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What Would You Do?

An introductory question to explore together.

Lesson length: 20 minutes

Lesson from The White Fox series

Text potential

  • Background knowledge: Wild Animals

Strategies used

  • Comprehension: Questioning
  • Discussion and Dialogue
  • Background Knowledge


This short introductory lesson is designed to engage the children by encouraging them to think about what they would do if they saw a wild animal. They will help them to relate their personal experiences to the central character, Sol.


  • Download the What Would You Do? slideshow
  • RSPCA website with advice about injured wild animals (see resources).


Initiate a discussion about wild animals by sharing an image of a fox and asking:

  • Have you ever seen one of these?
  • Where was it?
  • Have you ever seen any other wild animals?
  • Where were they? 
  • What did you do? 

Finally, share the image of the arctic fox:

  • Have you ever seen one of these? 
  • Imagine someone told you they had seen an Arctic fox nearby (Insert the name of a location near your school here). What would you think? 

Discuss in pairs and share ideas. 

Final reflection

Share the RSPCA webpage with the class. It gives advice about what to do if you see an injured wild animal.


Key vocabulary

wild, fox

Additional vocabulary

Arctic fox


RSPCA website

How to care for injured animals

Visit resource

What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?

This slideshow has the images of the fox and Arctic fox to support this lesson.



Sam Keeley

Formerly a teacher and local authority advisory teacher, Sam now works with Just Imagine as an English consultant and manager of the year 6 Reading Gladiators programme.

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