About the Read in to Writing The Night Box and Orion and the Dark unit: 

  • Suggested year group: Year 1

  • ​Length of unit: 3 weeks/ 15 sessions

  • Themes and topics: NIght and day, light and dark, overcoming fears, friendship, magic, adventures

  • Writing outcomes: A list poem to describe the contents of a night box, personal narrative about being afraid, writing a list of places where dark can be found, questions to hot seat a character, planning and inventing a new story about overcoming a fear

About The Night Box by Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay:

The Night Box tells the story of a boy called Max, custodian of a key and a midnight blue box. As day draws to an end and Max gets ready for bed, he has one more job to do before he sleeps. When Max opens the box, with a ‘WHOOSH!’ Day slips inside and Night sweeps out

About Orion and the Dark by Emma Yartlett:

This story is about a boy who is scared of lots of things, but especially the dark. One night, Dark comes to life and visits Orion, taking him on an adventure and helping him to overcome his fears.

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Complete unit includes downloadable and editable planning and teaching resources (pupil activity sheets, PowerPoint slides, text extracts and original illustrations) and moderation guidance.

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