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The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett


Our Summer Term topic is The Secret Garden and we will be reading the classic text by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  This is a brilliant story about the selfish and spoilt character Mary Lennox who is described in the story as simply ‘horrid’.  After the death of her parents, she was sent to go and live with her hunchback uncle in Yorkshire and she hated it.


However, when she finds her way into a secret garden and begins to tend it, a change comes over her and her life.  She meets and befriends a local boy, the talented Dickon and comes across her sickly cousin, Colin, who had been kept hidden from her.  Between them, the three children work astonishing magic in themselves and those around them.


An Audio reading of The Secret Garden

Online full text of The Secret Garden





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Useful websites for English: 

Fun reading activities for Year 5 - also has lots of tips for parents to support your child reading too

Online fun games for Year 5 - not just for English but lots of subjects! A great site! 

English educational kids games 

Fun English games for 7-11 year olds 

English writing resources - videos, interactive games, picture book maker, help to write effectively and lots more!

Free books to read 

The school run website - free activities and support for parents - free subscription for parents during school closure

Printable English activities 


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