Monthly Archives: October 2015

Spooky Cosy Read Day and meeting Julia Jarman

On Friday we had a fantastically spooky day, with lots of Halloween themed activities. We all looked amazing in our costumes and some people made a massive effort with clothes and make up to look super scary!

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We met Julia Jarman and learned about how she writes her stories by starting with a character and a problem and asking lots of ‘what if’ questions to build a good story. She uses some real people and events in her stories, but also uses her imagination to make things more exciting. She has written over 100 books and told us how she starts with a ‘story mountain’ to build tension towards a climax, with lots of drafts and edits on the way.DSC_9391DSC_9392DSC_9398DSC_9394 DSC_9396

This will all really help us when we start to think about writing our own stories next half term. We could even send them to Julia to see what she thinks of them and if she can give us any more advice.

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Sweet dreams everyone!

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Meeting Pete Johnson

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Today 50 children from year 5 and year 6 went to the Crucible to meet the famous author Pete Johnson. The 10 children with the most home reads recorded in their journals were chosen to hear Pete speak about some of his books, especially his newest one – My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy – which was launched TODAY! We were the first people in the country to hear him talk about his new book, and some of us bought copies and had it signed by him too. He even gave us some free Halloween prizes!
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Halfway through session 2

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