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Task 1: Describing the troll

Tell your grown up about the troll. Try to use words from the vocabulary list.

  • What does he look like?  Challenge – can you use words like sharp eg He has sharp claws
  • What is he like? Eg is he kind? Is he friendly?
  • You could add your own details – eg I think he has purple prickles on his back. I think he is very smelly.



Write a sentence to describe the troll.

Please use the Tips for writing sheet to help you support your child. Remember to use the phonics mat and don’t give your child a sentence to copy.

Talk about the troll again. Ask your child to think of a sentence starting with “He is” or “He has __” eg  “He is wicked and grumpy.”Or “He has big horns.”

Challenge: can you write two sentences?

Task 2: Change the baddie!

We have had fun changing the characters in other stories. Can you show your grown ups how we do it. Instead of a troll can you invent a different bad guy?

Draw a picture of your bad guy and describe him or her to your grown up. If you want to challenge yourself you could also write a sentence about your bad guy.

Can you change the Billy goats too? Who will your good guys be in your story? And how will they manage to outwit the troll? Can you have a go at writing a sentence about your new story?


Please practise writing letters using correct formation. Once children can do this without thinking about it (automatically) they find writing sentences much easier. Don’t practise handwriting as part of the writing task, do it as a separate job. They could practise individual letters, the sounds on the blue side of the phonics mat which we have learnt like ch or sh or by writing tricky words which they already know how to spell.


The important thing is that they are just focusing on how to write the letters correctly. You can find a letter formation sheet in the Helpful Resources section. Start at the dot and follow the arrow. Remember that for most letters you do not take your pencil off the paper until you have finished writing the letter.


To make it more fun children could practise forming the letters using felt pens, paint, grown up pens, chalk, paintbrushes dipped in water on the ground or even with their finger in a tray of flour or rice.


There is also a website which shows children how to form each letter in the alphabet. You can click the link below!


Choose a letter, the program tells you how to say the letter and then how to write it. Children to then practise writing this letter with a pencil and paper.