English KS1 / KS2: Nelly the Monster Sitter' by Kes Gray

Actor and comedian Sarah Hadland reads extracts from 'Nelly the Monster Sitter' by Kes Gray, explaining why she loves the book, how it captured her imagination, and why she loves to read.

The real and animated worlds collide to reveal the wonder that is contained within the book.

We watch as Sarah tells us about her day, surrounded by monsters but she didn't even realise!

Will Sarah be scared out of her house or embrace the monsters as new friends?

Teacher Notes

Students could write their own guides entitled 'How to Care for a Monster' or a detailed set of instructions for a monster-sitter who has agreed to look after their pet monster while they are away.

The clip could also inspire students to write diary entries from Nelly's point of view.

Students could be challenged to create similes and metaphors to describe their monsters and use these in their writing.

Curriculum Notes

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