Year 3 Half-term Homework

Story starter!

Hours and hours had passed, and she hadn’t seen a soul. The monotony of trudging through this seemingly never-ending labyrinth was tiring, and her eyelids felt heavy. The heady scent of the pine sap and earthy moss added to her lethargic state. She felt as if she could close her eyes and sleep for a thousand years. She knew she couldn’t though; being trapped in the woods when night fell wouldn’t be a wise move. Making the most of the remaining daylight would be crucial, she knew.

A great sense of foreboding filled her, and she had a tight feeling in her chest. The trees around her, like sentinels protecting the gods of the forest, seemed to bear down upon her. The dense army of pine trees threatened her from every side. There was only one path forward, and she took it hesitantly, not knowing what awaited her in the distance…

This is a story starter for someone lost in a forest! We are going to read the famous story of Hansel and Gretel in class. Your task is to write a powerful paragraph for the lost brother and sister in the foreboding forest. Concentrate on building a powerful description of their surroundings and how terrified they might be…without actually using any dialogue!  You must use strong verbs, expanded noun phrases and precise adverbs! You are allowed to use the Word Bank provided.

Forest, woodland, trees, treetops, trunks, branches, roots, logs   Sky, ceiling, canopy, umbrella, blanket   Floor, carpet, paths, tunnels   Leaves, buds, berries, blossoms, flowers, petals, stems, vines, creepers, ivy, brambles, thorns, twigs   Bluebells, snowdrops, daffodils, poppies, gorse, heather, hawthorn,Stood, rose, spread, stretched, arched   Knotted, tangled, twisted, choked, strangled   Blocked, trapped, grasped, scratched   Burst, erupted, crept, wriggled, writhed   Hung, swayed, tossed, danced, hopped, floated, fluttered   Lit, painted, covered, cloaked, shroudedTall, huge, vast, towering   Beautiful, majestic, stunning,   spectacular, magnificent   Brown, yellow, green, emerald, pink, red, scarlet, crimson, fiery, orange, bronze, purple, blue, white, silver   Bright, vivid   Dark, black, gloomy, shadowy, misty, eerie, ghostly


  1. One shadowy Autumn morning Hansel and Gretel took a calm stroll through the majestic woods but today it felt enchanted. They walked through the winding forest as slow as they could. They started hearing voices whispering to them. What could they be! They looked around and saw nothing but darkness and trees knotted and twisted. This was the beginning of an eerie day.

  2. A great start Elizabeth – think now about using an adverb to begin a sentence so you have a mixture of sentence starters! Super work 🙂

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