Lesson Plans

This section of the website contains a number of lesson plans based on my books.


Lesson Plans: Ghost Writer and Other Stories by Julia Jarman

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Here is a a scheme of work for studying Julia Jarman's writing, using Ghost Writer as a main text, supplied by Liz Wickins of Margaret Beaufort School in Bedfordshire.

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Owl's Big Mistake Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plans: CanCan Cafe

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Series of Lessons based on Kangaroo’s Can-Can Cafe by Julia Jarman

Lesson 1: Teacher to read book.  Discuss structure of book, where ideas come from and use of language.
Talk about cultures of Australia and France.
Play can-can music.

Lesson 2: To understand the meanings of unknown words.
Give each pair an unknown word from the text eg. glitzy, regalia, belle, slither, jeers, suspense. Same ability pairs, matched carefully to word.
Read story again, emphasising these words in context.
Pairs to discuss their perceived meaning of their word.
Report back to class and compare ideas. Discuss why these words were used.
Extension: look the words up in a dictionary.

Lesson 3: Talk about the style of the illustrations.
Paint a large picture of own emu, based on shape and colours as shown when they dance the can-can.

Lesson 4: Introduce the hidden theme of the book – that everyone has their own hidden talent which they might not shout about.
Invite children to share with the class something which they are good at, which we might not know about. How do they know they are good at it?

Lesson 5: Write a short sentence describing their hidden talent. Why do they enjoy it?
Mount and display writing around the emus.

Display: See photograph

Evaluation: The children were very excited to base so much enjoyable work around one book. It was stimulating for the teacher to be able to incorporate many aspects of the curriculum.

Lesson Plans by Janet Rhodes -Lancot Lower School
Last Updated ( Friday, 28 January 2011 13:47 )

Lesson Plans: Magic Back Pack

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A Series of Lessons for Year 2 based on The Magic Backpack by Julia Jarman

Lesson 1: To enjoy the story read by adult. To discuss setting, characters and content.

Lesson 2: To design and label their own magic backpack, stating why the different parts would be useful on their voyage.

Lesson 3: To draw up a story plan, by firstly answering the questions:

Where will it take me?
Why do I want I go there?
What will happen?

Lesson 4: To verbally tell the story to a small group, inviting responses and improvements from peers.

A very enjoyable series of lessons, pulling together speaking and listening with the creative art of developing ideas for a story, without the onerous task of having to write letters, words and sentences! The boys particularly liked designing and labelling their own rucksack – there were some weird and wonderful ideas!

Lesson plans by Janet Rhodes - Lancot Lower School.


Lesson Plans: Reception/Y1 - Kisses are Yuk

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Many thanks to Sally Horton for this excellent Reception/Year 1 – lesson plan

Protective Behaviours – 1 hour/2 x 30 minutes

AIM: To understand that ‘we all have the right to feel safe all of the time’

Learning Objective:

To know what I like and don’t like
To think about who gives us kisses
To be able to say ‘NO’
To know where I can get help
To have respect for myself and other people

Curriculum Links:

Year R –         PSED, Communication, language and literacy

Year 1 –         PSHE     1a, b, c, 2c, d, 3d, e, g, 4d
                     SEAL: Good to be me

You will need:    ‘Kisses are Yuk’ By Julia Jarman – available from www.hodderchildrens.co.uk @ £10.99
    Pencils and paper
    Working Agreement (Appendix i)
Teacher Notes:


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