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English Week Beginning 20.4.20


Read or listen to Chapter 1 ‘The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman

Link for chapter 1


Activities from Chapter 1 


Firework  Names – Make up some of your own fireworks, give them an imaginative name and describe how they move, what shapes they make and what colours you will see when they explode. What noises does your firework make? Can you use any onomatopoeia? (That is when a word sounds like the sound it is describing - for example, pop, crackle or bang)


Advert – Design a poster for your new fireworks.  Think about how to make it eye catching.  Make sure you have all the information on your poster if someone wanted to buy them.  Send me photos of your posters.


Job description - Listen to the chapter again. In it, Lila is desperate to become a firework maker and her father explains what it takes to become a master firework inventor. This includes learning the sacred art and having the favour of the Gods - to name but a few qualities. Can you pretend that you are Lila's father and write a job description (this is a bit like an advert that encourages people with the right skills to apply for a job) for a firework maker, including all of the skills and qualities you are looking for? 


Letter Writing Now imagine that you are Lila. You would be incredibly angry and frustrated that your father is advertising for a new firework maker to help him when you could do the job yourself! You need to write him a letter explaining why you would be perfect for the job. Remember to use lots of emotional vocabulary to get him to accept your proposal. 


Adventure Story –  Imagine you had an animal that you and only you could talk to.  What animal would it be?  Why would it only talk to you?  What things might it say? Who would you have to keep it a secret from?  What adventures could you have with your animal?


Write a short story about an adventure you and your talking animal go on.  Remember to have a beginning, middle and an ending.  (This should take a couple of days – one to plan and another to write your story)

Use a story map to help you plan your story.  Remember to use interesting adjectives (describing words),  adverbs ( ly words), similes ( when you directly compare two things using as or like) , alliteration ( when you use a group of words that all begin with the same letter)  and exciting verbs (doing words)