Morpurgo replies!

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Year 5 were ecstatic this week to receive first-hand advice from the famous children’s author Michael Morpurgo! Mrs Smith secretly wrote to the author telling him about the writing Year 5 had been busy producing, based on his story ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’.  A couple of days later, the class received an email reply – a letter full of great tips on being a successful writer. In summary, the great man recommended:

  1. Keep your eyes, ears and heart open and read a lot and widely.
  2. Write a little every day.
  3. Settle on an idea and dream it out in your mind.
  4. ‘Speak’ your words onto the page as if you’re telling it to your best friend. (And always revise and check!)
  5. Write for yourself and develop your own style. Enjoy!

We all agreed it is fantastic advice which we will be using in our writing in class. Watch this space!


Poplar’s writer of the week

Poplar have enjoyed reading ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo this term. They have written their own final chapter for the book and they have been very busy publishing their amazing writing this week. Lottie has written a fantastic final chapter, full of great description and emotion, showing that she has really understood the characters in the story and the style of the author. Well done Lottie – wonderful writing!





A new writer crashing onto the author scene – Isabelle Morpurgo

Our writer of the week is Isabelle. The class were blown away with Isabelle’s writing this week. She truly captured the writing style of Michael Morpurgo and has written a brilliant beginning of her chapter to close the book. All of year 5 have enjoyed reading Kensuke’s Kingdom over this half term and have all enjoyed writing a suitable ending for the book.


Notice Isabelle’s range of sentences to create suspense and her use of brackets to show parenthesis.


Well done Isabelle, I look forward to reading the rest of your chapter!img_1245

Tudor structures

In Year 5 we have been working hard and having lots of fun planning and constructing models of Tudor buildings. Combining History and DT, we’ve been exploring the features of Tudor buildings – timber frame construction, steep roofs, jetties etc. First, everyone made a detailed plan. Then, in teams, construction started with a focus on strengthening and reinforcing the houses. They are really starting to take shape. Watch this space for the finished houses!

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