This week we are going to continue to explore The Pirates Next Door. You have done an amazing job of understanding the characters and how they feel. I have seen some super letters of complaint.
Day 1: Reread the story so far (or listen to both my readings from the last two weeks). Ask: What do you like about the story so far? Why? What don’t you like? Why? What questions do you have about the story? What are you wondering about? What would you like to ask one of the characters? What would you like to know more about?
Ask your child to write some of their questions about the book, checking they remember the words which questions usually begin with and the punctuation mark they need at the end.
Day 2: Read the next page (page 22). Ask: what do you think Jim Lad wants to explain? Talk about this together, encourage your child to use their knowledge of the story so far, to think about the different characters.
Now ask, how might the story end? Discuss your child’s ideas with them. Then they could draw and/or write their prediction.
Day 3: Spelling investigation and spellings – continuing our exploration of vowel suffixes, looking at what we do with words ending in ‘y’
Day 4: Today’s the day to finish the book! You may want to read the whole book from the beginning to end, or just read from where we’ve got up to. Alternatively, listen to the third, or all three, of my readings. Talk about the story. Did it end how you expected? Did you like it? Why? Were there some bits you didn’t like? Why? The discussion about the book is the important thing, but if they want to do something on paper, they could draw or write about their favourite part. (They could also use my favourite word and explain why they chose that part.)
Day 5: Look back at the penultimate pages, where the townsfolk received their gifts from the pirates. Talk about how their attitude changed from when they were complaining and about how appropriate each gift was for that person. Ask your child to be one of the characters - how do you feel about your gift? Ask them to write a thank you letter as that character. I have included an example letter to help them think about the things someone might write.