Category Archives: Authors

The End….or was it?

Last week, Lorraine asked Year Six to come up with the ending for their stories. We popped into our two classes as they started work; we think you can see from these photos that the class threw themselves into the task with some very studious concentration!

They really took Lorraine’s advice about creating a satisfying ending for their readers, but still leaving a door open for a possible sequel! Have a look at these:

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We’re sure Lorraine will have plenty of brilliant feedback for the class next week. She sent them their next challenge:

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“The Maker of Monsters” sounds brilliant! We can’t wait to read it.

We’re confident Year Six will succeed at this one- all the characters and worlds we have seen so far have been absolutely gripping!

Team AAA xx

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A Last Letter to Patrice Lawrence

For their final letter to Patrice, 9EF seem to be getting rather impatient to meet her at long last:

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Its so lovely that the class is heading to the library to try and find some of the books that Patrice recommended last week. It sounds as though their weekly emails back and forth with Patrice might have inspired a lot more reading!

Not long until 9EF and Patrice meet for the first time. We’re so excited to introduce them.

Team AAA xx

 

The Final Task!

Alex was absolutely chuffed with the characters that the class came up with last week:

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Gecko class were clearly feeling very inspired after seeing Alex’s “Hotel Flamingo” illustrations…they got straight on with the task and came up with some wonderful scenes! Take a look at these! Pigsticks and Harold have so many new friends:

 

And next week…Gecko class and their adopted author Alex will meet for the very first time at a very special party! Maybe Alex will share a few more sneak previews of his new book with them.

Looking forward to it, Geckos!

Team AAA xx

Chapter One: The Very First Sentence

Last week, Lorraine set Year Six the challenge of writing the opening sentence to their own fantasy stories, building on all the work they have done so far. Both classes came up with some wonderful sentences:

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Lorraine was really impressed. So impressed…that she wrote two separate letters, one for each class! To the first class, she sent:

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She also sent word of their next task:

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Its so interesting that Lorraine has suggested writing the ending, before the middle! I wonder if lots of writers work in this way, giving themselves something to work towards so that the story doesn’t get confused!

Good luck, Year Six.

Team AAA xx

 

Recommended Reading!

Letter writing continues apace at Cardinal Newman. This week, 9EF responded to Patrice’s challenge….recommending her some new books to read!

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We particularly enjoyed Tom’s question about Patrice’s geography in Orange Boy! Here is Patrice’s response:

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So, the geography in Orange Boy does work! It’s great to hear that Patrice’s readers interrogate her books though, especially when we learn from her letters about all the research that goes into them…all that background work is being appreciated!

Good luck with your reading, 9EF!

Team AAA xx

 

Affirmative! PALS posters have landed!

This week, Jaguar class sent Jennifer their brilliant PALS posters. Just have a look at these! Apparently, the class did some meditation before they got started, to get into the right head space.

They were definitely up to the challenge. Their affirmations were great:  “I ooze peace and positivity”; “I am kind”,  and “I believe in world peace”. Here are a few examples of some of their wonderful art works.

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Jennifer sent them this special letter to congratulate them for their work.

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Here are some of Jaguar class’ favourite books:

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Have you tried reading any of these authors? Do you have any other favourites to add to this list?

Team AAA xx

WANTED!

So! How did Year Six get on with Lorraine’s last task?!

First of all, they had to think up a ‘Quest Item’, and choose a secret location for it on their maps. Next, they were asked to create either a ‘Wanted Poster’  or newspaper article, choosing to write it from the point of view of their protagonists or villains. All the work was absolutely brilliant! We particularly loved these two:

 

“Bring the necklace or ELSE!” gave us a little hint who was writing the first of these posters; we don’t think it was the hero of the tale! We also love the idea of this ‘wicked banana’.

Can you guess which of these other examples are written by heroes, and which by villains?

 

 

Lorraine was chuffed with their work. She wrote back with this special letter, full of feedback for the class:

 

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She also sent word of their next challenge. They’ve already created so much material about their fantasy worlds…and Lorraine thinks that they’re ready for the next step!

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We can’t wait, either! Good luck, Year Six.

Team AAA xx

Pigs in Plays…and Plasticine!

Gecko class had an INCREDIBLY creative week! Last week, Alex set them the task of developing some script for Pigsticks and Harold. They enjoyed it so much, that they even took it a step further and set themselves an extra challenge! Here is their letter to Alex:

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We were absolutely stunned by their plasticine creations!

Does this make you want to have a go at making 3D versions of the characters? Perhaps you could even make a short animation by taking photographs of the plasticine models and using Gecko class’ wonderful scripts!

We’re so looking forward to reading Alex’s reply; we’re sure he’s going to be as blown away as we were.

Team AAA x

Reasons for Reading…

At the end of her last letter, Patrice tasked 9EF with thinking about their reasons for reading. What would make them choose a book from the shelves? 9EF sent this letter back the very next day:

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Its clear from their letter that 9EF have lots of different reasons for reading, and very different tastes. Between them, they would run the full gamut of any library! Patrice wrote this in reply:

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Patrice is clearly a big reader too!

If you would like to read the Lord of the Rings article Patrice mentioned, please click here.

Are there any books that you think could be adapted into a brilliant film? Or any that you think would be terrible?!

Team AAA x

Inspirations, Ideas & Authenticity!

Letter-writing continues between Year Nine at Cardinal Newman, and their adopted author Patrice Lawrence. Patrice’s book “Orange Boy” is keeping the class busy! Its interesting to hear which bits of the novel seem to fire up the most heated discussion, as the weeks go by:

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Patrice wrote back with this missive:

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There was so much in Patrice’s letter! It was interesting to hear that she builds greater authenticity for her characters by reading non-fiction, and that the idea for Marlon having drugs planted on him came from talking to friends who work in different professions.

We’re looking forward to next week already….where we hope to be finding out all about 9EF’s reasons for reading! Characters? Plots? Genre? What is the first thing about a book that grabs their attention and makes them want to keep turning pages?

Team AAA xx

 

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