8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Reading and Writing
Infer characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, justifying inferences with evidence : Point+Evidence+Explanation.
August 30, 2019
Kensuke's Kingdom World File
Kensuke's Kingdom world in Minecraft to support lessons.
LITCRAFT uses the popular Minecraft gaming platform to build accurate scale models of authorial maps from classic works of literature.
Full lesson plan and additional activities.
Kensuke's Kingdom Extracts
Extracts from Kensuke's Kingdom to support activities.
This series of lessons is designed to help teach English Language Arts concepts through the study of Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.
Reading aloud/shared reading of Chapter 4 ‘Gibbons and Ghosts’
Students work in groups and focus on the first section of the chapter where Michael is in the sea (pp.45-48).
Shared reading/reading aloud of the rest of the chapter.
Discuss the words “surreptitious” (p.56), “mellifluous” (p.58), “benefactor” (p.62). Students could play a version of ‘Call My Bluff’ with these words to test the other children in the group and learn their meanings that way.
Focus on Michael’s description of the island (pp.49-59) + highlighted in EXTRACTS.
Read the extract included in the External Resources section and answer the questions:
In-Game Activity: Finding
Start by loading the Kensuke's Kingdom Minecraft world file found in the resources section.
Using the map from the front of the book move around the island and find the beacons. At each one read the extract from the text. Then read the question in the journal and write your own answer there.
The beacons can be found at or near:
Follow up writing activity: Carry on Michael’s Ship’s Log
Write about being thrown overboard and discovering the island.
*This writing activity will develop over a sequence of lessons. It will involve engagement with first person writing and form, and the use of different sentence types taken from the Y6 objectives.
Follow Up /Cross-curricular activity: Focus on the work of the Japanese artist Hokusai.
The children could recreate their own version of the famous wave painting linking in with Michael being thrown overboard.
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