Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

This year for reading activities within my class, we have been using a resource called StoryBytes, by Hilton Ayrey. With each weekly activity, there is a task that requires students to identify the story structure. It requires students to identify the following:

  • Setting: Where does the story take place?
  • Characters: Who are the characters in the story?
  • Problem: What is the problem in the story?
  • Feelings: How do the main characters feel about the problem?
  • Action: What action do the characters take?
  • Outcome: How did the story end?
  • Themes: Is their a lesson in the story?

I wanted the students to transfer the skill of identifying a story’s structure within text, to identifying a story’s structure within a television programme. Further developong our skills we viewed the second episode of Paddington, A bear in hot water.

This is the story structure we identified:

  • Setting: 32 Windsor Gardens, in the bathroom.
  • Characters: Main character – Paddington Bear, secondary characters – Jonathon, Judy, Mr Brown, Mrs Brown & Mrs Bird.
  • Problem: Paddington didn’t know how to use the bathroom facilities, and he flooded the house when the bath overflowed.
  • Feelings: Paddington might have felt, scared, clumsy, embarrassed and confused.
  • Action: Jonathon came and pulled the bath plug out.
  • Outcome: The house stopped flooding, and when the bath emptied Paddington had a ‘dry bath’.
  • Themes: If you don’t know how to do something, ask!

Try it out with your class, or for much older viewers, simply watch the video for a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remember the bear that is, Paddington.


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