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September 27, 2011

PP1 experience

Smartest Giant

I read this book to a year 2 class, who absolutely loved it. I would say it is appropriate for any KS1 class, but it worked particularly well with this age group. I chose to read it partly because it fitted in nicely with the PSHE topic of feelings and helping people, but mostly because it is an enjoably book! Also, it is written by Julia Donaldson who wrote 'The Gruffalo', so I knew it was likely to be well written. It follows the trials of George who is the scruffiest giant in town. He then buys some smart clothes to feel better, but ends up giving away various items to help animals. As in most books for children it all ends happily, with him back in his comfy and familiar clothes and with a golden crown given to him by all those he has helped.

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To read to the children I had them gathered on the carpet around the chair I was sat on, so that they were comfotable and could see the pictures as I held up the book. During the story I asked them questions such as "What do you think will happen next?" and "Was that a good idea?" It promoted discussion and allowed the children to get really involved. I also encouraged them to join in with the repeated rhyme that went through the whole book.

I think this was my favourite part of PP1, as it was the first time I was really engaging with the children. It was also one of those moments that the children enjoyed and allowed them to learn some social messages without experiencing a lecture. They loved and engaged with the beautiful pictures as well as the actual text. After I read it I asked a few cihldren what their favourite part of the story was and why, and I think that helped them to think about the text further, so I felt I was teaching and not just reading a story.


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