English KS1 / KS2: 'Cosmic' by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Presenter and comedian Ed Petrie reads extracts from 'Cosmic' by Frank Cottrell Boyce as part of the 'Bringing Books to Life' series.

He explains why he loves the book and shares how it captured his imagination.

Ed shares the story of how Liam, an extraordinarily tall boy, is launched into space in an ice cream van.

Which, even if you're completely doomed, is still pretty impressive, he thinks.

As he reads, Ed himself is sucked into the adventure. But what will happen to him beyond Earth's orbit, and will he make it home?

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used as a stimulus to talk about lies - is it always wrong to lie?

It could lead into a range of opportunities to think about space, writing non-chronological reports on an aspect of the solar system or exploring the work of real life astronauts such as Tim Peake.

Pupils could explore persuasive language and devices, writing letters stating why they should be chosen to go in the rocket.

Following the description of space in the clip, the children could write descriptions of planets the rocket could land on.

This clip can be used in illustrating the work of classic children's authors that pupils 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.

It could be used as a springboard to talk about the concepts of space exploration and also as a discussion starter on how physical appearance can affect how people react to you.

Curriculum Notes

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