Explanation text (leaflet), retellings, setting description
Overview and Outcomes:
This is a three-week sequence using the film and text of Varmints by Helen Ward and Marc Craste, in which children explore the settings and themes, writing a retelling of the story from the main character’s point of view and sharing their thoughts and opinions about the story. The same text is then used to draw out the process and life-cycle of growing plants. Children use this as a starting point to create a life-cycle flow diagram, charting the changes that take place as a plant grows and what is needed to nurture it in order to give guidance to the next generation of ‘varmints’ how to look after plants. Children then use this, alongside their explored knowledge of explanation texts, to write their own explanation of the life-cycle of plants to be published as a leaflet. It is important that children are exposured to a range of explanation texts, through Science and Guided Reading throughout.
Synopsis of Text:
Once, the only sounds to be heard were the buzzing of bees in the grass, the murmuring of moles in the earth, and the song of birds in the sky. These warmed the hearts of those who cared to listen - until the others came to fill the sky with a cacophony of noise. With dramatically lit artwork and a spare, intriguing text, Varmints tells of a pastoral world in need of protection and of the souls who love it enough to ensure its regeneration.