Celebrating Inclusion

World Braille Day is celebrated in January and what better way to start the year than by celebrating inclusion.

“Norman is very surprised to have wings suddenly – and he has the most fun ever trying them out high in the sky. But then he has to go in for dinner. What will his parents think? What will everyone else think? Norman feels the safest plan is to cover his wings with a big coat. But hiding the thing that makes you different proves tricky and upsetting. Can Norman ever truly be himself?” (Bloomsbury Publishing) look inside & Tom’s Website. Perfectly Norman works well with primary learners of all ages. Watch our videos for all our teaching ideas. In our videos, we mention Ruby’s Worry, also by Percival, and you will find suitable resources in our Spotlight ‘Tom Percival’.

Peritextual features
Front cover: Show the cover, don’t mention the wings yet, unless the children mention them. If so ask them to predict what they might mean about Norman
Back cover: Read the blurb. Emphasise the word wings and return to the front cover if children haven’t already noticed the wings.
Prologue image: The illustration is sequential to that on the back cover. Children might notice this over repeated readings.
Title page: Setting for the visual narrative. Note the grey colour, with Norman in colour … after several exposures to the book you might talk about this with the children.

Teacher education
Identifying adjectives and adding creative tasks.

Mural

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Multiliteracies
Visual and emotional: Reading facial expressions and identifying a cycle of emotions
Film: Interpreting a book trailer

Notes from the classroom
How are we different how are we the same?
I should always believe in myself and my “wings” that will let me fly;
Making individual posters – creating and describing an imaginary person.

Additional Suggestions

Below you will find some more recommendations linked to the theme of Celebrating Inclusion. We have indicated if we think the picturebook is suitable for Younger Primary Learners [YPL], Older Primary Learners [OPL] or All Primary Learners [APL]. We have also linked suitable teaching resources.

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