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Bombs and Blackberries:

A World War Two Play by Julia Donaldson

Grab your gas masks and buckle yourselves down!  This World War II playscript will once again provide to be a highly thrilling read.  Not only will it allow us to explore a vast amount of subject matter ranging from rationing and evacuation to the Blitz but it will also allow us to work on many of our English spoken language skills - as we get the opportunity to take on different roles and characters in our reading.  All the while we shall we exploring and identifying the features of a playscript, which will allow us to conclude by writing our very own final scene!

Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll

This term, we will be reading the gripping tale of Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll.  This historical fiction will not only leave us on the edge of our seats as we immerse ourselves in mystery and suspense, but will also provide us with a highly realistic insight as to how Howard Carter went about one of the greatest discoveries of all time!  This should not only be inspirational and lead to some great pieces of writing, but it will also allow us to delve into the past and find out more about the mysteries which unfolded.

Wild Robot by Peter Brown

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.

We have put a large emphasis on focusing on the spoken element of English this term too!

Belonging by Jeannie Baker

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.

The Story Machine by Tom McLaughlin

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.

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