Peace at Last

Age Range: 5 - 11

The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep - however he tried and wherever he tried. SNORE, SNORE went Mrs Bear. TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK went the clock. Would he never get to sleep?


Book Author: Jill Murphy

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • Write a story about the dream that Mrs Bear might have while she is sleeping.
  • Write a description of what it is like in your house at night. What does it look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like?
  • Mr Bear is tired. Make a list of other words that mean the same as 'tired'.
  • Can you write one of the stories on Mr. Bear's newspaper. What news events might have taken place that day?
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles for each bear in the illustrations.
  • Look at the use of capital letters in the story. Why has the author written some words in CAPITALS?
  • Mr Bear hears lots of sounds during the night. Can you find the words which describe these sounds? Can you think of any other words that describe a sound?
  • Mr Bear eats a sandwich in the middle of the night. Write a set of instructions to teach someone how to make their own delicious sandwich.
  • Rewrite the story from the point of view of Mr Bear. How was he feeling at each point in the story?
  • Use the speech to rewrite the story in the form of a play script.?Can you act out the story with some friends?
  • Watch this video which retells the story. Could you record your own voice reading the story with lots of expression?

Maths

  • Look at the clocks in the illustrations. What times are shown? What is the difference between the times on each clock?

 

Science

  • Find out about animals that are nocturnal. What do they do at night time? What do they do during the day?
  • Investigate why we have night and day.
  • Learn about shadows and how they are formed.
  • Find out why we need sleep. How does it help our bodies? What happens if we don't get as much sleep as we need?
  • The moon is shown in a number of the illustrations. Use a book about space to find out about the moon and how it affects us here on Earth.
  • Look at the shape of Mr Bear's feet in the pictures. Can you find out about the footprints of different creatures? How are they similar / different?

Computing

  • Look at the different clocks in the illustrations. Can you use a painting program to draw your own clock?

Design Technology

  • Design and make a new pair of slippers for Mrs. Bear.
  • Make a new mobile to hang above Baby Bear's bed.
  • Design a machine that might help Mr Bear sleep. You could use this example from Wallace and Gromit to give you some ideas:

Art

  • The book has black and while pictures as well as colour illustrations. Can you draw your own black and white pictures? Can you draw your own colour pictures?
  • Look at photographs of night time scenes (see Resources below).?Can you use these to draw / paint your own pictures of places at night?
  • Can you draw some pictures of objects and their shadows?

Music

  • Compose a bedtime song to help Mr Bear to sleep.

Geography

  • Draw a map that shows the layout of the Bears' house. Don't forget to include the garden and the car!

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