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Buzzard English


Over the next two weeks we have decided to base our books around a wider topic 'Under the Sea'. During the first week we will be focusing on the story 'The Rainbow Fish'. This affords lots of opportunities to get really creative in your writing and to also link your writing to important issues such as friendship and kindness. We have already been very impressed with your writing and kind deeds over the last couple of weeks and I am looking forward to reading what you come up with this week! Next week we will be basing our learning around 'The Snail and the Whale' a suggestion offered by Ella. If you have any suggestions for a book that you would love to base your learning around please email me this and I will have a look at what I can do! 

Miss Crowe and Mrs Hall 

Ideas for topic work based on 'The Rainbow Fish'...


  • The Rainbow Fish's scales 'shimmer'. Can you find other words that could be used to describe the scales?
  • At one point in the story, the Rainbow Fish becomes the 'loneliest fish in the entire ocean'. Try a role play activity to interview him and find out how he is feeling. Can you suggest things that he could do to find some friends?
  • Can you rewrite the story (or a part of it) as a playscript? Could you perform this to others?
  • The story includes lots of different types of punctuation. Can you find each type and explain why they have been used?
  • A number of adverbs are used in the text, e.g. playfully, carefully. Can you find out what an adverb is and find some more?
  • Find out how to write in the first / third person. Can you rewrite the story from the Rainbow Fish's point of view?
  • Create a set of instructions to teach people how to look after a pet (rainbow) fish.
  • Write a story about a different 'rainbow' animal, e.g. a Rainbow Bird, a Rainbow Butterfly or a Rainbow Chameleon. What might happen to them?
  • Can you write a book review of this story to tell others your opinion about it?



  • Try counting the Rainbow Fish's scales. How many are there?
  • Look at the illustrations showing the fish's scales. Can you make your own tessellations that look like fish scales?



  • Use the internet or books to find out lots of information about fish. Can you create a report about them?
  • Can you find different materials that are shiny, like the Rainbow Fish's scale? What makes them shine and reflective?
  • Find out about plants that grow near / around / under water.
  • Create a food chain that includes a fish and other sea creatures.



  • Use drawing / painting software to make your own picture of the Rainbow Fish.
  • Can you create an animation about a fish?
  • Can you use PowerPoint to create a fact file about Rainbow Fish?



  • Make a 3D model of the Rainbow Fish. Could you make a model of an underwater scene?
  • Create your own puppets based on the characters in the story and perform it to your friends.



  • The Rainbow Fish's scales are 'every shade of blue, green and purple'. Can you try mixing paint to make lots of different shades of these colours?
  • Decorate your own Rainbow Fish image using collage (or other media). Can you find foil and glitter to make your picture sparkle?
  • Draw your own underwater scene, using the sea photos for inspiration.
  • Make your own 'rainbow' animal. Could you create a Rainbow Bird, a Rainbow Butterfly or a Rainbow Chameleon?



  • Describe the Rainbow Fish's behaviour at different points in the story. How did his behaviour make the other fish feel?
  • The Rainbow Fish gives away his most prized possessions. What are your most prized possessions? Why are they important to you?
  • Does this story have a moral? What is it? Can you find other stories that have a meaning for the reader?