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The Tale of the Three Brothers (HD)

The Tale of the Three Brothers is a fairy tale told to wizard children.

We have been learning the story of 'The Three Brothers'. Last time we were together, we story mapped it and began to learn it so that we could retell it in our own words. 



Can you remember the story well enough to retell without watching it? 

How dramatic can you be?

Think about the vocabulary you use.

Find someone or your favourite bedtime bear/creature to retell the story to. 



This week we are going to create our own stories based around the structure of the original story. Your story will need to have a bridge with characters needing to cross and someone/something blocking the route. 


Task 1

Create your characters and describe them with fantastic words and phrases. If you were at school on Friday, you have your spelling journals at home with your brilliant word sheets to help. 



This is an example of how you might want to plan your characters out. You could use J2office to describe your characters. You could take a photo using J2camera too. However you design your characters, consider how they will fit into the story you are going to write. 

Enjoy yourself. 


How are you getting on with your character descriptions?

I am looking forward to seeing these appear in your stories.


Have a go at boxing up your story on a piece of paper. I have created a boxing up template but you can design whatever you like on paper. Remember when we box up it is not full sentences. It is ideas and excellent words and phrases magpied from stories.

Give it a go.

Use your journals to help you.   

Let's look at our journey so far.


1. We read and watched many times 'The Three Brothers'.

2.We learned the story and retold it in our own words with the help of story maps.

3. We created new characters to go in our version of the story.

4. We boxed up our stories.


Today we are going to think about our sentences we want to include in our stories. You may not even realise how much effort an author has to put into a story. Look at the book you are reading. How many different ways has the author started the sentences on just one page? There are so many ways you can move your stories on.


Today I would like you to have a go to ADD SPICE. Keeping your boxing up sheet handy, look at the ADD SPICE pictures. Choose and either add to your boxing up sheet or write on another piece of paper some exciting sentences starters for different parts of your version.

How will you excite the readers?






On your marks


Get set




Use your boxing up sheet filled with all your new vocabulary to begin to write your own story. There is no rush to finish this so spend a few days writing, editing and finalising it.


Normally we would fill in a snippet.


Remember to think about the audience,

Consider your sentence openers,


Speech rules (new speaker - new line)

How will your story end?


Send me your story when you complete it so I can publish them on the website.


Enjoy being brilliant and creative writers.



Monday 30th March - Friday 3rd April


Thank you so much for the wonderful plans and stories you are sending me. It is not too late to send me yours so keep going. This week as I know some of you are still writing stories, I am going to plan for you to focus on spelling patterns, SPAG and 60 second reading comprehensions to take us to the Easter break. 




Back on our main Kestrels page are lots of our previous spelling patterns. I wonder if you would get the spellings correct now if you were tested?

Think you would? Prove it. Go to spell blaster on J2e and look at shared spellings. Can you remember your spellings?


You can also access the Year 3-4 and Year 5-6 spelling lists on Spell blaster. All of you have been set spellings to learn so this week try and target these and earn points on the leader board.

Who will be top of the leader board by the end of the week?

Have a go at the 60 second reading comprehension. If you need more than one minute to read it, that is fine. The answers are on the second page. No peeking!

If you have finished your stories, try this longer reading challenge.Answers at the end aagin.

Keep going on the spelling. I am watching that score board change.

Wednesday 1st April.


I have set a new for you to do.

To finish our 'Wild Waters' topic off, can you correctly label a diagram of a river with the technical vocabulary that we learnt during the topic?

I am adding these words to spell blaster. Earn more points by learning them and move up the score board.
Over the next few days, (even into the Easter holidays as there is no rush) try to produce your own river image and label the features. You could include the words above and or add other features. You could paint or draw or use j2e5/jit. If you have a garden and you are feeling adventurous, you could use natural materials like in the image below. Be as daring- but safe- as you can. Have fun. 

We were going to go outside at school and make these but we never got to do this activity.

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