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                  Literacy Challenges 

Just like last week, we are continuing to look at poetry from Roald Dahl's dirty beast book. You can find lots of his poems as videos on you tube. You could also read them using the link below. 

Challenge one: Grammar- noun phrases and modifiers

If you have access to a computer- you could complete this lesson using the Oak National Academy resources, by clicking here. 


Use the PowerPoint to explore noun phrases. 


Look at the following sentence: the children ate the cake quickly so they could have more time on the trampoline. Where is the noun phrase? Can you add these modifiers with the nouns so that the sentence still makes sense: birthday, excited, huge.


Task 1: Work through the worksheet, which will ask you to identify the noun phrases and the modifiers. 

Task 2: Write your own sentence, which contain noun phrases and modifiers using the poem ' The snail and the toad as your inspiration. 


Roald DAHL -Dirty Beasts -The Toad & The Snail

Roald DAHL -Dirty Beasts -The Toad & The Snail

Challenge two: Create your own disgusting beast for a narrative poem. 
We've been reading about quite a few different disgusting beasts:


Now it's time to create your own! 


First- draw it/ make it. 

Then- Write about it using expanded noun phrases with modifiers. 

Challenge three: Plan a narrative poem in the style of a poet. 


What do we know about the features of Roald Dahl's poems? What do they all have? What will need to include? 


Think about narrative poems- they tell a story. How can you create a poem using your character? 


Today we are just planning it. You could use a storyboard to help you plan it, or draw your own story mountain- it's up to you! Things to consider: Will there be other characters? Will you make it funny? What rhyming words will you use?

Challenge four: Write your narrative poem. 


Now lets write your poem. Don't forget- you need to include rhyming couplets. Try to make these lines around the same length. 

Challenge five: Edit, improve, present. 

Read back through your poem, how could you improve it? Look at your language choices. 


When you are happy with your edits, create a best copy of your work. You could write it up in pen, like we would do at school, or type it. Illustrate it with pictures of your beast. 

    Spelling Challenge 


Have a look at the paragraphs in these sheets. Can you identify which words are spelt incorrectly? Hint: They are all words we have learnt to spell this year.