Literacy/cross-curricular activities: Picture books

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By Mel CampbellGuest Editor and Year 6 teacher

Discover how picture books can lead children through an exciting multimedia journey using Anthony Browne’s The Tunnel

The Tunnel by Anthony Browne

The Tunnel by Anthony Browne (Walker, £5.99 PB) is available to buy now

Purposeful, engaging, challenging, and creative – these are words, that as teachers, we are all too familiar with. But how easy is it to achieve all of these things across the primary curriculum? The following is an account of how I devised a unit of work centred around a popular children’s picture book The Tunnel by Anthony Browne (Walker, £5.99 PB). The unit encapsulated D&T, art, numeracy, literacy, drama and PSHE – and engaged, excited and challenged a Year 5 class.

Activities

  1. The power of the picture
  2. Dilemmas and decisions
  3. Outstanding and imaginative ideas
  4. A multisensory journey
  5. Surpassing expectations
  6. Reading between the lines
  7. Numeracy-come-art
  8. Something to be proud of
  9. Living the story
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