Y4 Herts and Bucks
Our Questions for Lisa Thompson
Year 4 at IVJS would like to ask Lisa Thompson:
Would you like to see Goldfish Boy on screen?
Who is your favourite author?
Are you planning on writing anymore novels? – If so what about?
What is being an author like?
Have you always dreamed of being an author? – If not what did you want to be?
How does it make you feel to see people reading your books?
Will you make a sequel of The Goldfish Boy?
What was your inspiration for writing this book?
Which character in The Goldfish Boy would you say most describes you and why?
If you were to add in a new character to the book, what would they be like?
“I can see England”
At Iver Village Junior School, year 4 have been reading Coming to England by Floella Benjamin. They found this book extremely enjoyable and selected their favourite quotes; explaining why they had selected these. We had some interesting discussions about the book as well as getting some great art work from them.
At Highwood, when discussing the book during session 2 we explored how dramatic irony makes the reader feel. One Gladiator writes: “When I knew Roux didn’t know something, I just wanted to crawl into the book to tell her!”. When imagining the author’s views, another Gladiator explained that he thought the author did agree with the moon and that it was like the moon itself had written the book at times. Super high-level thinking from the Gladiators, well done!
Reading Gladiator library
At Highwood, the Reading Gladiators were challenged to persuade as many of their classmates as possible to read “Word of Mouse”. As you can see, all eight copies were borrowed straight away!
At Highwood, we discussed different aspects of Isaiah’s character and how he changed and grew as a character over his journey through the book “Word of Mouse”. We learnt what the words “compassionate” and “intellect” meant.
Semantic map of what family means to us.
At Highwood, we discussed what “family” means to us and then thought about what “family” means to Isaiah in “Word of Mouse”. We returned to this when thinking about Malkin’s journey.
Malkin Moonlight, session 1
At Highwood, we made predictions based on the cover and blurb. Then, we added more predictions after we had discussed the slides that explained the setting and the sixth sense. We really looked forward to reading the book!
At Highwood, we ordered summary statements into a journey map. Then, we added Malkin’s qualities to examples of where these helped him in the story. Finally, we wrote down lessons learnt.
Still We Watch
A poem performed by all 8 pupils that they devised it in the first session. We edited it during the other sessions to improve. We rehearsed and picked our favourite recording as a group. The pupils really enjoyed experimenting with their voices, use of repetition and the backing track. They decided as a group that would read it to make it sound eerie and spooky.