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Friday 22nd January

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 - How the Ladybird got her Spots



Have a look at the picture above and answer the questions: 


  1. What do you think a ladybird’s life is like?
  2. Who does the ladybird live with?
  3. Where has the feather in the picture come from?
  4. How do you think ladybirds communicate with each other?
  5. Why do you think they are called ‘ladybirds’? Are they birds?
  6. How does a ladybird learn to fly?
  7. What is the ladybird's favourite food?
  8. How did the ladybird get her spots?

TASK 2- Uplevelling Language


These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help? Could you add an adverb?


What is an adverb? - BBC Bitesize


The ladybird landed on the feather. It was red and black and white.

TASK 3 - Newspaper Article


What are the features of a newspaper? - BBC Bitesize


When you are writing your own newspaper article:

  • Make your headline short and snappy.
  • In the first sentence sum up what the story is about.
  • Write your report in the third person and the past tense.
  • Split your newspaper report up into paragraphs to help the reader clearly understand the information.
  • If you use quotes to make your report more interesting, don't forget to use speech marks!
  • Use a photo with a caption to give the reader more information.
  • Fill your newspaper report with both facts and opinions. Facts give the reader all of the information they need by using the 5 Ws.


Your task is to write a newspaper article explaining How the Ladybird got her Spots


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