Downe Manor Primary School

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Writing Corner

We have some amazing authors in our school! Once a term our talented writers get the opportunity to show off all their skills in our We Are Authors Week.  
Here is a celebration of the activities we have done and some of the brilliant work completed during these weeks.
We Are Authors Week
November 2016

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Throughout our English Enrichment Week, we studied the short animated film ‘The Present’ by Jacob Frey.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjqiU5FgsYc

We created comic strips of the film and wrote new scenes for the film.  Here are some examples of our best pieces of work:
World Book Week
March 2017
Our World Book Week was a great success. Not only did we have fun dressing up, we got to learn all about famous authors.  Here are some of the activities we did during the week!
Nursery
In nursery we focused on our pirate theme and read the 
book Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman.  The children designed some new underpants for the pirates, drew treasure maps and went on a treasure hunt around the school.
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Reception
In reception we focused on the author Julia Donaldson. We thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Spinderella', it was a great book and taught us that we should always try hard with our learning! 

We also laughed a lot at the fact that all the teachers dressed up as characters from our reading books.  "It's so funny Miss Tait is now the character Kipper she has a wig on and we have to call her Kipper!" exclaimed Sienna, Maple class.
Year 1
In Year 1 we read books by Oliver Jeffers including:
The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Way Back Home; Up and Down; and Stuck. They loved The Incredible Book Eating Boy because it was funny watching him eat different stories.
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Amna Abbasi enjoyed, "...how the boy got smarter and smarter from eating all the books until he was smarter than his teacher!".
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Year 2
In Year 2, we had a great time reading a wide variety of Dr Seuss books and discussing them with our friends. We then rewrote the ending to one of Dr Seuss' most   famous books - The Cat in the Hat.    Finally, we wrote letters to Dr Seuss explaining what we liked/disliked about his books.
Ruby said, "I liked the Dr Seuss book called The Cat in the Hat because it made me laugh when Thing 1 and Thing 2 went crazy and wrecked the house!" 
Year 3
In year 3 we focused on texts by the famous children’s author Enid Blyton.  We enjoyed reading stories from her Enchanted series, including the Magic Faraway Tree. During the week, children created their own  stories in which, like in the Magic Faraway Tree, characters travel to a new magical land.
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Year 4
The author we studied was the very talented Anthony Horowitz. 
?We really enjoyed reading his book Groosham Grange and writing about what we predicted would happen next in the story. 
"For World Book Week we looked at the book Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz. We wrote a letter to him and I told him I loved his work because it was funny and made me laugh," Savannah, Rowan? Class.
Year 5
During World Book Week, year 5 enjoyed the opportunity to
explore the works and life of world renowned author Philip
Pullman,  particularly The Firework Makers Daughter and Norther Lights.  After researching and finding out more about Philip Pullman, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on more of his books.
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“I really want to read his dark materials trilogy now!” Reha Siyani, Beech class.
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Year 6
We explored some of the works of the famous British author Malorie Blackman.  Luckily, we got to watch Malorie being interviewed for World Book Day and found out first hand why she became an author.  To our surprise we found out that she was a victim of racism and wanted to write stories about difficult topics, but also to have black people as the main characters. Following in her footsteps, we had a go at writing our own stories about difficult topics, such as bullying or racism.