English KS1 / KS2: 'Wolven' by Di Toft
Presenter and actor Ceallach Spellman reads extracts from 'Wolven' by Di Toft, explaining why he loves the book, how it captured his imagination, and why he loves to read.
Ceallach is lost in the woods and something is after him! Will he escape, or will the werewolves track him down?
Students could research wolves and write a completely factual report about their behavioral habits.
Students could use this report as a basis to write a similar, but fictional report about a werewolf.
Alternatively, they could use the report to write a fictional horror story about werewolves, told from the perspective of a government scientist who has been tracking them.
Challenge students to discuss the use of factual sources in creative writing and how this could be used to support the story.
Ask students to consider how to create suspense and tension in their writing. What techniques might they employ?
Students could brainstorm these ideas in groups and utilise some of the techniques in their creative writing.
These clips are suitable for teaching English and Literacy at Key Stage 1, 1st Level, Key Stage 2 and 2nd Level.