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Julia Donaldson’s Birthday

September 16th| Michael Mountford

Julia Donaldson’s Birthday

Classroom Ideas:

Julia Donaldson Inspired Reading Area

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make reading more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated reading area where they would be able to solely focus on their favourite books.

Character Costume Show

 A great way to help kids engage with the characters and stories is to hold a class, or even school, wide costume show. Let them dress up and show off their creative side. Send in some of your classes photos and they may be featured on our Topic Calendar.

Classroom Wall Display

Adding some colour to a blank section of the room could really help your kids better understand the characters and worlds that Julia Donaldson created within her books.

Why not take a look at some of these other classroom displays and have a go at designing your own, why not send it to us via social media and your photo may be featured on our Topic Calendar.

Lesson Ideas:

Animated Films

Each Christmas since 2009, an animation company called Magic Light have worked alongside the BBC to bring Julia Donaldson’s writings to life. Children all around the world have found a new spark of interest in reading as they follow along with the narrator whilst going through their favourite books. Below is just a small selection of their animated films.

Animated Gruffalo Film
Animated Stick Man Film

Small Worlds

A very stimulating way of learning is to have the children design and create a living, breathing world inspired by the books that they have been reading. Take a look at some of these examples below, be motivated by what you see and have a go at building your own Small World.

A good place to start would be taking a look at our Julia Donaldson inspired resources; why not try out our Deep Dark Wood Roleplay resource.

Gruffalo Small World
Stick Man Small World

Science Experiments

Or how about these really cool looking science experiments, they are all very simple and are a great way to engage with the children. For more examples and inspirations of experiments you and your class can do, take a look at this page here.

Witches Potion

Animal Footprints in the snow

Gruffalo Shadow Puppet Retelling

Superworm Bug Hotel

We hope that these examples have given you some inspiration. Let us know in the comments below how you helped your school celebrate Julia Donaldson’ Birthday (they might even be added into the topic calendar).

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