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Hello everyone.

My name's Ms. Butt.

And today, I'm here to teach you some new vocabulary.

Today, we're going to be learning three new words for you to use in your unit on the robin.

We are going to be learning three ways that you could describe the countryside, because I know that in your stories, the robin flies over some beautiful countryside.

I hope you enjoy today's lesson.


Let's get started.

So for today's lesson, I'm going to introduce the new vocabulary.

One word at a time.

Then together, we're going to look at the word pairs and synonym for each word.

And finally, we're going to have a go at applying these words in sentences that you can use in your robin unit.

Today, you're going to need a piece of paper or an exercise book, because right at the end of the lesson, you're going to write a couple of sentences yourself, a pencil, and your brains.

Please could you pause the video now to clear away anything that might distract you, and make sure you've got all the things you need for this lesson.

So let's start off by thinking about the countryside and thinking generally about anything that's natural.

I'd like you to quickly tell me what is the most beautiful nature you have ever seen.

And here's a picture to give you some examples, but it could be anything.

Can you tell me? Ooh wow, those things do sound beautiful.

I actually loved this picture in particular, because one of the most beautiful things I think there is in nature are actually the clouds.

Clouds get a bit of a bad reputation because they block the sun and people think if it's a cloudy day, that it's a not very nice day.

But on a day where there's a blue sky with some nice big, white, fluffy clouds, I often sit and look at them and think, "Wow, those clouds are so beautiful." So I really think clouds are very beautiful.

Let's have a look at some key words we're going to be needing to understand today.

I'm going to say them, and then I'd like you to repeat them back to me.


Word pair.



Well done.

So a synonym is a word that means exactly or nearly the same as another word.

So if we were looking at synonyms for the word merry, it might be happy, because they mean the same.

Word pairs are words that often appear together, like a bright sun or a bright moon.

An adjective is a describing word, and it often describes a noun, which is a person, a place, or a thing.

For example, here's my water bottle.

That would be the noun; it's a thing.

And I would describe it saying it is blue, the blue bottle.

Okay, let's take a look at our first countryside word.

Now, before I tell you what this word is, we're going to look at an illustration.

Here's the first illustration.

I'd like you to be a detective.

And I'd like you to pause the video now and tell me what is happening in this picture.

What can you see? Hmm, well, what I can see here, I think that little ball of mud might have a creature inside of it.

Because I think I can see some ears and maybe even a little tail sticking out the back.

And it looks like, perhaps, because they've been bumping along the mud, they've gathered mud as they've been rolling.

Hmm, I wonder what this word could be.

This word is rolling.

I say, you say.



Rolling is an adjective, so it's a describing word.

It means rippling, wavy, or tumbling, like gentle hills that rise and fall like endless waves.

Ooh, I think that definition is actually very poetic.

I love the sound of that.

So let's take a look at some words that could be synonyms of the word rolling.

So that means we're looking for words that could mean more or less the same thing.

All the other words are going to be word pairs.

So I'll read them to you.

Hills, tumbling, countryside, rising and falling, fields, meadows, waves, mist, stone, and sea.

So some of these words mean the same thing as rolling.

And some of these words could be paired up with the word rolling or could be described by the adjective rolling.

Here's the word in a sentence.

"The rolling hills seemed to go on forever into the distance, gently rising and falling." Could you pause the video and see if you can identify the synonyms? Off you go.

Okay, so the synonyms are tumbling and rising and falling.

That means the rest of these words are word pairs.

Let's take a look at them now.

Rolling hills.

Rolling countryside.

Rolling fields.

Rolling meadows.

Rolling waves.

Rolling mist.

Rolling stone.

And rolling sea.

Now, lots of those things you can probably imagine, like rolling hills, or rolling fields, or rolling waves.

Some of them are a bit more difficult to imagine.

For example, rolling mist.

If you imagine thick mist or fog, but you imagine that rather than it just being one big block of it, it kind of is coming and going almost like it's rolling.

I would like you now to have a go at saying these words aloud, because the way that we learn, the way that we remember new words, is not just through reading them or hearing them.

It's actually through saying them yourselves.

So could you pause the video now and read the word pairs just like I did.

Off you go.


Well done.

Now, can you remember, what does this word rolling mean again? Ah yes.

Well done.

It means rippling, wavy, or tumbling.

Let's take a look at the second image.

Ooh, what's happening in this picture? Could you have a really close look at this picture again? And could you tell me, what can you see? What do you think this character is feeling? And just look at every little detail of what's happening and describe the picture.

So pause the video and have a go at that now.


Well done.

I can see here that it looks like this giraffe is maybe delivering some pizza.

I think that's what's in that box, 'cause I can see it written on there.

And it looks like he's going up to this gate.

It's quite hard to get to the gate, because there are so many plants and trees growing in on the path.

There's little bits of grass sprouting up from the mud.

There's big, healthy looking bushes and trees leaning over him.

Let's see, this word is lush.

I say, you say.



Lush is also an adjective.

So it's a describing word.

It means rich, flourishing, or overgrown, like a garden full of big, healthy plants.

So I want you to just close your eyes now and imagine what a really lush garden would look like.

And then I want you to imagine what would a garden look like if it wasn't lush, if it had no rain for a long, long time, and think about the difference, the contrast between those two gardens.

Great imagining.

Well done.

So let's take a look just as we did before at the words that could be either word pairs or synonyms. I'm going to read them to you, and as I read, I want you to see if you can spot which words are synonyms of the word lush.

So which words mean more or less the same thing? Here's the sentence in a word in a sentence.

"The cow looked so happy munching on the lush green grass." So the options are rich, greenery, grass, lawn, thriving, valley, abundant, that means lots of something, environment, foliage, and meadow.

Foliage is plant leaves, lots of plant leaves.

Pause the video and see if you can spot the synonyms of the word lush.

So the answers are rich, thriving, and abundant.

If you're thriving at something, you're doing really well.

So if your teacher said to you that you were thriving in your literacy lessons, it would mean you would be doing really, really well and growing lots, and learning lots of new things.

So that's, if you imagine, like a thriving plant.

It means it would be making lots of progress and growing each day.

And abundance, like I said, means lots and lots of something.

That means the rest of these words are word pairs.

So I'm going to read them to you now.

Lush greenery.

A lush rainforest.

Ooh, I think a rainforest would be especially lush, especially if there'd been lots of rain at the time.

Lush grass, a lush lawn, lush meadow, a lush valley.

Now, a valley is a low area of land usually that comes in between two big mountains or hills.

So you might have two big mountains or hills, and then you have a valley in between.

And quite often, a valley has got a river or a stream running through it.

A lush environment, and lush foliage.

And as I said, foliage is lots of leaves.

So could you now please pause the video and read these word pairs out loud yourselves.

Off you go.

Well done.

Can you remind me, what does the word lush mean? That's right.

It means rich, flourishing, or overgrown.

Here's our final word of the day.

Again, I'd like you to just pause the video and look closely at this picture.

What's happening here? How do you think this character is feeling, and what can you see in this illustration? Pause the video and have a little think.

Okay, well I think this character is looking very, very happy.

I can tell that by their body language.

They've got their arms raised in the air.

Almost looks like they might be singing.

And they look like they're jumping around in this lovely hill.

It's got these lovely flowers growing.

And in the background, I can see some rolling mountains with snow on top.

And there's a lovely, fresh blue sky with some white, fluffy clouds.

Now, they're exactly the kind of clouds I really like.

So let's see what this word is.

This word is idyllic.

I say, you say.



Now, you might notice that this sounds a little bit like the word ideal, and that helps us to understand what this word means.

Because this word is also an adjective, and it means ideal or perfect, like a beautiful place where you can relax in the sun.

So imagine if you set off in the summer to go on a picnic, and you found an idyllic spot for your picnic, can you just have a quick think, or close your eyes and imagine, what would the most idyllic spot be for a picnic? What can you see? I think maybe it would be a sunny day.

There'd be lots of flowers.

Maybe I might be by this stream or a little river in case I wanted to dip my feet in if I got hot too hot.

I wonder what your idyllic spots look like for your picnic.

So let's again take a look at some words that could be synonyms of idyllic.

Ideal, countryside, childhood, setting, perfect.

Island, location, blissful, life, and story.

Here's the word in a sentence.

"The robin flew over the idyllic countryside, which was as pretty as a picture." Can you pause the video now and see if you can spot the synonyms of the word idyllic.

Well done.

So the synonyms are ideal, perfect, and blissful.

That means the rest of the words are word pairs.

So I'm going to read them to you now.

Idyllic countryside.

Idyllic surroundings.

It looks like in this picture this character is surrounded by idyllic surroundings.

An idyllic childhood.

If you had an idyllic childhood, it would be a perfect and really happy and blissful childhood.

An idyllic setting.

An idyllic island.

Ooh, maybe with some palm trees, and dolphins, and white sand.

An idyllic location.

An idyllic life.

And an idyllic story.

So if you read an idyllic story, it would be a lovely story that you would really enjoy reading, where lots of wonderful things happened.

It wouldn't be a sad or scary story.

So just as before, can you now pause the video and have a go at reading these word pairs.

Off you go.


So now we've learnt our three new words, and these words could be used to describe lots of things, but they could also be used to describe the countryside.

So here are the three images we looked at today.

I'd like you now to pause the video and match the correct word with the correct image.

So the correct answers are, the first one was rolling.

The second one was lush, and the third one was idyllic.

Let's take a look now at a bigger challenge.

My definitions here have got a little bit muddled up.

I wonder if you could pause the video, and read each definition, and decide which definition matches which word.

Off you go.

So the correct answers are, rolling means rippling, wavy, or tumbling.

Lush means rich, flourishing, or overgrown.

And idyllic means ideal or perfect.

Now, we're going to have a go at applying these words in sentences.

Here's the first sentence.

"With determination, the little bird flew above the landscape." Hmm, now, lots of these words, actually, all three of them probably could work, but I want you to pause the video and decide which one you think fits the best in this sentence.

So I've written, "With determination, the little bird flew above the idyllic landscape." But you could have also said rolling landscape or lush landscape.

"He soared past hills, which were covered in snow." Hmm, which adjective would you use to describe those hills? Rolling.

If they are covered in snow, we probably wouldn't describe them as lush, because lush is more something we associate with lots of plants growing.

"Whilst gliding through the air, he noticed how the landscape looked below him." Hmm, "Whilst gliding through the air, he noticed how the landscape looked below him." Which words do you think would fit here? "How lush the landscape looked." Perhaps there'd been lots of rain, and therefore everything was very green and healthy.

This is an example of a complex sentence because it starts with a subordinating conjunction, whilst.

"Whilst gliding through the air," is a subordinating clause.

And the second part, after the comma, is our main clause.

And together that makes a complex sentence.

Perhaps when you have a go at writing some sentences now, you could have a go at writing a complex sentence as well.

So I'd like you now to have a go at writing a sentence using the word rolling, and it can be tricky, even though we've learned what this word means.

It can be tricky to actually put it into a sentence.

So I've put the word pairs here because hopefully they can help you.

For example, you might pick the word pair waves, rolling waves, and then you can build your sentence around that word pair.

Hmm, perhaps you could write a sentence about the robin flying over rolling waves.

Off you go, and have a go at writing your sentence.

If you're finding it tricky, there's a sentence structure here that you could use.

"As the tiny bird flew over the rolling ," you pick a word pair, what else happened? So if you're struggling, you could complete that sentence for me.

And as you can see, it's a complex sentence starting with the subordinating conjunction as.

If you do use that sentence scaffold, don't forget your comma after the subordinating clause.

Off you go.

Well done.

I'd now like you to have a go at writing a sentence using the word lush, and again, pick one of the word pairs to help you.

For example, perhaps you might write a sentence about a lush meadow.

So you could write a sentence about the robin flying over, or even maybe took a break from flying and perched in a lush meadow.

Remember, your sentences need capital letters at the start and full stops at the end.

Pause the video, and write your second sentence now.

Amazing work.

And I've got one last sentence for you to write, and that's using the word idyllic.

Again, you can use the word pairs to help you.

For example, you might write a sentence about there being an idyllic island or an idyllic countryside.

And because this is your last sentence I'd like you to write in this lesson, I'd like you to try to make this sentence really ambitious.

So maybe you could have a go at coming up with an idea and saying your sentence, and writing it down, but then you could go back and see if you can edit to improve your sentence.

Perhaps you might be able to add an adverb.

So for example, if you said the bird soared above the idyllic countryside, how did he soar? Gracefully soared, energetically soared? Perhaps you could also include a subordinating conjunction to make a complex sentence.

There are so many things you can do with your sentences to make them really ambitious and really descriptive.

So try to push yourself to write the best sentence you can for this final piece of work.


Well done guys.

You've worked so hard today, and you've learned three really brilliant pieces of vocabulary.

I hope that you can use these words, not only just in life, but also in your unit on the robin.

And now if you see these words when you're reading a book, you will hopefully remember what they mean.

So well done for watching this lesson and working so hard.

If you have written any sentences that you would like to share, ask a parent or carer to take a photo, and then you can upload it on Twitter.

I'd love to see some of your work.

Thank you so much everyone, and I'll see you soon.