2. Burglar Bill

Activity 1:

Collect evidence

Pretend you are a police officer collecting evidence about Burglar Bill’s movement. Watch Mr Barrett read Burglar Bill, stopping the story to write down what you see Burglar Bill doing. Use the clues in the story to add what time you saw it happen:


At 8 o’clock I looked through the window and I saw Burglar Bill eating fish and chips.

At 9 o’clock I saw Burglar Bill entering number 7.


Make a timetable of Burglar Bill’s activities over one day showing the time he did what.



You can write in digital (12 hour / 24 hour) or o’clock.

Activity 2:


In the book 'Burglar Bill' there are lots of interesting words including, ‘burglar’:



a person who illegally enters buildings and steals things



List the words that you are unsure of their meaning or just words that interest you.

Use a dictionary (either online or printed) to find their definitions.


Activity 3:

Hot Seating

Ask someone if your family, who knows the story of Burglar Bill, to pretend to be either Betty or Bill.

A mask, stripy jumper and swag bag as props might help get them in the mood.


Now think up questions to ask Bill or Betty or which will help you find out more about his/her life of crime.



You could start with:


‘When did you decide to become a burglar?’

‘How do you decide what to steal?’

Activity 4:

Baker Bill gets busy


Instructions, and especially recipes, use imperative verbs when telling you what to do and in what order.


Imperative verbs are sometimes called bossy verbs (we used them when we designed a lost pet poster).

Remind yourself what imperative verbs are by visiting the BBC Bitesize website.


Bake some biscuits.

You will need:

4 tablespoons of self-raising flour

2 tablespoons of caster sugar

2 tablespoons soft butter

A dash of milk


For decorating you might want to try:

Writing icing

Chocolate buttons

Edible cake decorations







  • First collect together the ingredients along with a bowl, rolling pin, pastry cutters and a greased tray.
  • Next put the flour and sugar into the bowl.
  • Now cut the butter into cubes and tip them in.
  • With your fingertips rub into flour until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
  • Press the mixture into a lump, if it is too dry add a splash of milk (take care not to make it wet).
  • You are ready to roll out on a clean flat surface until it is 1cm thick or slightly thinner.
  • Once you have done this use the cutters to cut out your shapes and then place the biscuits on the greased baking tray.
  • Ask a grownup to help you bake in a 160 degrees C oven for 12 minutes.
  • Finally once the biscuits have come out of the oven and had a chance to cool you can decorate them.


Activity 5:

Word search


Words to find:

burglar, bill, Betty, that, stolen, sack, house, box, baby, cat, snow, supper.