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Greenling’s Arrival

Writing from a point of view.

Lesson length: 1 session or 2 sessions

Lesson from Greenling teaching sequence

Text potential

  • Writing opportunities: Point of view


  • Writing: Author’s Chair


This lesson follows the earlier lesson about the Barleycorns’ responses to the Greenling. It would be best to write directly after the session while the thoughts are still hot.


Following from the improvisation ‘The Barleycorns: different points of view’ Write a personal piece about your feelings.

You could offer the choice of writing in role as either Mr Barleycorn, Mrs Barleycorn or even the dog. Writing could take the form of a personal diary or letter. The aim is for you to write a piece to express your feelings.

Variation 1 The Summer we Found the Greenling

Alternatively, if you are writing this piece at the end of the unit, you could choose to write retrospectively about the summer the Greenling came. This could build on the points of view writing. It would include a reflection on the summer. The impact the Greenling had on everyone and then some afterthoughts about things that have changed since he went away. Have things changed for the better?

Variation 2 The Greenling’s Story

An alternative point of view to explore would be Greenling’s. 

  • Who is he? 
  • Where does he come from? 
  • Why did he come to the Barleycorns’ property? 
  • Why did he leave? 
  • Where will he go next?

It would be good to conduct hot seating or interviews with the Greenling before writing.

Final reflection

Share the children’s writing using the author’s chair to invite feedback.

  • What helped you consider the story from. XXX point of view?
  • Was it easy or difficult to put yourself in their shoes?


Key vocabulary 
Subject-specific and technical vocabulary 
Academic process words 
Advanced vocabulary 
Morphological investigation 
Etymological investigation 


Nikki Gamble

Nikki Gamble
Director, Just Imagine
Nikki has worked extensively in schools across the UK and internationally. She is the author of Exploring Children’s Literature (4th edit) (2019) and co-author of Guiding Readers (2016) which was awarded the UKLA Academic Book of the Year Award 2017. Nikki is KS2 reading advisor and series consultant for Oxford University Press and content creator for the Oxford School Improvement and Oxford Owl websites. Nikki is Associate Consultant at the University of London, Institute of Education and Honorary Fellow at the University of Winchester

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