Varjak Paw

Varjak Paw by S F Said

“There are Seven Skills in the Way of Jalal,” whispered the Elder Paw.  “We know only three of them. Their names are these.  Slow-Time.  Moving Circles.  Shadow-Walking.”

Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten.  He lives high up in an old house on a hill.  He’s never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way – a secret martial art for cats.

Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs, and strangest of all, the mysterious Vanishings…

Main Focus: Adverbs

SF Said uses adverbs for effect.  These sentences have been taken from chapters 2 and 3, and your children will underline the adverbs, then they will write their own sentence underneath using the same adverb.

This is a great activity to help your children identify adverbs within the context of a story they are engaged with.

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Main Focus: Comprehension

This resource will encourage your ks2 class to think deeper into chapter 24 by answering a range of questions with varied styles.


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Main Focus: Punctuation

These extracts have been taken from Chapter 16.

Your class will copy them out, inserting the correct capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks, question marks, commas, inverted commas and apostrophes. 

This guided reading resource is differentiated five ways to reduce the amount of punctuation the children must correct.

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Main Focus: Settings

SF Said describes settings effectively in his book. Your class will create your own versions of a few paragraphs within the story.

This activity encourages your children to hone in on the descriptions used by the author to improve their own skills when describing settings.

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Main Focus: Suffix 'ing'

This guided reading resource can accompany chapter 2 in Varjak Paw.

Many words in this chapter contain the suffix -ing. Your children will identify the word which contains this suffix, identify the root word and the spelling rule, then write another sentence containing it.

Again, this resource has been differentiated to exclude some of the above to suit some of your learners.

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Main Focus: Word Class

These extracts have been taken from chapters 12 and 13 of Varjak Paw

Your class will identify examples of precise nouns, adjectives, powerful verbs and adverbs depending on which resource sheet they are given.

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Main Focus: Chapter Reflection

This resource can be sued at the end of each chapter and it encourages your children to reflect on what has been read, make predictions, sequence, explain and summarise.

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Extra Tasks

This pack includes a few extra tasks and activity ideas to accompany the story.

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