Friday, 14 October 2011

Anyone need an Anderson shelter?

This week definitely proved to be an interesting week for Year 6. We were very proud of the children as they all showed commitment and determination towards their tests. A big well done. They had busy days as they had to spend the morning proving themselves in their assessments and then spend the afternoon showing off their amazing DT skills. Although we didn't have time to get on to making planes (Don't worry, the children will use up their cereal boxes very soon!), we gave the children a good opportunity to master their design and technology skills resulting in outstanding shelters. Photos of these and of the planes will be posted in next week's blog.

We would also like to confirm that no homework was set this week. Homework will be set again on Monday, due in on Wednesday.

Before we wish you a good weekend, we publish below a recommended reading list which many of you have requested. The message we have been giving children is that enjoying reading is paramount. However improving our use of vocabulary and language can only be achieved through the reading of more challenging texts. So, it might be time for some of the children to move away from reading Jacqueline Wilson's books now... and if that seems impossible for some, why not alternate between a "fun" read and a more "challenging" read once in a while... up to you! :)


Joan Aiken: Midnight is a Place
David Almond Skellig: Heaven Eyes
Eion Colfer Artemis Fowl series: The Supernaturalist, Half Moon
Susan Cooper: The Dark is Rising sequence
Chris D’Lacey: Icefire, Shrinking Ralph Perfect, The Salt Pirates of
Helen Dunmore: Ingo
Cornelia Funke: Inkheart, Inkspell, The Thief Lord
Alan Garner: The Owl Service, Elidor
Alan Gibbons Warriors of the Raven
Elizabeth Goudge: Little White Horse
Anthony Horowitz: The Power of Five series
Erin Hunter: Warrior Cats series
Brian Jaques: Redwall
Diane Wynne Jones: Eight Days of Luke, The Chrestomanci Series
Elizabeth Kay: The Divide, Back to the Divide etc
Stephen Moore: Tooth and Claw
William Nicholson: The Wind on Fire Trilogy, The Noble Warriors
Jenny Nimmo: Charlie Bone series
Ian Ogilvy: Measle and the Mallockee
Christopher Paolini: Eragon, Eldest
Michele Paver: Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, Soul Eater
Terry Pratchet: Johnny and the Bomb, Diggers, The Amazing
Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials Series
Philip Reeve: Mortal Engines
Philip Ridley: Mighty Fizz Chilla
J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter (the children will be asked to read one of the series next term as part of their topic)
Louis Sachar: Holes, Small Steps
Angie Sage: Septamus Flyte series
Ali Sparkes: Shapeshifter series
Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell: The Edge Chronicles series
Jonathan Stroud: Golem’s Eye
Robert Swindells: In the Nick of Time

G. P. Taylor: Shadowmancer
Kate Thompson: The Swithchers Trilogy, The Missing Link
J. R. R.Tolkein: The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings
Dr Who: story books

Jon Blake: The Last Free Cat
Frank Cottrell Boyce: Millions, Framed, Cosmic
Melvin Burgess: An Angel for May
Joe Craig: Jimmy Coates series
Jamila Gavin: The Blood Stone, Surya Trilogy
Carl Hiaasen: Hoot
Charlie Higson: The Young Bond books
Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider series
Sophie Mckenzie: Girl Missing
Willard Price: Volcano Adventure etc
Chris Ryan: Alpha Force series
Ruth Thomas: The Runaways
Mark Walden: H.I.V.E series
Jeanette Winterson: Tanglewreck

Nina Bawden: Carrie’s War
John Boyne: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Diary of Anne Frank
Anne Holm: I am David
Judith Kerr: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Robert Leeson: Tom’s War
Michele Magorian: Goodnight Mr Tom
Linda Newberry: Blitz Boys
Christne Nostlinger: Fly Away Home
Jill Paton Walsh: Dolphin Crossing
Robert Westall Blitzcat: The Machine Gunners

Berlie Doherty: Street Child

Have a good weekend,

The Year 6 Team.