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Ben Nevis - Friday

A message for the weekend

Dear Ben Nevis class,

I hope you have had a good first week back after your half term break. I know that everything is still very different but I want you to know I am thinking of all of you and am so proud of all the hard work you are doing at home!

Keep sending in your fantastic work and photos, they really do make me smile!

Have a lovely weekend, 

Ms Holdaway


This week we are reading...


The Storm Whale

'The Storm Whale' is a beautiful story. There are lots of things to think about when we read this book. Some parts are sad but there are also happy parts. The best kinds of books are the ones that make us feel, think and want to discuss! 

Here are some questions for you to talk about at home:

Really think about how Noi was feeling and what you would do if you were in the same situation.

  1. How does Noi feel when his dad goes off to work?
  2. How do you know how Noi is feeling?
  3. Why doesn’t his dad notice how he is feeling?
  4. Does Noi tell his dad how is feeling?
  5. Is it a good thing to tell someone how you are feeling?
  6. Why did Noi take the little whale home?
  7. Was it the right thing to do?
  8. What would you do if you found a whale beached on the sand?
  9. Why did it make it easier for Noi to say ‘goodbye‘ to the whale when his dad was with him?


Writing Challenge 

You have done lots of hard work this week, well done! However, if you would like an extra task, here is a special writing challenge.

On Wednesday, you thought all about how Noi felt at different parts of the story and wrote speech bubbles for different parts of the story.

Today you have thought about why he felt these different emotions and tried to think from Noi's perspective (think like you are him).

Can you use these ideas to write a diary entry all about what happens in the story?

Remember you are writing from the perspective of Noi, so you must use the 1st person (I, my, me, mine)

Here are some pictures of what happens to Noi and some sentence starters to help you!


Dear Diary,

My name is...

I live...

I am lonely because...

Today I found...

I felt... because 

I did not know what to do so...



I am glad I did the right thing because...

Special Task 

The special task for this weekend is another type of communication. It is called sign language!

Sign language is used all over the world as a way of people communicating without using any sound, often because they are deaf, which means they cannot hear the way that we can.

They use their hands and arms, and also use body language and facial expressions. 

This is a video all about a little boy called Shaun and how he communicates using sign language.

Communicating with sign language

Here is the sign language alphabet in BSL (British Sign Language).

Can you have a go at signing your name? This is called finger spelling.

Sign language alphabet song50 Signs in BSL

Here are some British Sign Language greetings too: