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Unit 1 – The greatest stories 

Come and meet the greatest characters of all time!

‘The greatest stories’ is a study of character, through some of the most memorable stories ever created for children.

  • Your students will enjoy learning about some iconic characters from their own era, as well as those that have stood the test of time.
  • They will discover what it is that makes a good narrative character, how we learn from their stories and why, if we work together, we can achieve great things.
  • Students will enjoy learning about internationally renowned characters such as Winnie the Pooh, The Cat In The Hat and Peter Rabbit, through to Woody and Buzz and the Toy Story crew.
  • They will then focus on Australian characters such as Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, the ‘green sheep’ and the indigenous Mimis from Dreamtime stories.
  • They will identify the attributes that they most admire in these famous characters and how they can mirror that in their own lives.

This unit of work has been created by Kaelene Neville, Principal, Murringo Public School, in consultation with The Arts Unit, to support curriculum delivery in conjunction with the 2018 Schools Spectacular.

For primary school students, this unit is recommended for students in Stage 1.

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Program scope and sequence

Duration: 4 weeks (approximately 16 hours)

In this unit of work, students will take part in integrated activities from across the English, mathematics, creative arts, science and technology, geography and PDHPE syllabi.

They will take part in two assessment tasks, reflecting the theme and the skills being covered in the unit. The activities can be taught individually but, as they flow from one to the other, are ideally taught as one entire unit.

Teaching materials

  • Worksheets and assessment tasks as included in this unit of work.
  • Various YouTube clips and websites are used throughout the unit and referenced in the teaching and learning activities.

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