Published by Flying Eye Books. Authored by Emily Hughes.

Recommended for: Year 1.

Suggested length of study: 3 - 4 weeks.

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Why the book was selected

Wild is a deceptively simple narrative with a patterned structure, which makes it accessible for children in year. However, it has the potential to introduce complex, philosophical discussion around the themes of freedom, nature, education and civilisation.

Curriculum connections

  • Geography
    • physical features: forest
  • Science
    • animals including humans: human and wild animal relationships

About the author

Emily Hughes was born in Hawaii but lives and works in the United Kingdom. She is inspired by Chinese cinema and illustrators such as Blair Lent and Gyo Fujikawa. Her work has been exhibited across the capital and her book Nana Shaped Like a Banana came second in the 2012 Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picture Books. Her first picture book has been highly successful in bookshops and libraries across the United States and United Kingdom.

A note about lessons

Our lessons are organised as meaningful chunks of learning. Most of them will fit a standard 45 minute to 60 minute session. However, some of them are shorter and others will run for a series of linked sessions. It is anticipated that you will not teach all the lessons. Select those that suit the needs of your class and add them to your personalised plans.

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Text potential

Lessons for this book

Before Reading



Making an emotional connection with the main character.


Born to be Wild

Exploring the concept of wild, associations and key vocabulary.

Friend or Foe Bingo

Analysing the characteristics of wild animals as a precursor to thinking about the feral nature of the wild girl.

During Reading

First Encounters

Wild: First Reading

Reading aloud to establish literal understanding and develop fluent reading.

Required reading: Whole book

Wild: Think Aloud

Using the Think Aloud strategy to model inference strategies.

Required reading: Whole book

What Does it Mean?

Identifying key vocabulary and thinking about how it reflects the story’s themes.

Required reading: Whole book

Picture Detectives: Searching for Clues

Close reading of an illustration to locate important clues that are not mentioned in the written text and to support reading at greater depth.

Pages 17-18

Happy and Not Happy

Exploring contrasts in the story and building vocabulary.

Required reading: 9-10, 11-24

Digging Deeper

The Missing Page

Exploring two consecutive pages to find a ‘readerly gap’ in the story and use inference to consider what might potentially have happened in this gap.

Pages 13-16


Identifying changes that take place in the story as a precursor to thinking about character development.

Jungle School

Which animals would best teach Wild the rules of the jungle?

Pages 3-8

Blurb, blurb, blurb

Reading the blurb to look at how readers interest is piqued.

Required reading: Back page

After Reading

Review and Reflect

Wild or School?

The themes of freedom and choice are discussed in the context of compulsory school attendance.

‘And here is today’s news…’

Working in role as investigative journalists to build the story context.

Pages 15-16

Learning to be Human

Exploring big ideas through text to world discussion.

Required reading: Whole book

To Take or Not to Take?

Exploring a dilemma using Conscience Alley.

Pages 11-14

Writing Opportunities

Newspaper Report

Writing a report based on how the girl came to be rescued from the wilderness.

Pages 11-14

Missing Poster

Designing a missing poster using descriptive language.

Required reading: 13

Wild’s Bedroom

Using information about Wild’s character to design an ideal bedroom.

Pages 23-26

Wider Learning Opportunities

Wild All Around

Using sound and music to deepen a response to mood.

Pages 1-10

Scientist Report

Communicating ideas to an audience.

Pages 15-18


Where The Wild Things Are

Published by Vintage Publishing. Authored by Maurice Sendak.

When Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief, his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bed without any supper. Alone in his room, Max enters a magical world and sets sail across the sea to the place where the wild things are. The wild things roar their terrible roars and gnash their terrible teeth and roll their terrible eyes and show their terrible claws .

. . But Max tames the wild things and is made their king.

Will he ever want to go home?

Wild Child

Published by Walker Books Ltd. Authored by Jeanne Willis. Illustrated by Lorna Freytag.

A beautiful and unique photographic picture book for the wild child in everyone. Meet Wild Child! She’s spirited and curious. She’s fearless and free.

She lives alone in a mystical, prehistoric world – the last child in a dramatic landscape, where anything could happen. Follow her through her day as she explores her world from the foot of the mountain to the heart of the wood; while she runs with the rabbits and swims with the fish – but beware of the grown-ups and sensible shoes! Join the magic and unleash the wild child in YOU!

The Stick Book : Loads of things you can make or do with a stick

Published by Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd. Authored by Fiona Danks. Illustrated by Jo Schofield.

`A beautiful and inspiring book, bursting with practical suggestions which will appeal to every child’s imagination. I wanted to rush out to my nearest wood immediately!’ Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo. Did you know that there are loads of things you can do with a stick? Totally natural, all-purpose, free, it offers limitless opportunities for outdoor play and adventure.

In fact, you can transform a stick into almost anything! This activity-packed book provides you with 70 suggestions for things to do with a stick including bushcraft adventures, creative play, woodcraft and conservation, music and more. From building a den to making a magic wand, from a game of ‘capture the flag’ to creating a sun clock, the possibilities are endless. All you need to get started is …a stick!

On a Magical Do Nothing Day

Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd. Authored by Beatrice Alemagna.

WINNER of the 2018 4-11 Picture Book Awards (Fiction 4-7 category)One of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017. All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game, but my mum says it’s a waste of time. The game drives my mum mad. She takes it away.

I take it back. I wish Dad had come with us on this rainy, grey weekend. Without my game, nothing is fun.

On the other hand, maybe I’m wrong about that…