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Week Beginning 18/5/20

A Wonderful Wizarding World

If you have a copy of the book why not try reading it this week?


You can read it online


There are videos of famous celebrities reading each chapter of the first book on the Pottermore website;

Day 1 - The Author


Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J.K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


Read the fact file about J. K. Rowling and answer the questions about her.

Day 2 - Character Descriptions

J.K. Rowling is a fantastic author who using descriptions to build vivid pictures in the minds of her readers. Read the descriptions of 3 of the main characters from the book. Choose 3 different colours and highlight the words that describe each character e.g. yellow for describing Albus Dumbledore.


Then complete the Character description sorting activity. I have taken the descriptions of 3 characters and muddle them up. You need to read each description and decide if it describes Harry, Albus or Hagrid. You can do this on the activity sheet or just draw a table onto a piece of paper (no need to print off the sheets).

Day 3 - Improving a Newspaper Report

Here is a newspaper report about Harry Potter's fantastic flying ability. However, there are a few mistake in the report.


Capital letters - Some words that should have a capital letter e.g. names of people or places

Apostrophes - for contractions e.g. can't   don't    shouldn't

                     - for ownership e.g. Harry's wand hovered in the air.

Day 4 - Features of a Diary

Tomorrow, you will be writing a diary as if you are Harry Potter. Today, you need to learn how to write a successful diary.

Open the powerpoint and remind yourself of some of the features a diary should include

  • Date/time
  • Time adverbials
  • Conjunctions
  • Feelings and emotions
  • First person
  • Past tense


After that, read the example diary entry about going to a water park. Highlight and copy examples of each feature. You can use the activity sheet or just write them onto a piece of paper (no need to print).

Day 5 - Write a diary as Harry Potter

Read a section of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Retell the events of what happened that day as if you are Harry.

You might want to write about;

  • Going to the zoo for Dudley's birthday
  • The day the first letter arrived
  • The day before Harry's birthday - moving house
  • Harry's 11th Birthday- Hagrid arriving
  • Diagon Alley

There is a planning document so you can bullet point your ideas before you start writing.



Other Activities (not literacy based)