Think Before You Start - Discuss

Is there anything you’ve been told you should get used to doing?

Have you ever been pressured into doing something you didn’t want to do?

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Quick-Fire Questions

  1. Is the author writing in first or third person? Why do you think this was chosen?
  2. Why does Sophie think ‘The Killer Whale’ a perfect name for the ride?
  3. Is there a metaphor that describes how Chloe acts when someone is smarter than her?
  4. Where is the simile in this extract?

I wanted to ride the Killer Whale as much as a fish wants to be hooked on a line. A couple of months ago, I threw up at the top of a giant slide at a school festival. But I didn’t want to look like a scaredy-cat in front of Chloe and my other friends. 

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The research behind LitFilmFest

In a four month research study supported by the UCL Institute of Education, we worked with 200 KS2 students across three schools to measure the efficacy of our approach.

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