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November 30, 2017
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Yr 6 Writer Visit – Testbourne Community School

Today a group of year 6 children visited Testbourne School to meet writer Colleen Jones. She talked about all of the things that inspired her to be a writer. She explained all about the writing process and how you start with draft zero which is all about getting your ideas on to paper and not worrying about getting everything perfect. Colleen read from an early draft and a later draft of her story so we could see the difference.

 

Colleen is originally from Canada and she showed us how the Vancouver Library was her inspiration for her setting of her story about a little girl and dragons. She uses mood boards to develop her ideas which she shared with us.  She then explained the editing part of the process and all the different stages all the way up to looking for a publisher for your finished book.

 

 

The children then got to ask questions and she was asked about her favourite book, her favourite genre and how long a book should be. Thank you to Mrs Harvey at Testbourne for inviting us to this really interesting visit.

November 24, 2017
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National Non-Fiction November – Chatterbooks Yr 5/6

National Non-Fiction November is an annual celebration of information books. We love non-fiction books at school and we have a great selection in the library and in each classroom to support current topics.

 

This week our yr 5/6 Chatterbooks group celebrated National Non-Fiction November with a special ‘The World Around Us’ Activity Pack which we received from DK Books via the Reading Agency Website. The children had to match up animals to their habitats, create their own map and design their own animals. They were really inventive and created the most interesting and amazing animals. We used a selection of animal information books and atlases to help with our tasks. Then we completed a nature word search about the world around us.

 

  

 

We then went on a fact finding mission using some fab non-fiction books to find the most fascinating facts that we could discover about animals. Did you know?

A giraffe’s tongue is as long as an humans arm?

A wombat’s poo is square?

That in Africa goat’s climb trees?

More than 90% of all the organisms that have ever lived on Earth are now extinct.

 

Some brilliant facts found by a children, another really enjoyable Chatterbooks session!

November 17, 2017
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National Non-Fiction November – Chatterbooks

National Non-Fiction November is an annual celebration of information books. We love non-fiction books at school and we have a great selection in the library and in each classroom to support current topics.

  

 

This week our yr 3/4 Chatterbooks group celebrated National Non-Fiction November with a special ‘The World Around Us’ Activity Pack which we received from DK Books via the Reading Agency Website. The children had to match up animals to their habitats, create their own map and design their own animals. They were really inventive and created the most interesting and amazing animals. We used a selection of animal information books and atlases to help with our tasks. Then we completed a nature word search about the world around us. Another really enjoyable Chatterbooks session!

  

 

 

Thanks to DK Books and the Reading Agency for this brilliant Chatterbooks Actvity pack.

November 2, 2017
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Maz Evans Author Visit – Year 4, 5 and 6

 

 

Today we were very lucky to have an author visit from the fabulous Maz Evans, author of ‘Who Let the Gods Out’ and ‘Simply the Quest.’ Maz told the children all about her very long journey to becoming an author. Explaining to them that she had received hundreds of rejections but she never gave up. She encouraged them to keep trying if they had a dream, encouraging them to never give up because they only needed on YES to make it true.

 

‘Who Let the Gods Out’ features Olympic Gods who have fallen to earth causing chaos everywhere for the hero of the novel Elliot and Maz let us into a secret that because they’re immortal they’re still alive, so in reality they’re probably living amongst us. In fact funnily enough their favourite disguise was usually as teachers and she vowed to discover who amongst us was an actual real life God. I went into a battle of the brains to discover who was the true ‘Athene’, goddess of knowledge with Mrs Driver and was sadly beaten as the topic was the KS2 curriculum, which is not my speciality!

 

 

Mrs Spencer and Mrs Brown undertook a battle of creativity to decide who was the true, ‘Hephaestus’ god of creativity, in a balloon modelling competition to design something to save the world from impending attack. Mrs Brown won with her reimagining of a Diplodocus.

    

It was then a head to head war to decide who would be crowned Queen of the Gods in a ‘Wackaday’ style (children who didn’t grow up in the 1980s might need to google this). After a tense few rounds, Mrs Brown was the overall winner. Thanks to our lovely teaching staff for being such great sports I know the children really enjoyed it.

Finally we finished off with a Q & A session where Maz was asked the most unusual and entertaining questions by our children. My favourite being, ‘do you like the books you write?’ to which she replied, ‘it depends what day of the week it is, because if I’m struggling with edits the answer will be no, but if I’m talking about a finished book then it’s probably yes!’

It really was a fantastic day, thanks to all our parents for their continued support. I have to say to Maz a huge thank you to Maz for giving up her time to come and visit the school today we all had the most amazing time!

Mrs Clarke