The Book of Hopes

eight new FREE teaching sequences for Reading and Writing

The Book of Hopes

The Hope Tree, Axel Scheffler, 2020'Hope is a dragon. It can sleep for thirty years. But give it a poke and it will roar.'

- 'Yasmin and Sila' by Marianne Levy, 2020, from The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown, ed. Katherine Rundell, Bloomsbury Publishing; available online at

Image: 'The Hope Tree' by Axel Scheffler, 2020.


We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust to create these resources based on the incredible The Book of Hopes, edited by Katherine Rundell and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. The Book of Hopes can be found exclusively as an ebook HERE.

  • Y6 summer term celebration of hope
  • Y7 autumn term transition unit
  • Y1-6 back to school (autumn term) Reading and Writing sequences to support formative assessment

The Scrapbook of Hopes Challenge

The National Literacy Trust is launching a competition for all 5,000 schools who received the donations nationwide, and encourages children from Devon to get involved.

The charity is requesting teachers and children share information on how they’re spreading optimism and hope in school and the community, taking inspiration from the artwork and writing in Bloomsbury’s original version. Teachers are asked to collate the work to create a Scrapbook of Hopes. Entrants will be in for a chance to win a set of Katherine Rundell’s best-selling books and exclusively signed artwork for their school library. One school will receive a virtual visit from Katherine Rundell.

The competition runs from 26 November until 31 January, and teachers should complete a short form and submit photos of their unique work to

For more information go to their website here >>>

Y6 The Book of Hopes - a teaching sequence to celebrate hope and support transition

Through teaching this sequence we hope that your Y6 children will be inspired to express their own hopes in a special piece of writing to celebrate moving on to the next phase in their education – most especially in these extraordinary times.

Y7 The Book of Hopes - a teaching sequence to support transition

We hope that this 18-session sequence will act as a helpful transition between a disrupted end-of-Year 6 and start-of-Year 7 experience for your new intake. We hope too that the sequence will act as further CPD for your teachers in understanding how to connect KS2 knowledge and skills with the foundations required for a successful KS4.

SIX whole school teaching sequences

We're delighted to present a further set of teaching sequences for use across a whole school. These include a full writing sequence and separate guided Re-think Reading! plan for each primary phase:

  • Years 1 & 2
  • Years 3 & 4
  • Years 5 & 6

These reading and writing sequences are designed to offer many opportunities for children to show what they can do, and so support their new teachers with assessment at the start of the year, having been through what has been a noteably strange one!

Whole school teaching sequences: The Book of Hopes

This collection of plans for reading and writing is designed to be used during the first half of the autumn term with the following aims:

For children to reflect on their recent experiences and emotions using texts with a theme of hope as an anchor point for discussion as well as a springboard for their own writing.

For teachers:

1. To provide reading and writing opportunities that are meaningful to the children but that also incorporate revision of fundamental elements of the curriculum.

2. To enable essential assessment of key elements of prior learning and of age-related expectations to identify gaps, support whole class planning priorities and determine intervention needs.

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Babcock English Team

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