Clifford Year 5/6

A place to find useful links relevant to the work we do in class, especially for SATS revision.
Check the home page for highlights and book recommendations.

The Lost Children
The Lost Children was inspired by The Lost Words (Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris), the photography of Derek Evans and our 2017 film, The Boy in the Window. It is a searing commentary on teacher stress and the pressures of modern life. 

The children came up with all the ideas themselves and set up nearly every shot. They composed, performed and recorded the theme tune (in the school loos...) and did a lot of the directing themselves. I only took over at the editing stage. 

 
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The Boy in the Window
Books we love

My recommendations: an assorted list of books I used to enjoy between the ages of about 7 and 12
General: 
Michael Morpurgo's earlier books. I used to love The Ghost of Grania O'Malley, Twist of Gold, Kensuke's Kingdom, My Friend Walter, Escape From Shangri La, King of the Cloud Forests etc. I think his later books are less original. 
All the Tintins and all the Asterixes 

Classics: 
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
Just William by Richmal Crompton
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Edith Nesbitt eg. Five Children and It, The Railway Children, The Would-Be-Goods (are these all horribly dated now? Discuss!)
The Borrowers series by Mary Norton 
The Secret Garden and The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Noel Streatfield (possibly also getting dated now?)
Stig of the Dump by Clive King is timeless
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
Note: I hated Heidi. 

Historical Fiction
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier 
Michael Morpurgo is good particularly for WW1 / WW2 stories but he's also set stories in other time periods.
Anything by KM Peyton
Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin (warning: quite dark)
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr (note: I was put off by the title, thinking it would be girly or childish, but ended up loving it)

Social Issues
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (also quite a few of her other books)
Anything by Elizabeth Laird eg. Welcome to Nowhere, Kiss the Dust, Red Sky in the Morning 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
The Boy in the Bubble by Ian Strachan (based on a true story)

High end animal books: 
Flambards series and anything else by KM Peyton for historical fiction and horses (warning: can be raunchy - Year 6 onwards)
Fire, Bed and Bone by Henrietta Branford: a dog's perspective on the plague
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell 
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams is the saddest book I have ever read
Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting 

Fantasy / Sci Fi: 
Northern Lights series Philip Pullman 
Joan Aitken books eg.The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (warning: quite scary!). 
The Sword in the Stone by TH White
The Indian In The Cupboard series by Lynne Reid Banks
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe series by CS Lewis
Skellig  by David Almond 
Howl's Moving Castle and other books by Diana Wynne Jones

Comedy
Saffy's Angel and other books by Hilary McKay (don't be put off by girly cover!)
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend (recommended for older readers due to content but it is not a difficult read)
Anything by Roald Dahl

Action / Adventure
Stormbreaker series by Anthony Horowitz 
The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart Quartet) by Philip Pullman

Non-Fiction
A Little History of the World by E Gombrich
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New books which are popular with my class (obviously I did not read these as a child!)
Wonder by RJ Palacio

Books for reluctant readers
The 13-Storey Treehouse Collection by Andy Griffiths
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Harry Potter 
Comics eg Tintin and Asterix 

Children's recommendations:
Email me if you would like your recommendation to be added. I'll include your name unless you ask me not to.

Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo, recommended by Will 
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, recommended by Oli: 'the best book I've ever read'
Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, recommended by Oli and Bea S
Alex Rider Series by Antony Horowitz, recommended by Charlie 
Horrible Histories recommended by Adam
Seeker (Wind On Fire Trilogy) by William Nicholson, recommended by Harlan
How to Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Cowell, recommended by Georgie
Tom Gates by Liz Pichon, recommended by Arwyn
The Last Wild Series by Piers Torday, recommended by Georgie
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, recommended by Zac
White Dolphin by Gill Lewis, recommended by Dora
Magic Spirit by Pippa Funnell (and her other books), recommended by Bea Budd
The Silver Sword by Ian Serrailler, recommended by Remi and the rest of the class
Flamingo Boy by Michael Morpurgo, recommended by Remi
Finding Goby, recommended by Ethan
Percy Jackson Series, by Rick Riordan, recommended by Tam
I Am David, by Anne Holm, recommended by Silas (if you liked The Silver Sword, try this, but warning: it is very sad)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, recommended by Iris  (if you liked The Silver Sword, try this, but warning: it is very sad)
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne, recommended by Georgie
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Geoff Kinney, recommended by Isabel
Storm Horse, by Nick Garlick, recommended by Charlotte
Wonder by RJ Palacio, recommended by Sam
The Fox and the Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo, recommended by Archie
The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, recommended by Bea Bowie
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, recommended by Bea Bowie 
Foal Frolics by Lucy Daniels, recommended by Bea Budd
The Demon Dentist by David Walliams, recommended by Harry
Northern Lights Trilogy by Philip Pullman, recommended by Felix 
A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen, recommended by Iris
The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, recommended by Dora
The World's Worst Children by David Walliams, recommended by Ava 
The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, recommended by Tam
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, recommended by Iris
Gangster Granny by David Walliams, recommended by Ed
Kit by Mitch Johnson, recommended by Georgie
The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop / The Racehorse Who Disappeared by Clare Balding, recommended by Isabel
Tales from Earthsea by Ursula K le Guin, recommended by Felix 
A Dog's Purpose by W Bruce Cameron, recommended by Sam
Famous Five ​series by Enid Blyton, recommended by Charlotte