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Grandad's Secret Giant

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Billy spends a lot of time with Grandad listening to his stories, but this is one, he just does not believe is possible. Grandad tells Billy about the heroic secret giant who lives in town and goes around doing all the good things unnoticed. One early morning Billy finds himself face-to-face with this unimaginable giant; with 'hands the size of tables' and 'legs as long as drainpipes'. Billy doesn't quite have the reaction he expected and does what everyone else before him has - he runs away, screaming. Billy is terrified! Billy goes away feeling worried about his reaction and that maybe the giant is not that scary after all, maybe he's lonely and just wants to be loved like everybody else. This is a heart-warming story with a positive message, the age old saying of 'never judge a book by its cover'. This beautiful story introduces children to lots of discussion about the effects of our actions to others, accepting people who are different. A PSHE talking point would be to think of mistakes we have made before, think about a time when we might have hurt someone else's feelings and ideas of how we might make amends just like Billy and Grandad did for the secret giant. I could go on and on planning for year 1 around this book. I would use this high-quality text to motivate and engage children in a wide range of curriculum areas. This book lends itself beautifully to measuring length in maths. Investigating the length of parts of the giant and designing and creating a life size giant of their own. The text can be used for lots of character description writing. In this story, there is an unlikely hero, it encourages the children to think about heroes that don't necessarily need to wear a cape or a fancy costume. Heroes can be everyday people who choose to do right to/for others. Children could think about their own unlikely hero. What might he/she look like? What will he/she do that makes them a hero? I would use this with year 1 and 2 children to write an apology letters to the giant from Billy following his upsetting reaction. Simile poems would be great using some of the descriptive sentences used to describe the size of the giant; 'feet as large as rowing boats'. Picture book / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Nikki Stiles, teacher. One day, a bear stumbles across a strange object: a piano. Over time, he learns how to play the instrument and the beautiful tunes can be heard across the forest. Eventually, the bear heads to New York to become a star. Plenty of teaching ideas have been inspired by this book, including creating colourful posters to promote the bear in New York, retelling the story from the bear’s point of view and writing instructions on how to play the piano.

Make a stop-motion animation that retells this story or tells a similar story about somebody who is ‘different’. Pazientzia apur bat gehiagorekin, bere aitonak beti kontatzen dionari buruz, baina sekula ikusi ez duenari buruzko zerbait gehiago ezagutuko du istorio honetako protagonistak. Eta, bide batez, oso garrantzitsua den zerbaitez jabetuko zara. Ilustrazio politak! Think of some thought bubbles for the characters in the illustrations. What are they thinking / feeling? How can you tell?

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The Nottinghill Carnival takes central stage in this story about families, memories and the power of dance and festivals. Author Yaba Badoe tells... Rather than recount a synopsis of the story (it's always a treat to read a quality book for the first time as a process of discovery without spoilers), I'm going to say a few brief words about my experience of reading it and how it could be applied to a Year 1 class, including cross-curricular opportunities to engender greater depth of engagement. With a little more patience, the protagonist of this story will discover something more about what his grandfather always tells him, but that he has never seen in person. And, by the way, you will realize something very important. Nice illustrations!

Find out more about how we will do the best we can to make your volunteer experience with us enjoyable and rewarding. Grandad's Secret Giant is a fabulous book written by the same author who brought us The Bear and the Piano. Billy, our main character, doesn't believe his loving Grandad when he tells him that there is a giant living in town, doing good deeds for all the residents of Gableview. Despite several attempts to convince his grandson, Grandad can't break down Billy's stubborn barrier and he refuses to believe that giant could move aroun town without being spotted. That is until a first hand experience changes his mind. This experience forces Billy to question his actions as he tries to undo a wrong. I read this book with my class of year 1 children and they loved it. Here are some of the things they said about it: 'I loved the colour pictures.' 'I really liked the ending.' 'I liked how the giant was described.' They all agreed that other children should have this book read to them and even mums and dads would enjoy it at bedtime. We would happily read this story, and others by David Litchfield, again. Thank you to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The Boy and the Giant was published in November, 2018.The plot is a thinly veiled spin on those less welcome in mainstream culture. Read: Unseen workers (dare I say: “illegal” immigrants?) that perform the gritty work that keeps society functioning. The Giant even wears patchworked overalls - perhaps symbolizing work ethic or diversity in society? Grandad says ‘We all make mistakes sometimes’. Can you think of times when you have made mistakes? How did you deal with them? We know from our volunteers that being a reading helper brings purpose and enjoyment into their lives. Find out more about the benefits of being part of our reading community here. Billy says that it was ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ for a giant to rescue their boat. Think of things that are certain, likely, unlikely and impossible. Use this as the starting point for other work about probability. Our early years programme offers a unique approach to equipping adults in your setting to help children develop all six crucial pre-reading skills plus the communication, concentration and confidence they need to ‘catch the reading bug’. Read more about how our unique programme Story Starters can help you ensure that children start their primary education ready to be taught to read.

On 1st November 2017 Reading Matters merged with the national children’s literacy charity Beanstalk.

People are scared of things that are different’. What does this mean? Can you think of examples of this? When is it good to be different? Write a sequel to this book about an adventure that Billy, Grandad and the giant might have together. You may have some questions in your mind before you fill in your application form. Here are answers to our most commonly asked questions. If your question isn't answered here you can find out how to get in touch with our team.

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