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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.
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.
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.
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.
Lara Williamson's latest novel is a heart-warming and laugh-out-loud story about learning that love is never lost and change doesn’t have to be scary. Teacher's notes include discussion questions and activities around the themes worrying and anxiety; myths; mystery; magic; space and change.
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.
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.
A brilliantly funny and touching new novel exploring bullying, body confidence and, most importantly, learning how to be happy with who you are. Teacher's notes are structured around the Key Stage 3 English Curriculum with cross-curricular links to science and technology, maths, history, citizenship and PSHE.
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.
Bestselling YA author Holly Bourne's latest novel is a powerful and challenging account of an abusive relationship. Teachers' notes for KS4 RSE include extracts from the book and look at themes of gaslighting, sexual relationships, love and friendship.