Category Archives: 2019

The Mystical Town of…

This week, Carden Primary have been busy writing the descriptions that go with their maps! They delivered some extraordinary creative writing:

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The descriptive writing challenge gave us even more detail about the worlds that Year Six began to create last week… we can almost see them in front of us!

Now that the lands are coming together,  Lorraine wrote to Year Six again with a new challenge:

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We can’t wait to get our hands on the diary entries, and find out all about these new Villains who are wickedly plotting away in these sumptuous fantasy worlds!

Team AAA xx

Dear Diary…

Last week, Jennifer set Jaguar class the task of writing diary entries. They were asked to think about the first chapter of Jennifer’s book “Alex Sparrow  & The Really Big Stink”, but to imagine the events from Jess’ perspective. Here are just some of their thoughtful responses:



We really enjoyed hearing the voice of Jess- and some of the creative ways the class thought to express it! The use of CAPITAL LETTERS, colour and illustrations were just some of the clever ideas the class found.

Jaguar class also sent Jennifer a new letter this week, posing some questions about her work and her career as a writer:

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Jennifer wrote back congratulating the class on their work. She thought that the Jaguars “have got Jess’ character brilliantly, and totally captured her! Such wonderful work- thank you for sharing them with me!” She also set the class a new challenge!  Next week, they will be coming up with some of their own PALS affirmations.

We can’t wait to see what the Jaguars will invent this time!

Team AAA xx


Food for Thought

This week, 9EF’s dispatch did not disappoint! It’s lovely to read that so many students are contributing to the weekly letters, and they certainly kept Patrice busy with lots more questions about her recent trip to Hong Kong. There were a real spectrum of queries…ranging from the food she may have sampled, to how Patrice might have set her hair on fire!

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Patrice wrote back:

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Patrice’s letter back was full of detail about the food she was able to try in Hong Kong. She also gave us some clues as to why food seems to crop up in a lot of her writing.  It was so interesting to read how Patrice sometimes uses real life inspiration to develop her work. Do you ever borrow facts and histories from your family and friends, to help your creative writing? Let us know!

Next week, we’ll find out if 9EF skip ahead to page 249 to discover Sharkie’s name, or if they’re patient enough to wait until it is revealed!

Team AAA xx



A Horde of Harolds!

Last week, Alex set Gecko class the challenge of drawing Harold the hamster.  Did you know that ‘horde’ is the special word for describing a group of hamsters?! There are 28 wonderful Harolds in this horde!

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They also sent a new letter, letting Alex know what else they have been getting up to this week, and wondering if the “Pigsticks and Harold” books are ever translated into other languages!

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Alex sent back this lovely message, congratulating Geckos on their wonderful Harold drawings:

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What a great new challenge! We can’t wait to see which famous people Gecko class will choose to turn into Pigs and Hamsters. Will there be a Dr. Frankenswine? Or a Pablo Pigcasso?!

Good luck, Gecko class!

Team AAA xx



Comic Strip Predictions!

Over at Brunswick Primary, Jaguar class decided to draw comic strips based on the first chapter of the book, predicting what happens next! Their teacher told us that the class loved discussing what might happen… (“Most thought he would be isolated at school the next day as he may start to smell!”) Here is a sample of some of their fantastic artwork:

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They did so well, that Jennifer has set them a new challenge!

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We’re so looking forward to reading the diary entries! It’s interesting to think about the same events, but from the perspective of another character. I wonder whether Jess had any secret thoughts and feelings that Alex didn’t know about!

Team AAA xx


This week over at Cardinal Newman, Year Nine had some questions for their adopted author Patrice Lawrence.  They had seen a recent video she posted, about how authors approach ‘Connecting To Character’.

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If you were interested in the video that Year Nine mentioned in their letter, you can click here!

In reply, Patrice sent this photograph from her trip!

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It has been so interesting to read all about some of Patrice’s influences; she mentions quite a few films and novels by other writers in her letter. Along with some more detail about her travels, and the less glamorous side to being a jet-setting author!

Team AAA xx


Cartographic Creations!

Last week, Lorraine Gregory set two tasks for Year Six at Carden Primary. One: make a map! Two: A writing task, describing the worlds they created!

Jaguar class turned out to be very impressive cartographers (that’s the special word for map-makers!) Here is a little glimpse of some of the work they sent back to Lorraine this week!

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There were so many brilliant maps- all with very atmospheric names and lots of detail.

Lorraine sent back this lovely letter to the class:

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Year Six will be working on their second task this week. We’re so excited to see the descriptions of the lands that go with these wonderful maps…and to see how their fantasy worlds develop through each of Lorraine’s tasks!

Team AAA xx


Pigsticks Pictures!

This week, Gecko class rose to Alex’s challenge. They posted some of their brilliant illustrations to him, along with a few more well-chosen questions! They’ve been roaring through Alex’s book “Pigsticks and Harold & The Incredible Journey”; they’re on page 25 of the book already!

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Here is a small sample of some of the wonderful work they sent to Alex to have a look at:



One of the class also made their own version of the “How To Draw Pigsticks” sheet that Alex sent last week… let us know if you use this to draw your own Pigsticks!

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Alex replied answering all of their questions, as well as setting a special new challenge for next week:

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If you would like to have a go at drawing Harold the hamster, you can have a look at Alex’s special instructions here!

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I wonder what other kinds of snacks Harold might end up sampling in this drawing challenge!

Can’t wait to see how you get on, Gecko class!

Team AAA xx



Alex Sparrow & the Really Good Book Cover!

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Over at Brunswick Primary, Jaguar class started off their Adopt An Author project by judging a book by its cover! They will be reading “Alex Sparrow & the Really Big Stink” by Jennifer Killick, and this is the cover of the book:


They sent this lovely letter to their adopted author Jennifer, with some of their ideas for what the book might be about…

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Jennifer replied:

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The first task has been set! Next week we’ll post up some of Jaguar’s responses…we can’t wait!

Team AAA



Cardinal Newman meets ORANGE BOY!

Our first ever secondary school to take part in Adopt an Author is Cardinal Newman Secondary School- and they are adopting Patrice Lawrence along with her book “Orange Boy”.

9EF got things started with this lovely letter, with lots of different questions for Patrice about her characters, and the story so far.

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Here’s Patrice’s answers- written on World Book Day. They’re full of detail, we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did!

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We’re really interested in how this conversation has already started getting to the root of how Patrice started writing her book….and about some of her research behind it. ‘Hypothalamus’- what a great new word! I wonder if we can all try and casually use it in a sentence this week…

Can’t wait to see how your letters unfold!

Team AAA