Bill’s New Frock [Winner of the Smarties Prize]. – Complete Unit of Work
This study unit is based on the highly acclaimed book by Anne Fine. The theme of this humorous book is to encourage pupils to consider common sexual stereotyping whilst encouraging positive images around both genders.
The copy referred to in the text was published in 2017 by Egmont UK Limited. ISBN 978 1 4052 8533 9
The work has been designed to be a flexible resource. Teachers can use it as a simple prompt to ask pupils questions as they read on in a ‘whole class’ study, or it can be used in small-supported group work, given as independent work for the more able reader or set as extended ‘Homework’. The study booklet is bright and bold with illustrations throughout that will encourage even the most reluctant reader to read-on!
It is presented in separate chapters and includes a range of tasks/activities, including; writing, roleplay, crosswords, research, sketching/drawing and deeper thinking. The pupils are required to read/share set pages and then answer questions by drawing inferences on characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives for their actions. Pupils are expected to justifying these inferences with evidence shown in their replies.
• Pupils are expected to identify the main ideas of the story by drawing evidence from more than one paragraph/element of the book.
• Pupils will check the text and then demonstrate their understanding by explaining the meaning of words and phrases used.
• Pupils will be encouraged to predict what might happen from implied and stated details.
• Puzzles have been included that emphasise selected words and phrases used to capture the reader’s interest and imagination.
By the end of this study pupils will be able to justify their views about ‘Bill’s New Frock’ by expressing their opinions clearly and supporting their viewpoint with relevant evidence.