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For thousands of years, the Moon has been the one thing in the night sky that everyone recognises. Each lesson in this resource pack uses extracts from the book, giving you beautiful text and illustrations to share with children (from KS1 through to KS2, at the teacher’s discretion), and to ignite their sense of wonder.
All aboard for a magical journey... The activities for this novel focus in particular on letter writing. They use a series of ‘Top Tips’ from Postmaster and resident letter-writing expert, Wilmot Grunt, to encourage pupils to interrogate the components of a successful letter.
Set during the First World War, The Garden of Lost Secrets by A.M. Howell is a historical mystery. This resource pack has lesson plans and discussion starter points for each chapter in the book.
The House with Chicken Legs is a reimagining of the Russian folk tale of Baba Yaga from Sophie Anderson. These notes include reading group discussion questions and a creative exercise.
This is the story of a sleepy town called Suds. A place where stories fill the air of children who keep turning grey and disappearing without a trace… Each lesson here uses extracts from this book (which are also read by the author Samuel J. Halpin in the corresponding videos), giving you the full package to share with children and to excite their imaginations.
This sensitive and thoughtful story encourages children to develop empathy. These resources, with ideas for discussion and activities, link with key learning points in the national curriculum programme of study for English KS2, supporting the reading, writing and spoken word aims of the curriculum.
Rosalind Banks has selective mutism (SM), a condition which makes it impossible for her to say anything in certain situations. This book is about finding your voice and speaking up. Reading notes for teachers and book groups include ideas for discussion and suggestions for further reading.
'Generally speaking, books don’t cause much harm. Except when you read them, that is. Then they cause all kinds of problems.' This hilarious novel is accompanied by lots of discussion and analysis questions, and creative tasks.
The Wild Folk centres round the idea of the world we live in, and protecting it for the natural beauty it holds. It draws on ideas of environmentalism and what can go wrong when we abuse our natural resources. Teacher's notes include discussion and analysis activities and creative tasks.
Mockingbird deals with major themes of loss, friendship, growing up and coping with life's challenges. Teacher's notes include discussion and analysis activities and creative tasks.
This novel explores what it means to be human, as Max and Kevin fight prejudice and disability to form Freak the Mighty. Teacher's notes include discussion and analysis activities and creative tasks.
This thought-provoking novel about a young boy with a huge heart explores the imbalance of a world in which it takes a Western football star a mere one hundred seconds to earn the monthly wage of the child labourers who make his boots. Teacher's resources include an author Q&A, discussion questions and creative activities.
Yankee Girl is a story of growing up, and of learning to stand up for what you believe in, even if the rest of the world seems to believe in something different. It is about race and prejudice, and about the difficulty of doing the right thing. Teacher's notes include discussion and analysis activities and creative tasks.
Landfill has lived his whole life as a scavenger. He's told to never come looking outside and never rise above the wall – but what happens when you break the rules? This resource pack includes discussion questions and activities for each chapter.
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018, this novel by Geraldine McCaughrean is based on a true story of survival in the most remote part of the British Isles. Teacher's notes include discussion questions, stepping into the shoes of a character and more.
The Last Summer of Us follows the life-changing road trip taken by three close friends, each on the brink of adulthood, each grappling with huge emotional turmoil. Teacher's resources include an author's note, discussion questions and creative activities.