Dinnington Community Primary School


Reading Activities (04/05/20-08/05/20)

This week's work is based on the book Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. I read this book whilst working in another school and really enjoyed it. Give it a try if you can get hold of it. The author also has other books written in the same style of ordinary kids accidentally getting into an unusual situation.


Try to do a task a day to spread it over the week. 


Task 1: Read the extract from the opening of the story and summarise what is happening using the question below to help you focus your answer.  

Task 1 extract


1)Can you summarise what you’ve read in a couple of sentences?

  •      What is happening in this extract?
  • Who are the central characters?


2)Now, think about how this extract makes you feel and what you like or dislike about it.

  • Does it remind you of anything you know in stories or real life? How?


3)Think about how it is written. Do any parts of the extract really stick in your mind?

  • Which words and phrases do you like best?
  • What do you like about them?
  • Do they look or sound interesting?
  • Do they help you make a picture in your mind

Task 2: Re-read the passage, or ask someone to read it to you, or maybe record it for yourself so you can play it over again.

After you have read the extract a few times, think about what you can see in your imagination – people, places, objects or events; whatever stood out most to you. Then take a pen or pencil and a bit of scrap paper. You can use the back of an old envelope, letter or cereal packet; whatever is to hand if you don’t have paper.


Draw what you see in your imagination; anything that captures the place and the mood of this story opening. It might be interesting to share the passage with a friend or family member and see what they draw, then compare it with what you have drawn: did you draw Liam alone, or with his mum and dad, or on the bus, or maybe you drew the DraxPhone screen? Remember, everyone has their own ideas and imagines things their own way. This is a good thing!

Add any words and phrases that have helped you make your picture, which might come from the passage or from your own imagination.

Task 3: Answer the following questions about the feelings of the characters in this extract. Remember to start your answer with part of the question and support your answer with evidence from the text.


  • How do you think Liam feels to be starting a new school?
  • How did you feel when you started a new school or a new year group with a new teacher?  
  • How do you think these feelings might be affected by the fact Liam feels different from other boys his age? 
  • How do you think Liam and his mum and dad all get on? What clues do you get about their different interests and personalities?
  • How does this compare to your own family or to other families you know?

Task 4: Liam looks old for his age. In the story, this has some very interesting consequences. As he says, ‘grownupness is wasted on grown-ups’.


Imagine that, like Liam, you can also pass for someone older.

  • How do you think this would affect you?
  • Are there things that you might do although you’re not supposed to do them until you’re older?
  • What kind of things would you want to do?
  • Do you think you’d feel the same doing them — for example, driving a car — when you were 10 or 11 as when you were say 17 or 18? Why? Why not? 

Make a ‘bucket list’ of things you’d like to do when you are old enough to do them. Or you could imagine things from a different viewpoint, as a grown-up (or someone like Liam who people think is a grown-up)

Make a list of things you might miss doing when you are seen as too old to do them any more?

Task 5: Liam has a DraxPhone, which sounds like an amazing device.

Do you think Liam thinks his dad is making the most of it? Why? Why not?


Think about the DraxPhone, and create a full-page advert for all of the incredible features you’d like your dream smartphone to have.


Then write a letter to your family explaining why you absolutely have to have one before you start secondary school.


What are the features that would appeal to them and let you have one?

Are there any features you wouldn’t want them to know about?

How will you persuade them? You could share your advert and letter with friends or family and see what impact it has on them: can your friends suggest improvements?

Would your family be persuaded?