Stage 2: ages 8 – 11

Strengthen the critical mind and ignite the passion to explore further

BOOK EXPLORERS

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 the 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

FICTION

Who’s it for?

Young readers who wish to sharpen their critical thinking skills through textual analysis, contextual understanding and narrative techniques

Key texts:

Cloud Busting, Street Child, Private Peaceful

Programme Approach:

  • Small group discussions and personal responses
  • Building cultural capital through exposure to historical sources
  • Creative and analytical responses
  • Discussion of real life concepts such as bullying, justice and courage

Key learning attributes and skills developed:

  • Empathy and metacognition
  • Developing own line of enquiry
  • Presentation skills
  • Confidence

Activities and Application:

  • Writing activities: characters’ perspectives, narrative, postcards, poetry, letters
  • Independent research projects
  • Research and note taking
  • Drama activities
  • Exploring moral and ethical issues

NON FICTION
Who’s it for?
Young readers who want to find out more about world issues and develop research and enquiry skills

Key texts:
Variety of short films

Programme Approach:

  • Asking sophisticated questions in order to fully explore topic
  • Finding creative solutions
  • Exposure to real life issues
  • Discussing relationship between cause and effect

Key Learning Attributes and Skills developed:

  • Empathy and metacognition
  • Enquiring and clarifying
  • Arriving at substantiated conclusions
  • Identifying and discussing themes

Activities and Application:

  • Group presentations linked to research
  • Critical and close reading of texts
  • Independent presentations of written tasks
  • Writing opportunities: poetry, tourist brochures, postcards, advertisements, letters, news articles, diary accounts

FILM

Who’s it for?

Young thinkers who would benefit from the tools and film devices to develop their communication skills

Key texts:

Lion King, short film clips and film poster

Programme Approach:

  • Using film text as a bridging tool for written text
  • Analysing writing craft
  • Promoting excitement and engagement in learning through case study of Lion King
  • Structured film analysis

Key Learning Attributes and skills developed

  • Critical reasoning skills
  • Empathy
  • Understanding filmic devices and its effects on the audience

Activities and Applications:

  • Group and independent analysis of short films
  • Creative and critical response to film and writings
  • Creative film posters
  • Writing: narrative, job advertisements, film posters, biography, creating own story