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Read through Day 1’s Reading Comprehension Questions:

Listen to or read Chapter 4 of The Firework Maker’s Daughter  (Have a pen and paper ready to note down any answers to the questions)


Day 1: Can you answer these comprehension questions about The Firework Maker’s Daughter Chapter 4? There are 3 levels of questions:


1.What is the Goddess' voice like?

2.What happens to Rambashi's Jungle Grill?

3.What sounds does Lila hear in the jungle?
4.What does Lila lose down the side of the mountain?

Challenge: What do we learn about Lila's personality?



1.How does Lila feel when she has no one to share her feelings with?

2. Why does Chulak try so hard to speak to the Goddess?

3. Do you think Rambashi's next plan will work? Explain why.

Challenge: What do you think Lila will do next?



1.How does the story build up to an exciting climax in this chapter?

2. How does Philip Pullman create tension in the chapter?

3. Why is the mountain described as an endless slope?

Challenge: Find powerful adjectives in the chapter -like frivolous


Day 2: In Chapter 4, Philip Pullman describes the Goddess’ voice as ‘soft and low, like a murmur of waves on the beach at night.’ This is a simile. He has compared the Goddess’ voice to something else, using the word like. You can find out more about similes here:


Can you think about the people in your family and their voices? Write some similes to describe their voices. For example, in my family I might write:

Mr Robinson’s voice was gruff, like a grizzly bear that had just woken from a whole winter’s sleep.

Nathaniel’s voice was as loud as a church bell, ringing for all to hear.

Once you have done this for your family, can you do the same for Mrs Robinson and Mrs McCormick’s voices?


Day 3:

Task 1: There is a lot of adventurous vocabulary in this chapter. In your exercise book, can you write down the definitions of the following words and try and work out what they mean in context of their sentences in the chapter?











Task 2: In this chapter, Philip Pullman immerses us in Lila’s walk through the jungle through the use of jungle noises. He talks about the sound of the river and the chatter of the monkeys in the trees.

When you are out on a walk or in your garden, take a notepad and pencil with you. Can you take a mindfulness walk? This is where you pay attention to the sounds that you can hear around you and really concentrate on what you are seeing and hearing.  Note down anything you hear or see. When you get home, can you write about your experience using what you saw and heard? Here is my example:


Walking across the rickety bridge, I can hear the sound of the water gushing underneath. The noise of bags rustling drifts upwards, as I realise there are a group of children down below feeding the ducks. The hungry birds squawk and beat their wings to warn one another away.  A bristling in the bushes next to me alerts my attention to a deer, standing statue still, listening out for any danger. I watch him for a while, as he goes on grazing on the grass by the side of the river. Suddenly, a loud horn pierces the peaceful surroundings and the deer bolts away. A train is coming.


Day 4 and 5

It sounds as though Lila is having a tough time trying to make her way up the mountain. Perhaps she would be more successful if she had a good guide for climbing a mountain with her. Your task over the next couple of days is to research and write a guide for climbing a mountain.


1. Research tips for climbing mountains:

You will want to make some notes. You can find information at the following webpages:



2. Plan your guide:

  • What subtitles will you use?
  • What order will you put your information in?
  • What pictures will you include?
  • What vocabulary do you definitely want to use? Have you spelt it correctly.


3. Write your guide:

Be sure to include:

  • A clear title to show what is being explained
  • An opening statement to explain the purpose of the text
  • A list of equipment that the mountaineer will need
  • How they could prepare to leave
  • Dangers they should look out for
  • Illustrations/diagrams to make your information clearer
  • Subordinating conjunctions (for example, because, so, this causes, therefore, thus, consequently)
  • Conjunctions of time (firstly, before, after, when)


*If you need help remembering what a conjunction is then you can find more information here.