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A Literary Leaf for Grimm Tales for Young and Old


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Fate vs. Free Will

Author(s): Philip Pullman

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a 15 session Literary Leaf using Grimm Tales for Young and Old by Philip Pullman. The resource can be used alongside the Planning Sequence for the text of the same name but we have selected different tales for this resource and so it could easily be used in isolation. Complete coverage of the reading comprehension curriculum for upper key stage two is planned for with vocabulary being explicitly taught at the beginning of each session. In particular children will develop understanding of literary/idiomatic language; themes and conventions of traditional tales/fairytales and authorial devices such as repetition and humour. The resource culminates in an opportunity to nominate within eight categories, vote for and then hold an award ceremony for the ‘Grimms’… Oscar-style awards, but specifically for these tales!

Synopsis of Text:

In this beautiful book of classic fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman has chosen his 50 favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and presents them in a 'clear as water' retelling, in his unique and brilliant voice.

From the quests and romance of classics such as 'Rapunzel', 'Snow White' and 'Cinderella' to the danger and wit of such lesser-known tales as 'The Three Snake Leaves', 'Hans-My-Hedgehog' and 'Godfather Death', Pullman brings the heart of each timeless tale to the fore, following with a brief but fascinating commentary on the story's background and history. In his introduction, he discusses how these stories have lasted so long, and become part of our collective storytelling imagination.

These new versions show the adventures at their most lucid and engaging yet. Pullman's Grimm Tales of wicked wives, brave children and villainous kings will have you listening, listening intently and listening again for many years to come.


Traditional tales, gruesome, oral storytelling

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