Classic Novel – Older Literature
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1. Select an example of a classic novel to serialise for the class. Use reading journals to record predictions, questions notes and ideas whilst reading.

2.Widen experience of older literature/ classic novel: read extracts aloud and watch extracts of classic TV/film adaptations.

3. Deduce differences in patterns of relationships, customs and attitudes in comparison to children’s own experience. Look at examples of dialogue and degrees of formality between characters.

4. Reflect on class novel with reference to reading journals. Discuss techniques that children used to help them understand the text (e.g. prediction, visualisation, empathy) and which were most effective. Children explain particular events in the story drawing on evidence from the text and referring to their journals.


  • Read and compare extracts from older or classic and contemporary literature, identifying features of older texts and inferring information. Include at least one serialised class novel.
  • Complete reading journal entries, empathising with a main character or predicting events and/or reactions.
  • Use role-play to investigate formal and informal language and its effects.
  • Explore how classic texts are portrayed in film and TV programmes and the techniques used.
  • Use drama strategies to create the content of further events or chapters. Use non-fiction texts to support the context.
  • Develop particular aspects of written narrative: the use of formal and informal language, direct speech, complex sentences, use of some of the techniques used in film and TV programmes. Write a new scene or event in a classic or older text previously read.

5. Write in the style of a particular author to complete a section of the story, add dialogue or a new chapter. Experiment with the order of sections or paragraphs to achieve different effects.