For Christmas I adopted my class an snow leopard (one of the packs from W H Smiths which comes with the cuddly toy). When I did this last year with my year 2 class, the toy would go home each evening with a child in a small rucksack with a diary for them to write/draw about what they had got up to with 'Jerry the giraffe' (was often something simple like a swimming lesson or trip to the park). My new class are year 5 but have responded very enthusiastically to the idea of taking it in turns to take home their new mascot. I am keen to include a diary/notebook for them to do some sort of writing, however, I'm not sure quite how to direct this. Do I continue with the diary idea, try some sort of cumulative story, or something else? I want it to be something enjoyable, not onerous, and the range of ability in my class is obviously quite wide (2b-5c) so I don't want to draw too much attention to my less able children's differences. Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions? Thank you!!