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Book status: The book for this planning sequence is currently reprinting or out of print and therefore not in stock at most booksellers. If you do not already own the book, we would recommend this planning sequence as an alternative:

Alternative sequence

A Planning Sequence for Halibut Jackson

£5.00 (inc. VAT)

KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Reception

Literary Theme: Knowing Yourself

Author(s): David Lucas

Main Outcomes:

Signs and labels, captions, invitations, narrative sequel


Two+ weeks, 10+ sessions

Recommended term:

Autumn term 2

Overview and Outcomes:

In this ten-session sequence, which we suggest will take 3 weeks to cover, the children open a Drapery that sells Suits for every Occasion. They investigate the suitability of outfits for different occasions, weather and purposes and then meet Halibut Jackson: a man who already has a suit for every occasion! But Halibut is also very shy and unsure. They infer the characters’ feelings, advise the character and then write a narrative sequel. 

Updated for the September 2021 Statutory EYFS Framework

Synopsis of Text:

Halibut Jackson is a very shy person. He prefers not to be noticed at all. So he makes himself clothing to match his surroundings. His library suit has a striped look to it to match the shelves. But when he is invited to a party at the Palace, he is flummoxed - what does it look like in the palace? At last, having researched hard, and sewn quickly, he is ready: only to discover when he gets there that the party is a garden party. A suit of silver and gold, covered in jewels, is definitely going to get noticed. But everyone admires it tremendously!


Being yourself, dressing-up, parties, shyness

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