Welcome to this Time Capsule Education unit of English work. It has been specifically designed to fit in with KS3 English and can be used to develop a number of different genres. This unit is designed for KS3, but could easily be adapted for mature KS2 writers as well.
Survivor Diaries is a post apocolyptic adventure story, designed for use in KS3. It could be used for any kind of Apocalyptic event; Meteor strike, Alien invasion, Pandemic but we tend to go with Zombie Apocalypse like that in World War Z or Resident Evil.
This unit is designed to be combined with at least one day in school with the Time Capsule Team, where your pupils get to take part in a series of activities to help them explore the story setting further. This is often very helpful, especially with older children who sometimes feel that they are already too ‘grown up’ to take part or play.
A Survivor day involves a visit from the Time Capsule Team: In secondary this might need to be two days so we can work with a whole year group. Our activities on the day will include considering how the 'apocalypse' occurred, what is essential for survival and then exploring a raid scenario where the survivors must make an effort to secure crucial supplies.
We do not aim to be so prescriptive that we will tell you exactly what and when to teach, this unit provides a guide to the genres you could cover, activities to fully engage your pupils in each genre, an over-arcing story that provides an exciting, immersive scenario so that your children will want to continue to explore the story world and to write the different episodes.
The Teacher's guide will be available on this site, see the Download section to the right. You will get the lessons and main teaching resources when you have booked a Time Capsule day, which will come to you on a Time Capsule Key. You will then also gain access to the online resources we provide that will further enhance the module with more background information. There are also suggestions for a number of cross-curricular activities and ways to extend your Apocalypse work into other areas of your pupil's learning.
This module, like all Time Capsule modules, is evolving all the time and we regularly update this module with new activities to add further expereiences and value.