Clockwork or All Wound Up

Clockwork or All Wound Up by Philip Pullman


Tick, tick, tick, tock. Once you’ve wound some things up nothing can stop them . . .

It is a cold winter’s night when Karl enters the White Horse Tavern looking like he’s swallowed a thundercloud. His final task as a clockmaker apprentice is to make a new figure for the great clock of Glockenheim. He has not made the figure – or got any idea of what it could be, and the unveiling is tomorrow.

Fritz is also in the tavern; there to read aloud his new spooky story. Like Karl, he hasn’t finished. Well, he knows how the story starts and he knows it’s called Clockwork – so, with the snow swirling down outside, he sets his story going and just has to hope that the ending will come to him as he tells it.

Suddenly, Fritz’s story and real life merge in a completely sinister way – and just like clockwork it can’t be stopped . . .

Main Focus: Character Comparison: Pages 10-15

This resource is linked to the two characters Karl and Fritz from Clockwork or All Wound Up book.

Your KS2 class will search through pages 10-15 from the book and find evidence to show how Karl and Fritz are similar in ways and different.

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Main Focus: Vocabulary Extension

We have taken some of the challenging vocabulary used from pages 19-23 from the story and created this activity.

Your Year 5 / Year 6 class must complete the sentences by using some of their own words (if stuck they could look for synonyms of the words already used), choose words from the words provided or choose from two words provided.

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Main Focus: Comprehension: Pages 23-29

This is a comprehension liked to pages 23-29 of Clockwork by Philip Pullman.

Your Ks2 class will read through the pages and answer the retrieval, vocabulary and inference-style questions.

This resource has been differentiated and is split into question categories.

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Main Focus: Punctuation: Pages 32-33

Your Ks2 class will rewrite the following paragraph, from pages 32-33 by adding in all the correct punctuation.

Your class will need to use capital letters, full stops, commas, a question mark, apostrophes, colons and ellipsis.

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Main Focus: Inference: Pages 36-43

This resource linked to the book Clockwork All Wound Up focuses on inference within pages 36-43.

Your class will answer the inference questions or complete the true or false activity.

This resource has been differentiated for Y5 / Y6.

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Main Focus: Character Study: Pages 52-58

This activity focuses on pages 52-58 and encourages your class to learn more about the characters Price Otto, the Baron Stelgratz and Prince Florian.

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Main Focus: Comprehension: Pages 67-72

Your class will read pages 67-72 from the book and answer the questions. We have differentiated this resource to cater for UKS2 classes. The questions have also been grouped into question styles.

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Main Focus: Spelling - Double Letters

This spelling activity covers pages 74-78 of the story and focuses on double consonants within words.

Your class will look at the sentences, add in the correct words and decide which spelling is accurate.

The first resource sheet should be completed by reading it out to your class to give your class a go at spelling the words.

The second sheet can be used to put the words in order and compare it to their spelling on the previous page.

The third page has been included for your class to choose between the two spelling variations.

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Main Focus: Spelling - Compound Words

A compound word is made up of two words put together to make one word with a new meaning.

Your class will complete each of the sentences by selecting a suitable compound word from the word bank or think of their own compound word using their knowledge of sentence construction and words.

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Main Focus: Authorial Intent - P80-83

For each extract taken from the book, your class will explain what technique the author has used and the impact he is hoping to create on the reader.

This resource is aimed at Year 5 and Year 6 classes.

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Main Focus: Non-Fiction Comprehension - Rathaus-Glockenspiel

This resource is based on the Rathaus-Glockenspiel and will provide your Ks2 class with information regarding the top half of the clock, the bottom half and fun facts. Your class will then complete the comprehension questions.

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel is a clock on the exterior of the New Town Hall in Munich, Germany. It was constructed in 1908 and features 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures.

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