Character description KS2 – Peter Bunzl WAGOLL

Key Stage



Years 3-6


This character description KS2 WAGOLL pack includes an extract from Glassborn, by Peter Bunzl, plus teaching notes and worksheets.

Use these resources to help you teach KS2 pupils how to introduce an ambiguous character in their writing.

This character description KS2 download contains:

  • Worksheets
  • Extract
  • Poster
  • Planning sheet and image ideas
  • Working wall resources
  • Teacher notes

From the author…

Glassborn is the story of four Georgian children, Cora, Bram, Elle and Acton, who have lost their mother. They travel with their father to Fairykeep Cottage. This is a house owned by their aunt Eliza, where their mother grew up.  

Fairykeep Cottage is full of wonder: enchanted objects, Mama’s old fairytales and fairy spells. Soon the four children find themselves drawn through magical doorways into a dangerous adventure in Fairyland.

They must use their wits, cunning and stories to take on the Fairy Queen and Death himself, to save their family and the whole of England from a horrible magic curse. 

The seeds for Glassborn grew from my interest in two things: the Narnia stories of C. S. Lewis, which I loved when I was growing up, and the childhood of the Brontë siblings. 

The Brontës were the best example of real Georgian children I could find who, like Lewis, lost their mother when they were very young.

The Brontë children’s early lives, like Lewis’, were filled with drawings, paintings, stories, fairytales, and their own invented imaginary worlds. All of these were a precursor to their novels and art.

I wanted to combine those ideas: the fantasy other-lands of Lewis’ children’s books, and the self-possessed and unique imaginations of real-life Georgian children like the Brontës. 

My intention was to write a story about siblings in a big family: how they fit in and how they create their own unique identities. How they have their own skills and talents, and how they learn to share those abilities to help one another on an adventure.  

Peter Bunzl’s books have been translated into 16 languages and sold nearly half a million copies worldwide. Glassborn is out now.

More expert WAGOLL packs from real authors

Expert WAGOLL packs from real authors

Help pupils understand how to create engaging characters, captivating atmospheres and suspenseful situations with our collection of free WAGOLL resource packs for primary.

Character description KS2 resource pack
Character description KS2 – Peter Bunzl WAGOLL

You'll also receive regular updates from Teachwire with free lesson plans, great new teaching ideas, offers and more. (You can unsubscribe at any time.)

Which sectors are you interested in?

By signing up you agree to our Terms & Conditions and privacy policy

Explore teaching packs

Pie Corbett Ultimate KS2 Fiction Collection
Pie Corbett Ultimate KS2 Fiction Collection
Fire up KS2 pupils' imagination with this collection of 20+ fictional stories, written by literacy expert Pie Corbett. Each ... more
21 x resources
Pie Corbett KS2 Non-Fiction Collection
Use Pie Corbett’s non-fiction texts to inspire your KS2 pupils to get writing. Each resource contains an original text in ... more
6 x resources
Pie Corbett KS2 Poetry Collection
Inspire KS2 pupils to be creative and express themselves with this pack of Pie Corbett poetry. Each of these Pie Corbett Tal... more
7 x resources
WAGOLL classroom resources
WAGOLL Packs from Real Authors
Peer inside the mind of award-winning children's authors and help pupils understand how to create engaging characters, capti... more
10 x resources
Art KS2 inspiring medium term plans
Art KS2 Inspiring Medium Term Plans
Get pupils' creative juices flowing with these expert medium-term art plans for KS2. Each resource consists of a full half-t... more
6 x resources
Magical Harry Potter Teaching Ideas
Magical Harry Potter Teaching Ideas
Spark pupils' imaginations with these inventive and exciting teaching ideas, all themed around the wonderful world of Harry ... more
11 x resources