Each half term we base our learning on a different core text from the Read in to Writing curriculum. Each book relates to our termly topic and allows the children to delve into high-quailty picture books and children's fiction written by much-loved authors such as Beatrix Potter and C.S Lewis to achieve greater depth in reading and writing. Please find below the texts that we are going to be looking at this term.
Autumn 1 - King of the Cloud Forests
Escaping from China as the Japanese invade, Ashley and Uncle Sung embark on a perilous journey across the Himalayas. Then Ashley finds himself alone in the hostile mountains, battling for his life. He is just about to give up all hope, when he has a mysterious and terrifying encounter.
As part of English this term we have been looking at the story of Ashley Anderson, who is sent away from China due to the Second World War, fleeing with his Uncle Sung to safety in India. Together they cross the Himalayan Mountains but they haven't quite made it yet! Instead, Uncle Sung has gone off in search for food in the middle of a blizzard and has not returned! As for Ashley, he has been taken by friendly Yetis back to their cave where they treat him as their leader....
We have all been so invested in this story! Reenacting scenes, interviewing characters, writing and discussing the effects of war and writing poems about the Yetis we have met so far.
Autumn 2 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Four adventurous siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie) step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . .
and a great sacrifice.
This unit immerses children in the themes, language and characters of C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They will use the text to develop their reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing. Grammar and punctuation are examined within the context of the text – interrogating how and why it’s used by the author, and for what purpose in the story. They use this exploration to make connections with themes on a personal level and create varied, meaningful writing outcomes. The unit culminates in a final piece of work where the children apply all that they have learned in this story to create a non-chronological report to inform and guide a visitor to Narnia.