Reading lesson: Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett

Home learning focus

Using the book Cyril and Pat you will learn about getting information from the text, explaining what words mean and writing as a character.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos of TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson reading extracts from the book

  • three activities

Learn

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?

Watch Naomi Wilkinson read an extract from Cyril and Pat

Now watch Naomi read another extract from Cyril and Pat and think about the following questions.

  • Who is talking in this extract?

  • Are you happy with the ending?

Watch Naomi Wilkinson read an extract from Cyril and Pat

Practise

You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

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…

SQUIRREL!

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.

BOO!

Cyril is the only squirrel in Lake Park, and he's very lonely. Until one day he meets Pat, the big, grey other squirrel and they have lots of adventures and fun together. But is Pat a squirrel, or not? Published by Two Hoots.

Activity 1

  1. What type of animal is Squirrel?

  2. Where does he live?

  3. How is he feeling at the beginning of this text?

  4. Who does he meet?

  5. Write two things they enjoy doing together.

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

In the extract you have just read, Cyril the squirrel is feeling very scared because Slim the dog has caught him. But, just in time, Pat the rat comes to the rescue.

Read the first part of the extract again and answer the questions below.

Not quite alone, you stupid squirrel.

And not so brave without that rat.

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

  1. Why do you think Pat says ‘Ahem'?

  2. How would you read this word?

  3. Think about what you could say or do instead? You could cough, or you could say ‘Excuse me’. What else could you say?

  4. Imagine how Pat is standing when he says 'Ahem. Do you mean ME?'. Think about how he will stand – his arms and legs. Try to stand like Pat. Think about Pat’s facial expression, try to change your eyes and mouth to match Pat’s mood.

  5. Now put all three together and say “Ahem. Do you mean ME?” as Pat.

Activity 3

Read extract 1 and extract 2 again and try this activity.

You are going to write two sentences as Pat and two sentences as Cyril.

These questions may help you decide what to write.

  • You are Cyril. What do you think you would say at the end of the story? Remember, you used to live alone in Lake Park, then you met a new friend Pat who saved your life! Now you live happily together.

  • You are Pat. What do you think you would say at the end of the story? Remember, you found a new friend Cyril but everybody treated you differently because you were a rat. In the end, you stood up to Slim the dog, saved Cyril’s life and now you live happily together.

Top tip!

Remember to use a capital ‘I’ when you are writing.

For example:

  • I was so happy when I found a new friend because I used to be so lonely.

Remember to use a capital letter when you write a character’s name (Cyril, Pat or Slim).

For example:

  • Pat saved my life when I was trapped by Slim!

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