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Book status: The book for this planning sequence is currently reprinting or out of print and therefore not in stock at most booksellers. If you do not already own the book, we would recommend this planning sequence as an alternative:

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A Home Learning Branch for The Unforgotten Coat


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Author(s): Frank Cottrell Boyce

This is a Home Learning Branch for The Unforgotten Coat.  These branches are designed to support home learners to access literature-based learning using a selection of books we love from the Literary Curriculum.  They include purposeful writing suggestions, links to the wider curriculum so that texts can be used across other subjects, key questions as well as spelling or phonics investigations.

A Planning Sequence is available for The Unforgotten Coat.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Diary entries, explanations (sci experiment), dialogue, non-chronological reports

Main Outcome:

Own version ‘issues and dilemmas’ narrative


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

Using The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce, explore the issue of refugees and the reasons why people have to flee countries and seek asylum. This could be used in conjunction with Black History Month or Refugee Week. Children will write extended narratives in the style of a journal, recorded as a series of diary entries. There are also opportunities to write explanation texts about a science experiment, mirroring the text, as well as non-chronological reports, following research about Mongolia.

Synopsis of Text:

From the award-winning author of Millions comes a story of friendship in the midst of adversity. Winner of the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, this magical and poignant book is enriched by stunning and atmospheric Polaroid photos.

Two refugee brothers from Mongolia are determined to fit in with their Liverpool schoolmates, but bring so much of Mongolia to Bootle that their new friend and guide, Julie, is hard-pressed to know truth from fantasy. Told with the humour, warmth and brilliance of detail which characterizes Frank Cottrell Boyce's writing, readers will be transported from the streets of Liverpool to the steppe of Mongolia.


Migration, immigration, refugees, Mongolia

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A Spelling Seed is available for The Unforgotten Coat.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce.  Below is the coverage from Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum 2014.

Spelling Seeds have been designed to complement the Literary Curriculum by providing weekly, contextualised sequences of sessions for the teaching of spelling that include open-ended investigations and opportunities to practise and apply within meaningful and purposeful contexts, linked (where relevant) to other areas of the curriculum and a suggestion of how to extend the investigation into home learning.

Spelling Seeds work alongside the texts within the Literary Curriculum and, as such, will also reflect the suggested number of weeks spent on a text, as well.


Word List Words

accommodate, bargain, communicate, foreign, identity, individual, language, pronunciation, queue

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Words containing the suffix –ate, –ify, – en

Words with the /i:/ sound spelt ei after c

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