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Christmas scheme of work, 'The Dog That Saved Christmas'

Christmas scheme of work, 'The Dog That Saved Christmas'


‘The Dog That Saved Christmas’ by Nicola Davies is the touching, diverse and insightful story about Jake, a young boy who struggles with the noises, lights, other people and the lack of routine which comes with the festive period. Christmas is a real nightmare for Jake, until he finds a lost dog and she becomes his trusty companion. The bond that quickly develops between the two of them changes Jake’s views and makes the difficulties he experiences, much more bearable.


This unit, written for Years 3 and 4 (ages 7-9) contains 10 x 1 hour English lesson plans, differentiated and engaging activities, top teaching tips, hand-drawn images, bespoke teaching videos, all resources needed and opportunities for the development of reading, writing, PAG and oral skills – all of which focus on this diverse text.


During this Christmas scheme of work, the children will have an opportunity to develop their retrieval and inference skills, create a festive cinquain (and therefore develop an understanding of word classes), perform poetry, write a set of instructions, participate in a purposeful debate, practise editing skills and create a festive letter of thanks.


This unit of work can be downloaded for free as our Christmas gift to you, allowing you more time for self-care in those final build-up weeks to Christmas. We would love to see any examples of work created by your children linked to this unit- send them to


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support this year and to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a restful New Year.


Nicola and Davina

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