Alan Marshall Bella Edwards Bob Howourth Brian Davis Brenda Cook Carol Chilcott Claude Rimmer David Conn David Glover-Kirk David Parry-Jones David Scott David Talbot faustus group Jack Mundy Jacky Long Joan Clews Joan Goodyear John Vowles Kathy Stewart Kevin Hogan Lizzie Lane Lyn Martin Mary Lansdown Nicholas Selway Peter Sutton Richard Edwards Robert Chapman Robert Tooze Royston Tanner Sarah McGreevy Stephen Canaby This River Winding Tina Kelly Tom Hodson georgeT
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The Wrong Flowers

This resource provides approaches to using a short film in the classroom at Key Stages 2 and 3.


The film, ‘The Wrong Flowers’, based on a poem of the same title, is about Brenda Cook’s schooldays in the 1940’s. As a young girl with learning difficulties she was bullied by her classmates, and finally asked by her teacher to leave the school.

She loved brightly coloured flowers and the film shows how she would escape her troubles through entering into a fantasy world full of flowers. Her ability to enter the fantasy world has helped her to become an artist. At the end of the film, we see the child Brenda holding hands with contemporary Brenda, the artist.

child and adult Brenda
Young and old Brenda meet

the resource provides:

the resource is for:

The materials have been tested in classrooms in Bristol and Gloucestershire. The Key Stage 2 materials are designed to support young people preparing for the changes that are to take place when they move on to secondary education and are underpinned by all current thinking on transition, including QCA approaches. The lesson plans written by teacher, Annabel Davis, cover curriculum work in English, ICT, Art, Dance and PSHE.

Laura Coles’ Key Stage 3 materials look closely at the poem and at how it has been adapted for the screen.

Both sets provide approaches to reading a film. It is suggested that the Key Stage Three materials are used in the first term at secondary school. A third set of materials covering the Transition process is planned, and will be written by a primary and a secondary teacher working together.

your ideas:

We are keen to develop this resource and would be pleased to hear from teachers who have used these materials and come up with ideas of their own which complement or supplement what is already here. We would like to add examples of work your young people have produced when working on this film. If you have ideas for classroom activity, or would like to know more about how the teachers have worked with these materials in the classroom, please contact

your classwork:

We invite teachers to send us examples of creative material, produced by pupils studying the Wrong Flowers in the classroom, and we will publish work as part of this resource for others to view: go to send your art to find out more.

You can see existing examples of students’ poetry and visual art in the students’ gallery


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