About the Read in to Writing The Queen's Hat and The Queen's Handbag unit: 

  • Suggested year group: Year 1

  • ​Length of unit: 4 weeks/20 sessions

  • Themes and topics: Helping others, friendship, loyalty, the royal family, the geography and history of London and the UK, landmarks

  • Writing outcomes: Predictions, event sequencing, speech bubbles, a diary entry, new versions of the story, sentence work, lists, and writing in role as the sneaky swan

About The Queen's Hat by Steve Antony:

A sudden gust of wind sets of a marvellous London adventure for the Queen, the Queen's men and one very special hat. So let's follow one determined, dare-devil queen through London Zoo, over Tower Bridge and up Big Ben ... just where will that hat land?

About The Queen's Handbag by Steve Antony:

What does the Queen do when a sneaky swan snatches her handbag? Gives chase, of course. By car, motorbike, plane and more! Hold on to your hats (and handbags) for a whirlwind trip around the British Isles.


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