PDF lesson plan and two activity sheets
Celebrate the famous bear with James Clements’ fun playscripts KS2 lesson about dialogue and drama.
There can be few characters from children’s literature better loved than Paddington. Written by Michael Bond, A Bear Called Paddington, is a witty and wonderful title that is still as fresh, funny and engaging as it was on the day it was published.
In this lesson, children will use a key scene from the book to write and perform play scripts.
To save you time, this download includes the PDF lesson plan, and our two activity sheets.
Playscripts KS2 lesson objectives
Use these two Paddington-themed worksheets in KS2 English to explore the following:
- Read and respond to rich texts and develop reading comprehension
- Explore the conventions of play scripts
- Explore the difference between prose and play scripts
- Consider how dialogue can be used to reveal a character’s nature
Ask the children if they have heard of Paddington Bear before. What do they know about him? Discuss what he is like as a character and ask children to share their favourite adventures or funny situations that he finds himself caught up in.
Read the first two chapters of A Bear Called Paddington aloud to the class. This can be done in storytime, leaving you with more time in the lesson.
Talk about the story so far and what it tells us about Paddington as a character. Challenge the children to back up their opinions with evidence from the text.
James Clements is the author of Teaching English by the Book. Formally a primary school teacher, he now works as an education writer and researcher and visits schools all over the country. Browse more creative writing ideas for National Writing Day.