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LLO:  To read attentively and identify key information about a topic and time period.

Today you are going to be reading all about a trip to the theatre in Shakespeare’s time.



  1. Read the text, discuss any important points
  2. Use the text to help you answer the comprehension questions
  3. Self-Mark 
  4. What else do you know about Shakespeare? Use your own knowledge or if you can use the internet to look up some interesting facts.



We are going to listen to an audio recording of a book called ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick.

L.O: To explain and discuss understanding from what you have read                     


  1. Read background information and synopsis 


About the author:

Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2001, Marcus Sedgwick's powerful debut novel about surviving in a sinking world marks the beginning of the author's multi-award-winning career.



Imagine that a few years from now England is covered by water, and Norwich is an island.

Zoe, left behind in the confusion when her parents escaped, survives there as best she can. Alone and desperate among marauding gangs, she manages to dig a derelict boat out of the mud and gets away to Eels Island. But Eels Island, whose raggle-taggle inhabitants are dominated by the strange boy Dooby, is full of danger too.

The belief that she will one day find her parents spurs Zoe on to a dramatic escape in a story of courage and determination that is handled with warmth and humanity.


  1. Look at the ‘front cover and questions’ document
  2. Follow the link and click on Chapter One ‘Before’ and enjoy listening to Marcus reading it himself.
  3. Now consider these discussion questions focusing on Zoe:
  • How do you think she has lost her parents? 
  • What could have happened? 
  • Why does she no longer trust people? 
  • Who could Natasha be and why did it hurt to leave her? 
  • What can we infer about her father and how he prepared her for situation she has found herself in?


L.O: To explore the language of a poem and explain the effect on the reader

Today we are going to look at poetry, have you heard of the poet Roger McGough? The lake” was written by Roger McGough who was born in Liverpool, UK, on november 9th 1937. He is an award winning poet, playwright, broadcaster and children's author. Other titles of his work are “The lesson”, “First day at school”, “Survivor” and others. McGough likes to write about everyday problems we face using rhymes and wordplay.


He has written many famous poems and today we are going to look at ‘The Lake’.


  1. Listen to the poem or read a copy below.
  2. Discuss or note down your thoughts on the following:


  • What do you think has happened to the Lake?
  • What are the clues that the lake has been
  • polluted? Find examples in the poem that supports this idea.
  • Do you think there could be anything beneath the surface of the lake?
  • Why do you think he has written a poem about lake pollution?
  • How does the repetition of But there is life there.  There is life… enhance the meaning of the poem?
  • Can you identify any poetic devices used by McGough (simile, personification).
  • Once you have read the poem, how does this make you feel?


L.O: To comment on authors choices in the text


We are going to listen and read two extracts from the novel ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibboston. 

This book is set in 1910 and Maia, orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by a mysterious governess who has her own reasons for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences.


  1. Listen on BBC Bitesize where Jodie Kidd reads extract 1 and 2 or read it for yourselves below.
  2. Read extract 1. Then think about: What impression do you get of Maia? How do you feel towards Maia and why?
  3. The writer, Eva Ibbotson, creates a life-like and believable character - Maia - in this extract. Write a paragraph to explain how the writer does this, considering the way the extract is written.


You might want to use answer stems like these:

  • The writer uses .....................
  • This shows that .....................
  • This shows that ..................... because .....................
  • As a reader, .....................


Read extract 2. Now re-read for a second time where you consider Maia’s behaviour and attitudes.


How old do you think Maia is? Do you think that she is older or younger than you?

Write a short paragraph explaining how old you think she is and why.

You can use quotations from the extract to support your ideas.

You do not need to identify a specific age but you can suggest an age bracket that you think she may be in


L.O: To justify my opinions with evidence from the text


  1. Read the extract ‘Robin of Sherwood’ by Michael Morpurgo

  2. Answer the comprehension questions with supporting evidence from the text

  3. Mark