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Friday 15th May 2020


8 Think about the scene that you have read. 

a) What do we know about the narrator’s room?

 b) What do you think twelve and thirteen year olds usually like to do? 

 c) What feels missing from the room of a regular twelve or thirteen year old?

 d) How do you think it might feel for the narrator to be held in this place?

 e) Have you ever been in a place where you have felt bored, trapped and unstimulated? What was it like? What  

    suggestions would you give to the narrator to keep their mind occupied while stuck in this place?


9 Think back to the extract you read. 

a) Can you imagine what would happen if the boy in the story managed to break out of his room? What do you think would

    happen? Where might he go? 

b) What challenges might lie in his path? What adventures might he have?

 c) Draw and write your story ideas, trying out different ideas. Remember to use stories you already know and like for ideas. d) You could even publish your story in a handmade book by folding a piece of paper or on the computer, ready to share it

     with your me or your friends and family




Did you enjoy this extract? You can download and read Chapter 1 here (for free).

Thursday 14th May 2020


7. Re-read the text again and think more deeply about the narrator and the situation they find themselves in. 


a) Where are they? What is it like there? How do you know? 

b) What does the name of the building ‘Spectrum Hall Academy for Challenging Children’, suggest about the narrator?

    Does this come across in their character from what you have read so far?  

c) What do the use of the words ‘warden’ and the phrases ‘locked shut with an electronic keypad’ and ‘cameras on the

   ceiling’ suggest about this place? 

d) Why do you think the narrator might be in this place? 

e) What do you understand by the phrase ‘Quarantine Zone’? What might this suggest about the action that might take

    place in the story?

f) What name would you give a fictional school if your character was miserable there?

   What name might you give a fictional school in which your character was blissfully happy?

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Please find the next reading lesson below!


Lesson 3

5. Reread the extract a few times then take a pen or pencil and a bit of scrap paper. You can use the back of an old envelope or cereal packet; whatever is to hand. Draw what you see in your imagination. Maybe other people, your friends or in your family want to draw what they imagine as well. Remember, everyone has their own ideas and imagines things their own way. This is a good thing! To get started, ask yourself: Where does this story begin? What happens? How do you know? How does it make me feel? How can I show this in a drawing?


6. Re-read the opening and write some words and phrases that have helped you make your picture. Share what you have drawn with someone else*: Why have you chosen to draw it this way? Which words and phrases helped you make a picture?


*You could contact a friend to talk about your work or email me:

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Find the next reading lesson all about 'The Last Wild' below. 

Lesson 2

Read the opening extract to the story. You might want to listen to Mrs Evans reading it to you.

 Click to listen to the extract



4     a) What is happening in this extract? Who are the central characters?

       b) Summarise what you’ve read in a couple of sentences. 

       c) Talk about how this story opening makes you feel and what you like or dislike about it?

       d) Does it remind you of anything you know in stories or real life? How? 


Now think about how it is written. 

       a) What parts of this really stick in your mind? Why?

       b) Which words and phrases do you like the best? What do you like about them? Do they look or                      sound interesting? Do they help you make a picture in your mind? 

Monday 11th May 2020

Find the first lesson of the week on 'The Last Wild' by Piers Torday below.

Lesson 1


1. Look at this map from the beginning of the book. 

    a) What do you notice about the map? 

    b) What can you see?

    c) Do you think it is somewhere real or imagined? Explain your answer.

    d) Does it remind you of anything you have seen before? What questions does it raise for you?


2. Using your knowledge of other stories, you have read, or films or television programmes you have seen, answer the following questions: 

    a) What kind of story this might be?

    b) What predictions do you have? Explain your ideas.

    c) What do the words and visual details in the map suggest about the likely shape and content of the story? 

    d) Where do you think the story might take place?

    e) Who do you think the characters might be? Why?


3. What are your first impressions of the book? Would you want to read on? Explain your answers.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Today's Reading Task is looking at a new book 'Peepo' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. You can read the book by clicking the PDF document below or listen to Allan Ahlberg read it using this link:  Enjoy!

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Find the next reading task below! It's looking specifically at the front cover of the book! 

Monday 4th May 2020

Find the reading task below focused on Goodnight Mister Tom. Remember you can hear me read the full chapter here!

Thursday 30th April 2020

Take a look at the work below. Watch the video (link in the document) and use your senses to aid your writing. Good luck!

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Find the last chapter in our book below. In the document, there is a reading and an editing lesson. Use the resources on the editing page (classpage/writing/editing) to edit your story.

Tuesday 28th April 2020


Your next reading and writing lessons are below! Check out chapter 7 and have a go at the questions on the reading and writing document which also has the writing lesson where you will start to write your own evacuation story!

Monday 27th April 2020

Have a look at the reading lesson below along with Chapter 6. Also have a look at the first writing lesson in the evacuation story you'll be writing. 

Friday 24th April 2020

Chapter 5 is now available below! Today's reading and writing task is below. I would love to see you cartoon strips! Email them to me at


Thursday 23rd April 2020

Below is chapter 4 of our book and some reading questions for you to answer as well as a writing task! Let me know how you get on by emailing me: 

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Today's English work is below! Read the next chapter in our topic book and have a look and complete the reading and writing tasks in the word document! Email me with your answers and I'll mark them!

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Today's English lesson below! Chapter 2 is available and there are reading questions as well as a writing task. Email me if you need any help or if you want to share your work.

Monday 20th April

Read chapter 1 of Friend or Foe (or listen to it using the link below), and answer the questions in the word document. Email your answer to me and I will mark them!