Here you can learn all about the texts we have been reading both inside and outside the classroom, as well as what book’s we’ve enjoyed and would recommend…
Year Six 2017/2018
Reading Club ‘Bookdate’
At Reading Club we have started reading a new book, it is called ‘Escape to Freedom’ and it is written by Ann Petry. Here is what we think about it so far:
“I think it’s great because, I didn’t know anything about Harriet Tubman (the main character) before and now I am beginning to learn about her.”
” I like the book because it is a biography written in the style of a narrative and it gives you a lot of inside knowledge of what it was like to be a slave.”
We also picked up some new vocabulary as we were reading:
Wading – This means when you have to slowly trod through water, or snow, or mud.
Inexplicable – This mean when something is unexplainable.
Our Thoughts on Noughts & Crosses…
Last week, Year 6 started reading Noughts and Crosses, in Guided Reading, as part of our Black History learning. Find out what some of the children’s first impressions of the book are.
Daphne, “I think it’s great! I found it quite shocking at first, it wasn’t what I expected because it was so dramatic. I am really starting to enjoy it now because it is split into 2 perspectives (Callum and Sephy’s) which makes you understand how they feel. I will definitely recommend it to others.”
“I really like Noughts & Crosses. The book keeps getting more and more interesting. Like Mr Sieczkarek says that, in a good book, the excitement goes up and down and big events keep happening which keep you interested.” – Cameron.
“I like the book because the characters have really good personalities, however I don’t like the slang words: I don’t always know what they mean.” – Lekeisha.
“Noughts and Crosses is really interesting because it’s funny in parts: it makes me laugh sometimes. The characters are full of humour and that makes me keep on reading.” – Robbie.
Book Review: The Red Pyramid
The Red Pyramid is about the Kane children finding out they’re magicians and that they have blood of the pharaohs (Egyptian kings). They (Carter and Sadie) need to stop the Egyptian god of chaos (Set) before he destroys the continent (North America) and then the world.
I really enjoyed this book because I like reading about Egyptian things, well, anything historical actually. So, if you like history too, I would recommend reading this book.
I would give this book 5/5 stars : it’s awesome.
This book, by Rick Riordan, is part of a trilogy. The other books are called: The Throne of Fire and The Serpent’s Shadow’. I am currently reading ‘The Throne of Fire’ ; I’ll let you know how it goes!
Did you know Rick Riordan (the author of this book) also created the Percy Jackson books?
Book Review: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
Author: Robin Stevens
Illustrator: Nina Tara
Over the past few weeks, I have been reading “A Murder Most Unladylike”, written by Robin Stevens. These books are about schoolgirls who solve mysteries (mostly murders). Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are the main characters (and detectives) in the series.
Daisy is: curious, has golden blonde hair and rosy skin. Hazel comes from Hong Kong and is careful and doesn’t jump to conclusions, like someone, naming no names (Daisy). Hazel has pale skin, brown eyes and straight (sometimes crazy) black hair.
I would highly recommend these books for they are slightly dramatic but still humorous.
Year Six 2016/2017
Book Reviews – 17th March 2017
I like that book because she has long, long hair and a beautiful face. Rapunzel has a nasty stepmother who was lying just because of her long hair, which was magic.
I like Cinderella because it is a nice, good and beautiful story. I like when she goes and dances and I like when she cries because she wanted to go to the ball and the lady with the wand and magic lets her go.
Beast Quest [Series 1] Ferno
This book is great! Exciting, interesting, fun – The Beast Quest, the part I liked was when Tom [a boy from a small village] was riding through a forest, when a girl jumped out from some trees while Tom was riding on his horse called Silver.
Demon Dentist [David Walliams]
In Demon Dentist, there is a boy who is very poor and his teeth were very bad. A new dentist arrived in town and the dentist was secretly a witch. The poor boy went to see the dentist only to get a check-up, but what he got was ALL his teeth were pulled out. My favourite part of the book was when the young boy, called Alfie, searched all around town to solve a mystery about people getting horrible things that replaced a tooth under their bed. It turned out that it was the dentist!
Pig Heart Boy
Interesting, suspense, surprising – this book is one of my faviroute books! I really like this book because it has a lot of creative features and different parts to make you think. Amazingly, I am only on chapter 7 and I can’t put it down. Pig Heart Boy is a powerful story about friendship , loyalty and family.
Mystery, suspense, interesting- this book is based on a mysteries and it will have you endlessly reading. This amazing book was written by the creative Malorie Blackman – who is the author of many other books. She has amazing vocabulary and a great imagination. This book has three stories in one: they are all amazing. I would suggest you take a little peek inside – you will love it.
I am currently reading Matilda. Matida is a book about a young girl who is very intelligent and knows all her times tables and likes reading adult novels. I predict that Miss Honey will carry on teaching her and she will be more intelligent. There is a head teacher called Miss Trunchbull and she is mean and she’s got a device called the chokey – it sounds awful!
Noughts and Crosses
Noughts and Crosses was about the olden days when segregation was happening but, unusually, it was black people who were the most powerful race. However, there was a white boy called Callum and a black girl called Sephy who loved each other but, because of the colour of their skin, were never allowed to see each other or to be together.
The Last Wild.
Interesting, intriguing, page-turning – The Last Wild keeps you on the edge of your seat. You never know what’s going to happen next. I’m not very far into the story yet but I think there is going to be a really unexpected incident. So far, there is a boy who’s called Kester and he’s living in a home for children who their parents can’t handle. They don’t have a choice of food so they have to eat pink slop which has all different flavours: pie and peas, fish and chips, steak and kidney, all different flavours. There are wardens who stay outside the rooms but they fall asleep and don’t watch the doors. I am really excited to see what happens next…
16th December 2016
Every week, we come together for Reading Club. Interestingly, we get to the chance to read any suitable book that we choose. Furthermore, we read the book until we have read it all. I like this because we all have turns to read independently: our reading improves by the minute! When we have finished the book or different chapters, we complete questions about the text and recap on what we have learned.
When it is assessment week, we look back and see what we have got on our Reading Test every time. This time, I improved my score by 6 marks!
One of the first books we read was called, The Wreck of the Zanzabar. I liked this story because the language was interesting and I magpied lots in my own writing.
Pig Heart Boy
16th December 2016
I am only on chapter six but it’s already so intriguing: I really want to read on. It is all about a young boy who needs a heart transplant and when all of his friends are out having fun he has to stay in, reading books, to protect himself. However, this actually helps his education. So far, I know that Marlon is his best friend, he is really worried that something might happen, such as: get turned into a pig or the transplant will go wrong. The doctor who is going to give him the transplant is called Doctor Bryce. The pig is called Trudy. There are three questions that I would like to find out: Will anything happen during the transplant? Will everything be normal after the transplant? Will it be successful?
These are some other books by Malorie Blackman:
Noughts and Crosses
14th December 2016
In Guided Reading, we have been reading this amazing book by Malorie Blackman (Noughts and Crosses). She is very consistent about her language and puts her mind into her work. It is very dramatic and puts you into suspense.
So far, there are two main characters: Sephy and Callum. There are two types of people in the book – Noughts and Crosses and they do NOT get along. Interestingly, Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought! At the start of the story, Callum and Sephy are friends and so are their families but as the story continues and they grow up, they drift apart because of the society they live in. However, Sephy and Callum have a bond that is unbreakable no matter what!
I think Callum is going to kill Jude (Callum’s brother) and is going to run away with Sephy because he still loves her deep inside his cold heart. Even though Callum doesn’t like to admit stuff to everyone, he still believes him and Sephy can run away together.
By Lucy, Kelsie and Ella.
My book review – Michael Morpurgo ‘Running Wild’
13th December 2016
So far (I’m on page 37), this book is very interesting because at the start, it is very shocking when the child’s father dies and he and his mother is very depressed. I was shocked with this because I was not expecting it! Everyone at school is polite to him so he is happy, not sad. After a few days at school, he gets a month off school and for mother; she gets a month off work. I think the story is set in a different country to the UK because they live near a jungle.
What I think is going to happen next is that the boy is going to run into a jungle just like the cover illustration and title says. I don’t think he run away and find himself in danger and have to escape the jungle somehow.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
The Harry Potter books are all really unpredictable and mysterious. I may have only started reading the first one, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but I am already enjoying it – it’s amazing so far! If anyone wasn’t sure about reading it and they came to me I would say, “You definitely should!” That’s why I love Harry Potter and why I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 8.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (5/10/2016)
I like the Twilight books because I like reading about vampires. Also, I like the Twilight books because they’re exciting and because there is a film of them, so you get to see if there is anything different about the book to the film. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about vampires and to someone who likes to compare books to their films.
My Favourite Author – Roald Dahl (5/10/2016)
I really like Roald Dahl because I think the books are fantastic and he makes lots of cool books to read. In a lot of them, mysterious things begin to happen – like in George’s Marvellous Medicine because his grandma gets taller and taller because of the medicine George makes. Also, I like the illustrations that Quentin Blake makes because I like drawing too – I would rate him 100/100! My favourite books are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and George’s Marvellous Medicine but the best one out of them is George’s Marvellous Medicine because it’s great and the most mysterious.
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams (5/10/2016)
I like The Boy in the Dress because it has really unusual chapter names and fantastic illustrations. Also, if you read a chapter a day, you could get though it in a week or so. I also love it because David Walliams is really funny and includes a lot of humour in his books. I think he puts a lot of effort in to writing his books (and films). On the first page of The Boy in the Dress, it mainly describes the characters – where they live, who they live with and what their personality is like.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (4/10/2016)
I like this book because it has lots of adventures and magic in it. My favourite character is Harry because he is clever and very brave. My favourite part of the book is when Harry plays Quidditch and when he first goes to Hogwarts.
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl (4/10/2016)
Esio Trot is my favourite book and is written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is my favourite book because it is very funny. It’s all about a man called Mr Hoppy who lives in a flat and there is a woman in the flat underneath him called Mrs Silver. Mr Hoppy loves her but Mrs Silver loves her tortoise called Alfie. Mrs Silver really wants Alfie to grow bigger so she asks if Mr Hoppy knows how to make tortoises grow. Interestingly, Mr Hoppy lies about knowing how to make him grow, by writing a fake spell for Mrs Silver to read to Alfie every morning, every afternoon and every night. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next!
I would recommend this book to anyone because it is a great book to read and Roald Dahl is one of the best authors.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (4/10/2016)
I love the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it is really funny. Also, it is very interesting because it always makes me want to know what happens next. The funniest parts are when everyone, except Charlie, does something wrong (eg. falling into a trap). My absolute favourite part about the book is when the 5 people who won the golden tickets enter the factory. I would recommend this to anyone who likes funny stories or is a fan of Roald Dahl.
Mr Stink by David Walliams (4/10/2016)
I would recommend this book for children over 9 years old because it’s very funny and I love it -Mr Stink is especially funny. I love it when Mr Stink burps so loud and blows someone out of the cafe.
Year Six are very lucky to have regular visits from Mr Sieczkarek – Prince Edward’s Head Teacher. He is an excellent story reader: with great enthusiasm, voices and the occasional ad-lib. Recently, during a Transition Afternoon, the new Year Six class got to experience Mr Sieczkarek’s reading first hand: we were enthralled! (July 2016).
At reading club we like to do mini test to get us ready for our sats in May. We go on to the laptops some days and we like to write blogs and after have we do some work we do a fun activity. I love coming to reading clue.
Noughts and Crosses
I thought that Noughts and Crosses was a really good book because even though it’s a bit sad, there’s lots of tension and everyone’s lives are different. I didn’t expect that ending. I would recommend every book in the series. Anyone who’s interested from the age of 10 to 15 I would recommended the series to.
Noughts and Crosses
I think that Noughts and Crosses was a great, suspense filled, book. It had everything from action to romance and I’m sure that the others in the series are just as good. I would recommend this book 10-21 year olds, however I would definately not recommend it to younger children as it has some obscure scenes within. Also this book is often unpredictable.
A Poem about Reading…
Is the greatest👍🏻
It makes me feel relaxed😍
When I am tucked up in my bed😴
Every night time🌙
Calming time to myself😝
I really enjoy doing it😇
I LOVE READING📚😝👊🏻🙏🏻
😘 By Ellie Whiting😘