Jonnie Rocket – In Class
Find out how the Jonnie Rocket series of books can be used in the classroom with support for teachers, information and teaching resources.
Jonnie Rocket Provides a Valuable Teaching Resource
Reading is a skill whose importance cannot be over estimated. The ability to read fluently has far reaching consequences for a child’s ability to access the school curriculum in almost all subject areas. Pupils who love reading will thrive by conducting independent research, engaging with fictional texts in literacy lessons, whilst using their own reading to inspire the creation of new and exciting pieces of writing.
Yet, there are so many children who are unable to read and for whom there is limited motivation to pick up a book and try.
Research continues to raise the issue of boys’ reading attainment and the clear evidence that many reluctant readers in the primary years are indeed boys. It is no surprise when we look at alternative options – most boys would rather engage in a practical science activity than battling through a fictional text followed by a reading comprehension task. As teachers it is important that we provide access to books which will excite boys in the classroom, engaging them in reading and enabling them to access great stories.
‘The Adventures of Jonnie Rocket’ is a book, written in vibrant comic book style, rendering it perfect for boy’s reading material. The stories are exciting boys’ adventures with Jonnie heading off to explore the world of space. Boys are motivated by the concept of their bicycle changing into a rocket and zooming into space; fantastic stimulus for further creative writing!
Jonnie Rocket as a Role Model for Children
In a world where children’s television and literature has become obsessed with violence and destruction, it is refreshing to find a children’s story character that is adventurous without the need for aggression.
Jonnie is a young boy who learns to conquer fears and develop his own sense of self belief. As such, he is a role model for many children who suffer the same sense of personal doubt in the classroom. Jonnie’s self confidence is an ideal way to encourage discussion about big issues in the primary classroom.
How would Jonnie have felt when he was on his adventure?
Why would the Fear Rockets affect Jonnie?
When are we in similar situations?
At which point does Jonnie manage to defeat Captain Downfall?
These are all issues which can provoke thoughtful discussion.