How to Train Your Dragon

This day, with a Y3 class and their teacher , came right at the start of their Myths and Legends ¬†work and was designed to ‘hook’ the children into the unit. We used the first nine minutes or so of How to Train Your Dragon which focused upon the main character, Hiccup. Our intention was to find out about the character using evidence from the film. This we did by watching the film and then sorting word cards to describe Hiccup onto a Zone of Relevance.

The Zone of Relevance - Hiccup the Viking

Next, we used a ‘role on the wall’ to gather information about Hiccup. The children completed the outside of the character with what we knew about his appearance, behaviour and relationships from the first viewing. We watched the film again and discussed the evidence we could find about Hiccup’s thoughts and feelings and recorded these on the inside.

Role on the wall - Hiccup

Now that the children had a good knowledge of the character, I went into role as Hiccup for hot-seating. Once the children got over Hiccup’s feelings for Astrid (a brilliant and knowing scene echoing many film cliches which amused the TA’s present) their questions were really good, probing the character about his thoughts and motivation.

We then followed this up by splitting into groups and allowing the children to take on the role, first of Hiccup and then his father Stoic the Vast. They loved this and did really well considering that this was their first experience of hot-seating.

Having discussed words to describe Hiccup we looked a little closer at some of them and then sorted them onto an intensity line in order of their ‘power’.

Intensity line cards for sorting

Intensity line for bravery

All of this was a build up to the writing task. To motivate the boys in particular, I had made a blank trading card for Hiccup using the template on In discussion, we asked them to mark Hiccup out of 10 for skill, strength and bravery and justify their marks with reference to evidence from the film.

Time ran out and I left the teacher to introduce the writing task on the following day. Watch this space for examples of their writing and trading cards.

The working wall shows where the unit is heading


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2 Responses to How to Train Your Dragon

  1. vicki cox says:

    What a great set of hooks to get the children involved. Sounds like a great session – and using technology in a positive way to support the learning in the classroom. Sounds fun!

  2. Arafa Ahmed says:

    Philip this is amazing work. Myths and legends explored in such an exciting way for the pupils.

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