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A Literary Curriculum Planning Sequence for The Magic Bed

¬£9.50  (inc VAT)

KS: R & KS1, R & KS1 / LKS2

Year Group: Year 1

Author(s): John Burningham

Main Outcomes:

Fantasy story where children are transported to another world

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week sequence for The Magic Bed by John Burningham. Read some stories where fantasy worlds are represented, for example imaginary lands, space, animal homes. Record the main events for a class story based on children's suggestions and tell the story orally. Model using a plan from previous week to write a story based on the structure of The Magic Bed use a zig-zag book for children to write into and have one enlarged for children to write into so that each section/new setting is clear. Make it clear that the story is about them and they are the main character now, not Georgie and that this is their fantastical adventure. This teaching sequence would best be begun with a discussion about dreams and beds. Link this to imaginary settings through other texts where characters travel to imaginary worlds. John Burningham’s texts are good for this – ‘Oi get Off my Train’ is another text with a similar premise.

Synopsis of Text:

Georgie has got a new bed, but it's not like other beds. For each night, Georgie says the magic word and it whisks him away on a fantastic adventure. He loves his bed, but one day he and his family go on holiday, and when they come back, Granny has a big surprise for Georgie.

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