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'The Twits' by Roald Dahl

This week, we are going to begin reading 'The Twits' by Roald Dahl. We are going to think about writing descriptions of the characters using well chosen adjectives and similes.  

Here is a link to an online copy of the book, if you haven't got the book at home.



Read chapters 1 to 4 of 'The Twits'.  

In these first four chapters, you are introduced to the characters, Mr and Mrs Twit.  Use the information from these four chapters to create a bank of words and phrases which describe Mr and Mrs Twit.  Think about if the words and phrases are describing the characters' appearance (what they look like) or personality (the characteristics or qualities that form an individual's distinctive character).

You can record your ideas on the worksheet, or make your own recording sheet on a piece of paper. 




Think back to what you found out about the characters Mr & Mrs Twit, yesterday. If you want to, you could re-read the first 4 chapters.

Today, we are going to learn about 'similes'.  Do you know what a simile is?  The clue is in the name.  It is a way of describing something by saying it is similar or 'like' something else. 

For example, you could describe 'ice' as being 'as smooth as glass'.  Or my son's hair is 'as woolly as a sheep'.  He desperately needs a haircut!

 Here is a slideshow which will explain a bit more about using adjectives and similes.

Use the list of adjectives to write some sentences which describe Mr & Mrs Twit.  Each sentence must include a simile.  

For example, Mr Twit's chin was as bristly as a Brillo pad.

Mrs Twit's clothes smelt as foul as rotting cabbage.

Try to think of the best similes as you can to describe Mr and Mrs Twit.


Read 'The Twits' - Chapter 5: The Glass Eye.

Look at this sentence from Chapter 5:

Suddenly, as Mr Twit tipped the last drop of beer down his throat, he caught sight of Mrs Twit’s awful glass eye staring up at him from the bottom of the mug.

How does this sentence begin? 

The sentence starts with the opener 'Suddenly, ...'

Can you think of some different sentence openers? Which openers could we use if we are writing sentences about Mr & Mrs Twit?

Perhaps you could use 'Shockingly, ...' ,'Disgustingly, ...' , 'Revoltingly, ...' or 'Amazingly, ...'.

Don't forget, we can also use conjunctions to extend our sentences to make our writing even more interesting.

We are going to use openers, conjunctions and similes, to write some sentences about Mr & Mrs Twit.

Use the 'Sentence Generation Sheet' to help you make some sentences about Mr & Mrs Twit. You will need to include a sentence opener, a simile and a conjunction in each sentence.

Your sentences might look a bit like this:

Disgustingly, Mrs Twit’s hair is as dirty as a muddy pond and looks like an old bird’s nest.


Today, we are going to use all the writing features which we have practised this week, to write our own description of Mrs Twit.

When a writer is wanting the reader to read their writing, they often start with a 'hook'; something which pulls the reader into their writing, and encourages the reader to continue reading. A 'hook' can often be a question.

"Have you ever heard of revolting Mrs Twit?" or "Have you ever come across the disgusting woman named Mrs Twit?"

Then you can invite the reader to continue reading:

"Then let me tell you all about her."

You can then write a description of Mrs Twit, including a description of her appearance as well as her personality.  Include sentence openers, similes and conjunctions to make your writing sound really interesting.

Finish with a warning!

For example, "If you ever meet this disgusting old woman, don't forget to hold your nose and walk away as quickly as you can."

There is a sheet below reminding you of all the important parts which you need to include in your writing.  There is also paper for you to write your description on. However, you can write on your own paper if you wish.  



Read Chapter 6 of 'The Twits' - 'The Frog.'

Think about the events which happen in this chapter.  You could even make a list of things which happen.

E.g. Mr Twit caught a big frog down by the pond.

      Mr Twit carried the frog in a box.

We are going to think about how we can improve these basic sentences by adding in sentence openers, conjunctions, adjectives, similes and also adverbs.

Adverbs are words which we can use with verbs to give extra information.  You add them to verbsadverbs. 

Adverbs tell you how something is done.  So we could say:

Mr Twit carefully caught a big frog down by the pond.

Mr Twit gently carried the frog in a box.

However, we can improve our writing even further by adding a sentence opener, some adjectives, a conjunction and a simile:

Disgustingly, Mr Twit carefully caught a large, warty frog down by the pond and he gently carried it back to the house as stealthily as a panther.

Use the 'Simple sentence sheet' to help you create better sentences, using sentence openers, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions and similes.  

You don't need to use all the writing features in each sentence, but try to use some of these features in each sentence you write.