English KS1 / KS2: Lizzie Zipmouth by Jacqueline Wilson

Actress and comedian Nina Wadia reads extracts from 'Lizzie Zipmouth' by Jacqueline Wilson and explains why she loves the book as part of the 'Bringing Books to Life' series.

As Nina Wadia drives Lizzie Zipmouth around, she introduces the story of a young girl facing enormous change as she and her mum move in with a new step-dad and step-brothers.

Nina explores the themes of loneliness, bullying and friendship, as well as how people solve problems in their lives.

Teacher Notes

Children could draw and label their own families which could be shared in a group discussion to develop talk.

The children could generate questions they would like to ask Lizzie then write letters, asking her questions about her life.

The teacher could answer the children's letters. What are the shining eyes?

The children could predict what will happen next in the story then draw or write their ideas.

Can be used in illustrating the work of classic children's authors that children may not discover on their own, to encourage viewers to explore and develop their own taste in books and to highlight the huge range of reading experiences available to young people.

Can also be used as a springboard to discuss parents and family life, friendship and the elderly.

Curriculum Notes

These clips are suitable for teaching English and Literacy at Key Stage 1, 1st Level, Key Stage 2 and 2nd Level.