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December 16th 2021| Michael Mountford


Superworm is a new halfhour animated film based on the book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Nowadays it’s becoming something of a Christmas tradition for the BBC to adapt a work by Julia Donaldson for the festive season; some of their previous Chritsmas filmography includes animated versions of The GruffaloThe Snail and the Whale and Stickman, to name a few.

Now Superworm is also getting the Silver Screen treatment, thanks once again to Magic Light and their fantastic animation studio.

The films are just lovely and they come out at the time of year when you can all be cosy and at home and watching something together.

Olivia Coleman – Narrator for Superworm

I think you always warm to stories about friendship and this is a very charming tale of friendship and self-understanding for one small worm. There’s a charm, there’s a wit, and there’s a lightness of touch and hopefulness that fits really well into Christmas Day… I’ve never done an animation, and I read this and I thought it was sweet and interesting and fun.

Matt Smith – Voice of Superworm

Superworm release date

Superworm will be screened on Christmas Day on BBC One at 2:30 pm and will stream on BBC iPlayer the same day.

If you haven’t already, you can watch the official trailer below

Superworm Trailer

“Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!”

Superworm Teacher’s Pet Resources

In preparation for the hotly anticipated release, our designers got straight to work, planning and creating a whole host of new resources to help support your teaching of the story of Superworm.

Below I’ve handpicked some resources to help you get your classroom prepared for teaching about Superworm.

Perfect for your Superworm classroom displays. Our display banner is spread across 3 sheets of A4, to create an eye-catching title banner for your display board.

A fun way for children to retell the story of Superworm, using our SUPER comic strip template. Choose from a blank comic strip, where children can add their own text and images, a text-only comic strip (with fully decodable sentences) for the children to add their own images, an image only version for children to add their own sentences and a version containing text and images, great to use as a WAGOLL, for the children to read and to colour.

This is a great way to retell the story of Superworm together as a whole class or in small groups. The cards could even be used as an independent activity for children to sort the sequence into the correct order.

We have a whole load more resources for you to see; to check out absolutely everything that we’ve made for Superworm simply click the button below to be taken to our Superworm page.

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