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32 lessons - ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Rauf - Year 4/5/6 - English planning

A whole term’s English planning linked to the book ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ (Winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award 2019) by Onjali Rauf. Since its release, this book has been a classroom favourite, covering a topic that is never far from the news. Onjali Rauf writes about the topic of migration and refugees fantastically. I’ve taught this scheme twice now to my class, and both times they’ve all cheered at the end (always a good sign that they’ve enjoyed a book!)

There are 32 lessons in total, all with accompanying SMART Notebook screens, task sheets and header sheets.
To aid teaching each lesson, there are a total of 193 SMART Notebook screens (in one file) and each lesson is clearly marked along with which lesson each chapter should be read to aid and link to the learning.

(Update - In response to many requests, I have converted the SMART Notebook screens to Powerpoint, so there is also a 193 page Powerpoint presentation included for the teaching sequence for those unable to use SMART Notebook.)

This teaching sequence and planning will require the children to complete the following tasks over the 32 lessons:

  • writing a recount
  • writing a persuasive letter
  • answering SATs style comprehension questions
  • writing a narrative
  • descriptive writing
  • drama session
  • writing an information text
  • writing a newspaper report

I have also included some examples of work for some lessons.

This topic will also educate and inform the children of a very current real problem that others in the world face - the plight of the refugee. Using this book will expand their understanding of the world and help them to empathise and appreciate what some of the other children in school may have gone through.

Even if you don’t need this scheme of work, I would highly recommend the book to share with the class.

Reviews

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HeatherMayStatham

2 months ago
5

This is a fantastic resource from start to finish! Perfect for my Y5/6 joint class! They have loved reading the story and has worked well with using real life scenarios with everything that is happening regarding refugees right now!

donna_riley72

7 months ago
5

Fantastic resource do you have the model text for the letter in lesson 6 before I write one?

united77

8 months ago
5

We have used this scheme for 2 years it is suitable for high, middle and low ability. It provides the cross curricular style that we wanted for year 7. Worth every penny.

AJ40

a year ago
5

The best resource I have ever downloaded, this made my life so much easier. I was able to tackle the novel bilingually and translate some of the resources into Welsh.

sherelle-w

a year ago
4

Lovely resources. I can't seem to find the persuasive writing example for lesson 7. Do you have this available? Thanks.<br />

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