Stage 1: ages 5 – 8

First step to harness the conception of literary appreciation and critical thinking.


Who’s it for?

Less experienced or less confident readers who need exposure to a range of literature to promote reading for pleasure, and to develop their critical thinking skills.

A careful selection of well-known contemporary and classical literature is incorporated into each stage. Examples include: Journey, Blown Away, The Magic Finger, Hamish and the Worldstoppers, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Lightning Thief

Programme Approach: 

  • Entering the world of the book through the study of setting and character
  • Exploring aspects of the book such as plot, characters, purpose, audience, and themes
  • Re-creating the book by producing own written or illustrative pieces

Key Learning Attributes and Skills Developed:  

  • Making connections to own experiences and other film and literature
  • Empathy development
  • Sharing personal responses
  • Explaining understanding through verbal and written responses
  • Applying book appreciation to own creations
  • Questioning the characters, the author and the events in the story in order to further probe understanding of key themes and issues

Activities and Applications: 

  • Group discussions
  • Personal reflections
  • Writing activities: postcards, diary accounts, letters, posters, play scripts
  • Drama
  • Mind mapping
  • Storyboards

Course Structure

Stage 1A (ages 5 – 6):           10 sessions 90 minutes per session

Stage 1B (ages 7 – 8):           10 sessions 90 minutes per session

Stage 2 (ages 8 -11):              10 sessions 90 minutes per session


Who’s it for: Young learners who need to establish reading habits, develop confidence with reading and books, and discover the mystery and depth of visual and written texts.

Key texts:

Flotsam, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Baby Aliens Got My Teacher

Programme Approach:

  • Promoting enquiry skills
  • Nurturing reading for pleasure
  • Group discussions and personal response

Key Learning attributes and skills developed

  • Empathy
  • Creativity and imaginative dialogue
  • Independent learning skills
  • Questioning skills
  • Curiosity

Activities and application.

  • Re-telling aspects of story from characters’ perspectives
  • Writing opportunities: captions, poems, diary accounts
  • Note-taking
  • Mind-mapping
  • Debating and discussion


Young readers who wish to grow their knowledge, spark their imagination and develop enquiry skills


Under the sea, Maps, various media (film clips, advertisements, photographs, diagrams, charts and maps).

Programme Approach:

  • Discussing cause and effect
  • Developing general knowledge of real life issues
  • Creative opportunities to communicate own basic research
  • Developing independent learning skills

Key learning attributes and skills developed:

  • Independent enquiry
  • Confidence and independence
  • Forming conclusions and using evidence based research
  • Discussing thematic and moral issues
  • Asking and answering relevant questions

Activities and Application:

  • Debating key issues linked to history, the environment and inventions
  • Mind-mapping
  • Questioning
  • Note taking
  • Project work and writing opportunities through posters, messages and headlines


Who’s it for?

Young learners who want to develop links between visual and written texts in order to analyse, and create their own stories and characters

Key texts:

How to Train Your Dragon, Matilda, Hugo

Programme Approach:

  • Using film text as a bridging tool for written text
  • Discussion of real life issues such heroism, justice, courage
  • Film analysis
  • Creating interesting characters visually and in writing

Key Learning Attributes and skills developed

  • Understanding a filmmaker’s devices
  • Empathy
  • Sequencing
  • Analytical skills
  • Confidence and independence
  • Understanding filmic devices and its effects on audiences

Activities and Applications:

  • Comparing and analysing film vs. book extracts
  • Describing characters and settings
  • Writing opportunities: short narratives, descriptions, taglines, blurbs, diary accounts, film posters
  • Story boards
  • Debating key issues from the film