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Whipperley Infant Academy ‘Learning, Growing, Together’


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Hello Year 2! We are going to be looking at a new book called ‘The Gruffalo’. Some of you will know this story!


Here is a summary of the story: The story of Mouse's walk through the woods unfolds in two parts; in both, Mouse uses clever tricks to escape danger. On his way Mouse encounters several dangerous animals (Fox, Owl, and Snake). Each of these animals, clearly intending to eat the mouse, invites him back to their home for a meal. Cunning Mouse declines each offer. He tells each animal that he has plans to dine with his friend, a "Gruffalo", a monstrous creature whose favourite food happens to be that animal, and describes the features of the Gruffalo. Frightened that the Gruffalo might eat it, each animal runs away. After getting rid of the last animal, Mouse is shocked to meet a real Gruffalo – with all the frightening features Mouse thought that he was inventing. The Gruffalo threatens to eat Mouse, but again Mouse is cunning: he tells the Gruffalo that he is the scariest animal in the forest. Laughing, the Gruffalo agrees to follow Mouse. Mouse and the Gruffalo walk through the forest, encountering in turn the animals that had earlier had tried to eat Mouse. Each is terrified by the sight of the pair and runs off – and each time the Gruffalo becomes more impressed with Mouse's apparent toughness. Mouse threatens to eat the Gruffalo, who runs away, terrified.

Here are some questions to think about:

  • Look at Mouse’s face. How do you think he is feeling as he sets off on his walk? Use the feeling face cards to match his expression. How do you feel when you’re out for a walk? Why do you think mouse is going for a walk? How does exercise make us feel?
  • Do you think the FOX/SNAKE/OWL look very friendly? Would you want to be their friend? Do you think mouse really likes all the animals he meets?
  • How do you think the animals feel when the mouse describes the Gruffalo to them? Did you feel scared?
  • How does mouse feel when he meets the Gruffalo for the first time?
  • Mouse is very clever, he calms down and comes up with a plan. How do you think he calmed down and felt brave again? What was his clever plan?
  • How do you think the animals felt when they met the mouse and Gruffalo? What happens at the end of the story? 



Find the comprehension section in this pack and do the following:

  1. Read the Gruffalo story with an adult or independently
  2. Answer the questions about the story – think carefully about what you just read


Activity: Make a story map to retell the story of the Gruffalo. A story map shows the journey that took in the story. Look at the example of the Gingerbread man…

Using the Gruffalo word mat to check your spellings, make your story map on the template provided. Remember your story map needs to retell what happened in the story. Use the ‘path’ on the story map to plan out what happened at each stage of the story. You can:

  • Add pictures of each of the character from the story and also the setting (where the story took place) – Mouse, fox, owl, snake, Gruffalo
  • Add in speech bubbles for characters – what did they say? (make it short)
  • Key words or important conjunctions or phrases specific to the genre style e.g. once upon a time


Have a go and enjoy! Present your story beautifully!


Day 3 and 4  – CHARACTER DAY

There are many characters in the Gruffalo story. Today we are going to look at each character. In the story there is a mouse, fox, snake, an owl and the Gruffalo. The characters all play a role in the story.


Make some characters from the story.

Find some boxes and recycled junk in your home. This could be, milk bottles, egg trays, empty cereal boxes. Think about the character you are creating. Cut your resources and make the shape of the character and then add in the features.

  • Does the animal have legs? No legs?
  • Is the animal, small or big?
  • Do they have wings? Do they have a tail?
  • Do they have tusks? Purple prickles?


When you are making your creations – Think about what the characters did in the story. What did they say? How did they react to the events in the story? How would you describe them?

Use the speech bubble template and add to your creations to show us what each character said in the story…


Where are you going to, little brown mouse? Come and have tea in my underground house

Day 5 – Adjective and expanded noun phrases  

Today we are going to be looking at one of the main characters from the story, the mouse. We see the mouse throughout the story!

We are going to be thinking of some adjectives to describe the mouse.


Using this template, write down some words to describe the mouse from the story. Think about:

  • What the mouse looks like?
  • How does he feel?
  • What do you think of him?

Next, using your adjectives, you are going to turn them into an expanded noun phrase and then a sentence. Here is an example of how to do it:

Now using the same pyramid method as above, think about the mouse and turn your adjectives into sentences. Please use the template attached.