Over the holidays we want children to relax and spend time with their friends and families. As such, we do not set formal home learning tasks. We do recommend that children continue to read daily, and as such we have created a reading challenge that children may wish to do. The idea is to read in an exciting or unusual place, take a photo and record their favourite quote from the book. The challenge can be accessed through your child’s Firefly login.
Many thanks and enjoy your time together,
The Year 4 Team
4MD were treated to a story by Miss Toner, who is in fact a published author herself. The chance for the children to sit back and relax listening to a story can be lost in this modern age. However, a good book read by whoever helps develop your imagination and your knowledge. We are trying to create good reading habits in 4MD. The key to this is getting into a good routine and finding a great book. My favourite book is by Bill Bryson, Notes From A Small Island. Perhaps you could share your favourite book in the comments below. Happy reading…
Many thanks for helping children be organised with their Reading Journals. Most children are now remembering to record their reading each school day, helping us to see that they are reading a range of text types as well as reflecting on what they have read. Short responses are absolutely fine, so we hope that most days it will only take a few minutes for children to record responses. Each week, we ask that children complete one activity from the back of their books in order to engage with the book on a deeper level. Some children like to complete their journals in more depth each day and this is also fine…if they have time and enjoy doing so! As ever, please ask your child’s class teacher if you have any questions regarding any aspect of their learning.
Review by : Oliver 6JN
Title: Beast Quest, Ferno the Fire Dragon
Author: Adam Blade
The story is about a boy named Tom who goes on a really exciting adventure with his pet horse Storm and meets this girl named Elena – who Tom agrees to take her with him on his adventure. He gets a special map given to him by a wizard called Aduro to help Tom stop the creator of the Beasts called Malvel. His first mission, is to hunt down a creature called Ferno who protected Avantia (the fantasy world) from harm, but Malvel poisoned Ferno into thinking he was a monster and was to destroy all Avantia.
There are over 50 Beast Quest books in the series, all around a 100 pages long. I love this book because I really like how it grabs the reader’s attention from the very beginning. If you read a lot, you could finish this book in a day and move onto the second book in the series: Beast Quest: Sepron the Sea Monster. Beast Quests are really good books especially if you find reading a struggle and it gives you a lot of ideas and imaginary pictures of beasts. I would very highly recommend this book to the whole of Prep School. This exhilarating book series is highly appreciated by many authors such as J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. If you are interested in Beast Quest have a look in the library and you’re sure to find a Beast Quest book. Adam Blade has written another series like Beast Quest, it is called Sea Quest.
My favourite character is Aduro because he is so wise and trustworthy and whatever he does he always manages to achieve it. Aduro faced Malvel long ago but didn’t manage to defeat him, now Aduro is too old to fight him again and trusts Tom with the job.
My favourite part of the book is when Tom climbs the mountain and is exhausted and doesn’t have the will to fight, then he looks over an overhang only to see Ferno’s giant face staring right at him. He then drops down onto a nearby ledge and hides away from the dragon for a night and returns to fight him in the morning.
If I was to rate this book I would rate it a 5 star because it is not to long and an exciting read for the Prep School. Not many books reach my 5 star list but this one is probably my most favourite book I’ve ever read!
An evil wizard has enchanted the magical beasts of Avantia – only a true hero can free the beasts and stop them from destroying the land. Is Tom the hero Avantia has been waiting for? Join Tom, as he braves Ferno the Fire Dragon…
Can you survive the Beast Quest?