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This week in English, we have been writing ‘howlers’. In the wizarding world of Harry Potter, a ‘howler’ is a letter that is enchanted to angrily deliver a message – much to the embarrassment of the recipient! You may remember Ron receiving one from his mother after stealing the flying car.


We thought about the little things in life that sometimes get us a bit cross, and learnt about using hyperbole for comic effect – exaggerating how annoyed we are or how extreme these little problems are, to make our letters funnier. Our punctuation focus recently has been using colons to introduce a variety of different sentence structures. The children have been trying to include these in their letters, as well as using relative clauses to add extra detail totheir noun phrases.

To finish the letters off, we also used some DT skills to construct the howlers, with the final draft of the letter inside. These are now hanging on display in the classroom.

Maddie’s howler, addressed to her brother, accusing him of the heinous crime of eating both Kit Kat fingers at the same time.

Joe vented his frustration at the lack of hot water for his post-football match shower.

The weatherman was Joseph’s target. His crime: casing inclement weather that interrupts his satellite signal.


This week, we have been taking inspiration from the wizarding sweet shop, ‘Honeydukes’: famous for ‘Chocolate Frogs’, ‘Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and everyone’s favourite – ‘Puking Pastilles’. After reading extracts from the book, and getting their hands on some of the Honeydukes sweet boxes, we studied the use of different 3D shapes in product packaging and revised our knowledge of nets, before learning to draw shapes in 3D using isometric paper. The children, after thinking about what magical powers they would like their sweets to possess, designed their packaging and built nets using the computers. They constructed their prototypes and will be adding the visual aspects of their sweet boxes next week.

Caleb’s fantastic design for his ‘Climbing Fudge’ product packaging, which combines a cuboid with square-based pyramids.

Pippa’s design, featuring a cube and a semi-spherical lid


On Friday, the class visited Harry Potter studios in Leavesden as an exciting kick-start to our ‘Harry Potter’ topic for this term. After reading the first book as part of their summer homework, the  children then had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the wizarding world. They explored the sets, including the awe-inspiring Great Hall, interacted with the props (in case you were wondering, the amount of Year 5s you can fit in a blue Ford Anglia is n+1) and learnt about how J.K. Rowling was inspired to create the universe we all fell in love with.


This trip, along with the Harry Potter books, supplementary texts (such as ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and ‘The Tales of Beadle the Bard’) and, of course, the Hollywood films, will form the inspiration for our writing this term, as well as much of our topic work.




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Jan 2018