The Christmasaurus

The Christmasaurus

The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have an extraordinary adventure. It’s about friendship and family, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible . . .

Main Focus: Comprehension

This comprehension resource has been differentiated five ways to cater for your Year 3 or Year 4 class.

Your class will be using extracts from pages 136 – 139 (Chapter 13) and must answer questions and refer to the text to give evidence supporting their answers.

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Main Focus: Settings, Alphabetical Order, Definitions, Word Class

This is a brilliant resource that encourages your children to look closely at how the author builds up visual imagery by describing the setting of Santa’s house.

The main focus on the activity is linked to settings but they secondary focuses are: alphabetical order, definitions and word class.

A brilliant activity to encourage your KS2 class to read and elicit information and descriptions.

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Main Focus: Prefixes and Suffixes

This is a great resource that explored the prefixes and suffixes used in Chapter 6 of the story.

Your class will explore : -ing (just add ing, remove e & double consonants)

A brilliant printable resource for your children to help them recognise and identify different prefixes and suffixes.

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Main Focus: Powerful Vocabulary

This resource helps your class in Part of Speech.

Your children will be challenged to classify the words in extracts from the text and classify them.

They will look at nouns, verb, adjectives and adverbs from different passages from the story.

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Main Focus: Punctuation

This resource is an extract that has been taken from Chapter 18 of the story.

The children will be challenged to: insert the correct capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas, inverted commas and apostrophes.

The most challenging resource includes all of the above and it has been differentiated five ways to cater for all abilities in your class.

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Main Focus: Extending Speech Sentences

In Chapter 1, Tom Fletcher adds more detail to speech sentences using the conjunction as or by using a present participle. In the sentences, your children will underline the extensions and highlight the verbs used.

This is a great resource to encourage your Lower KS2 class to extend their sentences when using direct speech.

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Main Focus: Summarising Chapters

This resource helps your children summarise the chapter / chapters that have been read in the class. This gives you an idea of what the children are retaining.

There is also a question for each chapter for them to answer based on the chapter.

Click here to download the answer sheet.

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Here are a few more activities to support the book.

1. Instructions
2. Writing a Letter
3. Creating a Toy

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Main Focus: Word Exploration

Encourage your children to take a closer look at words from specific paragraphs, passages or chapters.

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This is a one stop for all your class need to know about dinosaurs.

You can explore the interactive resources as a class or your can set independent or group tasks and allow your children to explore the information about the prehistoric giants.

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Dinosaur Video Clips

If you are looking to explore dinosaurs more with your class then this is the resource for you.

The animated clips follow Diplodocus, Stegosaurus, Allosaurus,Liopleurodon and many more.

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Martin Hughes-Games visits a science museum and explains the different ways that fossils can be formed.

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