Category Archives: Characters

Superheroes & Sidekicks

Brunswick Primary were delighted with the newsletter that Jennifer sent to them last week. They said that they had loved working on their superhero characters…and hope that one of their characters might appear in one of Jennifer’s future books!

They also had lots of fun thinking about the origin behind their characters, and also a possible sidekick (as they were so inspired by Jess, Dexter and Bob!)

Here is some of their wonderful work:

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I wonder what villains Jaguar class will come up with?! Or if any superhero and sidekick stories will start to bubble away in their brains?

Team AAA xx

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Start Sketching!

Alex was so pleased with Gecko class and their marvellous plasticine models last week. He sent them this lovely letter:

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So their challenge is to create a character of their very own! We really loved seeing some of Alex’s drawings, as he developed the look of a new character for his latest book.

Gecko got off to a great start:

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We spied quite a few Robots in there (with brilliant names like ‘RoBob’ and ‘Freezeabot’) We also really enjoyed seeing some of the characters develop even on a single page – like ‘Fluffy’, for example.

We can’t wait to find out what challenge Alex will set them next time…will these new, original characters turn up again?

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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:

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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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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

 

 

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