Upton Noble

C of E VC Primary School

Part of the East Somerset Federation which includes Bruton Primary School


  • Spelling


Well done to both spelling groups who are in the Spelling Shed top ten this week; Lions are fourth and Tigers, seventh. Special congratulations again to Poppy and Noah K and who are 4th and 7th individually.


Over the next four weeks we will be revisiting the Common Exception Words that you should all be able to spell by the end of Key Stage 1. Please do practise these words. I have attached a variety of exercises to help you.

Reading Comprehension


This week we are going to be learning a new story, 'The Snail and the Whale'.



Please read through the story below about the snail and the whale. Can you make up actions like we would at school to help you to remember it? Read it aloud with your actions.


At the beginning of the story, the snail's friends didn't want to go on the adventure. Why do you think they said no? What might they have said to the snail to try and persuade him to stay on the smooth black rock? 


Write the title, The Snail and the Whale, in your Learning Journals and underline it. Leave a line, then use speech marks to write some things that the snails might have said to the small snail to try to stop him from going on his adventure. Remember, the speech marks go around what is said, like a balloon bursting.


For example, "Please don't go, you might get eaten by a huge sea creature."





Read the story again, using the actions that you made up yesterday. Once you have read the story, please complete the text analysis exercise on the document below.





Read through the story again today. How much of it can you remember without looking at the text?

Please identify the  different story parts on the story hand below. Remember, you are not writing the whole story.


I would also like you to have a go at this, 'stretch a sentence'exercise.

Starting words - Miss Cook

Who - Miss Cook.

Did What? Miss Cook laughed.

Where? Miss Cook laughed out on the field.

Why? Miss Cook laughed out on the field because Mrs Hamilton fell in a muddy puddle!

When? Last Wednesday, Miss Cook laughed because Mrs Hamilton fell in a muddy puddle!


Follow the same pattern but use the starting words, The snail or The whale.



Today I would like you to draw a story map to retell the story. Write the title, The Snail and the Whale and underline it, before you start. Remember to leave a bit of space between each picture so that it is easy to use when you retell the story. Add key words to your story map, time connectives, fortunately, unfortunately....



At the end of the story, the snail tells his friends all about his adventure. What do you think he might have said to them?

Write the title, The Snail and the Whale in your Learning Journals and underline it.

Leave a line.

Use speech marks and write what you think the snail said to his friends.


Please also complete the Mr Whoops spelling exercise today.