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Assessment Week

This week in school we will be completing a range of assessments.  Some of which you can complete at home, others we can do when your child is back in school so please do not worry.  

Ride of Passage - lesson 1

We are going to watch and learn about a story from a different culture: the Native American culture!  We are going to continue our work on 'reading' film this week.  Please follow the instructions below and do not be tempted to watch the whole clip!  We will do this later on in the week. 


Discuss the back story: The story is about a little boy called Toki.  His tribe wants him and his friends to go into the forest on their own and find the biggest animal they can. The one who comes back with the biggest animal will be the winner. 


The Ride of Passage

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Please start at 0:51.  Pause the clip at the following point to generate discussion about the character, feelings, events that have happened so far and what might happen next.


1:07: What animal has he found? How is he feeling? Do you think he will win?

1:20: What’s happened? What is he going to do?

1:23: Wow! What was that?!!!!

1:36: Does anyone know what it is? It’s a chameleon, a chameleon can change its skin colour to blend into the background so it can hide from people and animals it thinks are dangerous.  Can you remember what the boy needs to get? What do you think about the chameleon? Do you think he would win with this animal? What should he do? But how can he get him? He’s scared! Play clip. Oh look, he’s got the boy’s frog and the baboon that was teasing him! Do you think he’s scary? What are they doing? What do you notice about the animals?! So is the chameleon scary? What is he doing? He’s helping!

2:41 Why hasn’t he taken that bird? He’s smaller and he’s very noisy!

Do you think the boy is still scared? How do you know?

End at 3:17 Oh no! Another boy in the tribe has set a trap! What is he going to do? We’ll find out what happens later!  Discuss with your child what might happen next?  Why do they think that?  Can they base it on anything else that they have read/watcher?


Reception - 

We have watched an animation about a Native American boy, called Toki, who is trying to find animals in the forest.  Choose a picture from resources below and label what you can see, using your sound knowledge, e.g. leaves, Toki, vines, etc.

Can you:

- Use your phonic knowledge to write independently?

- Hold your pencil correct and form each letter in the correct orientation?


Year 1 -

We have watched an animation about a Native American boy, called Toki, who is trying to find animals in the forest.  Can you think of some describing words (adjectives) to describe the forest?  Have a look at the images from the video clip to help you.  Please used lined paper and think about the presentation of your work.  You could draw an illustration of the forest once you are finished.

 Can you;

     - use your phonic knowledge to spell the words by yourself?

     - use your senses to help you think of more adjectives?

     - try to generate new vocabulary with the help of your grown up?

The Ride of Passage - Lesson 2


What animation did we watch yesterday?  What happened?  Who are main characters?  Can you remember what Toki, the little boy, needed to get?  Where was the story set?  Can you think of any descriptive phrases or adjectives to describe the forest?  Have a look at the objectives below and use them to create descriptive sentences about the setting.  



One of the main characters was a chameleon. Let’s look at some real pictures of chameleons!  Amazing aren’t they?! Can you spot them? 



Let's watch the animation again.  

The Ride of Passage

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Cut out the labels and the pictures.  Can you segment and blend the sounds to read the word and match it to the correct picture?  Remember to keep your thumb at the top when you are cutting out. smiley


Year 1:  

Read the story below. This story contains the letter ‘e’ sound.  How many can you find? Underline them. Remember ‘e’ can be written in different ways, such as  /e/, /ea/, /ee/ & /e_e/     


Extended Writing


Today we are going to re-tell the story of The Ride of Passage, using adjectives to add further detail.

 Have a look at these two simple sentences, describing the forest setting.  Can you think of any adjectives to make the sentences more interesting/detailed?


The light shone through the trees.

The leaves swayed in the breeze.



With adjectives and adverbs you could make them much more interesting.  Here are some simple examples...

The dazzling light from the sun shone through the towering trees, casting shadows on the damp forest ground.

The large, emerald leaves swayed in the gentle breeze, dancing to the sounds of the forest.




Success Criteria: Can you:

   - use some adjectives to describe the setting of the story?

   - use your phonic knowledge to write independently?

   - form each letter correctly and in the correct orientation?


Year 1: 

Success Criteria: Can you:

- retell the story, using adjectives to add further detail.

- use sentence punctuation, such as capital letters, full stops and a capital letter for the start of a noun.

- use joined handwriting.  





Reading is an important part of your child's education and one of the easiest things that you can do to support them.  Please aim to read for between 10 - 15 minutes each day. 


This could include reading a book suitable for your child's reading ability, focusing on reading high frequency words and common exception words on sight (flash cards) and practising segmenting and blending words with the digraphs/trigraphs that they are learning as part of Letters and Sounds. 


Please use the Oxford Owl website to choose a book that is suitable for your child's reading level and to provide variety to their reading choice, e.g. fiction, non-fiction, etc.



This week in school we will assessing how many high frequency words/common exception words your child can read on sight, how many letters and sounds they know from the alphabet (both sounds and names) and if they are able to recognise the digraphs and trigraphs for their phonics phase. 


Please see the resources below to see how well your child is getting on.