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This week for reading we have video stimulus which you can find using the link below. Your task will be to watch the video and complete the attached tasks which will work on key skills for reading such as inference, vocabulary and prediction. You may choose to write your answers down, but this can also be done verbally. The answers to the questions can be found in a document at the bottom of this page. The further activities are optional and are just ideas to keep you busy if needed. 

The Black Hat by Maia Walczak - World Book Day

The book is about a boy who finds a magic black hat when strolling one day through a forest. The hat takes the boy on an adventurous discovery filled with wonder. Watch the video below and then answer the questions provided.

1. Watch the video up to the part where the boy goes into the woods and finds the hat. What do we know about the boy so far? 


2. 'His ears rejoiced to the creak of a branch or the crunch of a twig.' What does this sentence mean? Why did his ears rejoice?


3. Stop the video at the point where the boy finds the hat. What do you predict will happen next?


4. How are the bugs described?


5. Why do you think the creatures are unhappy in their cages?


6. What did the boy learn in the story?


7. Summarise what happened in the story in your own words (remember this should be concise). 


Optional extra tasks


  • Write some speech for the birds when they are in the cages and then when they are free. You could draw them and write speech bubbles or write this down using inverted commas (speech marks).
  • Write a list of other stories that you can think of where one or more of the characters had their freedom taken away.