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Biorn is an ageing warrior who is trying his hardest to get into Valhall, where all the great Vikings go after their deaths. He must die an honourable death in battle. It seems quite a simple task - to get killed in a fight. However, things do not go to plan when he gets involved with a group of nuns, whose church is being attacked and burnt by an enormous, grotesque monster.

 

The Arrival is a book by Shaun Tan. It has no words. The story is told by hundreds and hundreds of pictures, almost like  an animation film's frames laid out one-by-one. The 'hero' goes to a completely different land, where things are very different from what he is used to. 

We follow him as he becomes accustomed to a new life in a new world, like so many other people around the world at this present time of great change. 

 

In order to fit in with our Viking topic, we will be learning about some of their great achievements in this book. It is written as a set of newspaper reports to make it more interesting. The children will learn about Vikings but also learn how to newspaper reports are produced. Hopefully, something incredibly exciting will happen in Sinfin that week - then we can write about it!

 

Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Well, Fred is an imaginary friend but he keeps being dumped for REAL friends. All he longs for is a lifetime friend, with whom he can stare at the clouds and play music. Will his dream come true?

 

 

Leon and some friends go to a circus tent one afternoon. After being thrilled by several of the acts, Leon is asked to take part in a magic trick. That is where he discovers The Place Between.

 

 

In Philip Pullman's tale, a young girl decides she wants to become a Firework Maker. But it is not as easy as she first believes. A dangerous set of tasks see her on a massive adventure. Will she be able to meet the challenges to fulfill her dream?

 

Road's End is a short film, with very little dialogue. However, there are many facets to the story as it unravels. As the children will find out, there is no 'answer' to the questions "What really happened?", "Who is that awful man?" and "How does he make THAT happen?" Watch and be thankful it's not YOU in the car... 

 

Marcia Williams has taken ten famous Greek Myths and made them accessible for children. These famous myths have been rewritten in cartoon form. Read about Icarus, Medusa and the mighty Minotaur. We will also meet some different characters as the children eventually write their own myths, including their own heroes and heroines.

 

Have you ever thought that human beings have taken over Mother Nature's world, without much thought for plants and other animals? In this book - Greenling - the balance is redressed as a tiny creature wreaks havoc over a small town, which has to rethink the way it lives from day to day. 

 

There are many great children's authors and they write stories that have been read by millions. But how did they get into that position? In this unit, we will learn about five top authors and learn about their lives as children, the very starts of their careers and their future plans. The Year 5 children will write biographies of these celebrated writers.

 

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