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Hi everyone! I'm Mrs. Howley and this is Cedric.

Cedric asked if you could guess how he was feeling today? What'd you think ? He's feeling very excited.

Why are you so excited Cedric? He said because he is really looking forward to reading the stories that you write later in this unit.

Me too Cedric.

Let's see what we're doing in this lesson.

In today's lesson, we're going to box up our stories for a purpose exploring the mood in each section of the story.

We're going to start with some spelling.

Then we're going to retell our stories using our story maps.

Then we're going to box up our stories and then we're going to explore one of the sections of our stories using all of our senses.

You will need a piece of paper or an exercise book, a pencil or a pen and your brilliant brain.

Pause the video now so you can collect those things.

Before we get started with our spelling me and Cedric are going to get warmed up with a game.

Would you like to join in ? This game is called Tell and Mime, it's very simple, if you haven't played it before, don't worry.

Cedric is going to tell me part of my story and then I'm going to mime it and then see if you can guess which part of my story about the snail and the garden party which part of the story it could be.

Okay I'm ready Cedric.

Okay I've got it.

Which part of the story do you think it was Cedric? Well he's not sure, he's going to have a think.

Is it the part where? Yes, it's the part where the bird comes down and tries to eat Snail.

Oh I know that worries you a bit Cedric, don't worry it's just a story.

But then the butterfly has an idea and calls all of her friends.

Absolutely right.

That was tricky.

Do you think you could have a go at miming part of your story? In spelling in the next few lessons of this unit we're going to be looking at a suffix that we add to a word.

But what is a suffix? Easy.

Don't worry.

A suffix is just a fancy word for a letter or a group of letters that we add onto the end of a word to change the meaning.

The suffix we'll be looking at makes words into a plural.

Another fancy word.


What is a plural? A plural is simply more than one of something.

For example, I could say I have one snail, so that's singular, one snail or I have two snails.

Snails becomes a plural because there's more than one.

Try saying the word plural to your pencil.

Plural! Let's have a look at this word here.

We've got the word tree.

Now what would we add to onto this word if there was more than one tree? There's one tree or? two trees.

That's right.

We add the suffix -s, trees.

One tree, two trees.

That simple.

But some words try and catch us out.

Some words when we make them into a plural we have to add the suffix -es instead.

Now I've got a trick that will help us work out whether we've got to add an -s or an -es and it's all about how it sounds when you say it.


Can you hear that's one syllable but it has a /z/ or an /sz/ sound on the end of the word? Trees trees.


So that we know we're just going to add an -s, but what about the word box? How do we make that a plural? Let's try saying it.

One box, two boxes.



It's got two syllables, boxes therefore using my trick we know that instead of adding -s, we're going to have to add -es.

One box, two boxes.

Try this one.


One dog, two dogs.

One syllable /s/ sound on the end, dogs.

So I know it's just going to add an -s.


Let's try another one.

One lunch, two lunches.

Cedric likes to eat two lunches sometimes.

Two lunches.


Two syllables, so what are we going to have to add? Not just -s but es.

Let's read some examples of those words now and you can spot whether we've added an -s to make a plural or an -es.




Lunches Apples.


Pause the video now and practise writing down those words.

I'm going to retell my story in a moment using my story map.

Remember these are our created stories so they might change but if you've got your story map handy, brilliant.

In this unit we're focusing on creating mood, one of the main building blocks great writers and story tellers use to create amazing stories.

I've got my mood map handy as well so when I'm retelling my story I can try and use the different moods.


Before I tell my story, I want to create some magic so I am going to wear my magical hat.


Are you ready? Once upon a time, there was a snail, he was miserable, everybody else was excited about a garden party but he did not like garden parties.

Everybody else got to go home to their friends and family but he couldn't share his home with anybody else because he carried his home on his back.

Butterfly, was very excited about the party but she really wanted everybody to come.

So she tried to persuade Snail to come to the party.

"Please, will you come to the party?" "Ooh no I don't like parties." Said snail.

Then Worm tried, "Ooh please, will you come to the party?" "No." Said snail.

"I don't like parties." Then Fly had a try, "Pleazzz will you come to the party?" "No, Fly.

I won't come.

I don't like parties!" Said Snail.

But then, as Butterfly was high up in the sky getting everything ready, she spotted a big black bird! The bird with its sharp jaws was coming down, down, down, towards Snail.

Snail hadn't noticed, he was going to get eaten up.

Butterfly didn't know what to do, but suddenly, she had an idea.

She called all of her butterfly friends, "come on, come on!" They crowded together to create the most beautiful cloud, the bird had ever seen it was incredible, beautiful colours.

The bird was so distracted by this beautiful cloud that he forgot all about Snail.

"Oh phew" Said Butterfly.

Now Snail had been watching the whole time.

He couldn't believe somebody had been so kind for him.

Butterfly fluttered over, "oh Butterfly, what can I do to thank you? You saved my life?" "Oh snail there's one thing you could do, tell me why won't you come to the party?" "Oh Butterfly I don't like parties because everybody else gets to go home to their loved ones after the party and I have to stay on my own because my home is carried on my back." "Oh Snail," said Butterfly "didn't you know? We all share the same fantastic home, the Garden! We're all friends and we share this home together." Snail suddenly had the biggest smile she had ever seen.

"Now will you come to the party?" She said.

"Of course." Said Snail.

And they had the most fantastic time at the party.

There was laughter.

There was singing.

There was dancing.

Snail had the most fantastic time with his friends.

How did you get on? Could you spot the different moods that I was telling? Pause the video now and have a go at retelling your story using the map when you're ready press play and we can get started again.

Now we're going to have a go at boxing up our story.

That means breaking the story down into manageable chunks of key moments in the story.

That's going to help us when we're write it because we're also going to unpick the mood of each section.

Okay so to start off with, I'm going to draw a line down the centre of the page and then four lines going across.

One, two, three, four, and I'm going to number my five sections.

So one, two, three, four, five.

Then I'm going to start with the first important part of the story which I think is the fact that we meet Snail and he is really fed up.

He is not happy.

And he just keeps saying to everybody who asks him, "I don't want to, I don't want to go.

I don't want to go!" Every time they ask him if he will come to the party.

and then I'm also going to draw just to remind me that Butterfly asks him also Worm asks him if he want to go and also the fly.

Now the next part of the story is where the bird comes to attack with its sharp beak and his big black wings.

Goodness me! and I'm going to write the words as well.

The bird tries, don't listen to this bit Cedric, the bird tries to eat Snail.

And because I'm using Snail as the character's name I've got a capital letter.

The bird tries to eat Snail.

Now the next part of the story is where butterfly sees what's going on and wants to protect the snail.

So Butterfly, Butterfly saves him.

Butterfly saves him.

And if you remember I changed my story to create that moment of wonder, she creates a cloud of butterflies.

So I'm going to draw that cloud as well to remind me.

Now the next part of the story is where Snail and Butterfly have that moment of friendship because she helped him realise that they are all friends.

Butterfly, and what does she do? She cheers him up.

Butterfly cheers him up because she remind him that the home is shared by everybody.

Now in our final section we've got our party.

So I'm drawing the balloon to remind me of the party.

They have a party.

Full stop.

They have a party.

So let's think about the moods now on the other side of our box now.

I don't want to go to the party.

Oh dear, it's a mood of sadness at the start of my story.

Ah, and then we've got the moment when Bird tries to eat Snail.

So it's that moment of fear.


Now in the next part of the story, Butterfly saves him but she does so by creating a huge cloud of butterflies so it's that moment of, Wow! I'm going to write that word to remind me.

Wow! That feeling of wonder.

That's what we all want the audience to feel when they read that part of the story.

And then in our next section we've got, Butterfly cheers him up.

She is so kind to him and remind him that they share the home of the garden.

So that's our moment of kindness.

And you'll have some kindness in our story too because it's a story about helping.

And then in my final section is where they have a party! Big smiley face, and it's the feeling of joy.

The mood of joy.

Now it's your turn to box up your story, so break your page up into four or five sections.

Choose those key sections, down the left hand side, then draw some pictures or put in some words to describe the mood of that section.

Good luck.

Pause the video now then press play when you're ready to carry on.


Now I'm going to choose one of the sections in my story to explore using all my senses.

So my sight, what I can hear, what I can smell and taste, and what I can touch.

When it's your turn you're going to do the same with one of the sections in your story.

So I'm going to create a sensory grid based on that scene of celebration.

So I'm going to draw a line down the centre of the page and then a line across the middle of the page.

And I'm going to make four sections; one about what I can see at this moment of celebration, one about what I can hear, no what I'm going to smell, I'll do next what I'm going to smell.

So I've got a nose, then I'll do what I can hear so I'll draw an ear, and then what I can feel, what I can feel.

Now start of with what might I see at this party that's going to show me that mood.

I'm going to imagine that I'm there at this party, I'm going to see smiling faces.

Now I'm using words and pictures, you can do either that's fine.

Smiling faces.

What else might I see at the party? I might see people dancing, that's going to help me create that mood for the listener or the reader.

Now what might I smell at the party? Mm delicious home baked cakes, fresh out of the oven, fresh a split digraph a cakes.

And uh, s for our plural.

Fresh cakes.

And then I might also smell oh yes, the sweet nectar from the flowers because of course we're in the garden.

I might describe the setting.

So the sweet nectar of the flowers.

What I'm I going to hear next? Mm let me see, at a party I'm going to hear loud music.

Really happy tunes being played, ready for our dancing.

What else might I hear at the party? Ah, singing.

Just show that everybody is having a great time.

And I might also hear laughter because the friends are having a fantastic time together at the party.

Ha ha ha! Having a great time.

And then, what might I feel? Mh I'm going to think about the setting again here linked with this.

So I'm going to feel the rays of the sun.

The hot sun on my skin if I was at this party, but I'd also feel a lovely warm breeze.

And it just helps create that picture of a perfect day at the party.

So now it's your turn, use your boxing up to choose a section of your story, think about the mood of that section and then explore it using all of your senses.

Pause the video now to create your own sensory grid.

Well how did you get on? I cannot wait to read your stories and next in this unit we'll start writing them.

What was you favourite part of today's lesson? What was your favourite part Cedric? Cedric said his favourite part was playing the Tell and Mime game.

Why don't you have a go at playing that with a teddy or someone at home.

They can choose part of the story and then you can mime it.

Have a brilliant day and we'll see you soon.