The Book of Hopes

three FREE teaching sequences

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.

We have written three teaching sequences available to download for free both here and from the NLT's website...

Y6 The Book of Hopes - a teaching sequence to 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.

Coming very soon... 

We're currently writing a further set of teaching sequences for use across a whole school. These include a full writing sequence and separate series of guided Re-think Reading! plans 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!

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