This week we are going to begin a new book. IT IS VITAL THAT YOU DO NOT READ BEYOND THE PARTS INDICATED so that the children can gain the most learning from this book. They are used to doing this in class and know that we will read the whole story eventually.
The book is The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle. It does not matter if you do not have a copy. I shall be providing everything needed.
Day 1: Look together at the front cover of the book – see separate document. Ask your child the following questions: What’s the book called? Who’s the author?
Now look at the picture - there’s a lot to look at. Ask your child to tell you everything they notice. Try not to prompt too much, but give them plenty of time to explore the image. Next focus on the characters. Ask who they think the characters might be.
Now ask them to think about what the book might be about. What might happen in the story? Why do you think that? What clues can you use from the cover?
Finally ask your child to use their ideas to predict what the story will be about by drawing or writing their thoughts. (They have done this for other books we have looked at, so should know what they need to do.)
Day 2: Look at the image from the first page (1&2) of the book. Talk with your child about what they notice. (Make sure they notice that it’s the same place, but two different times of year). Ask: Why do you think there are two people the same on the 2 parts of the image? What is their significance? Ask your child to write a description of the scene which shows things which are the same and things which are different. Encourage them to be descriptive (ie ‘There is a stripy bag with wheels in both parts of the picture.’ rather than ‘There is a bag in both parts of the picture.’)
Day 3: Spelling investigation and spellings – find out about adding more suffixes.
Day 4: Look at the next page (3&4) where we find out more about Tilda and her life. Talk together about the written words and the image. Ask your child to imagine what life is like in Dull-on-Sea – tidy, neat place, no one to play with, etc. Ask: What is Tilda hoping for? Why? (Encourage your child to re-read the text if they don’t know the answer.)
Now read the next page (5&6). Again talk together about the page. Ask: How do you think Tilda feels now a pirate boy has moved in next door? We can’t see her face, what do you think it looks like?
Ask your child to draw Tilda’s face (there’s one to either copy or print) thinking about the emotions it will show and to write about how she feels and what she might be thinking.
Day 5: Reread the story so far and the next double page (7&8). There’s a clip of me reading it, if you want to play that instead. Explore this new page about the Jolley-Rogers. Look at the writing. Talk about unfamiliar words (eg ashore, landsick, yonder, urchin, rascal) and work out their meanings. Look closely at the illustrations. Ask: What do you notice? Who do you think they are? Why? What might they be like? Why?
Ask your child to choose their favourite character to describe and write about. (There are pictures of each of the characters to help.)