Here is our class novel for this term...
Refugee kid, war, asylum, curious, contagious, rumour, survived, survivor, mute.
This is the story about how one ordinary nine-year-old child and three classmates are full of empathy for Ahmet, a boy that comes to their school as a refugee from Syria (he is the boy at the back of the class). Through their sensitivity, curiosity, ingenuity, bravery and innocent niceness, they make a massive impact on Ahmet’s life, friends, class, school, community and wider world. There’s a lovely lack of stereotyping on gender and backstory for the narrator, which adds to the message of not judging people before you know them.
This is a beautiful, open-hearted debut from Onjali Q Raúf that should help children be the best they can be and realise the power of kindness.
Reading is your 'golden ticket' and by reading at home, you will not only be opening a whole new world of opportunity in your learning but you are able to escape into different worlds and experience life as different people! We will be encouraging children to read daily at home and to love books! there will be daily Dojo rewards for those that do!
This term we will be writing to entertain. We will be working on both first and third person narratives.
For our first piece of writing we will be using the stimulus of 'Lost and Found' by Narinder Dhami. It is a story where the characters face a dilemma. We will then use the story to help us write our own dilemma story. This will include learning how to write direct speech using speech punctuation.
Dilemma, incessantly, despondent, trepidation, exasperated, Raksha Bandhan, boasting.
Our second piece of writing will be written in the 1st person. For this piece we will be using the stimulus of the snowman. The children will learn to describe the setting and think about how the characters are feeling. They will then retell the story from the perspective of the boy.