Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School


The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

In the Amazon Rainforest, a man is chopping down a great Kapok tree. Exhausted from his labor, he puts down his axe and rests. As he sleeps, the animals who ...

In today’s lesson you are going to write in the role of one of the characters.


Re-watch the video of the story, imaging you are the ‘smaller man’. After listening to all of the animals, how does the characters thoughts and feelings change from the start of the book to the end? Imagine that you are the man writing to his family to explain why he has left his job. What will he say to them?


Write a postcard (these are usually one or two paragraphs in length) from the man to his family. Use the postcard features prompt and success criteria to support your writing. Challenge yourself to include all elements of the SC. Don’t forget basic punctuation and breaking ideas up into paragraphs. 

‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered’