Dinnington Community Primary School


Reading Activities 11.5.20 - 15.5.20


Book Review


Today we are going to create a book review for 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne. Before you start writing, it would be a good idea to rewatch the video.


Your book review can look however you like! Here are some ideas:

  • Make a poster including pictures from the book and short snappy quotes.
  • Write a detailed review like you might see in a magazine or on a website.
  • Create a video review! Why not record yourself reviewing the book as if you are on a TV programme?


To be a fantastic book review, you will need to include lots of things.

  •  Title and author
  • A short description of what the book is about
  • The things you liked about the book
  • Anything you would change about the book
  • Who you would recommend the book to
  • Your overall rating (you might want to rate it out of 5 or 10, or even give it stars!)


Time to get creative!

14.5.20 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne

Today we are going to listen to the story 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne. Yesterday, we looked at some images and made inferences about how we thought the characters might be feeling and what they might be thinking. Were your inferences correct?

When you have listened to the story have a go at answering the following questions:
- Can you retell the story? What happens at the beginning? What about in the middle? What happens at the end?
- Who are the main characters? What are they like? What do you know about them?
- What does Hannah want most? Does she get it?
- How does Hannah feel when the Gorilla appears? What makes you think that?
- Do you think that she really went to the zoo with the Gorilla? Why do you think this?




Over the next few days we are going to be looking at the book 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne. You might remember some of his illustrations from our theme on World Book Day when we spent the day looking at 'Voices in the Park'.


Today we will be using our Clue Finder skills to work out how people are feeling or what they might be thinking by looking for clues in the picture. This is called making an inference. be a good inference, you need to make links to the clues! If you are writing your answer in your yellow home learning book, this will mean using because.


Look at the pictures below and have a go at answering the questions. You might want to discuss them with your family, or have a go at writing them in your yellow home learning book.





- What do you think Hannah's interests are?


- What do you think Hannah might be thinking? 











- What kind of person do you think Hannah's dad is? How can you tell?


- How do you think Hannah feels at this point in the story?


- How does this picture make you feel? Why?






- What do you think Hannah is feeling? 


- What might she be thinking? What makes you think that?


- What do you think Hannah might want to say to her dad?






- Why do you think Hannah is talking to her Gorilla? 


- How does Hannah feel? How can you tell? 



Good morning Key Stage 1,  

We have set some different books for you on epic books.


Have a read of one today.

  • Write down or tell someone in your family:
  • Did you like it?
  • Who was the main character?
  • Was it fiction (story book) or non fiction (information book)?
  • What happened?
  • Can you suggest it to a friend?
  • What was your favourite part?


This is the link:


Tiddlers and Superworms your class code is: qjt0669

Gruffalos your class code is: diu5541




Reading Comprehension


Today we have got some reading comprehensions for you to have a go at, if you can not read the text on your own you can ask a grown-up or big brother or sister to read it to you. Then have a go at answering the questions in your yellow book.


There are 3 comprehensions to choose from so you can pick the one you like best or have a go at doing all 3, it is up to you. 

A Bit of Fun


Below are some e-books for you to have a look at with some really interesting facts.