This week your daily challenges will be based on the short film ‘A Cloudy Lesson’.
The animation is about a cloud maker and his apprentice grandson who are busy making clouds but everything doesn't happen as it should. As things don't go according to plan, the pair of them learn that good ideas come from happy accidents.
A Cloudy Lesson
Monday 20th April 2020
Watch the film clip ‘A Cloudy Lesson’ and think about what questions you would like to ask the boy about his cloudy lesson.
For example, you might ask;
- Is the man your grandad?
- Can you tell us about how long he has been making clouds?
- How did you feel when he said you could have a cloud lesson?
- How did you feel standing on top of the tower?
- How did you feel after you broke the cloud blower and why?
Write your questions in your book or on some paper and don’t forget to use capital letters and question marks.
Work with someone in your house to hot seat the character. Take it in turns to play the character and ask them your questions that you have thought of today.
Tuesday 21st April 2020
Replay the film ‘A Cloudy Lesson’. Discuss the order of events in the film and how the boy might be feeling at different stages of the story. Write your ideas in your book or print this boxed-up version of the story to write your ideas on.
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Use the diary checklist to identify some features of a diary. When you find the features from the diary, tick the checklist (you could write the checklist in your book).
Here is an example of a diary entry from ‘Literacy Shed Plus’.
You’ll never guess what? Today, something amazing happened! Something I’ve dreamt of all my life...Grandad finally took me up to the top tower for a cloudy lesson!
It all started when I was eating breakfast, which was delicious! Grandad came in with his briefcase. I looked at him hopefully. Maybe today would be the day! How happy it would make me! That’s when it happened, Grandad called my name and asked me if I was ready for a cloudy lesson. I was so excited, I jumped out of my seat and followed him.
Then we set off to climb the tower. We climbed to the very top. I felt frightened because we were so high up. I tried not to look over the edge as Grandad set up his equipment. My big moment finally arrived. Grandad showed me how to blow a cloud and they were amazing! After that, it was my go. I wanted to make my grandad proud so I took a deep breath, leant forward and tried to blow a cloud. That’s when disaster struck! I was trying so hard to impress my Grandad that I didn’t notice I was leaning too hard on the equipment and I broke it. My heart sank and I almost cried. The look on Grandadʼs face was horrifying!
After that, I had to think very quickly. How could I fix the problem? That’s when I thought of an idea to save the day! I began to bend the cloud blower. Grandad looked at me with a puzzled expression but I told him to blow. He blew and the most amazing thing happened! We had made a star shaped cloud. Grandad looked at me open mouthed. We bent the cloud blower again and this time made a rabbit. Then, I blew my first ever cloud in the shape of a heart and I could tell Granddad was proud of me. What a day! I can’t wait to do it all again!
Thursday 23rd April 2020
Write a diary entry in the role of the boy in a cloudy lesson. Retell the day’s events including thoughts and feelings of the character. Use your hot seat answers and your work about the boy’s feelings to help. I have given you a writing frame to help you structure your diary entry. Don’t forget to look back at the example from yesterday to help you.
Friday 24th April 2020
Replay the film clip ‘A Cloudy Lesson’. Today’s focus is on what the character’s might say to each other (their dialogue). Write what the characters might say to each other in speech bubbles. These speech bubbles can be written in your books or on paper.