6B 20/5 – Wind in the Willows

Hi year 6,

Today we are going to start a new book and a new scheme of work; instead of focussing on our reading skills, today we will be focussing on our listening. Each of you must listen to the clip below… it is 15 minutes long but it has been read excellently and really is quite enjoyable. You need to listen to Episode 1.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/english-ks2-the-wind-in-the-willows-episode-1-the-river-bank/zffcvk7

I suggest that you have a look at the activity set and keep this in mind when listening to the extract. Find somewhere quiet to sit, get comfy and enjoy!
Today you will be hearing a lot about the idyllic setting in which the characters live and you will also be introduced to a few of the key characters.

  1. Can you name 3 characters? Give a brief explanation of what they are like. What do they look like? What kind of personality do they have?

Throughout this episode we are introduced to the main
characters’ homes and environments in which they live. These are happy,
idyllic scenes described in detail.

2. Think about how these scenes make us feel as readers. Is this a place we would like to go to or live ourselves? Identify the words the author has chosen and make a word bank that you could use to write a setting description.

Challenge – Can you create a setting description of the riverbank?

18 thoughts on “6B 20/5 – Wind in the Willows

  1. Can you name 3 characters? Give a brief explanation of what they are like. What do they look like? What kind of personality do they have?

    Rat – Adventurous, friendly, sociable and brave.
    Mole – Polite, kind, caring, sensible and generous.
    Otter – Confident, friendly, knowledgeable.

    This is a place I would like to visit. The river sounds very relaxing and pretty. I would like to meet all of the creatures living there.

    The words used by the author create a lovely picture in my mind. It reminds me of going for a walk in the countryside.

    Rat – Twinkley eyes, neat ears, and brown silky fur when not soggy and wet.
    Mole – Black as the night, he is small with big paws that are good to dig with.
    Otter – Otter has a long agile body. He has sharp teeth.

    Word Bank – weary, bolted, scraped, scrabbled, great meadow, meandered, aimless, gleams, sparkles, chatter, bubble, bewitched, twinkle, waggled, blissfully, dreamed, wild wood, land locked lake, rustle, flashed, sternly, dreamy, satisfaction, splosh.

  2. Can you name 3 characters? Give a brief explanation of what they are like. What do they look like? What kind of personality do they have?
    1)Badger is anti-social and is a grumpy type of character as he is known for being a person who hates society.Badger has black and white stripey fur and a long nose.I would describe his personality as solitary.

    2)Toad is a character who is described as a person who isn’t afraid to try something new.Also someone who has very loyal friends.Toad,in this part of the story, is wearing new clothes and has a new boat.I would describe his personality as adventurous.

    3)Ratty is a cheerful and loyal person who looks out for his friends and looks for positives.Ratty is a water vole or water rat who is an excellent swimmer and has a long tail.I would describe his personality as humble and cheerful.

    Throughout this episode we are introduced to the main
    characters’ homes and environments in which they live. These are happy,idyllic scenes described in detail.
    2. Think about how these scenes make us feel as readers. Is this a place we would like to go to or live ourselves? Identify the words the author has chosen and make a word bank that you could use to write a setting description.
    When on the riverbank, Rat describes the river as incomparable.Also later on in the story you hear the tranquillity and peacefulness with the only sound being the oars touching the water. This makes the reader feel calm and want to be there.

    Setting description
    Surrounded by the placid waters of a large lake, was a boat bobbing along the crystalline lake which glistened gloriously in the sunlight.Multi – coloured birds flew above like a vivid rainbow, chirping and squawking harmoniously along with the sound of nature’s symphony.The tranquil atmosphere filled the scene as the warm,brisk breeze whipped the golden flowers.This was the best place to relax under the sun.

  3. 1)Mole-Quite resilient as he carried on spring cleaning even though his back was aching and his arms were weary also he is a little adventurous as he finished spring cleaning and went rowing.

    Water rat-Loves going on the river and having fun by rowing and if he isn’t on the river the he is usually composing rhymes.

    Badger-He is a kind badger who is wise and compassionate.Though he hates society, he is quite fond of children.

  4. Mole is tolerant animal who very understanding and loyal to his freinds.
    Challenge: The river is calm and tranquil. The River is dark blue as they row down it as it splashes. The trees start surrounding the river.

    • Haya, read the blog.

      You have to click on the link and listen to the audio recording (it is an extract from Wind in the Willows)

      When you’re listening note down THREE characters and explain what animal they are? what they look like and what kind of personality they have?

  5. 1. Can you name 3 characters? Give a brief explanation of what they are like. What do they look like? What kind of personality do they have?
    Mole: Mole is a sensible animal, yet generous and extremely loyal to his friends. He is closest of all to Rat, the animal who teaches him the value of exploration after he leaves his home in the first chapter.

    Rat: Known as “Ratty” to his friends (though actually a water vole), he is cultured, relaxed and friendly, and enjoys a life of leisure; when not spending time on the river, he composes rhyme. Ratty loves the river and takes charge of Mole.

    Badger: Badger is the grandfather figure of his three friends. He is kind, compassionate, wise, gives good advice and always willing to help. Although he hates society, he has a great fondness for children.

    2. Think about how these scenes make us feel as readers. Is this a place we would like to go to or live ourselves?Identify the words the author has chosen and make a word bank that you could use to write a setting description.
    I would love to live here because it is a calm serene place where all is well and it is full of nature which I really like. This is described as a place where soft breezes, happy birds, flowers budding and leaves thrusting are found which makes this environment an even better place to live. Some of the many words the author has used are, soft breezes, happy birds, birds building, flowers budding, leaves thrusting, gleams, sparkles, rustles, swirls, chatter, bubble, spell-bound.

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