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A Planning Sequence for The Magic Bed

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KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 1

Literary Theme: Imagination & Creativity

Author(s): John Burningham


Setting description, additional scene, description of magical piece of furniture, lists

Main outcome:

Own version fantasy story


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week sequence for The Magic Bed by John Burningham. The children read some stories where fantasy worlds are represented, for example imaginary lands, space, animal homes. The main events for a class story are recorded based on children's suggestions and used to tell the story orally. The teacher will 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. The class plan a story where they are the main character now, not Georgie and that this is their fantastical adventure. This planning sequence would best be begun with a discussion about dreams and beds and where a link to imaginary settings through other texts where characters travel to imaginary worlds. John Burningham’s other 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.


Fantasy worlds, imaginary worlds, dreams

A Spelling Seed is available for The Magic Bed.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Magic Bed by John Burningham.  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.


Common Exception Words

you, your, put, push, are, to, of

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The /v/ sound at the end of words

The /ŋ/ sound spelt n before k



Words spelled with single vowel graphemes, some representing short vowel sounds and some representing long ones.

Adjacent consonants

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