The Selfish Giant

Author: Tim Taylor
Theme: The Selfish Giant
Age Range: KS1 – Early Years
Main Curriculum Focus: Science, Reading, Art & Design, Geography
Inquiry Question: “What responsibility to do we have to each other’s well-being and happiness?”
Expert Team: Garden designers
Client(s): The Giant’s Sisters
Commission: Design a garden in memory of the giant and his friendship with the children

Context: This unit begins with the children taking on the responsibility of designing a park in memory of the giant from the story ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde. Commissioned by the giant’s sisters, the park is to be built on the site of the giant’s castle and original garden. The sisters would like a park designed in the spirit of their brother’s friendship of children and love of flowers, trees and birds. They also would like the park to tell visitors about the giant’s life and the story of how he changed from being a selfish person, who didn’t want to share his garden with local children, into a kind and generous person, who knocked down the wall he built to keep the children out and then welcomed them in.

In working on the commission the students will study subjects across the curriculum, in particular science, geography, English and art and design. Furthermore, after designing and making the park the designers might extend their remit and find further commissions with other giants, possibly attempting to ‘rehabilitate’ the ones with poor reputations.

Children’s literature has many stories about misunderstood giants or giants that change, the obvious ones being, Roald Dahl’s ‘Big Friendly Giant’ and Raymond Briggs’ ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’. Both of these books would make very good contexts from follow up clients and commissions.

This unit can be downloaded either as a Pdf, a Word document or directly into your profile on SchoolHub.
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Note: You can enlarge the mindmap on the Pdf to view or print out on A3

File size: doc (113KB); Pdf (364KB)
Pages: 17
Word count: 6,830

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