‘Over the Line’ has been a massive success this term. Many of my reluctant readers have turned a corner so thank you very much!” Bradley Stoke Community School
Remembrance Day 2023
More information here
1 First Chapters
2 Posters – click on the images below:
2 ARMISTICE RUNNER Resources
2.1 The Armistice Runner Challenge – a running and memory activity for schools Guidelines & certificate
2.2 Literacy & Dementia
2.3 Literacy & Sport
2.4 Literacy & History
2.5 Cover Prediction Worksheets including:
- Who, where, what, when, why etc ?
- Predictions and why
- Download here
Draw a landscape to colour in for the Armistice Runner characters here: Lily (running today) and Ernest (a trench runner in the First World War) here.
You could also use these to create character profiles …
Extra resources produced and kindly shared by Mrs Forrest, Framwellgate School, Durham:
2.8 Armistice Runner Article
Please feel free to use these images for mapping your pupils ideas about the story, see this example
2.9 “Blackout poems”. see examples from pupils at Greenbank School
2.10 Ten national and local opportunities that schools in the UK can take to mark the Armistice centenary this November. https://tompalmer.co.uk/10-ways-schools-can-mark-the-armistice-centenary-this-autumn/
“Armistice Runner is a wonderful story to use in the classroom to explore the history of World War 1. The narrative is compelling and perfectly pitched to bring the big themes of war to young readers without being either too frightening or too reductive. By linking the historical aspect of the story to a modern day character in a familiar setting and emphasising the relatable, human aspects of one soldier’s experiences, Tom has skilfully crafted a way for young readers to connect with an event that could too easily seem a world away from them.” BOOK FOR TOPICS
The First World War and the Armistice here
The inspiration for Armistice Runner here
2.12 Armistice Runner Themes
The story is based very loosely on our family’s love of cross country and fell running and the champion fell runner of 100 years ago, Ernest Dalzell:
While researching Over the Line I became fascinated with the Armistice and how hundreds of thousands of men could collectively stop fighting at eleven a.m. after all they had been through. I read that there was no time to lay down communication wires, the allies had been advancing so quickly on the Germans. Runners were used to pass the news on.
2.13 Armistice Runner Videos
3 Over the Line
Video 1 : Introduction
Take the quiz on video 1 here.
Video 2 : watch me read from Over the Line chapter 1
Video 3 : The Channel
Take the quiz on video 3 here.
Video 4: Inside a Trench
Take the quiz on video 4 here.
Video 5 : Delville Wood
Take the quiz on video 5 here.
Video 6 : Sid Wheelhouse’s Grave
Take the quiz on video 6 here.
Video 7 : The Flanders Cup
Take the quiz on video 7 here
3.2 Over the Line Resources
Year 7 Reading Response Scheme of Work very kindly shared by Sirius Academy here
Act a scene from Over the Line with playscripts here.
Award a signed certificate for classwork from Tom here.
Read my blogs about writing and researching Over the Line
- researching in the Somme
- reading war comics
- real lives
- why I write
- ‘I had a duty to them – to tell their story as well as I could.’
“The narrative in this short novel is powerful and evocative. The emphasis on football will entice readers who might not think at first that historical fiction is “their thing”. The compelling voice of Jack will undoubtedly prove them otherwise.” http://librarymice.com/historical-reads-world-war-i/
I have written a sixteen chapter story for the National Literacy Trust to tie in with this June’s centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was set during the Euro 2016 football tournament and the main characters were school pupils on a battlefield tour and First World War soldiers.
- Chapters 1-15 are now available from here.
- A literacy toolkit of ideas to use in schools based around the Euro 2016 tournament and the centenary commemorations is available now from here.
- Download your signed certificate to present to your school /class/ individual pupils in thanks for following Over the Line 2016 here.
“Just read the first chapter of your story with two Year 9 boys, it has captured their imagination and they can’t wait until the next installment!” North Durham Academy
3.5 Over the Line Extras
This is the cigarette card of Sid Wheelhouse.
The photos below are of the Footb
aller’s Batallion Memorial, the cemetry near Couin and Delville wood today.
There are lots of photos of Delville Wood in 1916 here.
The Lochnagar Crater is the largest example and it has been preserved, for photos see here.
For information on the Thiepval memorial, see here.
A short film from Imperial War Museum on the Somme 100 Years On here.
A spoken word poem by Molly Case for the Royal British Legion, see here.
Leeds School Library Service have produced a comprehensive guide to First World War books here.
The remarkable stories of 175 men from 11 countries who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War are brought together here
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has created Glory Days – an interactive resource through video and audio clips, animation, primary sources and lesson activities – to tell some of the footballer’s stories and looks at how they are remembered by recording their details and looking after their graves and memorials, see here for more.
World War 1 School Archives are creating a centralised archive for schools to display and share their memories of the Great War.
The British Council have produced The Football Remembers education pack for teachers in English & Welsh, designed to offer support and resources for pupils learning about the Truce events that took place in 1914, see here for more.
BBC have collected some of their sport in wartime footage here.
ITV have footage here of Leyton Orient playing Leicester City in the final game of the 1914/15 season – at the end of the match the London side changed into their khaki uniforms and marched with the 17th Middlesex Regiment. They were part of the Footballers’ Battalion who fought and died in the First World War.
4 Flyboy resources
4.1 Guided Reading pack
This pack is full of different literacy ideas for the classroom, library or at home.
Something to help literacy take off for every child.
Download your pack here
4.2 Flyboy video
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