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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

30th March - 3rd April

In Guided Reading, we have finally finished reading Varjak Paw by S.F. Said, and to carry on our cat theme, we are about to start studying a poem called 'Milk for the Cat' by Harold Munro.


Is there any language that is tricky or you don’t understand? Use your decoding strategies to help you read any tricky words. Think about how you could work out what some of the words mean by reading the sentence or verse again.

Can you pick out all the rhyming words?

What happens in each verse? 



  • Research the poet Harold Munro, like we did for R.L. Stevenson. What can you find out about him?
  • Spend some time learning the poem off by heart. Keep coming back to it at different times to see what you remember.

  • Perform the poem. Think about your intonation (voice going up and down), tone of voice (what mood your voice is giving us), volume and action.

  • Have a go at writing your own poem about a different animal in the same way. Do some research first into that animal's characteristics.


Reading comprehension

Read through the text once to look for any words that are unfamiliar and see if you can use your strategies to decode the word and then work out its meaning from the sentence. Try that first and then use a dictionary.

Read the text through again and talk through what you understand and what you are picturing after every paragraph.

Then have a go at the VIPERS questions.