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Sunday 5th July 


You can join Reading Libraries online and use there virtual collection - they have audio books and all sorts on there. You will need an adult to help you join but what a great resource and best of all it's FREE!


Have posted a grid of activities to try when you have finished reading any book.

Reading Activities to do with your Reading Books

Saturday 20th June 


Poetry this week. Poems should be read aloud - perhaps you can take turns with read with your family. The poems are all about....Thunder! 


Which ones do you like and why?

Is there anything you don't understand?

What patterns do you notice in the poems?



The Thunder Mutters - by John Clare


The Thunder Mutters

The thunder mutters louder & more loud
With quicker motion hay folks ply the rake
Ready to burst slow sails the pitch black cloud
& all the gang a bigger haycock make
To sit beneath—the woodland winds awake
The drops so large wet all thro’ in an hour
A tiney flood runs down the leaning rake
In the sweet hay yet dry the hay folks cower
& some beneath the waggon shun the shower.

The Storm

Theodore Roethke - 1908-1963


Against the stone breakwater,
Only an ominous lapping,
While the wind whines overhead,
Coming down from the mountain,
Whistling between the arbors, the winding terraces;
A thin whine of wires, a rattling and flapping of leaves,
And the small street-lamp swinging and slamming against
the lamp pole.

Where have the people gone?
There is one light on the mountain.


Along the sea-wall, a steady sloshing of the swell,
The waves not yet high, but even,
Coming closer and closer upon each other;
A fine fume of rain driving in from the sea,
Riddling the sand, like a wide spray of buckshot,
The wind from the sea and the wind from the mountain contending,
Flicking the foam from the whitecaps straight upward into the darkness.

A time to go home!—
And a child's dirty shift billows upward out of an alley,
A cat runs from the wind as we do,
Between the whitening trees, up Santa Lucia,
Where the heavy door unlocks,
And our breath comes more easy,—
Then a crack of thunder, and the black rain runs over us, over
The flat-roofed houses, coming down in gusts, beating
The walls, the slatted windows, driving
The last watcher indoors, moving the cardplayers closer
To their cards, their anisette.


We creep to our bed, and its straw mattress.
We wait; we listen.
The storm lulls off, then redoubles,
Bending the trees half-way down to the ground,
Shaking loose the last wizened oranges in the orchard,
Flattening the limber carnations.

A spider eases himself down from a swaying light-bulb,
Running over the coverlet, down under the iron bedstead.
The bulb goes on and off, weakly.
Water roars into the cistern.

We lie closer on the gritty pillow,
Breathing heavily, hoping—
For the great last leap of the wave over the breakwater,
The flat boom on the beach of the towering sea-swell,
The sudden shudder as the jutting sea-cliff collapses,
And the hurricane drives the dead straw into the living pine-tree.

Storm Ending


Thunder blossoms gorgeously above our heads,

Great, hollow, bell-like flowers,

Rumbling in the wind,

Stretching clappers to strike our ears . . .

Full-lipped flowers

Bitten by the sun

Bleeding rain

Dripping rain like golden honey—

And the sweet earth flying from the thunder.


A Thunderstorm - By Emily Dickinson


The wind begun to rock the grass
With threatening tunes and low, -
He flung a menace at the earth,
A menace at the sky.

The leaves unhooked themselves from trees
And started all abroad;
The dust did scoop itself like hands
And throw away the road.

The wagons quickened on the streets,
The thunder hurried slow;
The lightning showed a yellow beak,
And then a livid claw.

The birds put up the bars to nests,
The cattle fled to barns;
There came one drop of giant rain,
And then, as if the hands

That held the dams had parted hold,
The waters wrecked the sky,
But overlooked my father's house,
Just quartering a tree.

Friday 12th June 


A new book to read with activities linked to the reading, this one all about Ancient Egypt. Hope you enjoyed the Firebird if you haven't read it yet I would it's great.


Oxford Owl has a a free e-book library. A parent will need to sign up but then the books are free and you can read selecting the correct age group. 




Did you know you can also borrow e-books from Reading library? You will need your library card and a parent to help set you up. 



Read some poetry this week. 


Do you understand what it's about?

Can you spot different features?

What features can you spot?

Pick a favourite - why that one? 



Check out








for some great ideas and resources. 



What to do When You've Read a Book

Curl up with a good book. 


Some alternatives to writing a book review:


1. Write a letter to the main character of your book. What would you tell them? What would you ask them? As an extra challenge could you write their reply?


2. Did you like the way the book ended? Even if you did could you write of an alternative ending? 


3. Pretend you are a talk show host and your are interviewing characters from the book. What would you ask them?


4. Create a book jacket - include a carefully thought out front cover, an enticing blurb and a positive review comment. 


5. Summarize the book into a cartoon strip. What are the key events that you need?


6. Write a newspaper article about an important event from the story. 


7. Choose two characters from the story and write out a conversation they might have.


8. Describe 3 characters from the book in detail and explain as to whether you would want to meet them and give your reasons why. 


9. What was the most memorable part of the story for you? Why do you remember it so well?



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