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Thursday 28th Jan


Today, we have a comprehension exercise from a text called A Busy Morning. It is a very short piece of writing. The questions are designed to make you read between the lines and make you think about what you have read.. You need to answer with lots of detail and explanation. Don't forget to say what your evidence is. The text is below and has been saved as a word document and a PDF. 

A Busy Morning

“Ouchhhh!” screamed Toby. I ran into the living room to see Toby lying on the hard, wooden floor, tears rolling down his chubby, little cheeks. Behind me, I heard my mum walk into the room.

“What have you been doing to Toby?!” she shouted, her face turning a deep red. “Go upstairs; I haven’t got time for this today.”

“But-“ I started to explain.

“Upstairs. NOW,” Mum ordered. “And finish your packing, we need to leave for the airport in 20 minutes.”

I stomped up the stairs to my room. It wasn’t fair! Angrily, I started throwing things into my suitcase: sunglasses, a swimming costume, shorts, flip-flops.

  1. How is Mum feeling when she walks into the room? How can you tell?
  2. What does Mum think has happened and why?
  3. What do you think the relationship is between Toby and the narrator?
  4. Why do you think Mum says “I haven’t got time for this today”? What is she getting ready for?
  5. Where do you think the family might be going?
  6. Explain what clues there are to where the family are going. 


Today, we are going to write a description of the storm from the myth Theseus and the Minotaur. 

Imagine that you have been onboard the little ship and you survived the storm.

You are going to write a letter back home describing the night of the storm.

You are going to use all of the prepositions, nouns, adjectives, verbs and any fronted adverbials you have collected to do this writing. Don't forget to magpie from me! 

If you think about the writing as cooking, we have all of the ingredients now to write a super detailed description. So, how can we 'cook' a detailed description? It's simple. Just like in cooking, we follow a recipe. 

See the PowerPoint below for our recipe. It has also been saved as a PDF.

Make sure that you add all of the ingredients to write a super descriptive letter. Try to write at least a page. 

Use the picture and this video to help your imagination.