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"On The Prowl" with Pobble365


Perfect picture!

Imagine you can read a tiger’s thoughts. Can you draw what might be in each of the tigers’ heads? What are they thinking about?



Story starter!

These two superheroes had had a lifetime of saving lives. Day after day, they had battled the streets fighting crime and protecting innocent people from the clutches of evil

Now, their lives were slightly less busy, as they left saving the world to younger superheroes. However, they still had the energy for one last mission. The phone began to ring...




Sentence challenge!

Make a list of all the different colours you can see in the picture. Can you write a paragraph to describe the scene in the picture, using lots of these colours?

Can you then replace all of the colours you have used with alternative words for those colours? E.g. sapphire instead of blue. Emerald instead of green. Charcoal instead of black.

What effect does this have on your writing?




Sick sentences!

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help?

The tiger drank from the pool. It was big and orange. It had stripes. It held its body close to the ground as it drank.




Question time!

What time of day is it in the picture?

Why is only one tiger drinking from the pool?

Do the tigers know each other?

Why are they ‘on the prowl’ together?

What does the word ‘prowl’ mean? What does it suggest the tigers are doing?

Where will they go once they have finished drinking?

Where in the world would you find tigers? What is their natural habitat?

How do you feel about the fact that some tigers live in captivity?


Animal Town with Pobble365


Story starter!

Most visitors are a little shocked (to put it mildly) when they arrive at Animal Town. Despite the fact that the name of the town gives a slight indication to passers-by that the inhabitants of the town are ‘not normal’, it’s as if people don’t believe things until the see them with their own eyes!

Once you get used to being in Animal Town – or so they say – seeing an orangutan behind a desk in a sheriff’s office and upholding the law to an impeccably high standard becomes relatively ‘normal’…

Imagine you are a visitor in Animal Town. Try to describe your experience.

Alternatively, you could be one of the residents…





Sentence challenge!

‘Can you use verbs and adverbs to describe what each of the animals in the picture are doing?

E.g. The zebra meanders lethargically across the road.

Nonchalantly, the orangutan lounges on the bench.

You could experiment by using adverbs in different places in your sentences.





Sick sentences!

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help?

A lion sat on the van. A giraffe put his head out through the window. The zebra walked across the road.





Question time!

Which animal would be suited to working in the health clinic?

Can you give suggestions as to the occupations of the other animals in the picture?

If you could have any job, what would it be and why?

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

What problems might they encounter in Animal Town that humans don’t encounter in human towns?

Are there any similar problems that both animals and humans experience?

Would animals be better off without humans? Would humans be better off without animals?





Perfect picture!

Can you draw a picture of what a scene looks like in the supermarket in Animal Town?


Queen Bee with Pobble365


Story starter!

It was late into the evening when the magic happened.

The forest was the perfect place for a story to unfold. A sense of mystery filled the secluded wood, as a swirling, grey fog mischievously crept its way between the trees.

After days of waiting, her transformation was complete. The Queen Bee held one of her many children in her outstretched hand; the moment she’d been waiting for had finally arrived…

Can you continue the story of the Queen Bee?





Sentence challenge!

‘ a swirling, grey fog mischievously crept its way between the trees’ is an example of personification. Can you explain why?

Can you use personification in your writing?

Consider using it to describe the trees, fog, moss or the wind.





Sick sentences!

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help?

The forest was foggy. It was filled with the sound of bees. The bees went around.





Question time!

Who is the Queen Bee and what are her intentions?

What is the significance of the cage?

Who are the other bees in the picture?

Will they transform as well?

Will the Queen Bee stay in the forest?

What will happen when the bees come across people?

Are these ordinary bees?





Perfect picture!

Now that the Queen Bee has transformed, she will have to find/make a new home. Can you draw what you imagine it to look like? Will the other bees live with her?


Today's story with Pobble365


Story starter!

Having been locked inside the tower for three days the miller’s daughter was beginning to despair. The King had told her, in no uncertain terms, that this was a life or death situation; she would either spin the straw into gold, or she would face an unthinkably gruesome fate.

Just as she was about to give up all hope, with her calloused hands uselessly pleading with the spinning wheel for an unlikely miracle, something unexpected happened…

Over by the open window, where rays of sunlight poured into the cramped enclosure, there appeared a small and peculiar being...

Can you continue the story?




Sentence challenge!

Can you write a sentence containing a relative clause?

E.g. The girl, who had been spinning for several hours, was beginning to give up hope.

It splits the main clause.

The clause often begins with ‘who’, ‘which’ or ‘with’.

It must supply an extra bit of information to the sentence.

Commas should surround the relative clause.




Sick sentences!

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help?

The girl sat in the tower. She was trying to spin straw into gold for the King. The room was big and drafty. A creature appeared at the window.




Question time!

Who are the two characters in the picture?

What is ‘an unthinkably gruesome fate’?

Discuss the King’s behaviour. What type of man do you think the King is?

How do you think the miller feels, given all that is happening to his daughter?

What is a miller?

Is Rumpelstiltskin good or bad? You may have to do more research into the Grimm fairy tale before you pass judgement.

Which other Grimm fairy tales are you familiar with? Do you have a favourite?





Perfect picture!

Can you draw a picture of what might happen now that Rumpelstiltskin has arrived?


COVID19 - An explanation book for younger children


The link below will take you to a free book explaining Covid-19 and social distancing in a child friendly manner:

So many children are feeling worried and anxious right now, this could help alleviate some of their fears. 


Useful Links for Home Learning


Here are some more links that you may find useful during the school closure period:


Premier League Stars  

Videos and activities to support with Maths, Literacy, PSHE and PE.



Classroom Secrets 

Maths and reading, home learning packages for schools to use.  Free access to child version of site.



Bee Bot App for Computing


Story Starter with Pobble365


Story Task with Pobble365


Story starter!

Despite being an incredibly brave, strong, life–saving phenomenon, even Superman had problems. He still loved his job; he still loved saving lives. Today he had already prevented many catastrophes, flying after a jumbo jet full of passengers that had been plummeting towards the earth at tremendous speed. Just before lunch, Superman had swooped in front of a moving truck to save a lost kitten. However, now…Superman needed help. He picked up his phone and began to dial…

Can you continue the story about Superman’s dilemma? What could his problem be? Who might he be calling for help?




Sentence challenge!

A parenthesis is a word or a phrase put into a sentence to give it more information.

Sometimes a parenthesis is in italics, sometimes it is in (brackets), sometimes there is a dash – and sometimes it has ‘inverted commas’ around it.

Parentheses are used to:

Explain what a difficult word means.

Show someone’s thoughts

Add extra information to help the reader

Emphasise a point

Can you use brackets to add extra information?

E.g. His cape (which was glossy and red) was bulletproof.




Sick sentences!

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help? Could you add an adverb?

Superman stood in the street. He was wearing a blue suits. He had a red capes and red boots. He had just got a messages.




Question time!

What is a dilemma?

What is the dilemma that Superman faces?

If Superman sees someone in danger, but feels exhausted and decides to go home instead, do you think he would feel guilty?

If you are in the playground and you see somebody being bullied, should you do something to help? If you don’t do anything to help, have you made a bad decision? Should you feel guilty?




Perfect picture!

Can you draw Superman carrying out a spectacular act to save someone’s life?


Kent County Supplies


Kent County Supplies, who supply schools with everything from pens and paper to arts and crafts items, are allowing parents to order from them directly during the school closure period, and orders will be delivered to your home address.


Please go to



Public Health England - COVID19 Advice for Educational Settings



Famous Faces Free Home Learning Lessons



Hole in the Fence


Story starter!

I was puzzled. Things just kept disappearing from our garden. At first it was just small things, like my toy car , then larger things began to go missing. Dad’s lawnmower vanished. Mum’s favourite plant pot with her favourite plants in. Gone! Just gone!

My parents kept saying that there were thieves on our street. I believed them. Of course I believed them! Why wouldn’t I believe them, they’re my parents?! Sneakily, I got into the habit of looking out of my bedroom window with my camera, in the hope that I would catch a snapshot of the crooks in action.

One afternoon, after I had got in from school and done my homework, I stood at my bedroom window. I was ready. I had my camera in hand. I then watched in amazement and shock as the giant oak tree, that had stood in our garden since before I was born, was dramatically wrenched from the ground by an unseen force. Its great branches and straggling roots and shaking, green leaves began to be pulled towards a hole, the size of a pound coin, in our garden fence. I watched as the tree began to be squeezed, again by this unseen force, through the hole in the fence.

A minute later I was standing with my camera at the ready, peering through the hole in the fence, desperate to find out what had happened to all the things from our garden. Then…I felt it…My eye began to feel as if it was being squeezed. My head felt as if it was being pulled towards the fence. My whole body seemed to be moving. Suddenly…Pop!

Can you continue the story? What was on the other side?




Sentence challenge!

Can you make a list of feelings that the boy is experiencing?

E.g. excited curious

Can you then begin a sentence with a feeling?

Curious, the boy peeked through the hole in the fence.




Sick sentences!

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help? Could you add an adverb?

The boy went towards the fence. He looked through the hole. He was excited.




Question time!

If you could take a photograph of the 5 happiest moments of your life so far, what would they show?

What 5 events of your future would you like to take a photograph of?




Perfect picture!

Can you draw what the boy can see through the hole in the fence?


Story Starter ..... Hanging On!


Story starter!

She gritted her teeth and began the climb.

With her vulnerable young perched precariously on her back as she ascended the branch, the extra weight caused her paws to tremble, and her sensitive whiskers to twitch at the strain.

Now that their nest had gone, and storm clouds gathering overhead, she was desperate to find a new location to begin building again. It was their only chance…

Can you continue the story of the possums as they strive to find a new home?

Alternatively, you could do further research on possums and produce a non-chronological report about them?




Sentence challenge!

Can you use adverbs in your writing to describe how something is done?

Can you use adverbs before nouns?

Can you use adverbs after nouns?

E.g. Cautiously, the possum clambered up the branch.

The possum cautiously clambered up the branch.




Sick sentences!

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help? Could you add an adverb?

The possum had eyes and fur. She went up the branch carrying her young.




Question time!

What do you think has happened to their nest?

What is the mother possum thinking?

Which of the baby possums has the best seat and why?

Possums have incredible senses. Which of our senses do you think we use the most?




Perfect picture!

Think about where the perfect place for a possum to build a nest might be, then draw or describe it.


Home Learning Links


Here are a couple of links for really good websites with activities for home learning:



A fun and interactive site that offers news, videos, puzzles, quizzes and lots more.




Subscription service used by schools.  It is offering a free premium service for educators, parents and children to use whilst schools are closed - Please sign up using your email address and enter the code - CVDTWINKLHELPS 

Worksheets, PowerPoints and interactive games to support all areas of learning.




We will update our newsfeed with more links later on in the week.


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