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Malorie Blackman is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. The novels in her Noughts & Crosses sequence have won several awards.
Her work has appeared on screen, with Pig-Heart Boy, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, being adapted into a BAFTA-winning TV serial. Malorie has also written a number of titles for younger readers including Cloud Busting, which won the Smarties Silver Award, The Monster Crisp Guzzler, Robot Girl, Snow Dog and Whizziwig. In 2005, Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children's books. In 2008, she was then honoured with an OBE for her services to Children's Literature.
Malorie Blackman was the UK Children's Laureate 2013-2015.
Visit her website here: https://www.malorieblackman.co.uk/
Our focus book this half term is Pig Heart Boy:
You’re thirteen. All you want is a normal life. But most normal kids don’t need heart transplants.
So there’s this doctor. He says there’s a chance for you. But he also says it’s experimental, controversial and risky. And it’s never been done before.
Producers from the top CBBC show 'The Last Commander' popped by to road-test their new ideas for the forthcoming second series on Y5 & 6. Children gave their opinions and ideas about the show in four 30 minute workshops.
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow
During the Autumn term, 6W planned, drafted and completed their own books retelling the English legend of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow. Once our stories were finished, we invited 2W up to the annexe to share our work with them. We enjoyed reading our creations just as much as the younger children enjoyed hearing them.
As part of our IPC topic, we designed and made Anderson Shelters. Our products were judged in five key areas: non-wastage, teamwork, appearance, strength and the accuracy of our measurements.
It was a very close contest but well done to Yusra, Muid and Rupi who dominated the scoring and fully deserved their chocolatey prizes!
Cycling World Cup
As a thank you for those who volunteer for Zoneparc and/or have regular attendance at our football clubs, some class members took a trip to the Olympic Park to watch a world-class field compete at the Velodrome. Olympic and Paralympic stars such as Kadeena Cox, Jodie Cundy, Laura Kenny and Katie Archibold all competed - although the highlight for many was the playground afterwards!
As usual, it was perishing cold when 6W visited Duxford as their WOW starter for their new IPC topic. Over the coming weeks, we will be learning about what life was like for local children during World War II. The trip provided the ideal start.
Y6 took a trip to Dagenham Library to meet master storyteller John Kirk. Look at some of the pictures taken as he retold the story of three young volunteers from World War One.
(Then take a look at his website for an insight into how he brings stories to life: http://www.john-kirk.co.uk/?author=2)
New Y6 Member
The latest recruit for the Y6 team is this little fella... The class voted from a shortlist of six names, eventually settling on DARWIN. If anyone would like to take him home for the Christmas holiday, please see Mr Wilding.
Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year. Our class book until Christmas is The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.
Read on for a short review...
It’s 1943, and Lily Tregenza lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Her life is scarcely touched by the war until one day Lily and her family, along with all of the other villagers, are told to move out of their homes - lock, stock and barrel.
Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practice their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily’s adored cat, has other ideas - barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself...
Our RE topic was the tricky subject of 'Philosophy'. We generated our own Big Questions about life, The Universe and everything else we could think of. Then came the harder part - having a go at answering some of them...
Times Tables Rockstars
Click the link below to go straight to the Times Tables Rockstar page...
IPC - Brainwave
During our IPC topic, we investigated how we learn. We looked at different learning styles and how we can become more effective students. Check out the heads that we made. Can you work out who is who?
Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and a treasury of original, evergreen, and beloved children’s books. He remains for many the world’s No. 1 storyteller.
Our class reading book for September is Going Solo...
Going Solo tells of how, when he grew up, Roald Dahl left England for Africa - and a series of daring and dangerous adventures began...
Continuing from where he left off at the end of Boy: Tales of Childhood, Going Solo focuses on Roald's adult life before he began his career as a writer. From plane crashes to snake bites, it takes us through some of the amazing things he experienced while living in Africa, to his time as an RAF pilot during the Second World War.
As he said in Boy, Roald didn't think of these collections of stories from his own life as straightforward autobiography. In the introduction to Going Solo he says: "A life is made up of a great amount of small incidents and a small amount of great ones. An autobiography must therefore, unless it is to become tedious, be extremely selective, discarding all the inconsequential incidents in one's life and concentrating upon those that have remained vivid in the memory."
Going Solo was published in 1986, the year Roald turned 70. The stories he selected to tell give a fascinating insight into some of the experiences that helped shape his later life.
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