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Orchard Primary & Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"

Week 5 (01.2.21)


Today we're looking at the sound 'ea' like in the words 'tea' and 'please'. Can you think of any other words with this sound in? Watch the 'ea' speed sound lesson below to practice, then work your way through the numbered steps.


  1. Decide which word you want to write about e.g. beans 
  2. Think of a sentence with your chosen word in e.g. I like beans on toast.
  3. Say the sentence lots of times to yourself to help you remember it (you can even say it in silly voices like we do in Phonics)
  4. Have a go at writing it out (use Fred fingers to help you spell and sound out)
  5. Look at what you've written - read it back to check it makes sense and it has capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in the correct places (the children should be used to checking their own work using the prompts at the bottom of the template sheet)


Gold star challenge:

Try to include adjectives in your sentence today. Remember, adjectives are describing words and help make sentences more interesting by telling us more information. E.g. A tall mountain / The sharp claws.

(Below see the documents below for support)

'ea' speed sound lesson


Instructions: How to brush your teeth (linked with Topic)


Today we're going to have a go at 'boxing up' the story of The Highway Rat in preparation for when we write up the full story tomorrow! 


When we talk about 'boxing up' we mean that we're going to make a plan! It's important to make a story plan before attempting to write a story so you can be sure of all the different things you want to include, such as the characters (who is in the story) and the settings (the different places visited throughout the story). It's also useful as it helps us remember the order of events - what happens at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the story. We can look back at our plan whilst writing our story to help us if we get stuck.


Look at the example template I've uploaded below and see if you can write something for each of these different sections. You don't need to write a lot, just words or short sentences that summarise the story. We will use more detail tomorrow when writing the actually story. You can either do this in your exercise book/on paper or feel free to print and work onto the sheet.



  • Characters from the story (which animals/people did we meet?)
  • Settings within the story (which different places did the characters go to?)
  • Beginning (what happens at the start of the story - normally this is where we learn about the main character) 
  • Middle (what does the Highway Rat steal from the travellers?)
  • What happens at the end of the story


I've also uploaded a bank of useful words, a story map and a completed example that you can use for support : )



Today you're going to use the plan you wrote to help you write up the story of The Highway Rat! You can also use your story map, that you made in week 2, to help you remember the order things happened in.


I've uploaded a template sheet with some useful words featured at the bottom that are trickier to spell. You can also listen to Fi read the book aloud again if you've forgotten what comes next or look at the example story map I've uploaded.


You can write your story in your exercise books/onto paper, type it up on the computer or alternatively print out the template and write onto it.

Remember to use capital letters at the beginning of a sentence and for names, finger spaces between words and full stops at the end of your sentences. You can also use joining words (like and or but) and adjectives (describing words) to make your sentences more interesting! 



The Highway Rat

Read aloud by Fi


The children have now become very familiar with our story and have had a go at writing it up - we call this the imitation stage, as they're copying something that already exists.


To help the children become more confident in inventing their own stories (what we call the invention stage) we first ask them to make alterations to existing stories using smaller ideas (the innovation stage).


So today we're going to have a go at making up a new story by using 'The Highway Rat' as inspiration and just making a few small changes!


Make a new story map using pictures and arrows. You should still follow the general storyline (a character stealing things from travellers they meet), but you could change anything from the characters, the places they go to or the things that are stolen!


E.g. instead of a Highway Rat you could have a Highway Unicorn / instead of getting a job in a cake shop, they could become a farmer or get a job in a grocery shop / instead of the main character asking for sweets and treats, they could ask for healthy items of food!


I've uploaded the original story map as well as an example of some changes I've made to it below (a different character and setting).


(Have a go in your exercise books, on paper, on a computer or by printing out and working onto the template)


I can't wait to see what your stories are about! :D