Autumn 2 2019 – The Whale by Ethan and Vita Murrow

The Whale is a wordless epic sea adventure! There is a legend that a Great Spotted Whale lives in the ocean, although a sighting fifty years ago was never corroborated. Now two young whale watchers each set out to find the whale, one armed with sound-recording equipment, the other with a camera…

Our writing focus will be a Setting Description and a Newspaper Report with further opportunities for Diary, Narrative, Leaflet, Poetry, Balanced
Argument and a Non-chronological Report.

Wider Reading opportunities include:

The Blue Whale – Jenni Desmond
Whale Boy – Nicola Davies
Whale – Judy Allen
Why the Whales Came – Michael Morpurgo
How the Whale Became and other Stories – Ted Hughes
Other Books With Similar Themes: Journeys
Journey – Aaron Becker
Quest – Aaron Becker
Return – Aaron Becker
Non-fiction
The Big Book of the Blue – Yuval Zoomer
Animalium – Jenny Broom & Katie Scott
The Wonder Garden – Jenny Broom and Kristjana S. Williams
The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea – Philip Hoare

Autumn 1 2019 – Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

This half term we will be reading Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine based on the true story of Henry ‘Box’ Brown who as an African American slave posted himself to freedom from South to North America. Our writing focus will be writing Diary and Biography with further opportunities for Persuasive Article, Report, Article, Letter and  Narrative.

Wider reading opportunities include: 

Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman
The Little Ships by Louise Borden and Michael Foreman
Erika’s Story by Ruth Vander Zee and Roberto Innocenti
My Secret War Diary by Marcia Williams
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
The Eagle and the Snow by Michael Morpurgo

Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Who are Refugees and Migrants? by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young
Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo