The Wild Way Home

The Wild Way Home

When Charlie’s longed-for brother is born with a serious heart condition, Charlie’s world is turned upside down. Upset and afraid, Charlie flees the hospital and makes for the ancient forest on the edge of town. There Charlie finds a boy floating face-down in the stream, injured, but alive. But when Charlie sets off back to the hospital to fetch help, it seems the forest has changed. It’s become a place as strange and wild as the boy dressed in deerskins. For Charlie has unwittingly fled into the Stone Age, with no way to help the boy or return to the present day. Or is there?

Main Focus: Poetry Analysis

Well, this book starts off with a poem by W.B Yeats called ‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’.

We have included a teacher copy and a copy for the Year 3 / Year 4 kids (without the teaching points).

We have taken the poem apart into sizeable chunks for your Ks2 class to analyse and to discuss.

We have taken the stanzas and included some questions for your class and teaching points for you.

Lovely pome with a lot of depth and meaning. Loved analysing it!

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Main Focus: Adverbials Pgs 1-12

This activity covers pages 1-12 of The Wild Way Home, is aimed at Year 3 and Year 4 classes and focuses on fronted adverbials.

Your class will read the passages and identify the fronted adverbials but either highlighting or underlining.

We have also included a resource that the LKS2 kids must complete the sentences by adding in the adverbials and another where the Y3/4 kids apply the adverbials from the book to a new context and think of their own.


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Main Focus: Inverted Commas

This resource is based on an extract from page 17 of The Wild Way Home and focuses on inverted commas or speech marks.

We have created six different resource sheets so you can see which best suits your Year 3 / Year 4 class. From highlighting the speech marks to adding them in. 

Scroll through the activity and see how we’ve differentiated it.

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Main Focus: Apostrophes

In this resource your class will read pages 27-31 and complete this activity linked to apostrophes.

This is a useful activity to consolidate the work completed on adding apostrophes to show possession or for contractions.

We have differentiated to make it easier and more challenging for your Ks2 class.

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Main Focus: Contractions

This activity focuses only on contractions and your class must identify where contractions could be added instead of two words.

We have differentiated the resource to make it easier to identify where the contractions should be.

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Main Focus: Character Description - Dara

We have decided to explore the descriptions of the character Dara from the point of view of Charlie.

When the baby is born there are some interesting observations made by Charlie. There are a lot of physical descriptions to allow your class to note down but there are also hints that everything isn’t all rosy. 

Your Year 3 / year 4 class will look at the descriptions as well as the evidence from the chapter that suggests there is a problem with Dara’s health.

Answers have been provided for your KS2 children to refer to once the activity has been completed. 

This chapter (pages 35-40) is also good to explore feelings and change. It highlights how it is human nature to worry and feel scared about changes.

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Main Focus: Adverbs

This resource focuses on pages 47-55. 

Your class will read the sentences taken from the story and identify the adverbs.

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Main Focus: Synonyms

This activity focuses on pages 66 and 67 of The Wild Way home and the activity is synonyms.

Your KS2 class will read the extract from the story and identify synonyms of the given words in the passage.

We have also included a resource to allow your class to choose words from the pages and create their own synonyms.

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Main Focus: Comprehension - Pages 92-98

This is a comprehension linked to the chapters Storm Voice and Deadman’s Cave. Pages 92-98 of the book.

Your Year 3 or Year 4 class will read the chapters and then answer the questions as accurately as possible.

We have differentiated this resource to suit KS2 and added a nice activity on at the end for the kids to enjoy and to generate lovely discussion from.

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Main Focus: Vocabulary Extension

We have taken some of the lovely vocabulary used in pages 99-123 to explore with your Year 3 / Year 4 class.

Your class will use the word bank to complete the sentences, exploring the vocabulary used in context. You can then allow your class to explore the word classes, definitions and encourage them to use the words in a new context.

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Main Focus: Non-Fiction

In this non-fiction research activity, your class will explore caves and the formation of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, drapery, flowstone and more to learn how these formations are created.

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