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Thursday 2nd December, 2021

Well - it's 2nd December - the second day of advent!

Let the countdown begin!

To join in with the iMoves Countdown Advent Calendar click below

and then select the first week of advent.


Password: Thythorn6


Start each morning with a Christmas story!

A wonderful person has put this story advent calendar together for us all to enjoy!


Record your ideas, notes, plans and tasks in your Fiction Writing book if in school, or on paper if you are working at home.

Individual task:

Summarise your impressions of the characters you have encountered in the first chapter of GNMT.

Use the comparison grid to fill in facts about the characters from the story.

  • Do we get a good impression of the character?
  • Are they friendly?
  • Are they going to be kind to Willie?
  • How do we know?
  • Which clues were the most helpful in helping us build a picture of the character?
  • Which clues were more helpful for characterisation – literal or inference clues?

Paired discussion:

  • Look at the pictures of refugees. What can you tell me about these children e.g. gender, hair type, belongings - what else?.
  • What can you guess about these children e.g. the girl looks very thin so I don’t think she’s had enough to eat. The boy’s expression makes him look cross, so I don’t think he wants to be evacuated. What else?
  • Discuss how these small details help characterisation.
  • As well as the things you can see on the pictures, what else could help the reader understand the character?
  • How do they move?
  • How might they speak?
  • How do they react? Etc.

Whole class:

Look at the evacuation card for Willie Beech below and compare with evidence collected.

  • Do you agree with what has been written?
  • Is there anything you disagree with? Why?
  • Discuss the register of the writing – is it formal or informal?
  • Discuss the language and vocabulary choices which have created the formal register e.g. vocabulary choices such as stature, malnourishment; expanded noun phrases such as a slight boy with limp, unkempt blond hair; phrases replacing full sentences to show business-like nature e.g. short in stature; lack of emotional response from writer.

Individual task:

It's break time!

Have 20 minutes of exercise, fresh air, relaxation and a snack if you have one.

Go to the toilet, wash your hands and then return ready to learn.


Join in with the maths calendar - a question a day!

Daily arithmetic - brush up those skills.

Can you beat your P.B. from yesterday?


Print off if needed:


It's lunchtime already!
I hope you are having something healthy, nutritious and tasty!



30 minutes of reading by an adult: demonstrating good practice and modelling fluency, pace and expression. Continue to read a little more of Goodnight Mister Tom.

SCIENCE & DT project:

You need to complete your Lighthouse Keeper's Son island project.

Install the circuits and make sure they work, fitting the detail in the story.


I wonder which group finished first?

Which group matched all of the criteria?

Which group worked well as a team?

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