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WEEK 8 BOOK WEEK wb 1st March


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This week, all our English activities are focused on a special book for Book Week: 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers. On Thursday, all our work will be focused on this book all day.


Today, we will reading this book together. Watch the video above to read the book.

1. There are different words in the book used to describe planet earth. Using the worksheet below, create a dictionary for all these words.

2. For activities on Thursday, you will need:

  • Kitchen paper, a cardboard tube

    or thin cardboard

  • Black paper or thin card

  • Scissors

  • A pencil

  • A pin

  • A rubber band

  • Sticky tape

  • Glue stick


You can start to get these items organised.


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In celebration of Earth Day, Here We Are was brought to life by the fantastic Studio AKA. This short film follows a precocious seven-year-old who, over the course of a day, learns about the wonders of the planet from his parents and a mysterious exhibit at the aptly named, Museum of Everything. It will be released on April 17th.


You can watch the film trailer here.


Your task today is to compare the trailer and the book. I have put a document on the page to help you compare the book with the trailer.


This book contains things that the author thinks his baby son needs to know. Perhaps you have a younger brother or sister? Or maybe younger cousin? Or is there a child in your street? What do you think is important for them to know?


Make your own set of notes that tell younger children things they need to know.


Make this into a guide for a younger child. It can be a poster, a folding book or leaflet.

Think about how Oliver Jeffers tells his son the things he thinks are important. Look back at the video if you need to. He tells them in a way which will be appropriate fo a young child, with clear pictures that are annotated.


Choose the three most important things on your list to put on your poster or in your guide, to explain and illustrate.


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There is a quote at the start of the books from the author J. M. Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan:


'Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight:

always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?'


What wise words. 


Thinking about coming back to school next week, it will be so lovely to see everyone back in class. Your first task is to write something kind about everyone. Your next task is to create a kindness poster with the headline 'Kindness costs nothing'.

Next, watch the video from the author. In this video Oliver Jeffers talks about the creation of this book.


What a special gift.


Think carefully about what questions would you like to ask him.

Write them down and put them in a mind map to send to me.

Make a constellation viewer


Look at the page that shows night and day.

Can you create two pictures of the same place at different times of the day?

You could draw, paint or use a camera to record your ideas.

There are roughly 10,000 stars that are visible to our human eyes. However, only a few hundred stars have been given proper names in the history of astronomy.


A constellation is a group of stars that make an imaginary shape in the night sky.

In different parts of the world, people have made up different shapes out of the same group of stars. It is like a game of connecting the dots. They are often named after mythological characters, people, animals and objects.


Follow the instructions to make your own constellation viewer.

Our final task today looks at a quote at the end of the book from Oliver's dad:


‘There are only three words you need to live by, son: respect, consideration and tolerance.’


What do you think these words mean?

Write an explanation of each word, with an example of how you see this in everyday life.




For our last task of the week, we are going to focus on the page of animals and do some research.

Your task today is to create an information Top Trump about one of the animals on the page. You should choose one of the animals that you don't know anything, or at least very little, about.


Your Top Trump card should contain information about the animals:

  • size - weight? height? 
  • lifespan - how long does it live, does it lay eggs? How many? etc
  • habitat - where does it live
  • diet - what does it eat


Can you include three 'Did you know...?' facts - unusual or interesting facts?


Include a colour picture of your animal.