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Rainbows! (part 2)



This week, we are continuing our work on rainbows. Before you move onto these lessons, check you have completed the following from last week;


Chosen an interesting topic that you know a lot about.

Planned your text.

Chosen your audience.



Lesson 1


Today, you are going to write your own explanation text, using the plan you made last week about a topic you know lots about. Before you start writing, have a look through these reminders about what is expected when you write.



Now, begin writing your own explanation text. You can use the rainbow text from last week to help you structure your writing. Try to use the key words in the yellow boxes above to help you expand your sentences and make it more interesting for your audience.

Lesson 2 - word challenge!


Look at the word rainbow

Write down in your home learning book as many words as possible using the letters in this word. 

For example;

  • in
  • on
  • bar


Did you find the words rain and bow? Do you know what a word that is made up of two words is called? (They are called compound words)


Here are some other compound words that you may know: football, playground, bedroom, airport, jellyfish, newspaper, outside, classroom. Let’s have some fun with them



Your challenge is to use this list to make a new compound word and write a definition for it, for example jellyground – a boggy area where the ground is soft and wobbles when walked upon. See how many new words and invented definitions you can create and write them into your home learning book!



Lesson 3 - talk challenge!


Let's find out some more about rainbows. Below is a text for you to read by yourself, or with an adult. You can also listen to it here



Now you've read the text, talk to someone at home about the rainbow and why it is important to some people. Here are some ideas for you to talk about;


What ideas do you have about the rainbow as a symbol?

▪ What else have you seen the rainbow or rainbow flag used as a symbol for?

▪ If you were writing this explanation what other information would you have included?


Have you seen any rainbow pictures in people’s windows? Perhaps you have one in yours! Imagine that an alien has just landed on your street or near your home and has asked you why people are displaying rainbow pictures in their windows. Think about what you would say and then have a go at explaining why there are rainbow pictures in people’s windows.


You may find these sentence starters help you:

At the moment, there is an illness …

Rainbows represent …

People display rainbow pictures to …

Rainbow pictures make people feel …

When people see the rainbows they …


This next part of the lesson is a super talk challenge! It is optional, but it will get you ready for Year 3 when you have to start speaking in front of people more often.


★When you are happy with your verbal explanation, why don’t you record it? You could use the voice record function on someone’s phone (remember to ask permission).

★Listen to your recording and see if there’s something you could improve. Think about how clearly you are speaking and whether your voice sounds interesting to listen to

Lesson 4 - Vocabulary Challenge


Yesterday, you found out more about rainbows. In the text, some of the words were in bold writing. Today, we are going to be investigating these words in more detail.


Can you guess or explain what these words mean? Find them in the sentences below and guess or explain what each one means.


1. marvel – Maybe you marvel at the colours.


2. myth – rainbows are part of the myths of many cultures around the world.


3. realm – the realm of the Gods.


4. legend – a famous Irish legend about a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.


5. leprechaun – that is guarded by a leprechaun.


6. symbol – the rainbow was used as a symbol of hope and peace.


7. represents – the spectrum of colours represents difference.


I have attached a document below with the answers. You can print it off and colour in the emoji to say whether you think your definition was correct, nearly right, or not quite there.



Lesson 5 - make it challenge!


This challenge is all about making rainbows! It is up to you what you make and how you make it, as long as it includes a rainbow.


Ask someone at home to help and always ask before you do things like cutting up magazines, using glue or scissors.


Here are some ideas:


✓Use something shiny and a torch to make rainbows on a piece of paper or white wall. You will need: a CD (ask an adult) or something really shiny, the sunshine or a torch and a piece of paper or a white wall. What to do: shine the torch onto the CD and wiggle it around until you see rainbows. See if you can reflect the rainbows onto the paper or the wall.


✓Make a rainbow collage. You will need: lots of magazines or coloured boxes or paper; glue; piece of plain paper. What to do: rip or cut up the magazine pictures, boxes or paper into piles of squares of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Arrange the coloured squares into a rainbow shape and then stick them onto the plain paper.


✓Bake a rainbow


✓Model a rainbow


✓Build a rainbow


✓Create one outside on a sunny day using the spray from a watering can or hose pipe (ask permission from an adult!)