• The Curse of Lecia

  • A few years ago, when my youngest children were still at primary school, I was asked to write a play for the year 5 class which would be performed at assembly in front of the whole school. My guidelines were to convey the differences in living conditions between children in rich and poor families. Thankfully,the play was a great success, and the children loved the excerpts of Gilbert and Sullivan that were weaved through the play. The play is still available in its original form. Please contact me if you are interested in the play version of this book, or if you would like it adapted for your class or group.Later I was asked to write the play in book form. Both the play and the book are aimed at students at Key stage 2 (ages 7- 11 years) of the National Curriculum. Of course, it can be enjoyed by children everywhere; I hope they appreciate the humour and light-hearted approach.
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    The Best of Times? is set over a two day period, from 2nd -3rd September 1882. Sophie, thirteen, lives in a big house near St. James's Park in London. Sophie aspires to be a proper lady, following the rules of etiquette and refinement. Her parents are away in Paris on holiday and her friend, Alex, is arriving for Afternoon Tea. Jack is a cheeky chimney sweep, living in the slums of Lambeth His family are very poor, and are hoping to avoid spending time in the workhouse.

    Two very different places.
    Two very different children.
    Two very different days in September 1832

    The Ashes
    took place in Auguts 1882, and horror of horrors...England lost on home soil to Australia for the first time! I found the students wanted to discuss this. Obviously , most of them had heard the term, but had no idea of its's origins.
    The book raises many topics for discussion, including poverty and attitudes to the class system.

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  • The Curse of Lecia