Ruby’s Worry

Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival

Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry – and it won’t stop growing. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again?

This is a reassuring and sensitive book. It provides a fantastic opportunity for your class to talk about their hidden worries, and recognise that no matter how big or small, it is important to share them.

Video Introduction

This is a video clip that introduces the story in under a minute, leaving you class wanting to know more.

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Main Focus: Front Cover

In this resource, your class will look at the front cover and use their skills to make observations, predictions and deductions.

The front cover shows Ruby beside a ‘worry’. We know Ruby is worried by the expression on her face.

After completing the activity, ask your class, “What do we want to know?”

  1. What is Ruby worried about?
  2. How does Ruby get rid of her worry?

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Main Focus: Character Study (Beginning)

Just like most stories, Ruby’s Worry starts off with happiness, introducing the reader to Ruby. We learn a few things that she enjoys doing and we see she is just a normal kid.

In this resource, your KS1 class will draw over the pictures that have been faded, colour them, and then either write captions to explain what we have learned about Ruby, or they can highlight the correct statements.

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Main Focus: Phonics

This is a literacy activity linked to phonics. We have taken a few sentences from the beginning of the book for your class to find different sounds.

We have included a resource linked to final sounds and blends, but have also included a blank resource that the kids can find their own sounds and you as a teacher can challenge them accordingly.

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Main Focus: Adjectives

This literacy activity focuses on adding adjectives into the context of the story.

Your KS1 class will read the adjectives from the word bank and then complete each sentence that has been taken from Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival.

We have differentiated this activity for Y1 and Y2 classes.

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Main Focus: Comprehension

This is a comprehension for the book Ruby’s Worry.

The questions cover the content in the whole story and has been differentiated to include written answers and multiple choice.

We have also differentiated the type of questions asked to cater for Year 1 and Year 2 children.

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Main Focus: Sequencing the Story

This is a story sequencing activity linked to Ruby’s Worry.

Your class will read the extracts from the story and place them into order. It may be useful to also allow the kids to cut out the passages so they can rearrange the passages.

We have also differentiated this activity to include less text and also a pictorial representation of some events in the story for your Year 1 kids to cut and arrange.

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Main Focus: Questions and Statements

This resource is linked to questions and statements and is aimed at Year 1 and Year 2 classes.

Your class must read the sentences and decide whether they need to add a question mark or a full stop.

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Main Focus: Capital Letters and Full Stops

This activity focuses on identifying where the capital letters and full stops should be in the sentences.

Your class will highlight the letters that should be capitals and then add in the full stops to punctuate each sentence.

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