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The Jolly Postman

Read the first part of our new class book

Lesson 1 - Read the letter of apology

What to do

  • Look at the envelope. Where do they live? (The woods - this was the setting in the story  of Goldilocks and the Three Bears)

  • Where we have met the characters mentioned in the first letter before? (Goldilocks and the Three Bears)

  • Read the letter in the photo together. 

  • Who do you think wrote it?

  • Can you remember some of the story events/ the things that happened in the story? 

  • Are any of these story evening mentioned in the letter?

  • In this story the number 3 comes up a lot. This happens in many fairy tales. 

  • Can you think of things that came in 3s in the story? (bears, chairs, beds, bowls of porridge)

  • Why do you think she wrote it? (to apologise for breaking the chair, sleeping in the bed and eating the porridge)

  • Did you notice the P.S. at the end? This stands for post script which means written after. She forgot to include this thought in the letter so added it at the end. Did you know you are allowed to use that in your letters too. 


Writing Task - Proof read the letter for Goldilocks. 

Find each of the following words in the letter and circle them

Check if they are spelled correctly using the Y1 spelling list.

Colour in the ones that are wrong in red and those that are spelled correctly in green. 


little the I came
your house girl she
he chair bear love
be my there of


Lesson 2 - Plan a letter of apology

Read some other letters of apology people have invented from other characters you might know about already. 



Writing Task 1 - Plan a letter of apology. 

Complete the worksheet provided. Write or draw pictures in the boxes to plan your letter. 


Things you will need to decide together

1. Who will your letter be for?

  • You could write a sorry letter from yourself to one of your grown ups. 
  • You could pretend to be Goldilocks or the Big Bad Wolf or any other character. 
  • You could write a letter of apology to Mummy Bear rather than Baby Bear. How could you show her you are sorry? (e.g. help her cook dinner/ help her with her gardening/pick some beautiful flowers to go on the table)
  • You could write a letter of apology from the bears after being so cross and chasing Goldilocks away.

2.What are you sorry for?

3. What could you do to put things right?

4. What else could you do to show you are sorry?

5. How will you end your letter?

6. Is there anything else you want to add/say at the end?


Lesson 3 - Write your letter of apology


Writing Task 1 - Write and illustrate your own letter of apology

Get your plan from yesterday and the letter writing worksheet for today (or a plain sheet of paper). 

Talk your child through the steps below and look at Goldilocks' letter below so they can see how we set it out on the paper. 


Steps to success

  • Start with Dear _______, (Don't forget to use a capital letter for all names)
  • Write 1-2 sentences explaining what are sorry for/ why you are sorry
  • Write 1 sentence explaining what you will do to make it up to them. 
  • Close the letter with Love from 
  • Sign the letter with your name under love from. (Don't forget your capital letter)
  • Add a P.S. Have you forgotten anything? Would you like to invite them to something nice to show them you are sorry? (a sleepover, a special tea, a playdate, a party?) Why will it be a nice thing to do together? (food, fun activities) 
  • Illustrate some of the things you mentioned in your letter in the spaces.




Lesson 4 - Common Nouns and Proper Nouns


Special Names - Proper Nouns Part 2

Key knowledge to share with your child

- Mr, Mrs, Miss, Master and Dr all must start with a capital as it is a title of a person.

(You may have to explain what these titles mean as your child might not have seen Dr written down or realised how to read this aloud)

- First names need a capital letter. 

- Middle names need a capital letter (not everyone has a middle name though). 

- Last names need a capital letter.  

- The names of places like your street needs a capital letter at the start.

- Other places such as villages, towns, cities and countries also need a capital letter. 


Activity 1 - Highlight the capital letters used for names and places on the envelope. 


Lesson 5 - Learn about Capital letters for Proper Nouns

Common and Proper Nouns for Kids | Classroom Video

Writing Task - Make an envelope and write the address. 

Steps to success

1. Write their title and name on the top line. These words will need to start with a capital letter.

(Can you remember who your sorry letter was for?)

2. Write the name of their house if they have one on the next line. Does their house have a special name?

(Most houses don't have a special name but some do - look out for this the next time you go for a walk in your local area)

3. Write the number they live at on the next line down.

(What number will your letter be sent to? It might help them make the link between addresses and houses by looking at the number on your front door?)

4.Talk together about your street name. Write it next to the number they live at. 

(Show them how it is written with a capital to start each word because it is a name. When you are on your daily walk you might notice street signs - explain to your child that street signs tend to be all in capitals which is not the way we write them down in our address.)

5. Write the name of the place they live. (smallest area first - their house might be in a woodland which is in a village or town, which is in a city, which is in a county, which is in a country?)

6. End with a postcode. It contains letters and numbers. Usually all letters in a postcode are in capitals. 


Screen free games to help your child learn about common nouns and proper nouns.

Week 2  - Learning about adverts

Read next part of our class book in the pdf file below

What to talk about/point out in the advert


  • Look at each item for sale in the advert.
  • Talk about whether you think a witch would want to buy it. 
  • How do you know? Why do you think they would want one? 
  • How have they made sound good for witches?


  • Point out the parts that make it sound amazing or like a good thing. (answers below)
  • Point out the parts that are reasons you should buy it.(answers below)
  • Point out the parts that show us it is famous or has a good reputation.(answers below)  
  • Point out the parts that make it sound like a bargain.(answers below)


Persuasive features found  in the advert

Words and phrases that make it sound amazing

  • nice and gloomy
  • enchanting
  • perfect
  • finest ingredients
  • lovely colours


Words and phrases - reasons to buy

  • delivered to your door
  • choice of colours
  • spell-proof tent
  • washes itself
  • fits all sizes 
  • matching items available. 


Words and phrases that tell us it is famous/ that it has a good reputation

  • as seen on TV (this means it is famous)
  • "Its spell binding" The Mirror Mirror  (Explain that 'The Mirror' is a famous newspaper)


Words and phrases that tell us about the cost and persuade us to buy it now

  • money back if you aren't satisfied 
  • 10 year guarantee
  • special offer
  • buy one get one free




Lesson 1 - Listen to and respond to a persuasive advert

Watch today's input 

Lesson 2 - Tell a persuasive map from memory

Watch today's input

Writing Task - Plan your honey advert using the worksheet below


Speaking Task - Speak and walk through each part of your plan as shown in the video. 

Lesson 3 - To use the power of 3 for description

Watch today's input.

Written Task - I can write sentences using the power of 3. 

Choose some of the adjectives shows in the example or choose some of your own.


My honey is  








Now write one on the lines yourself.




Lesson 4 - To write questions to hook the reader

Watch today's input.

How honey is made and collected - William Whiskerson

Writing Task - I can write a question and punctuate it with a question mark 


What Where When Why
Who How Which Do you know that...
Have you ever... Would you like to...    


Task 1 - Sort the questions and answers


Task 2 - Correct the questions

Task 3 (optional) - Write a question of your own.

Lesson 5 - To summarise key points in an advert

Watch today's input.

Creative Task - Make a poster to advertise your Honey


Activity 1 - Create your own poster about your honey.

Activity 2 - Write your advert

We have written a simplified version of the advert shown in the video that you can use to help you.  


If you would prefer to listen to/watch an example of a written advert you can use the link below. Please note, there is no need for it to be as long as the example in the video.