Meet Bernard. He’s a robot with a very unusual problem. Have you ever seen a No-Bot? You haven’t? Then take a look inside this book…
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Retell the story from Bernard’s point of view.
- Make a new page for the story in which Bernard’s bottom is used by other animals.
- Can you turn the story into a playscript and perform it for an audience?
- Look at the use of punctuation in the story. Can you choose one type of punctuation and explain why it has been used in that place?
- Write a sequel to this story that continues from the last page of the book.
- Write a new story about a robot using our printable paper templates (see Resources below).
- Count the number of full stops / commas / speech marks / exclamation marks etc. Use the results of this survey to create graphs and charts. Can you explain why some types of punctuation are more common than others?
- The park where Bernard plays has swings, slides and other rides. Can you explain how they work? Can you describe the forces involved?
- Can you find out how robots work? How are they made? What tasks do some of them carry out?
- Could you use painting or 3D modelling software to design a robot?
- Could you record the story in the form of an audiobook with sound effects and music?
- Use art software to colour a picture of a robot. Can you use different shades of one colour like the illustrations in the book? (see Resources below)
- Draw a labelled diagram of Bernard. What do all of the buttons and dials on his chest do?
- Use junk and craft materials to create a model of Bernard.
- Make a sandcastle like the one at the end of the story.
- Look at the illustrations of the circuit boards on the inside covers. Could you create similar illustrations?
- Colour a picture of a robot (see Resources below).
- Compose a rhythm that Bear might have played when he used Bernard’s bottom as a drum!
- Plan and perform a celebration dance for the characters at the end of the story.
- Look at Bernard’s facial expressions at different points in the story. Can you explain how he is feeling?