Big Bones by Laura Dockrill - Live out loud: Secondary School resources packs and competition


This resource pack is based on Big Bones, a vibrant and bold teen novel from writer and performance poet Laura Dockrill.

It is a coming-of-age story about self-appreciation,
body-confidence and learning how to love yourself and others – and it will help young people to not only explore societal pressures around body image, but also to champion their own unique individuality.

The activities in this pack are an enticing introduction to the themes in Laura’s book, but they also serve as a mini scheme of work with English and PSHE objectives, providing material
for four or more KS3 lessons – perfect for classes already looking at the role of the media and advertising in influencing young people.

The final outcome is for everyone to produce their own empowering messages – championing the value of uniqueness in order to look after themselves and others.

You are what you eat competition

To win a class visit from Laura Dockrill, enter our ‘You aren’t what you eat’ express yourself competition. Share your body positive creations on social media using #BigBones and tag Hot Key Books, The Reading Agency and the author Laura Dockrill by 13 July. Laura will choose a winner for a class visit for the autumn term. You can also send in any entries to


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