Overview and Outcomes:
This is a four-week planning sequence using The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and illustrated by Laura Carlin in which children will explore the devices of mystery and suspense. They will write a range of different texts-types including letters, a news article and a poem with the extended written outcome being a published narrative.
The planning sequence includes exemplified grammar and spelling activities throughout. Drama techniques such as Teacher in Role and Conscience Corridor and Sculptor/Sculpted
are used to support understanding and to develop writing.
Synopsis of Text:
Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant "metal man" who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth befriends him and Hogarth and the extraordinary being end up defending and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome "space-bat-angel-dragon" from outer space. This children's classic, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is part of an exciting collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber.