The children in year 5 have completed activities to introduce the new English text, ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell. To begin the unit of work, the children made predictions about the book based on different versions of the front cover. After reading the blurb, they then amended their predictions. Many predictions were very plausible and the children were keen to find out what the novel will be about. In order to infer the character’s emotions, the children have been using quotes from the book. There has been a great deal of discussion about the positive and negative attributes of each of the four missing children.