About the Read in to Writing The Selfish Giant and The Happy Prince unit: 

  • Suggested year group: Year 3 

  • ​Length of unit: 6 weeks/30 sessions

  • Themes and topics: Nature surveys and observations linked to bees, insects and flowers, environmental issues

  • Writing outcomes: A character description, a letter, the next part of the story in the style of he author, alternative endings, an internal monologue, diary entries, and a short traditional tale

About The Seflish Giant and The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde:

The Selfish Giant is the story of a giant who keeps his wonderful garden for himself, not letting anyone enjoy it. However, he has a change of heart when he meets a particular child. The Happy Prince is the story of a swallow on his way to Egypt, who takes shelter beneath the statue of The Happy Prince. The Prince persuades the swallow to stay longer than planned, in order to help the most needy in the town.




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