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Stone Age Boy

SKU E3CS900790
Narrative Key Stage 2 Reading – comprehension Spoken Language Writing – composition Writing – vocabulary, grammar and punctuation English Year 3
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Take your Year 3 class back to prehistoric times with this comprehensive Stone Age Boy Planning Pack, based on the wonderful book by Satoshi Kitamura.

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Using these six Stone Age Boy lesson plans, your class will first become familiar with the text, showing their understanding by sequencing the story and answering a range of comprehension questions. They will then focus on how to use direct speech and descriptive language, before using this knowledge to plan and write their own version of the book, 'Stone Age Boy'.

Each of the lessons in this Stone Age Boy Planning Pack comes with a detailed plan, a set of slides for the teaching input, as well as a range of differentiated worksheets and activity ideas. Please be aware that, for copyright purposes, we are unable to provide the full text for this scheme of work. Extracts are provided where appropriate.


Introduce your Year 3 class to the wonderful 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura in this first lesson.

First, children are challenged to predict what the story might be about by analysing the front cover, some key words and phrases from the text, and the blurb. After reading the book together as a class, children then demonstrate their knowledge of the text by ordering story strips, or in the alternative activity provided, answering questions about the main characters and events within the story.

The resources for this first Stone Age Boy lesson include a detailed plan, an engaging set of slides for the teaching input, as well as differentiated worksheets and activity ideas.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Story Strips
  • Roll & Retell Dice
  • Roll and Retell Sheet

Assess your children's comprehension of the book in more depth with this second lesson in this Stone Age Boy Planning Pack.

After discussing the events of 'Stone Age Boy' and then re-reading the book again as a class, children answer some multiple choice questions together. During their independent activities, their knowledge and understanding of the book is further tested with differentiated comprehension questions. In the alternative activity, children are challenged to 'hunt and gather' questions to answer!

Including an easy-to-follow plan, an engaging slide show, and differentiated resources, this lesson pack has everything you need for a successful, enjoyable English lesson with your Year 3 class!

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Question Hunt Strips Sets
  • Q&A Sheet

In this lesson, now that they are familiar with the text, children will focus on the two main characters, and imagine what Om and the boy might say to each other if they spoke the same language!

As a class, children will first explore where inverted commas, capital letters, commas and closing punctuation need to go in different sentences involving speech. In their independent activities, they are challenged to add speech punctuation to given sentences, or in the alternative activity, they work in pairs to write a short conversation between Om and the boy, using direct speech.

A detailed plan, an informative slide show and differentiated worksheets are all included in this Stone Age Boy lesson pack.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Direct Speech Help Sheet
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Speech Strips
  • Speech Bubble Conversation Cards
  • Conversation Challenge Sheet

Your Year 3 class will learn about the importance of using descriptive language in their writing using this Stone Age Boy lesson plan.

Together, children discuss and identify some of the word classes used in descriptive writing (focusing on adjectives, verbs, adverbs and prepositions), before applying this knowledge in their independent activities, when they are challenged to write descriptions of settings similar to those in 'Stone Age Boy'.

Included in this ready-to-teach lesson pack are: a comprehensive plan, a set of informative slides for the teaching input, and differentiated, printable resources.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Word Classes Help Sheet
  • Settings Cards
  • Hunting and Gathering Sheet

Using their understanding both of the events in the book, as well as their own knowledge of life in the Stone Age, children will plan their own version of the story in this lesson.

Children will first discuss the basic structure of 'Stone Age Boy', before exploring different ideas for their version of the story. In their independent activities, they make notes for their writing using the planning sheets provided, or as challenged in the alternative activity, create a story map.

Everything you need for a successful lesson is included in this Stone Age Boy Lesson Pack - an easy-to-follow plan, an engaging set of slides and differentiated worksheets.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Stone Age Story Map Sheet
  • Ideas Sheet
  • Planning Sheets
  • Story Map Challenge Card
  • Blank Story Map Template

In this final lesson, children will write their own version of 'Stone Age Boy'.

Children first look at what makes a piece of writing interesting and engaging for the reader, including descriptive language, varied sentence starters, characters' thoughts and feelings, and direct speech, before keeping this information in mind when writing their own version of 'Stone Age Boy'.

This ready-to-teach lesson pack includes a detailed plan, a slide show for the teaching input, and differentiated resources.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Story Writing Checklists
  • Blank Book Pages
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Curriculum Objectives covered

Reading - Comprehension Objectives:

  • listening to and discussing a 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 fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
  • checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
  • asking questions to improve their understanding of a text
  • 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

Writing - Composition Objectives:

  • discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • discussing and recording ideas
  • composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures (English Appendix 2)
  • organising paragraphs around a theme
  • in narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
  • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
  • proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors

Writing - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Objectives:

  • using and punctuating direct speech

Spoken Language Objectives:

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates

English Appendix Objectives:

  • Introduction to inverted commas to punctuate direct speech

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