Themes: friendships, bullying, city school and country school, pastimes, school community
Years: Australian Curriculum: English, Years 3 and 4; HASS (Inquiry and Geography) Years 3 and 4; Digital Technologies, Years 3 and 4; Visual Arts, Years 3 and 4. NSW Stage 2
From the publisher’s synopsis: When a Manly school sets out to bring a country class to the city for a beach visit, three very different kids find each other and themselves. Noah is fearless in the surf. Being at the beach makes him feel free. So where does his courage go when his best mate pushes him around? Lottie loves collecting facts about bugs, but she wishes her dad would stop filling their lonely house with junk. She doesn’t know what to do about it. Jack wants to be a cricket star, but first he has to get to school and look after his little sister. Especially if he wants to go on the class trip and see the ocean for the first time.
Unit writer: Helen Cozmescu