In the last week of last half term the students learnt a lot about an author we studied - Michael Morpurgo. Michael Morpurgo is an English author, poet and playwright who is best known for his children's books such as War Horse. He uses recurring themes of triumph of an outsider, survival against all odds and characters' relationships with animals. He became Britain's third Children's Laureate, from 2003 to 2005.
We read Kensuke's Kingdom, the story of a boy, Michael, from England whose family decide to travel the world for a year by yacht. After an accident at sea Michael finds himself stranded on a deserted island with his dog and an inhabitant of the island, Kensuke. We did dramatisations of our favourite scenes from the book by writing playscripts from the text, directing our parts and rehearsing to make them perfect. We then showed them to the parents who came in on the last day.