Category Archives: Authors

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

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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

 

Questions Answered!

This week, Jennifer sent Jaguar class a lovely long letter, answering all of their questions from their last message!

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QUESTION ONE: How did you come up with this brilliant idea for the story?

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QUESTION TWO: Who inspired you to become an author?

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QUESTION THREE: What was your first book? How many have you written?

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QUESTION FOUR: Why did you become an author?

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QUESTION FIVE: Who is your favourite author?

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QUESTION SIX: What was your favourite book as a child?

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It’s so interesting to find out more about Jennifer, and all about why she became an author. What are your favourite books? Are there certain characters and stories that inspire you to write?

Team AAA xx

 

 

Villainous Carden!

Last week, Lorraine asked Year Six to each imagine the villain that lurks in their fantasy world, and write a diary entry from their perspective. The diaries reveal some dastardly schemes, and some very foul anti-heroes! Here is a small selection… if you can bear to read all about their terrible deeds and plans for world domination!

 

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Lorraine was very impressed with their writing, and sent back this wonderful feedback:

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So this week’s task is to imagine a quest item that is hidden somewhere in their land, and then create a newspaper article or poster all about it. I wonder what fantastical items will be dreamt up… will there be long-lost swords? Magical potions? Or something altogether unexpected?!

Good luck, Year Six!

Team AAA xx

Celebrity Pigs!

Last week, Alex set Gecko class the task of drawing Pigsticks as a celebrity or famous historical figure. Just look at what they came up with! We love the clever piggy names too… “Pigiana Grande” and “Hugh Pigman” are just two of our favourites!

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They also sent Alex a wonderful letter, with a few ‘eye spy’ challenges for him to find in their artwork!

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Alex wrote back, with some sneaky hints about how Harold & Pigsticks’ friendship might develop in Book 2! He also set them a brand new task:

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Adopt An Author Team: Pigsticks & Harold! Have you heard about the new challenge for Gecko class?!

Pigsticks: I can’t wait to read them, my friend! Pigs are brilliant in plays.

Harold: Are you sure hamsters are good at acting, though?

Pigsticks: Definitely, Harold. There’s even a style of acting called ‘hamming’!

Adopt An Author Team: Good luck, Gecko class!

 

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:

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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

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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

 

 

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

 

Lorraine Gregory & The Carden Plot!

Over at Carden Primary School, Year Six got stuck in straight away and have started reading their adopted author Lorraine Gregory’s book “Mold & the Poison Plot”.

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Lorraine sent a special missive over to Year Six…and set TWO fantastic tasks for them to get started on this week!

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Year Six are hard at work, and we will be able to see their map creations next week! We’ll be sure to post them here on the blog, so don’t forget to check back here to see how they got on.

We can’t wait!

Team AAA