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When Secrets Set Sail by Sita Brahmachari – Teacher’s Notes

When Secrets Set Sail is the breathtaking new adventure from Sita Brahmachari, the award-winning author of Where the River Runs Gold. Ideal for reading with Upper Key Stage 2.


This beautifully written story shines a light on the forgotten voices of our collective past and shows how interconnected our present-day lives are with our history. Read on for teaching resources, author videos and information about Sita’s real-life inspiration for the book.



Teacher’s Notes and Blue Plaque Project activity sheets


We’ve created comprehensive, curriculum-linked teacher’s notes covering themes from the book including family, silenced voices and secrets.

Download the teacher’s pack


In the story, Usha and Imtiaz discover that their house has an incredible history and was home to some very interesting people. Inspired by their adventure, we’re challenging schools and families to uncover hidden histories in their local area and create their own blue plaques to commemorate them!

Download the Blue Plaque Project activity sheet



For lots more information information about When Secrets Set Sail, the ayahs home and Sita’s inspiration for the book here.