English KS1 / KS2: The Firework-Maker’s Daughter' by Philip Pullman

TV presenter Saira Khan encourages us to read her favourite children’s book, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman.

She explains that she loves this story of a brave young girl called Lila who has to go on an exciting adventure to fulfill her dream of becoming a Firework-Maker like her father.

Lila goes in search of Royal Sulphur from Mount Merapi, as all Firework-Makers must, and comes face to face with Razvani the Fire-Fiend.

Saira gives a dramatic reading of the encounter, with animation to bring the story to life.

This clip is from the series Bringing Books to Life.

Teacher Notes

This clip can be used in illustrating the work of Philip Pullman and with older children when looking at the work of significant authors.

Alternatively it could be used to start a story.

Children could work in small groups to predict what could happen next. How will Lyla escape? How does she get the royal sulphur?

Ideas could be taken from other stories they have read where the main character has had to solve a problem to use in their own writing.

Can be used to highlight the huge range of reading experiences available to young people and to explore how students imagine and interpret the books they have read.

Curriculum Notes

These clips are suitable for teaching English and Literacy at Key Stage 1, 1st Level, Key Stage 2 and 2nd Level.