The Secret lake by Karen Inglis is our Destination Reader text for Term 4. This time travel mystery adventure story has a 'Secret Garden' feel to it and involves a lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and a secret lake. When Stella and Tom discover that they have traveled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier, they make both friends and enemies, and uncover startling connections between the past and present.
This term we will be reading the book 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman. This is a wonderful story about a little girl called Lila, who doesn't just wanted to be a Firework-Maker's Daughter, she wants to be a Firework-Maker herself. The story includes a rare white elephant, a sacred volcano and a menacing fire-fiend called Razvani.
Lila embarks on a perilous journey to discover the final Firework-Making secret. It is a journey filled with dangers beyond anything she could have imagined, a journey on which she will learn so much more than the one secret she set out to find...
The books we will be using for our Destination Reader this term are 'Flat Stanley: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery,' and 'Egyptian Myths and Legends.' During our daily reading lessons we are able to enjoy a range of different text types, expand our vocabulary and improve our comprehension by actively discussing each book with our partners. Children love facts and information, and while it is vital to teach children to read, it is also important to help them explore a wide range of genres for themselves. After all, the more you learn, the more places you'll go!
Flat Stanley: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery
The much loved character, Flat Stanley, is back for another adventure in this book which fits nicely with our Ancient Egyptian topic! Ever since Stanley was flattened by a bulletin board, there are places he can get to that no one else can. So when Stanley receives a letter from an archaeologist, he travels by airmail to Egypt to help find an ancient treasure deep in the heart of a great pyramid.
Egyptian Myths and Legends
The world's myths are filled with characters, creatures, and stories that have fascinated people for thousands of years. This series mixes dramatic retellings and non-fiction information to give a full picture of a culture's myths. This book explores the gods, goddesses, heroes, villains, tricksters, and quests that make Egyptian myths and legends so compelling.
Our reading book this half term is Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. This classic is a tale of a wonderful summer of adventure, discovery and friendship in which the Walker children - otherwise known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty and Ship's Boy Roger - are excited to set sail on their boat Swallow and camp on Wild Cat Island. Exploring their new territory, camping in the open skies, swimming in the lake and fishing for their dinner would be adventure enough - but then they meet two fierce Amazon pirates who challenge them to a war.