*Updated with opportunities for deeper learning in the literature pack
This resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn (also known as Brightwood) by Tania Unsworth. It bundles The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn (Brightwood) Novel Study
with two STEAM packs about designing and making memory boxes, including building on the poem The Magic Box by Kit Wright.
ABOUT THE NOVEL:
Daisy Fitzjohn knows there are two worlds: the outside world and the world of Brightwood Hall, her home—and the only place she’s ever been. Daisy and her mother have everything they need within its magnificent, crumbling walls. But, when Daisy’s mother leaves unexpectedly one morning, a strange visitor arrives on the estate, claiming to be a distant cousin, James Gritting. As the days tick by and Daisy’s mother doesn’t return, Gritting becomes more and more menacing. He wants Brightwood for himself, and he will do anything to get it—unless Daisy, with only her imaginary companions to help her, can stop him.
ABOUT THE RESOURCE:
Designed in alignment with the 2014 National Curriculum of England’s reading objectives for Year 6, the pack includes: Chapter Summaries
, Comprehension Questions
, Digging Deeper Opportunities
(includes character studies and plot studies), Creative Writing Tasks
, Non-Fiction Tasks
related to content of the novel (yachts, topiaries, the Amazon, poisonous berries), and STEAM enrichment activities
where children design, make, and evaluate their own memory boxes, including building on the poem The Magic Box by Kit Wright according to Key Stage 2 Design Technology objectives.
Resource is provided as a PDF but a digital copy of the pack is available for editing and sharing on Google Classroom and Seesaw available with download.
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