About the Read in to Writing The Boy at the Back of the Class unit:

  • Suggested year group: Year 5

  • Length of unit: 6 weeks/30 sessions

  • Themes and topics: Migration and immigration, the refugee crisis, belonging, friendship, courage, tolerance, making a difference

  • Writing outcomes: A piece of persuasive writing, free writing, a letter to the Prime Minister, the next part of the story, a news broadcast, a speech and a news feature

About The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q.Rauf:

Together, some friends at school come up with a daring plan to help Ahmet, a new refugee boy in their
class. Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child’s perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense.

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