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Summer Term 1

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Clockwork

by Philip Pullman

Welcome back everyone. I hope everyone had a lovely break. The children have come back all refreshed and have already thrown themselves right into their work already.

This half term is an extremely important one for our year 6 children with their SATs tests just around the corner, so it is really important that they continue to learn their times tables as much as possible and continue to read regularly on a daily basis.

 

Our text for this half term is a fantastic books called Clockwork, written by Philip Pullman. This is a tale of mystery and will have the children intrigued throughout and will hopefully lead to some excellent writing.

Creative Curriculum Day

We got off to an excellent start during our creative day by Mr Robins asking us to turn ourselves into into old, wooden clockwork figures (yeah we thought it was a bit strange too). Once Mr Robins had read and introduced the story to us it made a bit more sense. We also found out that a forest plays a key role in the story so we created our own mystical forest using charcoal and shading using tissue and rubbers. We listened to some more of the story and we were introduced to some of the key characters. Without knowing the plot, we then chose an element of the story and drew a black and white image into the centre of a cog. Sir informed us that all these images are different elements that when added together, make the intriguing story of Clockwork.

We also created two large clock tower, a key part of the story, one for inside our class and one to go on the outside of our door. We placed 4 of our clockwork figures onto the clock by the door to guard our class. As yet, we do not know the importance of this clock but we can't wait to find out.

 

As well as our writing focus, year 6 are learning about the area of West Yorkshire so we discussed some places we know and may have visited before in the area. We then created some road signs to hang from the ceiling. At the same time, we used scrunched up tissue paper to create a large Yorkshire Rose to go onto the centre of a large Yorkshire Flag on our cupboard door. We hope you like it. 

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Setting Description of Glockenheim

After listening to the opening of the book, we discussed where the story is set and looked at some examples of villages in Germany. Choosing our adjectives carefully, along with some prepositions, we wrote some lovely setting descriptions of Glockenheim. Below are just a couple of examples and the display where they are on show. We tried so hard to ensure our handwriting is as neat as it could be, but we know we can always try to make it even better.

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Diary Entries as Karl

Before Mr Robins explained our next writing task, we were asked to think about the events in the book from the view of Karl, the clockmaker apprentice. We discussed him and his actions inside the tavern which helped us understand how he was feeling and why.

She of us were happy to role play as him and spoke about the events of the evening when Dr Kalmenius entered the tavern.

Following this, Mr Robins explained that we were going to write diary entries as him so we planned them and then wrote a sentence or two for each section. Below is just a small sample of our work.

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Gretl's Story

We read some more of the story and then Mr Robins cruel stopped just as Gretl triggered Sir Ironsoul into life by saying the word 'devil'. We begged Mr Robins to tell us what happened but her refused, instead asking us to write what we think happened next. Here are some of our ideas for how the story involving Gretl ends.

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