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Leon and the Place Between

by Angela McAllister

illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith

Monday - Explore

After the lesson, look really carefully at the double-page spread (linked below). 

Write down your responses to these questions. Discuss them with your adult if you can.


  • What do you notice? How does the image make you feel?
  • Who is Abdul Kazam? How would you describe him as a character? What words would you use?
  • What do you think it would feel like to be watching him perform? What in the words and illustration make you feel this way?
  • What do you already know about magicians? Do you know any famous magicians? Do you know any magic tricks?

Tuesday - Writing in role

Write a short paragraph about your (Leon's!) impressions of Abdul Kazam so far, your decision to step into the doorway and how you feel. 

Try to use adjectives, powerful verbs and adverbs. 


There is a word class sheet that you may want to have a go at or carry over into Wednesday. 


Today there are no lesson Zooms. Keep an eye out for a link to a drop in Zoom if you need support, have questions or just want to share!


Today's task should be quite creative. Read the extracts without their illustrations. You need to come up with the illustration!

It's a visualisation task where you use your reading skills and your imagination to come up with the Place Between (the world Leon steps into!).

You can choose to illustrate it however you want: in pencil, in paints, crayons or collage! 


I hope you have been inspired by Leon and the Place Between and have enjoyed all the magic, excitement and mystery of the circus!


Today's task is to have a go at writing a poem based on the circus or a magic show. 

It does not need to rhyme. Try to aim for 4 lines or more. You could then 'publish' it by using the computer or illustrating the poem by hand, experimenting with different types of font, style, shapes or size - just like the book did!


Things to think about:


We are looking at prepositions in today's lesson.

If you would like to listen to the song again, it's here:


For today, there is a Leon grammar and punctuation sheet and an additional preposition sheet if you would like to do some more work on it! 


Have a lovely, sunny weekend. We cannot wait to see you on Monday!