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Three days until 4PA meet Gary Northfield!

It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride for Adopt an Author this year and we have been super busy at HQ preparing for the parties this week, where each class will get to MEET THEIR AUTHOR! Woodingdean Primary has been reading Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! and will meet their author Gary Northfield on Wednesday!

This is Gary trying to eat his own book…

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 (Hopefully nobody will eat their copies on Wednesday)

Now, I’m not sure if anyone would dress up, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if 4PA came along with gladiator inspired outfits!!! #TeamJulius

See you Wednesday Woodingdean!

Team AAA x

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Budding writers at Woodingdean

Do you remember when our class in Woodingdean drew their wonderful animal gladiators? As it was over Easter, we had lots of bunnies – very topical!

Gary loved them and set a new task for the class:

This week, I’d like you to write a short story about your new animal gladiator!

Your character is going to fight the champion of Rome! Will your character win or lose? Do they escape, or become champion themselves?
Here are some things to think about your character.

1) Is your character feeling happy, sad, confused or excited?

2) Why is your character feeling happy, sad etc?

3) Why did they decide to become a gladiator? Is it by choice, or were they forced, like Julius?

4) In your story, your character is fighting the champion of Rome. Who is the champion?

5) Is it a happy ending, or a sad ending?

I hope that sounds fun! I can’t wait to read your stories!

Speak again next week!

Gary

And Woodingdean got writing! They let their imaginations run wild and wrote some wonderful pieces about their gladiators, have a look below:

Hi Gary!

We really enjoyed the task this week and have produced some great stories. Nearly all the animals ended up being the champion and lots had chosen to be gladiators! There’s also a bit of nervous pooing happening… We have sent a small selection for you to read.

This week we have won Pickwick the Punctuality penguin after he went missing! He told us lots of new jokes. Here’s one…

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Broken pencil

Broken pencil who?

Oh never mind, it’s pointless!

Speak to you next week,

4PA

They were all so good, we posted them all! Fluffy unicorns and funny poos! Oh what next!

Till next time! x

Saying hello to Carden Primary

On Monday, we went to visit Carden Primary during their Adopt an Author session in the afternoon. Being inspired by Marcia’s book ‘Les Miserables’, the girls were writing about the differences between poverty in post revolutionary France and modern day England. It is a tough one, but the girls wrote some fantastic sentences and seemed to be working really hard to create a well written piece of work.

Here are some photos to show off the session!

**Update**

Marcia received some of the finished pieces and they are so well written, really insightful and well planned. Here are just a few that we enjoyed reading…

And Marcia is so thrilled to have read them!

Dear Girls,

     I have just been reading your work on comparing life in 19th century France with life in England today.  I found them really interesting and informative. Thank you so much for writing them!  I felt that many of you had really been touched by the plight of the characters in Victor Hugo’s book and had felt emotionally involved with their plight.
    I wondered if you found the illustrations helped you to empathise with the characters?
    I also wondered which of the characters you liked best?
   Those of you who have read Oliver Twist, or watched the film, will know that the English author, Charles Dickens, also wrote about poverty before England had a welfare state.  We are, as you all said, very lucky now and it is good to have a wonderful author like Victor Hugo documenting life in his time, as it does remind us to be grateful!  Or, as Nina said, reminds us not to return to19th Century France in a time machine!
   One of you mentioned in your writing that you have now finished reading the book – well done all of you!
   What did you think of the ending?  It made me cry!  I wonder if you noticed the picture above the fireplace in the last picture?  Had you seen it somewhere else in the book?
All the best and really well done!  I am so looking forward to your next project and to starting a new book with you,
Marcia
Onto the next book, ‘Lizzy Bennet’s Diary‘ !

Where does a fish keep its money? In a riverbank!

Woodingdean have sent off their drawings of animals to Gary and they are pretty wonderful, have a peek below!

Dear Gary

We have all sorts of pets in our class. Some of us have cats, some have dogs. There are also fish, chinchillas, gerbils, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, chickens and tortoises. Finley doesn’t have any pets but he wishes he had a pet koala, Anya would like some chickens, Teddy would like a bear (his name IS Teddy).

We really enjoyed drawing the animals and have learnt a lot about drawing cartoons. Rabbits were particularly popular to draw as its Easter. We have attached some of the best drawings for you to look at.
We can’t wait to meet you!
4PA

Easter is over, tummies are full of chocolate and everyone is rested, so we are back to Julius Zebra! Gary has decided to ramp up these fab illustrations to the next level, read on and find out what the next task is:

Hello everybody!

I hope you had a fun Easter break!

Thank you for your BRILLIANT (as always) drawings! You have crazy pets!!!

This week, I’d like you to draw your pets as GLADIATORS! I’ve attached two sheets to help you. There are helmets, weapons, shin pads, all sorts of things! Also, have a flick through the book to see if there’s any other types of armour or weapons you’d like to dress your pet up in.

Anyway, good luck dressing up your pets and I can’t wait to see the results!

Gary

Gladiators and Interior Designers

Last week, Patcham Juniors took descriptions from their book ‘Hero’ by their adopted author Sarah Lean and designed the main character, Leo’s bedroom! Well, needless to say, Sarah was pretty impressed. She said:

Thank you for showing me some of your work. Yes, Leo would have gladiator posters and glow in the dark stars in his bedroom and you have summed him up really well. Bertie is right that Leo is fairly shy, and as Laura wrote, he doesn’t like football. Leo does like to learn as Lilly mentioned, and he has a BIG imagination which he exercises all the time, which is what Grace so perfectly wrote.

The drawings were lovely, with great details from Dayna and I especially liked Nicole’s gladiator duvet cover. Oliver’s picture had a super 3D sense with the way he drew the furniture – are you a budding artist? I was very interested that Alfie said gladiators were like knights (you will find out why at the end of the book) and also that Herbie mentioned Leo might look like someone at school!

My favourite comment was from Sid – yes, daydreaming is just like writing stories. It’s why I love my job. I can daydream while I’m walking with my dogs and think about stories, and the more I exercise my imagination, the bigger it seems to get!

Well done everyone.

Sarah next task is an interesting one. Its inspired by the idea of peer pressure.

When I’m thinking about a character and their story I also think about who is going to be reading the book and the kinds of things that go on in their lives. So, this week I wondered if you’d like to have a discussion about Peer Pressure… (based around Chapters 5 and 6 of HERO)

To be a gladiator, Leo would have to carry a sword and defeat the gladiator of old. But actually Leo wants to be the kind of person that he thinks a gladiator is. Leo says, “I wanted other people to think I was brave, strong and worthwhile.” (p68)

What kind of person is Leo trying to be?

How could someone become brave, strong and worthwhile?

What kind of person would you like to be? (Calm, patient, loving, bold, courageous…)

As you may have read, Leo thinks he has to impress other people by doing the things that they do.

Warren says to Leo, “Thing is, some of us still aren’t sure you’ve got what it takes to hang out with us. You’re going to have to prove yourself first.” And then Warren tells Leo to push a mobility scooter into the pond. (p66)

Does Leo become a gladiator by pushing the scooter into the pond?

Do you think he is being brave, strong and worthwhile by doing this? If not, what kind of person is he being?

Why do you think Leo sinks the scooter even though it doesn’t feel right?

What would you have said to Warren if he had asked you to sink the scooter?

Maybe you could write a few lines about the kind of person you would like to be or, if you were Leo, what you would say to Warren.

 

Similies and smiles!

6P at Stanford Juniors have quite the imagination, like if you put all the world’s geniuses and artists in a room, they’d come up with crazy ideas like this lot have (you’ll see). Last week, their author Ross Montgomery asked them to think of similies (a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind- its often used to make a description more exciting and believable) So 6P imagined some crazy looking aliens and used similies to help describe them to us boring unimaginative folk…

Hi Ross,

We have really enjoyed the start of your book and are excited to read on. Perijee sounds like an exciting character and Caitlin has a funny personality! Although, we did wonder where the idea about writing  about an alien came from? All of your similes are fantastic and we especially liked this one: his shell was as soft and warm, like candle wax.

Looking forward to your next email.

Annabel, Ruby, Ava and Lilou.

Class 6P

 

A big, warm welcome…

Authors announced

From left to right: Sarah Lean, Ross Montgomery, Marcia Williams and Gary Northfield

2016 welcomes Sarah Lean, Ross Montgomery, Gary Northfield and returning for a second year, Marcia Williams to this year’s Adopt an Author.

The project is being brought to you by Collected Works CIC and is an exciting schools initiative which links classes with children’s authors to promote literacy, encourage writing and develop creativity.

Over a course of 8 weeks, classes and their adopted authors correspond via very fun and entertaining emails and the project culminates in a ‘Meet your Author’ party during Brighton Festival (7-29 May).

We are very proud to be producing it once again and to have such an exciting group of authors on board. Stay tuned for our future updates!

 

The ‘AAA’ team x

 

Mile Oak’s gone viral!!!

WOW guys and gals! Your author, Marcia Williams has done an amazing thing and posted some of your fantastic photos and work on her very own website!

Have a look HERE

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My personal favourite picture is the one above!

Well done all of you! You’ve clearly impressed Marcia so much!

Questions, questions, so many lovely questions!

Mile Oak Primary have been a busy bunch! As soon as they got their books (see below) their mind began racing around, thinking up lots of questions to ask their author Marcia Williams…

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