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

Christmas English 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.


Teaching From Text have created this FREE two week long Christmas English scheme of work, to help you with those final weeks before the Christmas holidays.


This unit 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.


This two-week English unit of work has been written for Years 5 and 6 (ages 9-11). During this unit the children will have an opportunity to develop their retrieval and inference skills, expand their understanding of figurative language and imagery, create free verse poems, perform poetry, develop their summarising skills, practise editing skills, create a persuasive speech with an understanding of emotive language and participate in a purposeful debate.


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 in response to this unit- we can be contacted via


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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