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Where has January gone?


Hope you have had a good week. Time seems to be whistling past!

I have been working with a couple of schools this week on developing their curriculum, so that it meets the requirements of the New Curriculum and is engaging, broad and balanced:


Behind each of these topics there will be skill-based blocks of work for the foundation subjects and units of literacy which are based on high quality texts.

I thought I would share some of the texts from one of the blocks of learning that I have been working on. A couple of the schools that I have supported, over the last few months, have piloted them in either Year 2 or Year 3 and they have gone down very well as they move from fairy tale wolves to a study of factual wolves. Pupils examine storytelling and then move onto non-chronological text work, but at their heart are a number of really good texts:

Can you trust the wolf?

The topic begins by looking at the traditional image of the wolf in a variety of texts such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’  and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ . The class then receive a letter from the wolf asking Little Red Riding Hood to give him a second chance:


The pupils then write a letter back to the wolf agreeing to help him:


The wolf sends them lots of stories for them to read to show different viewpoints. I have included a number here, as they can be used with different ability pupils or different age groups:

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The wolfs tale

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I love Jan Fearnley’s ‘Mr Wolf and the three bears’ as you see a gentle thoughtful wolf who is trying to arrange a perfect birthday party for Baby Bear.

Mr Wolf and the three bears

There are some great descriptions of the food he prepares and a wonderful page laid out like a comic strip describing everything he does to get ready!


However, the party is gate-crashed by a vile Goldilocks, who stuffs the party food into hr very large mouth, ruins the party games and even stands on everyone’s feet! This story has a very clever ending that can be appreciated by all ages.

I always enjoy Emily Gravett’s books and use two for this topic. The first is about a wolf that is treated cruelly by pigs until he shows them that they can’t treat him like a pet!


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By the end of the book we are desperate for the wolf to stand up for himself.

The other book by Gravett that I think is brilliant for moving from fiction wolves to non-fiction wolves is a very clever text called ‘Wolves‘.  A rabbit is reading a book from the library about wolves, but as he reads the text it seems to be in the book itself:

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There is a beautiful non-fiction book for learning about wolves, that pupils seem to like:

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If you want to do newspaper accounts of what happened from a different point of view there are two books that you might find interesting:

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One of the Year 2 classes I have worked with also created their own puppet wolves and undertook a really effective D.T. project to design and make individual creatures:


If you want to know more about this unit of work or find out anything more about the sort of learning journeys that I have created for specific schools or classes just email me on

Have a great week and carry on bringing literacy to life.


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