The Storm Keeper’s Island

The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet …

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies.

The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down.

Soon, a new Keeper will rise. But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.

Main Focus: Creating Tension

This resource is linked to the prologue and focuses on how the author creates tension by using a range of techniques.

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Main Focus: Comprehension - Chapter 2

After reading the chapter 2 with your class, see such much they have grasped in the early stages of The Storm Keeper’s Island story by completing this comprehension.

Our comprehensions have been differentiated and focus on retrieval, vocabulary and inference questions.

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Main Focus: Character Description

This reading resource focuses on Chapter 4 of the story and is linked to character description.

Your KS2 class will dive deeper into the some of the characters mentioned and memories that have been represented by the candles in Fionn’s grandfather’s house.

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Main Focus: Character Description - Morrigan

This resource explores chapter 7 (pages 92 – 93), highlighting the descriptions of Morrigan in one colour and Fionn’s reaction to her in another.

Your class will explore the character more from the viewpoint of the author and Fionn.

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Main Focus: -ough Spellings

The letter pattern -oughcan be pronounced in a variety of different ways.  Read this verse out loud and discuss the different pronunciations of each -ough word.

I take it you already know of tough and bough and cough and dough?

Others may stumble, but not you, on hiccough, thorough, lough and through.

This resource explores  -ough words in Chapter 10 of the story.

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Main Focus: Recounts

This reading resource for Year 5 and Year 6 focuses on the events in chapter 13 of The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle.

Your class will be reminded of a few events through questions and then they are given the opportunity to write a recount using the events given as a point to refer to.

It would be useful to elicit these events from children through a group discussion activity prior to completing this resource.

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Main Focus: Relative Clauses

A relative clause adds extra information into a sentence using a relative pronoun (that, which, who, whose, where and when).  Your KS2 class will read the sentences in this activity and highlight the relative clause in each.

They will then add extra information into each of the sentences using a relative clause.

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Main Focus: Dialogue

This resource focuses on chapter 18 and dialogue. 

Dialogue is used to develop character and advance the action in a story.

Dialogue conventions

  1. Use inverted commas at the beginning and end of what is being said.
  2. Begin what is spoken with a capital letter.
  3. Use commas to introduce the speech.
  4. Keep sentence punctuation within the speech marks.
  5. New speaker, new line.

Your class will study the examples and write their own using the techniques from the chapter.

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Main Focus: Comprehension

After reading chapter 21 of The Storm Keeper’s Island, your Year 5 / Year 6 class will complete this comprehension. We have differentiated to cater for both classes.

Your class will answer retrieval, vocabulary and inference categorised questions. 


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Main Focus: Writing a Sequel

This is a lovely task to complete the whole class read.

The epilogue of the story suggests that Fionn’s battle with Morrigan has only just begun. You task is to plan a sequel to the story.  Your class will use the grid in the activity to plan what will happen to Fionn in his next battle to protect the island from Morrigan and her army.

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