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Tuesday 19th January


Today you will start with a handwriting task, don't forget to warm up your fingers, use a sharp pencil, sit up straight and concentrate. 

Just So Stories


Published in 1902 the Just So Stories are fantasy explanations for how animal characteristics ‘evolved’. Each tale is full of marvels, but the real magic in them is their language, which explodes like fireworks in your ears. It thrums with a uniquely twirly dancing rhythm that sweeps you up like a magic carpet; it is crammed with lists of remote, exotic places that conjure the wonders of the wide, wide world.




TASK 1- The Elephant's Child 

In the Just So Stories of Rudyard Kipling, he tells the story of how the elephant got its trunk. Set on the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River in Africa. Have a listen to the story below:

The Elephant's Child

The Elephant's Child wants to find out about everything. He especially wants to know about what the crocodile has for dinner.

TASK 2- Tell me


  1. What did you like about this story?
  2. What did you dislike?
  3. What puzzled you?
  4. What connections were there (with any other texts, films, stories)?
  5.  What did you notice about the language?
  6. What else did you notice about the story compared to modern fiction?


TASK 3- Language Investigation


Read the story and fill in the table below noting examples of language that sounds dated (old) or unusual, or memorable, and any clues that the attitudes and values that are shown seem out of place with the world today.



TASK 4– Comic strip


Retell the story of The Elephant's Child the form of a comic strip, you may have to edit bits out or paraphrase. Pick the most important parts of the story to summarise. 


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