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'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' Planning Pack (Download)

'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' Planning Pack (Download)

Downloadable planning pack based on the book 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth'.


The 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' Planning Pack contains a two-week English unit of work for Year 3/4, based on instructional texts.



> 10 x lesson plans, forming a 2-week literacy unit

> Teacher guide including curriculum coverage

> Pupil resource sheets to go alongside the unit


NB: This planning pack does not include a copy of the How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth book, which must be purchased separately.


The ten lessons in this unit give children the opportunity to understand the features of instructions as a text type and create their own instructional texts. 


In the first week, children will engage with the text 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' through research, a hands-on toy washing challenge and the opportunity to create their own ‘Woolly Mammoth Cleaning Kit’. They will become familiar with the text type of instructions by following instructions to make their own mammoth models and identifying features of the text. There is also a grammar focus on using prepositions and imperative verbs.


In the second week, pupils will use drama to develop ideas and extend their vocabulary. They will then plan their own set of instructions about washing a woolly mammoth and they will then have the opportunity to draft, edit and present their final written outcome.


The literacy objectives covered in this unit are:

  • To retrieve and record information from non-fiction

  • To participate in discussion about a text

  • To use a range of imperative verbs

  • To use prepositions

  • To read and follow written instructions

  • To identify the features of instructions

  • To identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning

  • To prepare a group performance

  • To use a rich and varied vocabulary

  • To make a plan for my writing

  • To write my own set of instructions

  • To edit and evaluate my writing

  • To integrate visual devices into my writing


Buyers will receive links to download their digital products in the Thank You page after the checkout process, along with a download link sent to the email address used in the transaction. This resource is a PDF file.

  • File Formats

    1 x PDF file including all lesson plans and pupil resource sheets.

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