Goodnight Mister Tom - Electricity

Goodnight Mr Tom by the English author Michelle Magorian is a popular story when learning about WWII. It follows Willie Beech as he is  evacuated to the country just as the country is poised to go to war. Willie is a sad, deprived child, who slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley. As he begins to enjoy life in the country, Willie is summoned back to London by his mother.  Mr Tom senses that Willie is in danger and returns to London to rescue Willie and takes him back to the countryside, where Willie begins to rebuild his life.

​This moving novel  tackles some difficult themes of child abuse and neglect as well as giving readers a glimpse into wartime Britain. There are opportunities for children to also explore:

  • the relationship between the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit 
  • switches 
  • use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

Key scientific vocabulary: volume, voltage​, current, resistance, switch, cell, simple circuit, paralell circuit

Other fiction books with a similar theme

Blackout- John Rocco

Hitler’s Canary – Sandi Toksvig