Orphans of the Tide

Orphans of the Tide

The City was built on a sharp mountain that jutted improbably from the sea, and the sea kept trying to claim it back. That grey morning, once the tide had retreated, a whale was found on a rooftop.

When a mysterious boy washes in with the tide, the citizens believe he’s the Enemy – the god who drowned the world – come again to cause untold chaos.

Only Ellie, a fearless young inventor living in a workshop crammed with curiosities, believes he’s innocent.

But the Enemy can take possession of any human body and the ruthless Inquisition are determined to destroy it forever.

To save the boy, Ellie must prove who he really is – even if that means revealing her own dangerous secret . . .

Main Focus: Planning a Sequel

This activity linked to Orphans of the Tide focuses on the epilogue and planning a sequel to the story.

The epilogue of the story suggests that Seth and Ellie’s adventures have only just begun.  Your class task is to write a sequel to the story.  They will use the grid in the resource to plan what will happen to the two characters as they set off in search for a new home (possibly the island which they saw on the edge of the map when they were searching the Inquisitor’s stronghold).

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Main Focus: Powerful Verbs

This activity focuses on verbs and chapter 1.

Your class will read the following summary of the chapter.  They will then re-write in replacing the verbs with more powerful alternatives.

We have differentiated this resource to cater for Year 5 and Year 6 classes.

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Main Focus: Comprehension

This is a comprehension linked to Orphans of the Tide chapter 5.

Your Ks2 class will focus on retrieval and inference style questions.

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Main Focus: Recounts

This activity focuses on chapter 8 of the story and recounts.

The task is to write a recount of Seth’s escape from Ellie’s workshop.  To start, your class will put the events from chapter eight into chronological order using the highlighted words to help.

These events form the basis of Seth’s journey and your class can use these to structure their version of his escape.  They will need to add descriptive detail to them in order to bring the scene to life for the reader.  They will choose one of the descriptive techniques to add detail to each part of the recount.

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Main Focus: Prefixes in- and im-

The prefixes in- and im- both mean not when added to a root word.  For example:

  • immature means not mature
  • incorrect means not correct

However, they can also form part of the spelling of a longer word (not added to a root word).

Key Stage 2 Spellings

immediate      individual        interfere

interrupt          imagine           increase

important        interest

This activity focuses on prefixes and chapter 12 of the book. Your class will use the words within the context of the story.

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Main Focus: Comprehension - Chapter 15

After reading Chapter 15 of Orphans of the Tide, your class will complete this comprehension which includes retrieval, vocabulary and inference type questions.

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Main Focus: Balanced Argument

The task is to write a balanced argument on the skills of Castion and Hagarth as Inquisitors.

Your class will read  chapter 18 and as part of a balanced argument, they will need to compare the qualities of the two men.  Your class will read from P222 to the end of the chapter to help identify their skills.

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Main Focus: Possessive Apostophes

This activity focuses on possessive apostrophes. 

Your class will re-write the following sentences in the possessive form.

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Main Focus: Dashes

Dashes are a form of parenthesis and can be used to add extra information to a sentence (a bit like brackets).

The sentence has to make sense without the information between the dashes; it’s just a bit more interesting with the added detail.

‘She didn’t feel hungry – the very idea of eating seemed unnatural – but she knew she had to keep her energy up.’ p269

Your class will complete this activity to improve their understanding and skills at using dashes.

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Main Focus: Non-Fiction Comprehension - Orcas

This is a non-fiction resource that focuses on Orcas.

Your class will read the text and answer the questions linked to the text.

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