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Space Between (Neelands 2015)

Exploring the changing relationship between Sol and his father.

Lesson length: 1 session

Lesson from The White Fox series

Required reading: Whole book

Text potential

  • Narrative features: Cause and effect
  • Narrative features: Character relationships

Strategies used

  • Drama Strategies: Space Between


Character and character relationships are central to most stories. By exploring relationships, we can refine a response to the story and also reflect on how the story might relate to our own lives and relationships (present and future).


  • Copies of ‘Space Between’ cards, one per pair
  • A large space would be beneficial


Organise the children into pairs. One represents Sol, and one represents dad. Invite a pair to come to the front and model the strategy. Choose one of the key moments, e.g., The journey to the docks and ask the pair to position themselves to show how close Sol and his dad are at this moment. 


  • Why have you shown this distance between them? 

Introduce the key vocabulary through the discussion and encourage the children to use it.

Once you have established the process, distribute the Space Between cards to pairs to carry out the process themselves.

Final reflection


  • Can you be next to someone but feel far away?

Key vocabulary

emotion. emotionally, space, distant, close


Space Between cards

The White Fox Space Between cards.

Download, print and cut out these cards to support the discussion.


Sam Keeley

Formerly a teacher and local authority advisory teacher, Sam now works with Just Imagine as an English consultant and manager of the year 6 Reading Gladiators programme.

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