about) and one that is unsympathetic.
  • Is there a character you particularly like or dislike? Explain why.
  • Read the profiles of The Gardener and The Red-Faced Man.

Task 3. Writing a character profile

  • Using the profiles of the gardener and the red-faced man as models, write a profile of Sam.
  • Use the Profile sheet to record your sentences on.
  • Don’t forget: in your profile you need to focus on Sam’s personality and how he behaves.

English Lesson 3

LI: To be able to write a set of instructions

Task 1 - Go back to and listen to the whole of Sam’s Duck:

  • Does Sam know how to look after a duck properly?
  • Do you think that Sam’s Grandad is right to say Sam should let the duck go?

Task 2. Reading an information text

  • Read the information sheet on Farm Ducks and their care. Read it through twice and talk to a grown up about all the things you have to do.
  • Do ducks sound easy or hard to look after?

Task 3. Writing instructions

  • Imagine you have brought a duck back to live at your house. Your Grandad (who lives far away) is not sure that you really know what to do to look after it. Using the letter paper, write your Grandad a message.
  • Say what sort of duck you’ve got and what its name is.
  • Explain all that you will do to take good care of it.
  • Tell your Grandad not to worry.
  • Sign off affectionately from you and your duck!

English Lesson 4

LI: To be able to write a story

Task 1 - Listen again to the section of Sam’s Duck that details how Sam smuggles Francis back to his home city after he rescues him from the red-faced man:

  • Do you think Sam was lucky to get away with it?
  • What sort of things might have given him away?

Task 2. Read the text about Baby Farm Animals.

  • If you rescued an animal like Sam did, imagine which one it would be. Choose the baby farm animal you would rescue.
  • Use Getting my Animal Home to make brief notes about how you would:

1. Disguise or hide your animal on the journey

2. Cover up any stinky smells it created

3. Make up an excuse for any noises it made

Task 3. Story writing

  • On The Day I Smuggled Home a Baby ______ ,
  • write a short story about how you smuggled your baby animal home.
  • Use all your ideas from Getting My Animal Home to help you.

English Lesson 5

LI: To be able to read and compare pieces of writing

Task 1 - Read the short poem Four Ducks on a Pond by William Allingham.

  • In what ways is the poem like Sam’s Duck?
  • The poet says, ‘to remember with tears’. Do you think he means tears of joy or sadness?
  • What could make him so happy about what he saw? What could make him so sad?

Task 2. Comparing poems

  • Read Night Cat by Helen Dunmore, a poem about an animal – like Sam’s duck – that goes away and leaves a person behind.
  • Answer the Questions about the poem.

Task 3 - Writing time

  • Where do you think the cat in Night Cat went to after it vanished? What sort of things did it do? Who did it meet and play with – or fight?! On The Further Adventures of the Night Cat sheet, write all about what it got up before dawn.


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