Goodnight Mister Tom (In Progress)

Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom – winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award – by Michelle Magorian has delighted generations of children. It’s the story of young Willie Beech, evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley – but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London. As time goes by Tom begins to worry when Willie doesn’t answer his letters, so he goes to London to find him, and there makes a terrible discovery.

Main Focus: Non Fiction - Evacuees

This Ks2 resource explores how children were evacuated during World War 2 when Britain announced it was at war with Germany in 1939.

Your class will read the passages and answer the comprehension style questions.

This Year 5 / Year 6 resource includes a range of questioning and differentiation.

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Main Focus: Character Development

This resource covers character development in chapter 1 of the story.

The activity to accompany the chapter is based around characters: William, Mr Oakley, Mr Tom, Mrs Beech, Mrs Hartridge and Evacuees.

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Main Focus: Adverbial Phrases

This resource gives your Ks2 class the opportunity to work on identifying and creating adverbial phrases whilst covering chapter 3 of the Goodnight Mr Tom story during their World War 2 topic work.


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Main Focus: Pathetic Fallacy

Pathetic Fallacy is a form of personification where human emotions or characteristics are given to objects, nature or weather to mirror the mood of the story.

For example – smiling skies, sombre clouds, angry storm, bitter winter.

Your class will read the sentences and determine the mood portrayed.

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