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Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

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Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt is an engaging KS1 teaching resource which consists of a 37 slide PowerPoint presentation and a booklet of 33 worksheets.

English Teaching Resources: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

(PowerPoint presentation lessons with teacher notes, overview and worksheets)

Scaredy Squirrel is an excellent English teaching resource featuring a wide range of engaging lessons designed to enhance and develop pupil knowledge and understanding of the novel Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt as well as a variety of key KS1 English skills. Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt includes a wide range of activities and lessons for Year 1 or Year 2 children.

English Teaching Resources: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt includes:

- An overview explaining how the scheme of work fits into the KS1 Reading and Writing learning objectives

- Extensive notes to guide teachers through the resource

- Background information about Melanie Watt

- Talk for writing activities

- Exploring characterisation - Create a video diary for Scaredy Squirrel

- Using props to prompt discussion

- How to write compound sentences

- How to make plurals by adding 's' or 'es'

- Recount and asking questions

- Discussion of events, characters and themes - using zone of relevance technique 

- How to make a story map

- Adding 'ed' to make past tense verbs

- Understanding persuasive techniques

- Writing the days of the week

- How to construct a simple story

- Learning a poem by heart

- Cross curricular - science (environment, living things, squirrel facts), maths (telling the time) 

- 37 slide PowerPoint

- 33 pages of worksheets

- And a lot more including a word search, a maze game and links to even more activities!

The range of activities in this unit of work are intended to suggest opportunities around the book Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt which can be used in English and across the curriculum in Years 1 and 2. At least one copy of the book will need to be used.  There is a link to the author’s website which has a range of activities for children to enjoy. There is a clear link to the Year 2 Programme of Study for Science: Living things in their habitats which could be built upon. Teachers will identify PSHE opportunities arising from this story (e.g. teaching children to face their fears) and SEAL links (New Beginnings). If this unit is taught in the summer term, there are opportunities for children to consider their own feelings as they prepare to leave a familiar class and go into the ‘unknown’.

There are specific activities to teach grammatical aspects of English which are in line with the statutory requirements and the notes and guidance of the English 2014 Curriculum, and teachers will identify further opportunities which should be tailored to meet specific children’s needs. Phonic activities are broadly in line with Phase 5 and Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds.

This is not intended to be a prescriptive unit of work where all activities are worked through slavishly; teachers should select from, and adapt, these resources to meet the needs of the children they teach. Links to external sites, and to the video clips on YouTube are valid at the date of publication but should be checked before use.

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