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One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

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SKU E5CS900430
NarrativeWriting to EntertainKey Stage 2Reading – comprehensionReading – word readingWriting – compositionWriting – vocabulary, grammar and punctuationEnglishYear 5
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Take your class back in time with this One Thousand and One Arabian Nights KS2 Planning Pack based on traditional folk tales from the Islamic Golden Age!

Have you seen our incredible UKS2 Early Islamic Civilisation Topic? Take a look now to engage your children and save yourself oodles of time!

Please be aware that, for copyright purposes, we are unable to provide the full text of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean for this scheme of work.


At the start of this series of seven lessons, children will be introduced to King Shahryar, who ever since he was betrayed by his first wife has wed a new Queen every evening only to execute her the next morning. We also meet his newest Queen, the quick-witted Shahrazad, a talented story-teller who entertains the King with nightly stories to keep herself alive. Unfortunately, Shahrazad is running out of stories. Can your class keep her from the chopping block by writing an exciting adventure story for her to tell the King? During the unit, your children will explore the structure, settings and characters of the Arabian Nights stories. Through modelled reading, discussion, drama and well-structured, differentiated resources, children will themselves become confident story tellers. In the final part of the unit, your Year 5 class will plan, draft and edit an exciting and engaging adventure story to delight King Shahryar.

Interested in learning more about the Islamic World? Why not take this opportunity to share our What is the Qur'an and why is it important to Muslims? unit with your class.


In this first lesson, your children will be transported back in time to ancient Arabia as you read the prologue of 1001 Arabian Nights: The Marriage of Shahrazad.

By the end of the lesson, children will have a good understanding of the story setting and plot as well as the key characters involved and the relationships between them.

This Year 5 Lesson Pack contains everything you need to introduce the story of 'One Thousand and One Arabian Nights' to your class including: a detailed lesson plan, engaging slideshow and printable, differentiated worksheets.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Echo Read Notes
  • Differentiated worksheets

In this vocabulary-rich lesson, you will enjoy a shared read of Sinbad’s story - Shahrazad’s first tale to King Shahryar. Here, children will be introduced to the terms ‘protagonist’ and ‘antagonist’ and come to know that an adventure story typically involves a conflict between these two characters.

Children will demonstrate their understanding by sequencing and summarising Sinbad’s story before considering the emotional impact of each plot point upon the King.

This story-telling Year 5 Lesson Pack is ready to teach, with a detailed lesson plan, engaging slides for input and differentiated activities.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Sinbad's Story
  • Differentiated worksheets

Now your children are familiar with the structure of an adventure story, they are ready to start planning a story of their own. This lesson explores the importance of creating a well-rounded central character for the reader to connect with and root for.

Here, children will explore tools that help them convey their character's personality, appearance and their motivation. Your children will create character profiles for their protagonist, or alternatively, get them up and active with a game of twenty questions.

This Year 5 Lesson Pack contains everything you need to develop a well-rounded central character including: a detailed lesson plan, engaging slideshow and printable, differentiated worksheets.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Word Banks
  • Arabian Names
  • Twenty Questions

It’s time for your class to think where their stories will take place. Here, children will visit a variety of settings which depict the historical and environmental setting of the Arabian Nights stories: a bustling city souk, the glistening Arabian ocean and the unforgiving desert dunes.

Children will explore a range of writing tools to help them create vivid setting descriptions of their own, including: prepositional phrases, sensory language and personification. Make it real by setting up sensory stations for the children to see, touch, smell and taste items that you might find in an Arabian souk - incense, fruits, cinnamon and other spices etc.

This adventure story Lesson Pack is ready to teach, with a detailed lesson plan, engaging slides for input and differentiated activities, all at the click of a button.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Word Banks
  • Pictures

Your children are now ready to plan out the plot points that take their character from their safe and predictable everyday life through to a volatile cliffhanger which will leave the King desperate to know what happens next.

Within this lesson, children will learn how to sequence high and low tension plot points in order to create an exciting and engaging story. They will also consider whether or not to use ‘a race against time’ to build tension throughout. Children can use the idea generating story pebbles to build the plot points of their story. Alternatively, if your class are more visually driven, they can chart their character's journey using the story map and icons provided.

Everything you need to teach this exciting lesson is included in the pack including: a detailed lesson plan, engaging slideshow and all the printable resources you need.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Story Pebbles
  • Word Bank
  • Story Map and Icons

In this lesson, children will analyse dialogue from the Arabian Nights stories to learn how authors use speech to convey character and advance the action in their writing.

Children will learn how to punctuate direct speech, why precise speech verb choice is important and explore varying sentence structure in their dialogue before drafting conversations between their chosen characters or using the fancy something different activity to explore dialogue through drama.

Teaching your class to create effective dialogue is a breeze with this Year 5 Lesson Pack, which includes: a detailed lesson plan, engaging slideshow and all the printable resources you need.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Word Banks and Learning Aids
  • Role Play Challange Cards
  • Role Play Character Cards

It’s time for your class to bring together everything they have learned to write their gripping adventure story. Will their story be exciting enough to make King Shahryar want to know what fate awaits their character?

Before children start to write, they will have the opportunity to explore traditional story openings and endings in order to inspire their own, suitable for an Arabian setting. Children can use the differentiated checklist to edit and improve their story as they write. If you are looking for an alternative, children can write their adventure story as an action-packed graphic novel.

This adventure writing Lesson Pack contains everything you need to produce an absorbing adventure story including: a detailed lesson plan, engaging slideshow, as well as printable, differentiated writing frames and checklists.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated Writing Frames
  • Word Banks
  • Graphic Novel Templates
  • Graphic Novel Challenge Cards
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Curriculum Objectives covered

Reading - Comprehension Objectives:

  • continuing to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
  • reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
  • increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, and books from other cultures and traditions
  • identifying and discussing themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing
  • making comparisons within and across books
  • drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
  • predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
  • summarising the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas
  • discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words
  • use a thesaurus

Writing - Composition Objectives:

  • identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own
  • noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary
  • in writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed
  • selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning
  • in narratives, describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action
  • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing
  • proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning
  • ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing
  • ensuring correct subject and verb agreement when using singular and plural, distinguishing between the language of speech and writing and choosing the appropriate register
  • proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors

Writing - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Objectives:

  • recognising vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal speech and writing, including subjunctive forms
  • Linking ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time [for example, later], place [for example, nearby] and number [for example, secondly] or tense choices [for example, he had seen her before]

Spoken Language Objectives:

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play/improvisations and debates

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