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  • Headteacher: Mrs A Burton
  • Deputy Headteacher: Mrs L Taylor


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Mystery Stories

This half term we will be developing our skills in creating suspense and tension through writing mystery stories. We will be using sentence length and vocabulary to change the effect of our writing on the reader and applying all our narrative writing techniques to create an exciting mystery! 


We will be watching a short film called 'Roads End' to inspire us and recreating the strange tale in our own ways. 



Try reading some of these amazing mystery stories to inspire you:

  • I Know What You Did Last Wednesday - Anthony Horowitz  
  • Holes - Louis Sachar
  • Pig Heart Boy - Malorie Blackman
  •  Hacker - Malorie Blackman
  • The Magician’s House Quartet - William Corlett
  • Secret of Platform 13 - Eva Ibbotson
  • Dial a Ghost - Eva Ibbotson
  • The Ghost of Thomas Kempe - Penelope Lively
  • A Stitch in Time - Penelope Lively
  • Goosebumps Series - R. L. Stine
  • Room 13 - Robert Swindells







This week's spelling pattern is looking at nouns that are turned into verbs by adding the suffix 'ate'


1. pollinate

2. captivate

3. activate

4. motivate

5. communicate

6. medicate

7. elasticate

8. hyphenate

9. alienate

10. validate


Bonus words for those on Gold:


11. exaggerate

12. existence




Test date: Friday 22nd March





Bronze - practise spellings 1-8.

Silver - practise spellings 1-10. 

Gold - practise spellings 1-12. 



We will have our spelling test each Friday. 



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It's almost time for The Friends of Sawley Easter Cafe. Join us for a cuppa and a chat – browse the stalls and view the Easter Bake-Off entries – doors open at 1.30pm, Friday 12th April. You are also invited to visit your child's classroom to take part in an Easter craft activity with them. Sawley Easter Bake-Off – Entries should be at least 6 cup cakes, multiple entries are welcome. Please make sure your entry is clearly labelled with your child’s name and class – there is a gift for every entry and a winning prize for each year group.

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