Not now Bernard by David McKee
Before reading the story ask the children to draw a monster.
For younger children draw round a child and get them to use words & drawing to create a monster with you on large paper using descriptive language
Make model monsters out of modelling materials and then hide them in their outside space.
When the children go to play outside ask them to look out for the hidden monsters.
If they see one encourage them to describe it to other children.
Allow time for the children to interact with the models.
Observe and record their interactions, dialogues & play.
What games come out of this activity?
Bring your observed interactions & dialogues back to the inquiry circle & act some out with them.
Now read Not Now Bernard and facilitate their ideas and questions about the book.
Was the monster real? Was it a happy monster? What makes monsters happy? Why don’t grown ups believe the same things as children ? Whose fault is it that Bernard gets eaten?