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Portal Stories - Home Learning 21st January 2021

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This week the children have been using the inspiration of The Tunnel by Anthony Browne to write their own portal stories.  They were all fantastic, here are just a few.  Including one that has been turned into a Hollywood Movie. 

An adventure by Leo


An adventure by Layla

In a land far far away from here was a village. It was no ordinary village.It was all made out of food !!! The houses were made out of gingerbread, the mud was made out of rocky road chocolate . I know YUM and the bushes were made out of. Wait for it ...spinach  I know boring but it would be a good source of iron 

 If you were allowed to eat it.

On candy cane lane house 49 there lived a gingerbread girl called gingy .Gingy was a quiet character who never got up to mischief in her life. She lived with her mum Sweetie and her dad coco.

One summer's evening she was on a walk in the woods. In the distance  there was a strange shape as she got closer she realised it was a snake,it  was an unusual coloured  snake It was blue and red with pink polkadots .

The snake said in a husky voice “ eat the chocolate” as Gingy always does what people tell her. She ate the chocolate and was instantly banished into the human world.

Finally when she woke up she was in the middle of a busy road. Suddenly a boy ran into the middle of the road and took Gingy carefully to the side of the road. 

The boy whispered in a curious voice “ who are you?” he exclaimed “ and what are you doing here?”. Gingy replied “ I ate some chocolate and got banished into the human world, please help me get home '' she said worryingly.  Soon after,Gingy worked out the boys name was Alex.

All of a sudden an idea popped into his head “ i know ” he shouted “ i think i know of a portal but i'm not sure

 where it takes you but we can try”. They travelled to a big well they both jumped down the well, they were terrified and began to scream.  When Gingy woke up she was in her bed soon enough she realised it was all a dream or was it? she wondered.

An adventure by Henry

At Henry's home it was a grey, wet, soggy day and Henry and Monty were having a fierce argument. They were fighting over a brown soft Curly teddy.  Henry wanted it to play Lego but on the other hand Monty wanted it to play battles.  They didn't always argue because the two were best friends, although they were different in many ways. Henry was a loud boy and adventurous but Monty was quiet and liked staying indoors more.

“Stop arguing and go outside to play” shouted Henry's mother.

Henry asked “do you want to go on an adventure?”

Monty stuttered “n no you can't there might be soldiers or tanks or anything in those woods.”

Impatiently, Henry urged Monty to follow him into the dark scary haunted woods next to Henry's house.  They went deeper and deeper until they could no longer see Henry's home.

Henry immediately asked “Monty lets go and find some deer antlers so we could sell them and you could buy some battleships.”

Monty said excitedly “Oh yes c'mon then!”

Henry knew the woods like the back of his hand and often found the most enormous antlers. Henry quickly went running off into the bracken and Monty followed him, not knowing where Henry's was going to take him. They arrived by a stream.

Monty asked “where are we Henry, are the deer antlers here?”

Henry replied “Yes they have to be here because this is the type of season January lets go and have a look.”

They looked everywhere for them but no antlers could be found. The two looked in bushes and just as Henry moved some branches, a small, dark tunnel appeared.  Henry was so excited.

“Come on Monty, let’s go on an adventure and see what's on the other side”.

“I don't want to, it looks too scary” Monty was trembling.

Henry disappeared through the tunnel.  Monty was all alone. What should he do? He couldn't go back as he didn't know the woods. He reluctantly followed his curious friend.

Suddenly they heard a loud gun shot then another and another they wondered where they were.

Monty asked Henry “where are we?”

Henry replied “I don't know?”

Henry said “let's  look around.”

So they wandered around to see where they were. As they were looking around on the dirty muddy track an old fashion truck came down it.

Henry shouted loudly “Monty get out of the way!”

They jumped in a bunch of bracken and saw all of the trucks coming down the track.

Monty looking puzzled asked “why are there soldiers on the back of the trucks is there a war coming?”

Henry's said “i think we're clear”

Monty replied and said “maybe we should stay in the Brackon”

Henry said “yes that would be a good idea”

As they crouched in the Brackon quietly they bumped into a soldier who was doing training and they runned  as fast as they could like a rabbit. They runned back into the Brackon.

Monty said panting like a dog “We need to be a bit careful”

Henry replied huffing and puffing “yes i think your right there”

Suddenly they heard a deep loud noise coming over their head up high and they saw German bombers coming over the woods. They had to tell the military camp to defend their base.

Henry shouted to Monty and said “do you think we should go and warn the camp of the attack!”

Monty nodded they runned back through the orangey reddish brown Brackon towards the camp once the two got there they the cook was cooking and he tried to stop the two but we were to quick.Monty saw a man in a green dress what had medals on and a commander hat.

Henry asked Monty ``Is that the commander?”

“Yes I saw it in my book”replied Monty

The two friends runned to the commander.

Monty asked the commander politely “sir there German bombers coming over the forest we need to shoot them down”

The commander said in shock “who are you two young children doing here and how do you know we're going to be attacked?”

Henry Shouted at him and said ``We were in the woods and saw them!”

The commander got out of his shelter and shouted to all of the soldiers to defend the base. The soldiers got in guns and tanks as the Germans came over. They were shooting up into the sky to shoot them down. It was very noisy.

Me and Monty ran to safety. I see the tunnel again but quickly an explosion exploded right in front of us Monty  falls into a bomb crater I look behind me but Monty isn't there Monty shouts and shouts saying “Henry!”I look around me but I hear his voice. I find him and I try to reach down to hold on. Monty tries to reach too finally I got it.

We ran back onto the tunnel and we landed in our woods again there was no aeroplanes, no camp, nothing but my woods. 

Henry said happily “were back home”

And we go back home for lunch.

An adventure by Noah

A long time ago, there lived two children who had so few similarities that you would never guess that they were brother and sister. The only things that they both liked doing were reading and seeing granny in her oak tree. I’m glad we don’t live in a tree but in a house which is in a village which is on the edge of the woods which is where granny lives which is where a baker cut us (me and granny) out of a wolf. You might have guessed by now that I am Scarlet. More commonly known as Little Red Riding Hood. What you probably don’t know is that I have a very annoying little brother named Ryan who is so  troublesome I doubt he wouldn’t be kicked out of a monkey enclosure. My hobbies are bird watching and making dens, whereas his are playing forts (taking over my dens and making them his without asking or telling me) and annoying me.

One cloudy morning, mother sent us out together. There are many lakes where we live and Ryan wanted to go to our joint favourite one. As we made our way through the undergrowth, Ryan suggested going to explore the cave system when, suddenly, he fell down a pothole! I groaned; I didn’t realise we’d come so close to my secret place. I walked on a bit, found a set of stone stairs and walked down them. As soon as I was under an archway I saw Ryan jumping up and down whilst pointing at something. My now-not-so-secret place was an ancient grotto with two springs, each with an ivory statue (one of Neptune and one of the nymph of the grotto), an entrance and exit and a lakeside view through a paneless window. “Look! A tunnel!”

 “Ryan! Stop! Come back! We don’t know what’s down there!” I called after him. But Ryan had already disappeared down the brick tunnel. I waited for him to come back saying that he was sorry and that he should have listened to me. But he didn't come. My only choice was to follow him into the tunnel.   As quickly as possible, I crawled along the damp, dark tunnel towards the light.  As I emerged, I was overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the place I was now in. Now, I’ve been inside a wolf before but I’ve never been anywhere like this! Dappled sunlight shone through the bountiful trees that made up the tunnel and hit the dry forest floor in pools of gold, as rabbits and fox cubs tumbled over and over together. A soft carpet of flowers ruled the air and honey dripped from the overflowing hives overhead. I bent down and bit into a large chestnut mushroom. It was like sunshine in my mouth. Suddenly, trumpets blared and hooves stamped. I turned and ran…

… Straight into a bank! Then I think I slipped; anyway, I found myself in a badger’s set that looked like it had been frozen, with the only movement being the occasional blink or hiccup from the cubs. When the deer hunt had passed, I clambered out back into the daylight to find myself under one of nature's spotlights. The cubs urged me on with their eyes but I shook my head at them dispairingly as a smile twitched across my lips. I was just about to follow the hoof prints when I heard falcons. And two grown ups talking...

After a long trek across the dales, I arrived at Mordred’s camp. I saw a couple of stone cells. Behind the bars of one of them, I saw my brother! Suddenly, I heard the shout, “INTRUDER!”. Automatically, I turned and ran; not really knowing where I was going. I kept it up until the sound of footsteps slowed down then grew fainter.

After a while, I returned to the camp. To my surprise, I found it deserted. I was even more surprised to find the key on the wall of my brother’s cell, just out of his reach. “Don’t worry, I’ll get it.” I reassured him. A minute later, we had arrived back in the grotto.

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The Lorax

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This week the children have been reading The Lorax by Dr Seuss. Today they wrote a sequel, considering the environmental message from the first.

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Loving Schools

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Over the last four weeks we have been thinking about our loving school and what it means to be a loving citizen. This has been completed through PSHE and art and has explored the idea of love and acceptance for oneself, the community and the wider world. This topic has culminated in this collaborative piece of art exploring the dangers of plastic oceans. 

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Keith Haring Art

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The children have been looking at the pop and graffiti art of American artist Keith Haring, as part of our learning of love for the community.


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Topic Learning 9th June 2020

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The children have been enjoying their topic learning and exploring the wider curriculum.  They have been thinking about the Norman Conquest in history and the growth of plants in science.



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Character description 5th June 2020

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Today the children have been thinking about the characters from Harry Potter.


Hagrid is a gentle giant and is about 9 feet tall. He’s very wide too and would fill the doorway. He has chestnut brown eyes, long shaggy hair and a big bushy beard. He wears very scruffy looking clothes and a big coat that reaches the floor. He is a very smiley and happy giant and is very kind and generous to everyone, although he can be tough when he needs to be. He supports Professor Dumbledore completely and looks after Harry Potter. 

He also loves creatures and has a wild variety of pets, from Norbert the baby Dragon to Buckbeak the Gryphon. He also has a giant dog called Fang, who is a lot like Hagrid as he is very soft, gentle and huge! Hagrid always sees the best in people and animals and even befriends a giant spider called Eragon, and a three headed dog called Fluffy.

Hagrid is the groundsman for Hogwarts and lives in the school grounds in a small round hut beside the forbidden forest. The inside of his home is as messy as he is himself, full of clutter and bits and bobs. 

Hagrid has a country accent and likes to smile and laugh. He is also quite forgetful and isn’t very good at keeping secrets. He is often meeting strangers and buying curious animals from them!

I like Hagrid. He is a brilliant friend to have.


When we first meet Neville Longbottom in first year he struggles doing the simplest of spells and tying his shoe-laces! He has shortish black hair that does not look very tidy. He has long features, to fit with his name!  He has the sort of face that is easy to overlook in a crowd. He is quite tall but he still has not learnt to stand up to bullies, like Professor Snape and Malfoy. He is very good at herbology and spends much of his time looking at books about magical plants. He has a badly behaved toad called Trevor, who is always running off. 

In the later books we learn much more about Neville. He has been brought up by his Nan, as both his parents were in Saint Mungo’s hospital. His Nan was worried that he was a squib, because he showed very little magic as a child. His Nan worries about him because of his poor memory so she sends him rememberalls to help him remember things.

In the later books Neville is one of the five people who destroys a Horcrux. This takes an amazing amount of bravery, courage and skill. These are all skills that Neville develops as he moves through the years at Hogworts helped by his friends, especially Harry. He loved being part of Dunmbledor’s army, and that is when he started to understand magic. His memory seems to get much better as he leads Dumbledors army when Harry, Ron and Hermione are not in Hogworts.
I love his character as he shows us how much people can change and how quiet, unassuming people can become heroes over time. My favourite thing that he says in reply to Harry asking how he is feeling mid battle is “I have never felt better, I feel asif i could spit fire!”


Victor Crum  has light, black hair. It is short and shaved close to his skin. He has piercing blue eyes as light as the sea. He has a smartly, shaved beard and has a death eater tattoo.

Victor has big broad shoulders, he is very fast and athletic. He wears smart clothing and big, shiny leather boots. Victor Crum wears a smart jacket that's red and has gold buttons down the middle of it. 
Victor often carries a gold stick, it is shiny and looks cool. Victor has the reputation of being the best seeker in the world! There is no one faster than him when he is playing Quidditch. He also plays for gryffindor, the same as Harry.

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Madame Hooch's Broomstick Lesson 3rd June 2020

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This week the children have been thinking about the Harry Potter books.  Today they have imagined what it would feel like to take part in their first broomstick lesson.


Before the lesson, I felt determined and excited as I was about to ride a broomstick for the first time ever!! My teacher was Madam Hooch, a slim witch with short grey hair and piercing yellow eyes. As I stood on the front lawn of Hogwarts castle staring at my broom, Madam Hooch told us to hold our right hand over the broom and say “UP!” very firmly. I did just this and to my surprise it flew up into my hand. When everyone had there right hand clasped round their brooms, Madam Hooch gave out our next instruction: she wanted us to mount them!! I got into position, but before Madam Hooch could press the whistle to her lips, Neville Longbottom became suspended in mid air, on his broom. Madam Hooch demanded Neville to come back down to the ground but as soon as she did this his broomstick went HAYWIRE! Neville zoomed round and round the castle letting out shrieks of panic while down below me and the rest of the class, let out gasps of surprise (well apart from the Slytherins who were laughing their heads off!) Neville sped through the air crashing into walls and turning upside down until his cloak got caught on the spear from one of the stone statues on top of the School. He hung there for a few seconds before his cloak ripped! He fell to the ground with a thud and a broken wrist. Madam Hooch rushed over to Neville before ordering the whole class to not to ride our brooms and then walked him to the hospital wing. As soon as Neville and Madam Hooch had disappeared from sight, Draco  Malfoy picked up the remember ball which had fallen out of Neville’s pocket. He insulted Neville so horribly that Harry Potter yelled at him to give it back so furiously it made me jump! Draco refused, got on his broom and flew up to hover in mid air, he said “what’s the matter Potter, a little out of your reach?” Harry flung himself onto his broomstick, ignored me and Hermione Granger telling him he could be expelled and flew after Draco. 

“Give it back Malfoy or I’ll knock you of your broom!” Harry cried, Draco didn’t listen and instead replied, “have it your way then.” He threw the remember ball which Harry expertly caught. He held it tight, flew towards the ground and when he landed I praised him with the other Gryffindors while Draco and the rest of the Slytherins grouched and grumped. At that moment Professor Minerva Mcgonagall, a tall witch with black hair pulled into a tight bun and spectacles, came rushing out of the castle. “Mr Potter would you please come with me,” she said hastily. Draco smirked thinking Harry was getting expelled whilst me and the other Gryffindors exchanged worried looks. Harry followed Professor Mcgonagall into the castle out of sight and that was when I decided to keep my ears and eyes open  just in case he wasn’t expelled. I was really disappointed that when Madam Hooch got back, class was over and I had to walk back up to the school, to potions class without even sitting on a broomstick. I would have done what Neville did and brake my wrist just to get a ride on one! But never mind, I guess it was quite an interesting lesson! But next Monday, I’m so getting on a broomstick, you’ll see!


As the flying lesson began, I would feel excited. Also, a shake of terror would cross my mind. When I was told to fly, I was afraid that I might fall off. I would feel apprehensive because I may break an arm! 

How would you feel as you gave the ‘Up’ command?

I would feel horrified since the ‘up’ instruction made the broomstick wobble around. In a storm, yes a storm, it feels like it’s a storm because it was rocking side to side.I may not be on it yet, but soon I will be. Getting it to go up was hard enough. “Up, up!” was all you could hear until everyone had their broom in their hands. 

How would you feel as you got on your broomstick?

As I got on my broomstick, I couldn’t stop panicking. But soon I got the hang of it  that the broom normally does as it's told. While I tried to stay calm, the broomstick kept shaking non stop so I hoped and hoped that the Professor would say we could fly.

How would you feel as it started to fly?

Once I had climbed on the broomstick, clinging on tight, ‘WHOOSH!’, I was soaring through the air after kicking my feet off the ground. I felt my face would go white since not many other students could fly. It was excellent, flying in the sky once I believed I could do it. As I got the hang of it, tears of happiness fell down my face.  

How would you feel when it came back to land?
While it’s going down to land, “What happens if I crash!” I thought.  When I was on the ground, I felt relieved and wanted to have another go a different day to get better and better.


Miss Hooch came marching through the Hogwarts courtyard. She has short spiky hair and piercing eyes. We all lined up as Miss Hooch barked her orders at us. It was only Gryffindor and Slitherin who were at this lesson, to learn how to handle our broomsticks.

She lined us up in our house groups and we nervously stood next to our brooms. None of us had ever held a broomstick which could fly. I was scared because I am afraid of heights. 

We did exactly what Miss Hooch asked us to do, which was shout “Up” to your broom. Mine shot up in the air and straight into my grasp. I looked up when Miss Hooch snapped at Neville Longbottom. He was floating in the air. His broomstick went crazy!
Suddenly, Longbottom shot up into the sky, when his broom decided to fly right over the school. Gryffindor and Slitherin were both in shock. Longbottom was thrown around before he lost his grip and fell. Luckily his school gown caught on a flagpole to cushion his fall. Sadly he broke his wrist when he finally hit the ground. Miss Hooch stopped barking her orders and took him off to Hogwarts hospital.

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The Great Kapok Tree - 20th May 2020

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The children have been writing from the perspective of the man in the jungle explaining why he is leaving.

Lois' postcard

Robbie's postcard

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Book Review - 15th May 2020

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Zachary's review of Percy Jackson and the lightning thief, by Rick Riordan.

Percy is a normal boy with a normal life, who is struggling at school. But this all changes, when he is chased by a mythical beast, and realises he is the son of a Greek God. Now,  he spends his days training in combat, fighting monsters, and completing quests for the Gods.

This was an exciting read and my favourite book. 

The description of events and the characters, added to the realism and meant I felt like I was there with them.

My favourite part of the book was the journey they had to complete as part of the quest. It was written in a way, that meant it was exciting, tense, and I couldn’t guess what was going to happen. It was full of surprises, which pulled you into the story, and kept me turning the pages.

The writer keeps this level of interest through the whole book, as his description is always amazing. 

The only negative was that some of the mythical/Greek names were hard to pronounce. So needed looking up to know how to say them properly, and what they meant.

I would recommend this book to anyone young or old. But would suggest age 6 plus, as there are some elements that are scary.

It would appeal to people who like myths, legends, action or adventure as it is an exciting read.

I personally enjoyed it as much as the Harry Potter books, and can not wait to read the next one in the series.
If I had to rate it out of ten, I would give it ten!

George's review of  The Ice Monster by David Walliams 

The story:

The story is set in 1890s London when we meet Elsie, a young girl who lives at a horrible orphanage called Wormly Hall ‘home for unwanted children’. She decides to escape and stumbles across a newspaper headline saying “Ice Monster found in the Arctic”, this stirs Elsie’s curiosity and she feels she must find the Ice Monster. After going to the Natural History Museum to find the Ice Monster she finds a friend called Dotty. They manage to bring the Ice Monster back to life and together embark on an amazing adventure to help reunite the Ice Monster with her family.


There are many highlights in this book starting with the incredible illustrations that bring this story to life. Also the characters were so real that when I read this book each night, I felt that I was part of the story. My favourite part of the story was when the characters were on the high seas on the way to the North Pole. It is my favourite part because it was filled with plenty of obstacles that resulted in many consequences. I read this story with my mum every night and it took us on an emotional ride of a lifetime, we shared laughter and tears as we became emotionally involved in the book. The character I felt most connected with was Dotty. She was my favourite because she made me laugh but also her kindness shone through. 

Other highlights of the book are that the chapters are short, which makes reading it in more manageable chunks. It is also educational as it has many facts of what London was like in 1899.

Weak parts:

The story was slow at the start but as soon as we met Dotty it started to become more interesting and more gripping reading. It was disappointing that Raj didn’t have a bigger role in the story as I always enjoy this character when he appears in David Walliams books - he is extremely funny. Although the ending was good it wasn’t what I expected it to be and I was sad when The Ice Monster had to say goodbye to Elsie at the end.


This book took me on an emotional journey as lots happened to Elsie, some of which made me cry but in the end I think Elsie is truly happy and she knows that The Ice Monster is back where she belongs. I would recommend this book to any David Walliams fan. This was one of the greatest books I have ever read and I would rate this book ten out of ten.

Ezra's review of The boy who stopped the waves.

This book is about a boy who had an unusual day from playing at home to shoving his arm in a whole. This book is a possible event that could happen in only one place because of what happens.

I liked how the story rapidly changed from a young boy bringing food to his grandad to him spending the night outside. I like how it's realistic and it's also fiction so if you like realistic fiction this is the book for you. A downside is that it's short but when I read it I got lost in it but not too lost. Many people like fiction and some people like non-fiction. Well this is the book for all but not everyone otherwise it would be weird.

I don’t want to say this but there are many more books that are better. This is a folk tale and it has many names like Peter and the Water wolf. I don't like folk tales because they are very predictable so if you don't like folk tales don’t read it.
I recommend it to seven, eight maybe nine year olds. It is a good book but  only for these ages. I won't discuss the end because I want you to have a go at reading it. Read it yourself you might like it and I said might not will. This book is amazingly short for what I have told you if you like a challenge you might not read this. Now time for a rating out of five I’d give it a three. Please don’t take this rating seriously it's just my opinion.  

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A Narrow Escape - 6th May 2020

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The children have been writing a story about a prey narrowly escaping from their predator. 

Matthew's tale

In the cold, icy arctic, surrounded by the vast, blue ocean, I tried not to move as I lay helplessly on the tiny iceberg.  Patiently, two whales bobbed up and down floating like an abandoned ship, waiting for their lunch... ME! I lay there feeling afraid and defeated while the  whales hid in the murky depths of the water hungrily staring at me from below. The big, white icebergs that I thought of as home offered me no comfort because they were so far away. 

Suddenly the sun had gone and all was blanketed by darkness. Silently, the whales started to glide through the freezing waters towards me. I closed my eyes as I sensed them getting closer and closer. My heart was pounding like a drum in my blubbery chest.

SPLASH! The two colossal monsters thrust out the dark, freezing water like a jack in a box. Rapidly, the frightening whales swam to me with their killer sized jaws open wide ready to gobble me up…

CRASH! Before I knew what was happening the ice, that had been my bed, shattered and the whales and I were sent flying down deep below the surface. The whales tried to gobble me up and my tail got caught in the biggest one's hungry mouth. This was it .. I felt such sadness ….it was all over for me! Whilst they were doing some sort of underwater victory dance, the giant whales bumped heads with a ferocious bang.  It was such a big and  powerful bump that  the whale unexpectedly dropped me from his menacing jaws. Silently and full of relief,  I swam away in the snap of fingers. 
Feeling dazed and confused, I swam to the surface to breathe before swimming  back home to find  a new place to sleep with my family.  I hoped that would never happen again. 

Evie's tale

My account took place in the scorching plains of Africa, a steep gully and higher land. 

One spectacular Saturday, me and my herd (my herd and I - you always put yourself last) were munching happily away on patches of delicious grass. After a while, I suggested to the others with a grunt, Speech should be on the same line, until you introduce another speaker

“Shall we go down into the gully, it looks like there is some lush grass down there and it is very long. Yummy!”

We hopped into the lower land and started munching quite noisily once again.

Little did we know that, through the long, wavy grass, a beastly leopard was creeping up on us. Suddenly, the leopard did an enormous leap and landed right behind us! We all sprung out of the trench and carried on eating, but on higher ground. I know, we’re silly and CRAZY! 

The leopard pounced out of the place where the lip licking food was and dashed across the field like a bomb being set by a cannon!  Great simile

“RUN!” the chief snorted at the top of his voice. 

By the time we had all got to the other end of the field, the leopard was gone, it had disappeared into thin air. We were all relieved. Feeling terrified, we went back to eating the grass but sadly not in the gully.

“That was a close one,” grunted Bashon the chef of the herd, “We almost got eaten!”

“Yum yum yum!”snorted Angus a bit of a round one. Chef rolled his eyes. Back to eating then I guess. We were all scared for life! At least a minute or two past. Then….

As quick as a flash, the leopard bounded out of the gully and shot around the plain like a bullet! She clawed me round the neck and yanked me down the steep passageway. I kicked and head butted. I did everything I could! The beast ran away worried that I might injure her! I galloped far far away, alongside some of my friends. And of course we saw a predator again so I won’t say we didn’t.But we didn’t see one for a long long long time.

Matilda's tale

It was almost sunset, I had been swimming around the Atlantic all day.I was looking for food for me and my pups. With tired eyes, I looked above the water and I saw a nice spot to rest my head for a while.I felt  exhausted  so I went onto the floating ice slab  for a good nap. 

Suddenly out of nowhere, a strange noise woke me. I opened my eyes quickly  and saw the  tip of a colossal black nose.  With my heart pounding, I heard another sound. There was another black nose! Suddenly, both of their bodies rose  higher out of the water. With hungry eyes, the two killer whales stared back at me from the choppy waves!  Now I really started to panic.

Then both killer whales worked together slamming the ice! My body froze but I gripped onto the ice with all the strength I could find.But because I was too tired, It wasn’t working and I started to slip.  Towards the massive open jaws and red panting  tongue I slipped. Rows of yellow,wood-like teeth surrounded me.I thought to myself this was the end!

Anger started to bubble inside me. ‘Who would look after my pups if I was gone ?’ With all my mighty strength, I started to fight back. Whipping my tail furiously and slamming my nose towards the teeth,I suddenly felt the jaws open.  That was my chance! Quick as a lightning bolt, I wiggled free and sped away into the safe distance, not looking back.

As I got closer to home I felt relieved. Because I had been brave, I was going to snuggle my babies again.I learned that from now on, I would never go so far from home alone again. 

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