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Church of England Community Academy

English/Writing

The main text we will be looking at this half term (Autumn 2) is The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

 

Winner of the Best Story Blue Peter Book Award 2017

"A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs . . .

Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he's quite happy to laze around annoying his older sister Paz, and playing with his baby brother Pook. Then Podkin's home is brutally attacked, and the young rabbits are forced to flee. The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe. With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbitkind has ever known." 

 

We have an incredibly exciting day planned where Kieran Larwood will be visiting, running workshops throughout the day and the children will have a chance to showcase some of their amazing writing!

 

We are exceptionally excited to share this book with the class as it is a personal favourite of ours! 

 

In year 4 we will be using the text to create 2 main independent pieces of writing; the children will write a narrative piece (completing a missing chapter in the author's style) and a piece of persuasive writing based on an issue raised within the text. 

 

The main text that we will be looking at in our writing sessions this half term (Autumn 1) is The 
Longest Night of Charlie Noon 

"When Dizzy finds a series of sticks arranged on the path in the wood, he’s convinced it must be a secret message. Perhaps even a message from a spy! Dizzy persuades Charlie to join him to investigate after school but school bully, Johnny, overhears and warns them of other dangers. Johnny frightens Charlie with tales of Old Crony who eats children and then follows this up by creeping into the woods behind them. Wrapped in blood-soaked bandages, Johnny successfully manages to spook both Dizzy and Charlie. However, Johnny also manages to chase them off the path. Soon all three children are lost in the quickly darkening woods. So begins what is going to be the longest night of Charlie Noon."

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