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LC :Read at speed allowing focus on understanding.

      Infer the meaning of unknown words from context.



The Weed by Quentin Blake


Octavia said, “I think you should probably just hold on tight.”

The weed shot up, getting bigger and bigger and taller and taller until – it burst out above the ground and the Meadowsweet family found themselves thrown into their hands and knees with greenery sprouting all around them.  They sat around with amazement.

“Octavia,” said Lily.  “Did you know all this was going to happen?”

But, for once, Octavia said nothing.


R - Who said “I think you should probably just hold on tight.”?

I - Why do you think that Octavia didn't say anything?

C - The author used repetition, taller and taller, bigger and bigger.  What affect does this have on the reader?

Talk to an adult in your house about the answers.

LC: to use sentences with different forms - statements, question, command and exclamation.


Watch the video below to help you.



Command sentences are used when you are telling someone to do something.

Commands usually start with an imperative verb, also known as a 'bossy verb', because they tell someone to do something.


"Fetch me some biscuits."


In this example, 'fetch' is the imperative verb.

You should also use commands when you are writing instructions telling someone how to do something.


Let's use the text to write command sentences.


Hold on tight.

Stop it.

Get off the weed.



Now write 3 command sentences.

Remember to be really bossy! 


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