Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds Week 4

Readers Theatre

Aubrey Reader’s Theatre Chapter 10



Exploring theme

Using these statements and others as evidence and using the Finding a Theme resource clarify the big ideas presented in this story.

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds Statements

Finding a theme

This graphic organiser is designed to help children locate themes in fiction. Themes are the big ideas that run through the story. Elements that help you to identify the themes include:

  • the source of conflict in the story and an analysis of how the conflict is resolved
  • charting the development of major characters, particularly what characters learn in a story
  • identifying quotations in the text that sum up the theme or big idea.

Using a graphic organiser will help children analyse and visualise their thinking

Working in pairs, use the Finding Theme sheet  to identify one of the themes from this story.

  • can you find key quotations that help you identify the theme?
  • do any big decisions have to be made?
  • how are the resolved?
  • what happens to the characters at the end of the story?

Ask the children to talk through ideas with a partner and then make notes using the graphic organiser. 

Gather the group and compare the themes each pair has identified.

Ask, has anyone in the group made you think differently about this story?

Share these slides about famous children who have helped change the world.


Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds Children who changed the world

In Ch 7 Ariadne reminds us, ‘There are a  million possible futures’. You may like to leave your gladiators pondering which one they would help to make and discuss how reading different views of the world can change our attitudes towards it.