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A Planning Sequence for Jim, A Cautionary Tale

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KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 3

Literary Theme: Confidence & Caution

Author(s): Hilaire Belloc & Mini Grey


Warning poster, alternative endings,performance poetry

Main Outcome:

Narrative poem


10 sessions, 2 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a two-week sequence using Cautionary Tales by Hilaire Belloc in which children begin by exploring a range of scenarios and their consequences, in order to make predictions about the contents of a number of tales. Children then go on to read a number of these tales, eventually innovating upon a known cautionary tale before planning in detail. Additional texts/poems: Have a selection of other cautionary tales available for children to read, e.g. others by Hilaire Belloc, and by David Lucas. Make these available in the class library and use during the teaching of Reading.

Synopsis of Text:

Award-winning illustrator Mini Grey turns her inimitable hand to Hilaire Belloc's classic cautionary tale of Jim: who ran away from his Nurse and was eaten by a Lion!

First published in 1907, Belloc's wickedly funny poem describing the sad end of Jim is now fabulously illustrated by Mini Grey for this extra-special new edition. A perfect gift with much to explore...


Cautionary Tales, narrative poetry, classic verse

A Spelling Seed is available for Jim, A Cautionary Tale.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book Jim, A Cautionary Tale  by Hilaire Belloc.  Below is the coverage from Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum 2014.

Spelling Seeds have been designed to complement the Literary Curriculum by providing weekly, contextualised sequences of sessions for the teaching of spelling that include open-ended investigations and opportunities to practise and apply within meaningful and purposeful contexts, linked (where relevant) to other areas of the curriculum and a suggestion of how to extend the investigation into home learning.

Spelling Seeds work alongside the texts within the Literary Curriculum and, as such, will also reflect the suggested number of weeks spent on a text, as well.


Word List Words

accidentally, caught, experience, learn, mention, naughty

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Endings which sound like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian and the suffix -ation

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