The Last Wild

Explore the world of Piers Torday's 'The Last Wild' novels, and inspire fantastic descriptive writing from your pupils...

Years: 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 8

Subject: English

Resource Overview

I am delighted to introduce these fantastic and enriching classroom resources put together for, based on my book The Last Wild.

When I started writing the book, seven years ago, I hoped to draw attention to some of the considerable environmental challenges facing not just us, but the next generation. Dwindling natural resources, accelerating climate change, an explosion in population growth and of course, dramatic decreases in biodiversity. 

However, I didn’t want to lecture children, or alarm them. Fundamentally I am an optimist and believe in humankind’s ability to co-operate and use technology to solve even the most intractable problems. And I believe that humans are inspired to achieve their best through stories, not through statistics. 

So I am proud to be part of any attempt, like Bristol 2015, to address the current environmental and sustainability crisis. But I am even more proud that Kester, Polly and the Wild’s story can now be used to engage and empower children in classrooms across the country today, as they prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. This lesson is imaginative, practical and multi-disciplinary – but most importantly, it celebrates the joy and curiosity of discovering the natural world around us - which is all I ever wanted.

Happy sustainable learning!

Piers Torday (Author of The Last Wild trilogy, winner of The Guardian Children's Prize for Fiction 2014)

To find out more about Piers and his work, visit

Artwork © Thomas Flintham and Quercus Fiction 

Resource Assets


Lesson Plan


'The Last Wild' Chapters 1-5


'The Last Wild' Map


'The Last Wild' Cover Art

Curriculum Objectives

  • Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing.
    • Continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.
    • In narratives, describe settings, characters and atmosphere and integrate dialogue to convey character and advance the action.
    • In writing narratives, consider how authors have developed characters and settings.
    • Increase familiarity with a wide range of books
    • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.