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The Wizards of Once – Teaching Resources

KS2 Resources for Teachers and Librarians

Cressida Cowell’s aim as Waterstones Children’s Laureate is to encourage EVERY child to read for fun and get something out of books. Her latest series, The Wizards of Once, will certainly achieve that in your classroom! It is full of magic and wonder, adventure and danger, friendship and family … and lots more!

Cressida has a passion for developing the creative intelligence of children and she believes that reading allows the reader to grow three superpowers:

  • Creativity
  • Empathy
  • Intelligence

Cressida explains that the magic of books is partly about the words, but also, importantly, what happens in the reader’s imagination.

These classroom ideas created by Reading Rocks aim to focus on those three superpowers and to explore and enjoy the reader’s own imagination.

Download the resources:

Creativity

Empathy

Intelligence

 

Below is a breakdown of the activities included in each section corresponding to subjects and study within the curriculum in case you just want to focus on one particular area:

 

ENGLISH

Creative Writing

  • Create a Companion – Creativity Section, Pages 6-7
  • A Wizard with No Magic? – Creativity Section, Pages 11-12
  • How Would You Fly? – Creativity Section, Page 19
  • Spell Writing – Creativity Section, Pages 21-22
  • A Love Spell – Empathy Section, Pages 13-16

 

Grammar & Comprehension

  • What Did He Do? – Creativity Section, Page 5
  • Brother’s Dialogue – Creativity Section, Pages 8-11
  • Deep in the Mine – Creativity Section, Pages 23-24
  • Beware of the Tatzelwurm – Creativity Section, Pages 25-27
  • Meet the Heroes – Empathy Section, Page 4
  • The Same but Different – Empathy Section, Page 5
  • In Each Other’s Shoes – Empathy Section, Page 8
  • No Fear! – Empathy Section, Pages 10-12
  • A Love Spell – Empathy Section, Pages 13-16
  • A Wizard of Words – Intelligence Section, Pages 4-5
  • Spelling Book – Intelligence Section, Page 6

 

Speaking & Performance

  • Brother’s Dialogue – Creativity Section, Pages 8-11
  • etriW ekiL a hctiW – Intelligence Section, Page 7

 

ART

Drawing & Sketching

  • An Enchanted Pet – Creativity Section, Pages 14-16
  • How Would You Fly? – Creativity Section, Page 19
  • Fantastic Fonts – Creativity Section, Pages 17-18
  • Deep in the Mine – Creativity Section, Pages 23-24
  • Beware of the Tatzelwurm – Creativity Section, Pages 25-28
  • Your Own Enchanted Sword – Intelligence Section, Pages 8-11

 

Graphic Design 

  • White on Black Artwork – Creativity Section, Page 20

 

CITIZENSHIP

Empathy & Positivity

  • Focus on Your Strengths, Empathy Section – Page 6
  • Patient Perdita, Empathy Section – Page 7
  • A Love Spell – Empathy Section, Pages 13-16

 

HISTORY

Bronze & Iron Age

  • Your Own Enchanted Sword – Intelligence Section, Pages 8-11
  • Iron Hill Forts – Intelligence Section, Pages 12-14

 

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Activity Sheets for Individual Study/Homework

  • Create a Companion – Creativity Section, Page 7
  • A Wizard with No Magic? – Creativity Section, Page 13
  • My Enchanted Object Pet – Creativity Section, Page 15
  • My Wizards of Once Alphabet – Creativity Section, Page 18
  • A Love Spell – Empathy Section, Pages 15
  • Your Own Enchanted Sword – Intelligence Section, Page 10

 

Activity Sheets for Groups

  • Draw Your Own Tatzelwurm – Creativity Section, Page 28
  • Focus on Your Strengths – Empathy Section, Page 6
  • No Fear! – Empathy Section, Page 11
  • Spelling Book – Intelligence Section, Page 6
  • etriW ekiL a hctiW – Intelligence Section, Page 7

 

 

About The Wizards of Once series

Set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites, The Wizards of Once series is the story of a young boy Wizard called Xar and a young girl Warrior called Wish. Wizards and Warriors are taught from birth to hate each other like poison, but this is the thrilling tale of what happens when Xar and Wish’s worlds collide…

Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure and a great class read.

Find out more about the individual books in the series here:

The Wizards of Once (Book 1)

Twice Magic (Book 2)

Knock Three Times (Book 3)

Never and Forever (Book 4)