Monthly Archives: April 2017

A compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War

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Author: Michael Morpurgo


Suitable KS/Age/Year: Key Stage 3

Key themes: horrors of war, injustice, childhood, loss of innocence, friendship, family loyalty.

Teaching ideas: exploring narrative structure and voice; research/presentations World War 1; exploring pivotal/key life experiences as stimulus for writing; report/article writing; diary writing as character; drama activities (such as role play and hot seating).


A powerful and emotional story of race and prejudice

Title: Noughts and Crosses

Author: Malorie Blackman


Suitable KS/Age/Year: Year 9

Key themes: ethnic diversity, prejudice, race, equality, democracy, teenage relationships

Teaching ideas:  exploring differing social, cultural and historical traditions; comparisons with similarly themed poetry and texts; exploring narrative styles; visual representations of experience as stimulus for writing; report/article writing; rewriting events from perspective of different characters; drama activities (such as thought tracking).

Challenges: challeging themes.