In this sequence Rachel Wilson reviews The Iron Man with a group of year 5 students.
To start the lesson, the students read a review of The Iron Man extracted from a broadsheet newspaper. Rachel asks the students whether they agree or disagree with the review’s assertion that the story is a ‘modern fairy tale’. After sharing their initial thinking, Rachel then distributes a set of illustrations taken from well-known classic tales in allow the group an opportunity to relate new learning to prior knowledge. The students identify the characteristics of fairy tales, which are then listed on post-its. Finally, the students decide whether The Iron Man displays the characteristics that they have identified. Post-its are arranged on the table to form a visual record of their ideas (graphic organiser). After the lesson Rachel reflects with the group, and invites them to consider the next steps for their learning.