Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe - Lesson plans and activity ideas

Ellaontheoutside

About this pack

Ella on the Outside is the first children’s book by KS2 teacher, Cath Howe. These
lesson and activity ideas have been created to encourage discussion around the book’s themes
in the classroom. They cover important PSHE, literacy and poetry objectives, focusing in particular on the different ways that we present ourselves, and the way we feel inside when confronted with new or difficult situations.

About this book

Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn’t know anyone and she doesn’t have any friends. And she has a terrible secret. Ella can’t believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend – but what does Lydia really want? And what does it all have to do with Molly, the quiet, shy girl who won’t talk to anyone? A gripping story of lies, friendship, and blackmail…

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