St John's C of E Primary School

Reading and Stories

This is where there will be reading tasks for you to do each week. There will also be some stories uploaded on the YouTube channel for you to listen to. 

W.B. Monday 1st June


This weeks reading activities will be based around 'The Tiny Seed.'




Comprehension questions: 

1. Which animals eat the seeds?
2. How did the seed travel to different places?
3. What did the seed need to grow?
4. What did the tiny seed blow past?
5. What happened last in the story?



Learn spellings of tricky words: would, watch, water 



Look through the books you have at home. Can you spot any plants or trees in them? You could write these as a list.



Learn spellings of tricky words: anyone, over, who 



Act out the life cycle of a plant from the story. You could start off rolled into a ball as a tiny seed, then grow up and make your arms into your leaves and petals. Whilst you are doing this you could tell the story to an adult or sibling. 


W.B. Monday 18th May


Story: Zog 


This week both our reading and writing activities are based around Zog by Julia Donaldson. 

Listen to the story here:



Pick the rhyming pairs. Here are some words from the book. Can you put these into rhyming pairs? Remember to put on sound buttons to help you spot the same sounds.

Challenge! Listen to the story and find some more rhyming pairs..



Comprehension questions:

1. Who was Madame dragon?

2. Who was the biggest dragon?

3. What did Zog want to be? 

4. What did the Princess want to be?

5. What was the knight's name?



Please log in to Reading Planet and start reading one of your books that your teacher has given to you. 



Fill in the rhyme! Here are the beginnings of some magic spells. Can you fill in a missing word to make them rhyme? Think of the sound in the bold word. 


1. Whirling and twirling,
Put your wand in a box.
Say this magic spell,
To turn into a…


Remember you are thinking of words with 'ox' in, you could use fox, clocks, socks! 


2. Whirling and twirling,
And a tap of my hat.
Say this magic spell,
To turn into a…


3. Whirling and twirling,
A big puff of fog.
Say this magic spell,
To turn into a…


4. Whirling and twirling,
Like you’re mixing a cake.
Say this magic spell,
To turn into a…



Read your book on Reading Planet and answer questions with an adult or sibling for support. 

W.B. Monday 11th May


Story: Tell Me A Dragon

Comprehension questions

Once you have listened to our story this week you can have a go at answering some comprehension questions. 

1. What happens when the dragon that eats flowers laughs?

2. There is a dragon as big as a village. How long is its tail?

3. Which animal does the sea dragon race?

4. Which dragon has a warm heart?

5. What is the ice dragons breath made from?


Book review

What is your favourite book you have read? Write a book review about it. We have done these at school before. 

You can write the title and authors name, why it is your favourite book and which part you like best and you could even draw a picture. 


Reading books online

We have set up Reading Planet so you will have two new books a week, just like at school. This is the same as your BGFL log in. Please email us if you need help using this. 

You can also listen to loads of amazing books on Audible for free by following this link 


Practising tricky words

We are learning our tricky words at the moment. This week practise the red words: 

two        small        love        many        here        buy        worse        thought     talk

W.B. Monday 4th May 


Story time: The Magic Paintbrush 


Comprehension questions:

1. What does Shen's mum ask her to go and fetch?

2. What does Shen draw in the sand? 

3. Write two things that the villagers want Shen to paint.

4. What does the emperor want Shen to paint?

5. How does Shen escape?

6. What do the villagers do when the emperor leaves? 


Rhyming pairs 

Last week you learnt a rhyming song. Julia Donaldson writes in rhyming pairs in her story The Magic Paintbrush. Can you put the words below into rhyming pairs? When you write them make sure you put your sound buttons on to help. 


W.B. Monday 27th April


Act out a story 

Can you act out your favourite story to someone in your house? If you have siblings they could help.

Have a think about the stories we have read at school, you could use one of these.


Draw a story 

Read one of your books. Can you draw it afterwards in the right sequence? Try and draw it using four or more pictures.


Karate Cats

Read the sentences and fill in the missing words using this game.


Learn a rhyming song 

Learn the words to this rhyming song. Spot the rhyming pairs and write them down. Can you think of any other words that rhyme with the 'ee' sound?



W.B. Monday 20th April 


Mrs Kirby has uploaded some fantastic Fred challenges to help you with your phonics and reading. There will be a phonics video for every day to match your challenge so please make sure you do these daily smiley


It would be amazing if you could read to your adult or sibling every day too.


Story time:


Here are some extra reading activities for over the week: 

Create a book mark, you can do this using recycled things from around your house. Get creative! Maybe you could make a book mark for one of your family members. 


Listen to the story Jack and the Beanstalk this book has a castle as one of the settings, can you work out the different settings in the story? You could write these down. You could also write down the characters. 



Can you find the 8 words within this word search?

Week beginning Monday 30th March 



What is your favourite book? Have a think about all the wonderful books we have learnt about and pick your favourite. You could even write a sentence about why afterwards.


Can you draw a picture from your favourite book? Send the picture to your teacher to see if they can guess what your favourite book is.



Can you read 3 pages of one of the books you took home to an adult. You could also make a list of the characters from the book.


Can you make some puppets of the characters from your book? You can draw them on paper and then cut them out. 


Can you use your story puppets to retell the story to an adult or your brothers and sisters? 


Story time:

The Day the Crayons Quit