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Today is a reading day. 

Have a quick recap of chapters 3 and 4 and then have a go at completing the reading comprehensions for each chapter.



Much of ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ is written in simple language- particularly the conversations. However, Jill Tomlinson uses some lovely poetic language to describe the owls.


Look at the sentence in Chapter 2 (Dark is Kind): He floated off into the darkness like a great white moth. This is a simile, it is when one thing is described as being similar to another thing.

Locate Plop being called a ‘roly-poly pudding’ in Chapter 3 (Dark is Fun). This is a metaphor, it is when something is described as being something else.

Use the Barn Owls sheet to record similes and metaphors for Plop and Mr and Mrs Barn Owl.

With a coloured pencil add one simile of your own for each picture.


Metaphors for Plop: pgs 6,19,31,45,73

Similes for Plop: 87, 91

Similes for Mrs Barn Owl; 29

Similes for Mr Barn Owl: 79


Look at ‘Countryside map’, it is a picture of where Plop lives. Annotate (make notes on) the map with noun phrases describing the various places, eg derelict barn, dangerous road, calm lake with moon reflected.

Write a narrative describing a flight over the countryside with Mr Plop. Remember to use your descriptive phrases.

Ensure you have edited your work to check the capital letters and full stops.


Think about the common elements in each chapter. How are the chapters similar?


Today and tomorrow you will be writing a new chapter for the story so today you need to plan it.


Brainstorm a variety of people that Plop could meet (who is out and about in the evening or night?): a busy grown up who says dark is boring – there is no work to do, a mouse who says dark is safe, a hedgehog who says dark is dinnertime, a teenager who says dark is party time etc


Make notes for these questions:

What will Mr Owl bring Plop to eat?

What person or animal will Mrs Barn Owl spot for Plop to talk to?

What will they think he is?

What will they tell him about the dark?

What will he go back to tell his parents?


When you have planned your new chapter start writing it. Try to use paragraphs and inverted commas for speech.



Check or complete your opening paragraphs, using the pattern from previous chapters (Plop being fed, disturbing his mother who wants to sleep, being told to go and talk to someone below)


Make sure to include some dialogue in the opening paragraph and use inverted commas to show when someone is speaking.


Finish your chapter and then edit your work, checking capital letters and full stops, spellings, and more ambitious punctuation, eg using inverted commas and commas.