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Alex T Smith

Language: English
Genre: Animals, Art, Humour, Illustration
Age group: 3-5, 6-8

Tune in to watch Alex T Smith talk about his hilarious Claude stories- featuring a mischievous dog and his sidekick Sir Bobblysock- and hear a reading from Claude Goes for Gold. Have pencil and paper at the ready to join in an exciting step-by-step draw along with Alex and learn to draw Claude!

If you only do one thing

We know time is tight, so here is just one activity you could complete before or after watching the broadcast. 

Create an adventure story LIT 1-04a, LIT 1-07a, LIT 0-19a, LIT 1-20a

Claude Goes for Gold is an adventure story. Claude wants an adventure, and he doesn’t have to look too hard to find it- in fact, it’s right there in his home town. Ask your pupils what they think an adventure story is. What has to be in a story for it to be an adventure- does it have to have a long journey to a place far away?

One of the main elements of an adventure story is the main characters doing something new and exciting. Help your pupils create a new adventure story as a class. You could use the the book covers of other Claude series for inspiration! Ask pupils to look at these. What new and exciting things do they think will happen to Claude in these books? Who will he meet, what surprises and problems will he come across, and what new and exciting experiences might he have? You could write this down as a class, or create a storyboard of images to show what happens in the story. 

For shorter clips from the event visit the BBC Scotland Learning(this will open in a new window) website.

A full transcript of this event is available to download.

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