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The Escape from Pompeii Pack contains a two-week unit of work for Year 3/4, based on the book 'Escape from Pompeii'.

Escape from Pompeii Literacy Pack


This is a ten-lesson unit of work based around the book Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit. It is intended for lower Key Stage Two and follows objectives based on the 2014 National Curriculum. Many schools choose to use this text alongside topics about Romans or Volcanoes, although the plans are also designed to work as a standalone unit on narrative if required.


The ten lessons in this unit aim to give children the opportunity to read and listen to the Escape from Pompeii story a number of times. In the first week, children will engage with the text through extensive discussion, drama and even creating a parachute volcanic eruption in order to increase their familiarity with the story and they will have the opportunity to articulate ideas about the text using an increasingly varied vocabulary. There is also a grammar focus on using powerful verbs and a chance to develop thesaurus skills. In the second week, pupils will plan their own story based on the structure of Escape from Pompeii and they will then have the opportunity to draft, edit and present their final narrative.



The English objectives covered in this unit are:

  • To use sensory descriptions

  • To use a thesaurus to improve my writing

  • To perform a poem as a group

  • To use powerful verbs

  • To prepare a short drama piece based on a text

  • To write a descriptive recount

  • To make a story plan

  • To write my own narrative

  • To edit my writing

  • To make decisions about how to present my writing

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Planning Pack

Escape from Pompeii
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