What the Ladybird Heard - Resources for Teachers

 Ladybird coverWhat the Ladybird Heard can be a fantastic starting point for your pupils to direct their own learning. You may want to start using the book very simply by reading it together with your class, taking time to look at the cover, the illustrations, the end papers and the words, before discussing with your pupils what they would like to find out about from the book.


Click here to see the short video of Julia Donaldson reading What the Ladybird Heard. The extended video of this event is also available below.

You can watch the whole of Julia Donaldson’s fantastic Author's Live event in which she acts out this book and others. Click here to watch the podcast.

There are also a number of teacher resources to accompany this video. Click here to download the teacher resources from Author's Live.


Try this range of What the Ladybird Heard activities with your P1 class.

Suggested activities were printed in every book given out to Scottish P1 pupils in 2010. Click here to view the contents of the page and download in PDF or see below for the text versions.

  • I-hear

Listen closely to the story. What does the ladybird hear? There is a ladybird hiding on each page of the book. See if you can find it and hear what the ladybird heard. Play your own game where you listen to sounds around you. Say the phrase ‘I hear, with my little ears something that …’ Can you describe what you hear?

  • Map

You could make a map of your house, garden, trip to school or even a local park. You could even hide a ladybird and make a map for someone to follow to find it. Will you trick them like the animals tricked Hugh and Len?

  • What’s your name?

Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len both have names that describe them – and start with the first letter of their name which is called alliteration. Play with alliteration and see what words you can find to describe you and your friends.

Your comments 

Let us know if you enjoyed using these ideas by adding a comment below. What worked well with your P1 class?

What the Ladybird Heard has lots of possibilities for follow-up activities, so we would love to hear about your own ideas. What worked well in your classroom? 

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