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For today's English challenge, we'd like you to write your own version of the shark attack in the cave, as seen in 'The Snail and The Whale' clip that we watched yesterday. It's a mini-adventure and definitely deserves writing down as a scary story!

Watch the clip again, and look at your story map from yesterday. Did you remember to include all of the important points? We counted four different ways that the sharks were injured, did you spot them all?

Using the story starter below, can you write about the snail and the whale's journey through the tunnel? Don't forget to include how the characters were feeling during the shark attack!


Think about what would make your story great...

  • Capital letters and full stops.
  • Clear finger spaces.
  • Time connectives like first, then, next or finally to link your ideas.
  • Interesting adjectives to describe the sharks, the snail or the whale.
  • Could you include a question in your story?
  • Think of some WOW words for verbs, for example, choose something more powerful than 'went'.

We've attached a fun 'shark border' page for you to write on if you like, or you could simply write your story in your book. We really look forward to reading these, so please don't forget to email them in to us. 

Story starter...

The tiny snail and the enormous whale took a deep dive into a dark underwater sea cave...


For today's activity, the children should measure the capacity of different containers using non-standard units of measure. They need to understand that the unit of measure must stay the same, for example the same cup, the same spoon etc. They also should understand that, to measure accurately, they must make each container or non-standard measure full.


Start by revisiting some of the vocabulary that we used yesterday in this short video.

Then use the PowerPoint or pdf below to understand how to measure capacity using a spoon, or a cup, or a jug. 

Ask questions like:

Does the measure always have to be the same?

Does it matter if I don't fill the measure up?
How many cups do you think it will take to fill the bucket?

Do you think it will take more or less cups to fill the bowl?

If you watch this short video, you can see how to accurately measure using non-standard units such as a spoon, a cup or a jug.
Now have a go at measuring some containers in your house. 

Take three different containers. Fill each container with liquid or rice using the same unit of measure e.g. A small cup. You can record your answers on the sheet below, or in a simple table in your book. 

Can you estimate before you measure? 
How close were your estimations?

Once you've finished measuring, can you put the containers in order? Start with the container with the least capacity and finish with the container with the greatest capacity. How do you know you are correct?

You might want to have a go at learning at performing this song too!

Fill It Up Song