KS: Upper KS2
Year Group: Year 6
Author(s): Polly Ho Yen
This is a Home Learning Branch for Boy in the Tower. These branches are designed to support home learners to access literature-based learning using a selection of books we love from Writing Roots. They include purposeful writing suggestions, links to the wider curriculum so that texts can be used across other subjects, key questions as well as spelling or phonics investigations.
A Writing Root is available for Boy in the Tower.
Warning posters, packing lists, journalistic writing, formal letters, non-chronological reports, narrative retellings
Own version narrative (past and present tense)
15 sessions, 3 weeks
This is a three-week Writing Root based upon Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen. Children will learn and revise many of the key grammar requirements of Y6 and have opportunity to apply them within short and longer written outcomes.
When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way.
Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him.
His mum doesn’t really like looking outside – but it’s going outside that she hates.
She’s happier sleeping all day inside their tower, where it’s safe.
But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear.
Now their tower isn’t safe anymore. Ade and his mum are trapped and there’s no way out . . .
This book was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and was runner up in the Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Award in 2015. Dealing with themes such as isolation, depression and loneliness, the book provides a relatable context and a safe space within which to explore these concepts with children. With modern day links to The Day of the Triffids, Polly Ho-Yen has created an engaging, dystopian narrative through which children will develop their skills of inference and deduction.
Dystopia vs Utopia, post-apocolyptic, survival, bravery, courage, friendship, isolation
Date written: January 2016View Boy in the Tower Writing Root
A Spelling Seed is available for Boy in the Tower.
This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen. Below is the coverage from Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum 2014.
Spelling Seeds have been designed to complement Writing Roots by providing weekly, contextualised sequences of sessions for the teaching of spelling that include open-ended investigations and opportunities to practise and apply within meaningful and purposeful contexts, linked (where relevant) to other areas of the curriculum and a suggestion of how to extend the investigation into home learning.
There is a Spelling Seed session for every week of the associated Writing Root.
disastrous, explanation, mischievous, vegetable, variety
Endings which sound like /ʃəs/ spelt –cious or –tious
Words ending in –able and –ible, ably and –iblyView Boy in the Tower Spelling Seed