‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horrowitz is an exciting, young adult novel. The main character -Alex Rider- is a normal school boy until his Uncle is tragically and suspiciously killed. It turns out that Ian Rider (Alex’s Uncle) was actually a spy and Alex is recruited to continue his mission. The ‘baddie’ - multi-millionaire Herod Sayle- wants to launch his revolutionary ‘Stormbreaker’ computer into every school in the country but Alan Blunt has other ideas and Alex needs to find out what’s going on.
The children have written some wonderful diary entries, playscripts, a newspaper report about the ending of ‘Stormbreaker’ and compared the book to the film.
Beauty and the Beast
'Beauty and the Beast' by Geraldine McCaughrean is filled with thought provoking illustrations that have intrigued the children before they even knew the title of the book! The children have sequenced a set of illustrations to discuss and predict how their particular story would unfold. They have completely immersed themselves in the characters, setting, plot and old English language to generate some stunning work of which they should be extremely proud of. Writing has included: quality poems that have radiated strong imagery techniques, high level descriptive paragraphs about a Beast and emotive letters to Beauty's father to name but a few. This book has helped to develop their depth of understanding by discussing, in detail, how Beauty, through her great capacity to love, eventually releases a handsome Prince from the body of a grotesque beast.
'Journey to the River Sea'
This adventure novel is set mainly in Brazil in the twentieth century.
The author, Eva Ibbotson, conveys her image of the Amazon river which helps the children with their geographical understanding of the area. Year 6 enjoyed the exciting story of Maia, an orphan studying at a boarding school in England, who travels to the Amazon to live with her distant relatives. The Carters exploit and abuse Maia but Maia becomes close to her governess and passionate about the Amazon. Maia meets a mysterious boy and embarks on an incredible journey.
Writing linked to the text has included: a diary entry, formal and informal letter writing, a summary, narrative story endings, descriptive paragraphs and non-chronological reports about an aspect of the Amazon. The children in Year 6 have produced some excellent pieces of work. Please take time to have a look below.
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