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Focus theme: Up, Up and Away! (Part one)
This is the first of a two week unit defying gravity! Explore poems, stories and movies themed around the air and flying. Find facts and delve into the history of flight. You might possibly end up being blown away!


Watch and enjoy the short film, Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore:


Watch again up to 4:33 mins.


Think about verbs that could describe how the man is moving/flying in the storm and how the

books are flying later on, e.g. twirling, swirling, tumbling.



Use a thesaurus to find synonyms (words with a similar meaning) for your words.

Write these synonyms down.


Create an ‘ing’ poem about flying using some of the verbs you have explored.

Start off by describing what happened to Mr Lessmore at the start of the clip, e.g. how

 he was flying, not through choice and in a dangerous way.

 Next, move on to describing the books flying in the air, e.g. they are

 purposeful and elegant.

Here is an example for you.


Whisked away by the gusts of wind,

Falling, gliding, tumbling, diving.

Trying to catch a hold,

Bumping, reaching, grabbing, plunging.


The elegant books soaring through the sky.

Gliding, drifting, hovering, fluttering.

Waiting for the right person to come along,

Coasting, skimming, floating, cruising.


Write your poem out neatly and decorate it with pictures of flying books around it.