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Week 6


Continuing our work on biographies we met inspirational cricketer and former Pendle pupil Alex Hartley. Alex Hartley is an English cricketer. She plays for Middlesex Women's cricket team as well as Lancashire Women's cricket team. She is a right-hand batsman as well as left arm orthodox bowler. She made her ODI debut against Pakistan women cricket team at County Ground, Taunton in June 2016. We thought of lots of questions to ask Alex about her life, achievements and inspirations. We then recalled and recorded our findings. We will use this factual information in our independent writing.

Week 5


This week we have started looking at biographies. We have looked at a biography about the author Roald Dahl together and discussed what we discovered about him . We then worked in Talking Partners looking at a variety of biographies and highlighting key information.



Week 4


This week we independently wrote a folk tale. We referred to the Success Criteria and tried to include all of the key elements.

Week 3


We started the week by creating story mountains for a new folk tale. We have been extremely busy writing our folk tales. We have applied important key elements from our success criteria.

We have enjoyed writing the opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending.

Week 2


This week we are continuing to study ‘The Tin Forest’. We have been writing in role and creating story maps to sequence events in the story. We are really enjoying exploring the plot, language and illustrations. 

Week 1



Our first unit is all about folk tales. We will be looking at the book 'The Tin Forest' by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson. 


"There was once a wide, windswept place, near nowhere and close to forgotten that was filled with all the things that no one wanted." So begins Helen Ward's tale of the Tin Forest where an old man lives who tidies the rubbish and dreams of a better place. With faith, ingenuity and hard work, he transforms a junkyard into a wonderland in this poetic modern folk tale.


This week we looked at the story setting, we focused on the landscape seen in the illustrations and the description of the story setting. We imagined standing there, what would we see, hear, smell and touch? We wrote a piece of writing aiming to include wow words, adjectives and similes too. Wow, Mrs Kennerley has been very impressed with our super use of language and imaginative ideas!