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The Firebird is stealing the Tsar's famous golden apples. His two oldest sons fail to capture the bird, so their younger brother, Ivan, must set out on a quest to find it. Befriended by the wise grey wolf, Ivan wins the Firebird and the hand of the beautiful Princess Helen.

 

In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. This fits in with our Anglo-Saxon topic - the Dark Ages...

 

A humorous story (with no words...) about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature whilst out collecting bottle-tops at the beach.

Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but the problem is met with indifference by everyone else, who barely notice it's presence.

 

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. 

 

 

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.

 

We discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet. The book reveals how a robot travelled 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet where no human has ever been. This has exquisite diagrams and illustrations. 

 

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... 

 

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math...really good.

They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.

 

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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