Starting Points

Focus on stories

Changing lives

Katie Morag and the new pier looks at how the lives of people living by the sea can be changed by local development plans.

one Changes
Read the story to the children and ask them to think about what kinds of changes will come about because of the new pier This could be done as a class or in small groups.

twoWho wins, who loses?
Next, as a class, make a list of all the people in the story.

Each group will need a set of faces , cut into separate pieces They should then can sort the cards into two sets:

blubullthose who are better off because of the new pier;
blubullthose who are worse off.

The children may come up with a need for a third set, those who both gain and lose.

Alternatively, pairs could have a photocopy of the sheet opposite and circle those who might gain from the new pier.

This could form the basis of a role play of a meeting of all the islanders to discuss whether the pier should be finished. Groups of children can represent the different interest groups and argue out their case.

Katie Morag and the new pier
This story tells of the changes that will be brought about by building a new pier on the island of Struay in Scotland. This will result in large boats being able to land, loss of work for the ferryman whose ferryboat carries people from the island's jetty to the big boat travelling to the mainland, and a greater influx of visitors.
threeChannel tunnel
A year 2 class read the story of Katie Morag and used it to discuss how water can act as a barrier between two communities. They made the links to the channel tunnel and talked about how this may change the lives of people on either side of the channel.

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