Age Range: 5 - 11

Meet Bernard. He's a robot with a very unusual problem. Have you ever seen a No-Bot? You haven't? Then take a look inside this book...

Book Author: Sue Hendra

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Retell the story from Bernard’s point of view.
  • Make a new page for the story in which Bernard’s bottom is used by other animals.
  • Can you turn the story into a playscript and perform it to an audience?
  • Look at the use of punctuation in the story. Can you choose one type of punctuation and explain why it has been used in that place?
  • Write a sequel to this story, that continues from the last page in the book.
  • Write a new story about a robot, using our printable paper templates (see Resources below).


  • Count the number of full stops / commas / speech marks / exclamation marks etc. Use the results of this survey to create graphs and charts? Can you explain why some types of punctuation are more common than others? 


  • The park where Bernard plays has swings, slides and other rides. Can you explain how they work? Can you describe the forces involved?


  • Can you find out how robots work? How are they made? What tasks do some of them carry out?
  • Could you use painting or 3D modelling software to design a robot.
  • Could you record the story in the form of an audiobook with sound effects and music?
  • Use art software to colour a picture of a robot. Can you use different shades of one colour like the illustrations in the book? (see Resources below)
  • Draw a labelled diagram of Bernard. What do all of the buttons and dials on his chest do?

Design Technology

  • Use junk and craft materials to create a model of Bernard.
  • Make a sandcastle like the one at the end of the story.


  • Look at the illustrations of the circuit boards on the inside covers. Could you create similar illustrations?
  • Colour a picture of a robot (see Resources below).


  • Compose a rhythm that Bear might have played when he used Bernard’s bottom as a drum!

Physical education

  • Plan and perform a celebration dance for the characters at the end of the story.


  • Look at Bernard’s facial expressions at different points in the story. Can you explain how he is feeling?


Robot Colouring Image

Robot Colouring Image

An image that can be colouring onscreen using art software.

Robot Colouring Page

Robot Colouring Page

A printable page that can be coloured using art materials.


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