English KS1 / KS2: The Worst Witch' by Jill Murphy

Presenter and DJ Gemma Cairney explains why she loves The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy.

She talks about how much she wanted to go to Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches as a child, and how she identified with the main character, Mildred Hubble, who is always getting things wrong at school.

She reads an extract in which Mildred accidentally turns a classmate into a pig, with some animation to bring the story to life.

This clip is from the series Bringing Books to Life.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to model how to write a book review.

With a partner, discuss Gemma's favourite parts of the story.

Think about why she liked the book and who she would recommend it to.

It could also be used to look at stories from signifcant authors and to discuss the features of Jill Murphy's writing.

Make a list of features Jill Murphy uses in the 'The Worst Witch' books and use them to write a story in her style.

Can be used to highlight the huge range of reading experiences available to young people and to explore how students imagine and interpret the books they have read.

Curriculum Notes

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

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