This Progression Step 3, SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) Refugee themed unit of work is based on Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, and also requires For the Right to Learn – Malala Yousafzai’s Story by Rebecca Langston-George.

Malala’s Magic Pencil is a beautifully illustrated and inspiring picture book that tells Malala’s story, in her own words. As a child, Malala wished for a magic pencil that could redraw reality and make the world a better place. When she got older, Malala saw the world needed fixing and how she needed to make her voice heard even in the most challenging of times. The second text tells the true story of Malala Yousafzai.

The unit of work explores a thematic approach to teaching languages and although mainly focuses on the ‘Languages, Literacy and Communication’ AoLE, it does have suggested links to the other five AoLEs. Comprising 15 sessions, the units allow for a flexible teaching approach designed to meet the interests and needs of your pupils.

To read more about our units linked to the Curriculum for Wales and the methodology of these units, please click here.

Mastery keys:

  • Use present, past and negative forms with a variety of words
  • Use paragraphs and establish links between them
  • Use complex sentence structures for emphasis and effect
  • Clarify and expand meaning through punctuation

Each unit covers a range of areas: 

  • Mastery of speaking and listening, vocabulary, reading and writing skills  
  • Writing in a range of purposeful genres – both fiction and non-fiction 
  • Opportunities for practising writing of previously taught genres 
  • An extended, independent piece of writing 
  • Suggestions for independent learning 
  • Links  

The units and texts link with a range of themes: 

  • Environmental issues in Wales 
  • A diverse society 
  • Celebrating Black lives 

The supporting texts for the units of work can be purchased at Peters Ltd at 30% off the RRP price of the books*:
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