We have recently started reading the absolute page-turner of a book Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Although, we have only read the first chapter so far we have got off to a superb start, as we took the time to carry out research about robots and write our own non-chronological reports. We shall be continuing to read and base our work on this text, most probably till the end of term, as it provides so much scope to explore many different literary genre and inspire good writing.
In English, this week we have begun the study of the picture book 'Belonging' written by Jeannie Baker. This book, not only has the environmental focus of the regeneration of the city, which links to our study of Living Things in their Habitats in Science, but also considers the role of community, the empowerment of people and the significance of children, family and neighbourhood in changing their urban environment. This uplifting book - where gradual change is observed, as the streets slowly become places for safe children’s play, community activity and places for nature and wonder - will not only allow us to partake in many engaging discussions, but will also provide us with a lot of scope to explore many literary genres.
We begun this term by reading the whole school text 'The Story Machine' written by Tom McLaughlin. This beautifully illustrated picture book has not only supported our transition back to school but also allowed us to explore many topical issues, as we were encouraged to reflect on how we go about overcoming any challenges we encounter, much like Elliot did in the book and where our ideas for stories come from. This inspiring and uplifting book about the simple joys of a typewriter in a world of hi-tech machines also provided us with some great scope for writing as we covered everything from Villanelle poetry to creating and writing about our own inventions.