The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Longing to see the world, a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing adventure – but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father…

Main Focus: Punctuation

This resource encourages your class to identify punctuation and also add in the missing punctuation to the activity sheets.

Each activity sheet is differentiated and you can also allow children to read the guide sheets for a few minutes and then ask the to redraft the work.

This resource encourages children to add in capital letters, commas, apostrophes, speech marks and full stops.

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Main Focus: Comprehension

Using extracts from the story, your groups must delve deeper into the story and answer the questions.


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Main Focus: Newspaper Report

If you are exploring Newspaper Reports with your class then this resource will be useful.

Check out our report linked to orcas and the original by The Independent. At the end there is an activity sheet to give children the opportunity to show their understanding.

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Main Focus: Non-Fiction Text

This is a fantastic resource that teaches your children a lot about whales, in particular the orca.

There are differentiated question sheets to encourage your class to reflect on the text.

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Main Focus: Adjectives

Your class must do their best to apply their knowledge of adjectives to complete this resource pack.

This also works on listening skills as the children must remember and recall the adjectives from the story.

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Main Focus: Phonics

This is a useful way to check that your children are able to identify sounds within words during an independent reading activity.

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Main Focus: Rhyming Words

This resource encourages your class to identify rhyming words, their ability to create a new version of a familiar story and recite rhyming pairs.

Encourage your AA-HA to use different spellings when creating the rhyming pairs. You can also instruct them to use familiar stories to help.

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Main Focus: Picture Comprehension

I know you are thinking, ‘why is a picture comprehension on this page?’

This is a great resource for a group activity. Allow each member in the group to take the lead and read a page each, also encouraging them to discuss and ask questions to the rest of the group.

Once each group has had a chance to read the story, give them the question sheet and as a group, see how much they really learnt about the story – you’ll be surprised!

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Facts about Whales

You KS1 children will learn some fantastic facts as well as dive deeper into the natures, habits, diet and features of specific whales.

This is a fantastic resource for children to learn by listening to the sound clips or by reading the information boxes.

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Video Clips

Check out this fantastic range of video clips that focuses in on humpback whales.

From mating calls to singing and dancing, this is a brilliant bank of resources.