Junior School

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Week Beginning 27/4/20


Question Time/ Making Predictions

Who lives in the house in the distance?

Why is the train in such a hurry?

What will happen if she doesn’t reach her destination in time?

Who is driving the train?

What is the mysterious object hovering above the train?

How many faces can you see in the picture?

What do you think is on the other side of the tunnel?

What is the message that the train is carrying? Who is the message to?

The birds in the sky are seagulls. What does that tell you about where this story takes place?

Expanded Noun Phrases

When writing a fictional story it is important to include description to help your reader imagine your setting or character.

Use the powerpoint to help you recap what an expanded noun phrase is.

Story starter

Have a go at writing the rest of the story (remember to include some expanded noun phrases to interest and engage your reader)

The train let out a short, sharp cry and a hiss of steam as it thundered across the track.

Midnight: an unusual time for the little, green engine named ‘Velocidad’ to be out. Tonight, however, she was carrying an important message. The Velocidad had been chosen because she was the fastest of all the steam engines in town, and it was vital that she made great haste.

More coal was thrown on the roaring fire, and the little train reached maximum speed…

Draw and Label

Can you design your own train? Draw a picture of it and label the different features. What features could you add to make it the fastest train ever? Be creative

Make it!

  • Using unused items from around your home make your own train. Write some descriptive sentences about the train you have made.

This train has large rectangular carriage that glistens in the sunlight.


Take a train journey

  • Imagine going on a train journey. If you could take a train to anywhere in England where would you go? Research your destination and plan your ideal day out. What time will you get there? Where will you have lunch? What will you do when you’re there? How will you get home?




Use this very simple powerpoint, the fact sheet or do your own research about George Stephenson. Make a little fact file about him and his life. Think about when he was born, his family, his job etc. This activity is similar to when we researched facts about women who changed the world.

Spelling words to practise

Use some of the spelling practise activity ideas to make practising them a little different


















Find reading books that have a train in them

Write a list of books that have a train in them. Why don’t you email in the book titles you find and we can create a year group list. You might find a new book to read!

  1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  2. The Cat and the Mouse and the Runaway Train by Peter Bently
  3. Look Inside Trains by Alex Frith
  4. The Train to Impossible Places by P.G Bell