Day 1 Teaching
Read children The Night Shimmy by Gwen Strauss and Anthony Browne. Help children to make connections between the book and other stories by the author. In particular, prompt children to recognise The Night Shimmy as an example of a story featuring a young protagonist, their companion and the adventures the two have.
Working in mixed-ability pairs or groups, children share a variety of books by Anthony Browne. For each, they note the names of the main characters and summarise the adventures they share.
Day 2 Teaching
Read children The Tunnel by Anthony Browne. Help children to compare the book to The Night Shimmy and others. Model creating two characters for a new version of The Tunnel. Remind children of how and why to make notes of their ideas when they are creating new characters.
Children work in mixed-ability pairs. They generate ideas for two new characters to feature in a retelling of The Tunnel. Children capture their ideas on a planning sheet.
Day 3 Teaching
Re-read The Tunnel and show children a story map to identify and sequence the core events of the book. Model imitating this story map to plan a new version of The Tunnel, indicating where children can innovate with new ideas of their own.
Working in ability-related pairs, children begin planning their own versions of The Tunnel. Some children will expand certain sections of their plan, while others will work with adult support to produce simpler narratives.
Day 4 Teaching
Model writing the first part of a new version of The Tunnel. Show children how you use notes made earlier to help you write complete, accurately punctuated sentences. Teach children to include expanded noun- and prepositional phrases in their writing.
Working independently or in ability-related pairs, children convert notes into finished sentences. They use expanded noun- and prepositional phrases as well as powerful verbs in their writing.
Day 5 Teaching
Teach children to incorporate co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions in their writing. Continue to model turning notes into finished prose. Remind children of the need to re-read their work to improve accuracy, quality and impact. Later, teach children to read their work aloud with feeling and clarity.
Children work independently. They finish writing their stories and practice reading them aloud. Later, they have an opportunity to read their versions of The Tunnel to the rest of the class.