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Reading Lesson - Stig of the Dump

In today's reading lesson, we are starting a new book called 'Stig of the Dump'. Have a look at the cover above and have a think about what you think this story could be about. Who are the main characters? Before you read the extract below, open up the lesson one document to see the vocabulary. Can you use the picture clues to help you with the new words. Once you are confident with the new vocabulary, read today's extract.


Task - We are trying to answer the anchor question, 'What words and phrases effectively describe Stig's den?'. Can you find effective words from the extract that describe Stig's den. Write these into your book and next to them, write why they are effective.




'Never been given a tidy up' - This is effective because it tells the reader that it is messy and unorganised.

Writing - I can write a lost paragraph



Last week, we looked at an example of writing where a child is lost at a fair. If you need to recap over this story, I have included it below. For today's lesson, we are trying to write a paragraph where we are lost at a fair. Before you start, watch the clip from finding Nemo below to see how Marlin and Nemo react to being lost. 


Our aim for this writing is to create tension and make the reader feel worried. We will do this by:


  • Writing in first person - I
  • Use adjectives - loud, bright, flashing 
  • Use adverbs - First, Then, quickly, 
  • Describing our feelings and our body's reaction to being lost - panic, quick breathing, heart beating quickly.
  • Describing our actions - looking round, moving through a crowd.


Use the example paragraph below and the fair story to help you to write your paragraph.




The feeling of dread washed over me and I began to panic. The more I looked around, the more I realised I had no idea where I was. My heart began to pound and a bead of sweat trickled down my spine... I was lost!

I tied to find a familiar face, or a landmark so I could get my bearings, but it was no use. I felt dizzy and disorientated. The flashing lights blinded me and the crowds of people seemed to swallow me whole. Fear controlled me completely, I was paralysed. I had to fight with every fibre of my being to keep my breathing under control – it was as if I had run a marathon, yet I had only moved a few paces.






Finding Nemo - Nemo Gets Captured

Watch the clip to see how Nemo and Marlin react to being lost.