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UKS2 Whole Class Reading The One and Only Ivan


The story is about a gorilla called Ivan who has spent his life in a cage inside a shopping mall. It was inspired by the true story of an unforgettable gorilla.

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Class Reading resources and planning for Upper Key Stage 2 in a zip file based on Katherine Applegate’s thought-provoking book ‘The One and Only Ivan.’ The story is told from Ivan, a gorilla’s point of view about living his life in a cage inside a shopping mall. This book was inspired by the life of a real gorilla called Ivan.

This pack is based on the first 31 pages of the book. In this pack, you will find 2 x whole class lessons (an hour-long for each – or you can split them), an editable PowerPoint presentation with vocabulary links, the task sheets (with scaffolding) and the planning that we use to teach the Key Stage Two Reading Domains. The tasks are closely linked to the question stems from recent SAT papers.  

These resources are made for Year 5 and 6 pupils and will show evidence for a number of reading skills at different abilities. They will help to assess the understanding of the text, characterisation and attitudes along with promoting deep discussion on inference and impression of characters using evidence. This unit also promotes a stamina of reading.

You will need to purchase the book to complete this unit.

This unit is for UKS2 so it is the same for both Year 5 and Year 6.