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English Week 2

Year 1 Week 2 English Home Learning

Monday 27th April

Word of the week  - dashed

Whisper it, shout it, say it in a funny voice.

DASHED - definition- hurried, rushed!


Our book this week is The Little Red Hen.

This week our book is The Little Red Hen and to begin with we are just going to focus on this Ebook version of the story which you can find saved in the English area or you can access it on Twinkl. There are many similar and alternative versions of this story with different characters and settings. You might have a version at home or want explore some of the different versions which is fine to do so later on this week. The Little Red Hen is a traditional tale and like all other traditional tales it is trying to teach us something.  

Now try answering these questions about the story.

What was the story about?

Who are the main characters?

What was your favourite part? Why?

How do you think the Cat, Dog and Duck might get the bread next time?

What could they do? How?



Tuesday 28th April

Try saying and acting out the verb – dashed.

Where can you dash to?

In the English area there are printable pictures which children can cut out and use to stick onto lollipop sticks, pencils or pens to make puppets and props. Alternatively, your child can draw their own pictures of the main characters and props and make their own puppets that way. Once the puppets have been made its time to use them and practise performing the beginning, middle and end of the story.




If your child needs support you can revisit the story again together and practise retelling the story page by page. Also, you might want to assign characters to different members of the family and perform it together. If you would like to show use some of your puppets and/or performances please send them to your teachers email address or post them on our school’s twitter @silvertreesinfo


Wednesday 29th April

Try writing it in 3 different ways.

dashed      dashed      DASHED

Now your more familiar with the story and have performed the story you can apply this understanding by creating a story map. This is an example of what a good one looks like. Once you have created your story map you can retell your story to others. Please read the Challenge before you start and decide what you would like to do.   


Challenge: Can you be creative and add some extra description to your version on your The Little Red Hen story map?

When the characters are introduced in the story the author doesn’t tell us where each character is. So we can innovate and improve the story by adding some description to where the characters are when they aren’t helping Little Red Hen.

Can you draw where the Lazy Dog might be in your story? Is the Lazy Dog sitting on a soft chair? Or is he lying on a comfortable couch? Or relaxing on a cozy hammock? Remember the story is set in a house/farm.

Can you draw and label where the Sleepy Cat is sleeping?

Can you draw and label where the Noisy Duck is?

Finally can you think where the smell of the freshly baked bread might be coming from?


Thursday 30th April

Yesterday’s challenge was an opportunity to be creative and decide where the characters could be in your version of the story. Today we are going to explore what we think the characters might do when suddenly the delicious smell of freshly baked bread begins to float around. Discuss what they might do? Will they carry on relaxing? Will they walk towards it? Will the jog? Will the sprint?

Here are some past tense verbs.





Can you explore what they mean? Can act each one out? Can get someone in your family to pick one and act it out? Did you guess the correct one?

Now can you use the verbs and put them in order from slowest to fastest. How do you think the characters would move if they smelt that tasty bread?



Friday 1st May

Now you have decided where the characters are in your story we are going to use that to improve these pages of the story.



I want you to write sentences to describe where lazy dog, sleepy cat and noisy duck were and what they did when the smelt the delicious freshly baked bread. Using your English books found in your home learning pack you are going to carry on writing after this dictated sentence.

“Who will help me eat this bread?” Soon a delicious smell floated through the air. The lazy dog… The sleepy cat… The noisy duck…


Here is an example of a simple sentence and an extended sentence.

The lazy dog dashed off his soft chair. “I will!” barked the lazy dog.

The lazy dog dashed off his soft chair and sprinted into the kitchen. “I will!” the lazy dog barked happily.

Children must use their English books given in the home learning packs to write in. They can also use a word mat form the English area and their phonics mats to help them segment to spell tricky words. Remind them to use Capital letters, finger spaces and full stops and read each sentence and check you have used them.


End of week challenge:

If you want to you can watch this alternative read along version of The Little Red Hen with lots interesting adjectives and verbs. Have a watch and see if you can write a list of some the wonderful words the author used. Which verbs told you how the character moved? Could you say or write it in a sentence?  

Alternative Story

How is flour made? Go and find out >

How is bread made? Go and find out >

How do you make your own bread at home with your family? Go and find out?

Story time: Little Red Hen | Oxford Owl

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