Autumn Term

Where Once We Stood by Christopher Riley and Martin Impey

Where Once We Stood captures the first-hand accounts of an extraordinary chapter in our history, when twelve human beings set foot upon the Moon. This book offers an insight into what it really felt like to live and work on another world. Our writing focus will be writing an Exploration Narrative and a Formal Report with further opportunities for Poetry, Setting Description, Character Study and Short Dialogue.

Wider reading opportunities include: 

The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge
If I forget thee O Earth by Arthur C Clarke
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Time and Space of Uncle Albert by Russell Stannard
George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt (George’s Secret Key to the Universe) by Lucy Hawking
A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space by Libby Jackson
The Skies Above My Eyes (Look Closer) by Charlotte Guillain
HIDDEN FIGURES: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Shetterly

FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith

When a father who dreams of flying goes off to war and doesn’t return, his son decides to make his dream come true. Grahame’s moving story, with stunning illustrations, shows how, with love and a bit of ambition, you can reach seemingly impossible goals.


  Spring Term  

The Promise by Nicola Davies

On a mean street in a mean city, a thief tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. But she finds she can’t have it without promising something in return – to plant them all .

The Errand by Leo LaFleur and Adam Oehlers

‘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.


Summer Term

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

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