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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

 

 

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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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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