‘Mrs Mole, I’m Home!’ By Jarvis Publisher: Walker ISBN: 978-1-4063-7243-4 Suggested age group: Year 1
-Cross-curricular and topic based planning
-Using a book as a stimulus for a range of genres
-Fully aligned to the new curriculum
My review: An entertaining, colourful picture book, perfect for children aged between 3-5 years old,that is full of wit, warmth and humour.
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Themes to discuss:
- Being lost
- ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers
- ‘Can I Join Your Club?’ by John Kelly and Steph Laberis
As Writers we will:
- Write an information booklet about one of the animals in the story
- Create a new scene for the story – which other animals could Mr Mole meet on his journey?
- Act out the story, thinking of different voices for the different animals
- Identify spellings with the suffixes ed (popped, spluttered, burrowed)
As Geographers we will:
- Draw a map of all the places Mr Mole has visited
As Scientists we will:
- Find out about the different animals in the story and their habitats
- Use our different senses to identify materials and objects – what happens when we can’t see?
- Sort and group the animals into mammals, reptiles, amphibians etc
As Mathematicians we will:
- Count and record the different animals mentioned in the story – how many owls are there? How many more rabbits than owls are there?
- Make worms out of plasticine – which ones are the longest? Shortest? Can we use a ruler to measure them to the nearest centimetre?
- Identify the 2D shapes used to create the pictures e.g. triangles for the crocodiles’ teeth, circles for Mr mole’s glasses
As Readers we will consider:
- The puns and humour e.g. ‘No Diving’, ‘Owliver Twist’
- The repetition e.g. ‘Up he popped!’, ‘And off he burrowed’
- How does Mr Mole feel when he finally returns home?
- Do you think Mr Mole will lose his glasses again?
- Who is the most unfriendly out of all the animals and why?
All the planning and ideas are included in a handy pdf document here: