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The Suitcase Kid Teaching Resources

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The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson  

This teaching resource is designed to help Upper KS2 or Lower KS3 pupils develop general key reading and writing skills as well as a detailed knowledge and understanding of the novel The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson. The resource is suitable for all abilities and will help students develop essential reading and writing skills. It will provide at approximately three weeks’ worth of lessons – depending on the frequency of English lessons.

The Suitcase Kid is an ideal novel for students in Year 5/6 or Year 7 – depending on ability. This resource provides a range of activities including:

- Making Predictions (what might happen from details stated and implied)

- Empathetic writing

- Exploring characterisation

- Wilson’s use of vocabulary

- Discussing key themes - loneliness, loss, coping with a ‘blended’ family, childhood

- Use of decision alley, role play and drama techniques

- Writing in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person

- Opportunities to develop a range of writing skills: letter writing; descriptive writing; explanations; diary writing; instructions; Haiku poetry; recounts; persuasive writing.

- Specific teaching of Grammar and Punctuation in line with the National Curriculum: verbs; vocabulary development; use of bullet points; relative clauses in complex sentences; sentence types: statement, command, exclamation; question tags; hyphens to avoid ambiguity. Teachers will identify further opportunities which should be tailored to students’ needs.

- Cross curricular - science (Space; Healthy eating), D.T. (origami and model boats) PSHE (Home life; Healthy eating (Change4Life); Fiends and siblings; Stepfamilies; Career choices; Childline)

- And much more!

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