Home Page




This week we will be following the BBC Bitesize daily lessons on


Today's focus is reading: Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett. Using the book Cyril and Pat you will learn about answering questions using the text, inferring what characters might say to each other and explaining what words mean.


Cyril and Pat

This book is about Cyril, the only squirrel in Lake Park, who is very lonely. One day he meets Pat – Pat is big and grey, and Cyril mistakes him for another squirrel! They become great friends and the two have lots of adventures and fun together - Cyril is so pleased he's made a friend. But everyone else thinks that Cyril and Pat simply cannot be friends, and they soon reveal why: Pat is actually a rat!

Watch TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson read an extract from Cyril and Pat .

Think about the following questions.

  • Who are the two main characters?

  • Where are they?

  • What happens?


There are 3 activities, you can choose to do as much or as little as you would like.


Read this short extract from Cyril and Pat and then try the activity below.

Extract 1

Lake Park only had one Squirrel,

All alone and sad (poor Cyril).

Until the morning he met Pat,

His new best friend, a big grey…


Just like ME!

Pat and Cyril spend each day

Thinking up good games to play.

They liked to put on puppet shows,

And test how fast a skateboard goes.

Their favourite games were Hide-and-seek,

And one that they called Pigeon Sneak.



Activity 1


Answer the following three questions, using language from the text in your answers.

  1. How do Cyril’s feelings change in this extract? Complete the following sentences.

             In the beginning .................................

             In the end .................................

  1. According to the text, what games do Cyril and Pat play?

  2. How do you know that Cyril and Pat are friends?



Now read this short extract from Cyril and Pat and try the activity below.

Extract 2

Cyril ran, out of the park

Into the city, into the dark.

All alone and scared. Poor Cyril.

'Not quite alone, you stupid squirrel.'

'And not so brave without that rat.'.

'Ahem. Do you mean ME?' said Pat.

Lake Park still only has one squirrel-

But he is not alone. Now Cyril

Lives there with a large grey rat,

His brave and clever best friend, Pat.


Activity 2

There are three main characters in the story – Cyril the squirrel, Pat the rat and Slim the dog.

In the table below are some examples of what the characters might say.

Using what you know from extract 1 and extract 2, write the character’s name next to what they might say.

You must use each character once: Cyril, Pat and Slim.


Activity 3

Read both extracts again.

The first extract says Cyril is 'sad'.

We can use a dictionary or a thesaurus to find other words that have a similar meaning. Some of the words have a stronger meaning of sadness. We can put them on a scale to show how sad somebody is.

Look at these words:

  • gutted

  • desolate

  • crestfallen

  • sorrowful

  • upset

  • unhappy

Take a piece of paper and draw a horizontal line across the page. Now write the words above on the line from the weakest word for ‘sad’ to the strongest word for ‘sad.’

You can try the same for 'happy'. Here are some words and expressions to start you off:

  • happy

  • over the moon

  • cheerful

  • ecstatic

  • chuffed

  • content


Watch the video for adding and subtracting 1s: Week 3 lesson 4 on


Complete the questions to go with it on the worksheet in your workbooks.

There are other related activities you could practise on ...

Wider curriculum (History)



Continue to choose tasks that you would like to do, in preparation for celebrations on Friday.

Choose one (or more than one!) of these activities each day, preparing for some celebrations on Friday.


  • Create an invitation for the celebrations - can you design a poster with a red, white and blue theme?
  • Look at what children would have worn for celebrations in the 1940s, can you plan your party outfit for Friday?
  • Research some wartime songs that they would have sung at that time. Learn some ready to sing on Friday.

  • Research some wartime dances such as the Lindy hop and have a go at learning one. 

            Bitesize Dance party in the 1940s

  • Research ration recipes you could make. Make a menu card for party food you could make and eat on Friday.
  • Make some party food using rationing recipes.

  • Listen to Winston Churchill’s speech to the country that he gave on VE day. How would it have felt to listen to that speech live? Who is Winston Churchill and why is he famous? Create a short fact file about him.

  • Make some bunting to decorate your house or garden. Here are some links about using things at home to make bunting.

            BBC Great British Bunting

  • Create a VE day medal using different materials you have around the house.
  • Make some British party food to share with your family.

           Street party recipes

  • If you like drawing, have a go at designing, and perhaps even making, your own VE day medal, like these:

Don't forget to send any photos of anything you draw, make or do, I'd love to see them smiley