The Monster

Author(s): Jenny Lewis

Theme: Stories – exploration of plot / settings / characters, plants / medicines

Main Curriculum Focus
English: folk stories – plot / setting / characters.

Science: identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of plants; describe and name the parts of a plant.

Geography: use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features, including: mountain, lake, valley and key human features, including: village, house, office; use pictures and maps to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features.

PSHE: to think about themselves, to learn from their experiences, to recognise and celebrate their strengths; that household products, including medicines, can be harmful if not used properly; rules for and ways of keeping physically safe including safety in the environment (water safety); to recognise that they share a responsibility for keeping themselves and others safe.

Inquiry Question
"How can stories help us to understand why and how people behave?
Why are people suspicious / intolerant of others?
Why is it important to help people in need?
How can medicine help to save lives?
What makes people capable of acts of bravery?"

Expert Team: The team of divers / The team of medicine makers

Client(s): The monster

To dive down to the bottom of the lake and harvest the plant; to make the plant into medicine and give the medicine to the sick baby.


In a village near a mountain and a lake live a group of people. At the bottom of the lake grows a rare plant that the villagers harvest each month. The plant can cure a range of illnesses. The villagers have heard that a monster has recently moved into a cave at the top of the mountain. They have heard rumours that he has done terrible things in neighbouring valleys. They go to the cave and find the monster nursing a sick baby. He tells them he needs the plant from the lake to cure the baby. The villagers send their team of divers down to the lake to harvest the plant to help the monster baby.

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