Category Archives: Carden

Lorraine Gregory and the Carden Plot

To send their Adopt-an-Author project off with a bang, Year Six and Lorraine finally got to meet at a special event. First up, a wonderful speech from Lorraine!

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Lorraine’s talk was all about smell! The main character in  “Mold & the Poison Plot” has an incredibly acute sense of smell, and Lorraine had loads of fun with Carden Primary inviting them to take part in blind smell games!

Most popular was the Boys v Girls event… as you can see from these photos, they were all taking it very seriously!

After a lovely picnic, some book signings, and a very impressive number of questions for Lorraine, the party was almost over. Carden surprised Lorraine with a beautiful album, containing some of their brilliant work. Not so much a dastardly plot…but definitely a very lovely Carden Plot.

We’ve so loved reading your work over the past eight weeks!

We’ll leave you with this fantastic team photo of Lorraine & her creative Carden classes:

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Team AAA xx

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Artistic Control

Lorraine was thrilled with the endings that Year Six came up with last week. She sent them this eloquent reply:

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In the meantime, the class sent Lorraine their blurbs:

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We absolutely love these! We particularly enjoyed their choice of book reviewers (quite varied!) Would you read these books, based on their blurbs?

As Lorraine mentioned in her letter- the class and their author will be meeting for the very first time next week. Lorraine sent them their VERY LAST task:

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We really enjoyed reading about the illustrations on Lorraine’s book covers, and how sometimes she doesn’t get to choose the titles! Luckily, Year Six will get to design their own book jackets, so they will keep complete artistic control over both the title and the artwork!

We can’t wait to see what they come up with,

Team AAA xx

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Adopt An Author 2019

FLASH NEWS: Authors are being adopted! Four classes, from four different schools around the city, will once again be adopting authors for the much-anticipated return of the Adopt an Author project!

WELCOME AUTHORS!

 

AND WELCOME SCHOOLS!

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We’re thrilled that Alex Milway will once again be joining us! This year, Year Two at Benfield Primary will be adopting him and his book Pigsticks & Harold and The Incredible Journey! Pigsticks & Harold set off to the Ends of The Earth, armed with only a sense of adventure and cake!

 

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Year Six at Carden Primary will be reading Mold and the Poison Plot, and adopting Lorraine Gregory. Its an exciting, fast paced story about a boy with a big heart and a nose to match!

 

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Over at Brunswick Primary, Year Four will be paired with Jennifer Killick, and tucking in to her book Alex Sparrow & the Really Big Stink. Alex Sparrow is a very funny book,  about a super-agent in training!

 

 

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Patrice Lawrence is being adopted by Year Nine at Cardinal Newman Catholic School– who will be reading her award-winning book Orange Boy, about sixteen year old Marlon, a boy with an impossible choice to make.

 

Running for 15 years by Collected Works as a Brighton Festival project, Adopt an Author is a very special programme promoting literacy and encouraging creative writing and illustrating. Over the course of 10 weeks, children will be corresponding with their paired writers, sharing thoughts on the book and making intriguing discoveries about the creative process. Pupils will be posing questions to the authors such as – ‘do you get tired when you write chapter books?’ and (a favourite from last year) ‘How do you stay looking so young?’

As ever, you can read all the AAA updates here on this blog… so don’t forget to subscribe for weekly updates. We’ll be sharing all the letters between the authors and the classes. Watch this space!