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on 24 August 2009
I bought this as a whole-class reader for my mixed Y3/Y4 class, and intend to use it next term. It seems better suited to lower KS2, with quite simple language and a simple storyline. It has possibilities for use in literacy too, for example describing story settings and characters. It shows the stark differences between two children during the Victorian era - one a poor chimney sweep and one a rich child, and introduces the theme of Dr Barnardo. It sounds a little contrived in some places, but I'm sure my class will enjoy the story nonetheless.
Two years on, and I've used this text with a mixed Year 3/4 class and a mixed Year 4/5/6 class. Needless to say, they LOVED it. It may seem simple and contrived to adult ears, but to primary-aged ears, it's gripping stuff!