Day 1 Teaching
Read Not Now, Bernard by David McKee and lead children in a discussion of the book’s characters, themes and setting. Ask children if they can relate to Bernard’s situation in the story.
Children work in small, ability-related reading groups. They re-read Not Now, Bernard and answer a series of questions about the text. They look through books from the class collection and find others books that have a similar scenario to Not Now, Bernard.
Day 2 Teaching
Read children either A Lion in the Meadow by Margaret Mahy or The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams. Compare the story to Not Now, Bernard. Model coming up with and developing ideas for an imaginary creature of your own similar to those in the stories read in class.
Children work in mixed-ability pairs. They come up with their own imaginary creatures and develop ideas around what their creatures might do or say, using the stories they have heard in class as models for their thinking.
Day 3 Teaching
Read There’s NO Such thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent. Again, compare the story to the others read in this Unit. Help volunteers to role-play a short conversation between characters from the story, emphasising the need to speak ‘in character’. Repeat for conversations featuring characters from Not Now, Bernard and A Lion in the Meadow
Children work in mixed-ability pairs. They compose a short conversation between a parent/carer and a child concerning a visit from the imaginary creature children thought up yesterday. They write lines that are appropriate to the characters and scenario. Later, children enact their conversations.
Day 4 Teaching
Remind class of the books they have read in the unit and prompt children to share which has been their favourite, and why. Elicit children’s understanding of the purpose and format of a book review. Shared-read short reviews. Model composing a simple review of There’s NO Such thing as a Dragon.
Children work independently or in ability-related pairs. They decide on a favourite book from the set read in the Unit and compose a brief review of the title. When finished, children read their reviews aloud to the rest of the class.