Skellig book – Read in to Writing Year 6 unit sample

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Key Stage



Years 3-6


This free one-week sample is based on the Skellig book by David Almond and is perfect for Year 6. It explores the first five chapters of the novel.

The download contains:

  • Unit overview
  • Five sessions of planning
  • Skellig book blurb
  • Character analysis worksheet
  • Quotes worksheet
  • Scenes with Michael worksheet
  • Icarus and Daedalus myth
  • Article by author David Almond
  • Teaching slides

This unit will develop children’s understanding of the story, characters, themes and language. The unit teaches reading, including fluency, vocabulary and comprehension, and meaningful writing, for a range of form, purpose and audience.

Embed the teaching of grammar and punctuation within analysis of the language and structures used to tell the story. The activities explore the effect these might have on readers.

Teach children to apply what they have learnt to their own writing, making choices to affect their reader’s thoughts and feelings.

All learning in the unit builds towards a final piece of writing, where the children can use everything they have learned, in this case to write a story of their own.

What is Read in to Writing?

Read in to Writing from Rising Stars is a whole-text teaching method. By studying classic and contemporary children’s literature, children develop their reading skills and understanding. This helps them to approach their writing with confidence and greater depth.

Each unit lasts between 2-6 weeks and provides all the editable planning and teaching materials for a whole book.

Other books covered include Wonder by RJ Palacio and The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf.

Skellig book resources
Skellig book – Read in to Writing Year 6 unit sample

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