An exploration of Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian – Rhinegold Publishing

An exploration of Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian


Michelle Magorian’s Goodnight Mister Tom is a book that readily captures the imagination of young and old alike. At once an absorbing piece of storytelling, it is also a wonderful fictional look at a fascinating period of history. KS2 students will embrace a study of the book. Using drama to explore the themes will add further impact to their emotional understanding of the piece.

This scheme looks at the book from a number of different angles, and does touch on some of the more challenging issues tackled in the work. However it does not dwell on any specific aspect and therefore should be suitable for all levels of KS2. While it is not designed to look solely at the historical background of the book and the impact of World War II, many of the exercises do have a historical emphasis, so are suitable to draw on should you wish this to be the learning focus. It follows the approximate chronological order of the events in the book, so it is possible to deliver the scheme alongside a classroom reading of the work.

The scheme broadly covers all aspects of the KS2 National Curriculum drama objectives, and there are also links to the writing, speaking, listening and group discussion and interaction objectives within KS2 English.

Number of lessons: 4

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