Summer 2, 2020 – The Lost Book of Adventure compiled by Teddy Keen

A facsimile edition of the tattered notebooks of the Unknown Adventurer, this love letter to the wild details everything the children will need to know about how to live and thrive in nature, from the principles of treehouse building to wilderness first aid.

If you are reading this, it means my notebooks have been found. I am leaving them here at camp for safekeeping along with a few other belongings that I won’t be taking with me. The notebooks are a lifetime’s worth of knowledge, which I’m passing on to you.

So reads an excerpt from the weatherworn letter discovered by nature enthusiast Teddy Keen on a recent trip to the Amazon, along with sketchbooks filled with details of extraordinary adventures and escapadesexpedition advice and survival methodsannotated with enchanting coloured-pencil drawings. The children will be transported by riveting adventure tales from around the globe – being dragged off by a hyena in Botswana, surviving a Saharan dust storm, being woken by an intrepid emperor penguin in Antarctica and coming face-to-face with a venomous bushmaster (one of the most dangerous snakes on the planet).
Having inspired the adventurous spirit in the children, the Unknown Adventurer encourages them to set out on their own adventure with information on wild camping, rafting, exploration, shelters and dens, plus tips on first aid and tying knots. Expert instructions on wilderness basics, like building a firewhat to do if they get lost, and how to build various types of shelters are accompanied by more specific skills culled from many years of experience, like baking campfire bread, creating a toothbrush from a twig, making a suture from soldier ants, and even how to pan for gold. 

Our writing focus will be a Survival Narrative and Explanation/Instructional Guide with wider opportunities in Poetry, Setting Description, Character Description, Formal Letter, News Paper Report, Non-chronological Report

Wider Reading opportunities include:

Quest Daniel Hahn
Explorers on Witch Mountain Alex Bell
Congo Michael Crichton
The Explorer Katherine Rundell
Survivors David Long
True Stories of Survival Paul Dowswell
Bushcraft 101 Dave Canterbury
Great Adventurers Alistair Humphreys
Incredible Journeys Levison Wood
Unfolding Journeys – Amazon Adventure
Lonely Planet Kids Atlas of Adventures Lucy Leatherland
Shackleton’s Journey William Grill
The Nature Explorer’s Scrapbook Andrea Pinnington


Summer 1, 2020 – King Kong by Anthony Browne
“It was Beauty that killed the Beast”

King Kong is a giant gorilla, a massive monster of an ape who lives on a remote island. The mighty beast falls for a beautiful girl, Ann Darrow, and desperate to have her he finds himself lured into captivity. He is brought to civilisation and put on show, but when he sees Ann he breaks his heavy chains and begins to wreak havoc on the streets of New York . . .
The enthralling story of King Kong involves battles with dinosaurs, daring rescues and incredible escapes – endless thrills lead up to one of the most famous climaxes of all time!

Our writing focus will be a Dilemma Narrative and Balanced Argument with further opportunities in Poetry, Setting Description, Character Description, Formal Letter, News Article and a Chronological Report

Wider Reading opportunities include:

The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate
Ape Martin Jenkins and Vicky White
Congo Michael Crichton
Good Night, Gorilla Peggy Rathmann
The Murderer’s Ape Jakob Wegelius
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Katherine Applegate
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
Gorillas Seymour Simon
Animals on the Edge: Gorilla Anna Claybourne
Gorillas (Amazing Animals) Kate Riggs
Gorilla Journal Carolyn Franklin
Dynamic Duos of Science: Jane Goodall, and Mary Leakey
Dynamic Duos of Science: In Conversation with Jane Goodall
Chimpanzee Protector Robin S Doak


Spring 2 2020 – The Errand by Leo La Fleur

The children will be immersed in ‘You can’t remember how you became the errand boy of a suspected witch… you can only remember being desperate.’ In this fable-like graphic novel, a young boy hurries to deliver a package – to an unusual and terrifying woman who lives deep within the sinister Whispering Woods. On the way, he must face his fears in the darkness of the forest. He passes the mystical wolves of the deep caves, slips by murderous spiders, feels the shaking of the giant as it snores, and even encounters a glimmer of hope… but what awaits him at the woman’s hut?

Our writing focus will be a Cliffhanger Narrative and Instruction Manual with further opportunities for Poetry, Diary, Biography, News Paper Report, Non-chronological Report, Persuasive Advert and Instructions

Wider Reading opportunities include:

The Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton
Cogheart – Peter Bunzl
There May Be A Castle – Piers Torday
What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible – Ross Welford
Other Books with Similar Themes: Fantasy, Traditional Tales & Danger
Lost Tales Adam & Lisa Murphy
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Catherynne M Valente
The Dollmaker of Krakow R. M. Romero
Dark Woods Steve Voake
Odd & The Frost Giants,Hansel & Gretel Neil Gaiman
Riverkeep Martin Stewart
Wildwood Colin Meloy
Non-fiction: Instruction Manuals & Guides:
Mr Shaha’s Recipes For Wonder Alom Shaha
The Land of Neverbelieve Norman Messenger
This Book is Not Rubbish: 50 Ways to Ditch Plastic, Reduce Rubbish and Save the World Isabel Thomas


Spring 1 2020 – Arthur & The Golden Rope by Joe Todd-Stanton

The children will imagine a vault so cavernous that it could contain all the world’s greatest treasures and relics, from mummified remains of ancient monarchs to glistening swords brandished by legendary warriors. Who could be in charge of such a vault and how did he come into possession of such a unique collection? Who is…Professor Brownstone?

Our writing focus will be a Myth Narrative & Instructional Guide with further opportunities for Diary, Narrative, Leaflet, Poetry, Non-chronological Report and a Newspaper Report.

Wider Reading opportunities include:

Myth Match Good Wives and Warriors
A Miscellany of Magical Beasts Simon Holland
The Lost Book of Adventure Unknown Adventurer
Vikings in 30 Seconds Mark Cavendish
Viking Gods! From Odin to Thor Left Brain Kids
Other Books with Similar Themes: Vikings
The Death of Baldur Louise Simonson
Norse Myths James Corbett
Norse Myths Eric Braun
Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Dragon’s Hoard: Stories from the Viking Sagas Lari Don
Riddle of the Runes Janina Ramirez
Vicious Vikings Ellie Dean
Vikings DK
Vikings Stephanie Turnbull
Norse Mythology A to Z Kathleen N. Daly

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
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