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Forest Town

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This week your daily English challenges are based on the short film

‘The Bridge’


The bridge is too narrow for the animals to pass.  If they worked together, they could get past. However, the bear and the moose are too stubborn and mean to help each other.




Bridge is a story about four animal characters trying to cross a bridge, but ending up as obstacles to one another in the process.

Monday 18th May

Today, we will be exploring how the characters felt whilst on the bridge. We will be exploring these feelings or emotions as exclamation sentences using exclamation marks and questions using question marks.

Remember that exclamation sentences are used to show strong emotions and begin with the words ‘what’ or ‘how’. For example, ‘What big teeth you have!’


Questions begin with words like ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘why’, ‘can’, how’ and ‘do’. They end with a question mark. For example, ‘How will I get across the bridge?’


Look at the examples in picture 1 to show the features and structures of exclamation sentences and questions.


Read the exclamation sentences and questions carefully in picture 2 and then decide which character is thinking or feeling it (if it fits under more than one, you can place it between them both). You could just talk about the sentences with your adult, print them out and sort them or have a go at writing them with the correct animal.


Tuesday 19th May


Imagine what the characters might be saying to each other.

Today’s task is to act out the story but you need to include dialogue (what the characters are saying to each other).

For example, Walk onto the bridge, opposite Moose and say “Oh! Excuse me Bear, I didn’t see you there.”

Bear – “I haven’t got time for this. Move out of the way Moose!”

Moose – “Stop pushing past me Bear!”

Bear – “Go back Moose. I want to get by! MOVE!”

Remember to show the character’s emotions in the way they speak? E.g. Bear is an angry character, Raccoon is quiet and polite and Rabbit is in a rush. 


Wednesday 20th May 


Today you are going to write down your dialogue using pictures 1 and 2 to help you. 


Fill in the speech bubbles using the dialogue you came up with yesterday. 


Remember to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces when recording your speech. 


If you are drawing your own speech bubbles in your book, remember that it is easier to write first and then draw the speech bubble around your writing.


If you struggle to think of some dialogue, there are some ideas to help you in picture 3. 


Thursday 21st May 2020 - Daily English Challenge

Think about what kind of character Bear is.

- What do you think happened to him that day before the bridge?

- Why do you think Bear was so grumpy?

- Where was he on his way to?

We are going to turn this animation into the beginning of a short story.

Look at the version of Bear’s Story in Picture 1. To help us remember a story at school, we create a story map with images.

Take a look at picture 2. Can you retell the first sentence from the images? The ‘A’ represents the join work ‘and’.

Your task is to create the rest of the story map for the beginning of the story.

Friday 22nd May 2020


Look back at your story map from yesterday and retell the beginning of the Bear’s Story.


Today’s task is to write out the beginning of the story using your story map.


Can you include joining words like ‘and’, ‘but’? (coordinating conjunctions)

Can you include an exclamation sentence?

Don’t forget capital letters and full stops!