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In Autumn 2, we will begin by using "Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover" as our stimulus for writing 







A stylishly illustrated non-fiction book about the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity.

Students discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet. Markus Motum's stylish illustrations and diagrams reveal how a robot travelled 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet where no human has ever been.

Author: Markus Motum


This unit explores the themes of exploration and discovery and what it means to be curious. Children will follow the journey of the NASA rover Curiosity as it makes its way to Mars. Children will write labels to explain Curiosity’s features before exploring how to use cohesive devices to expand and explain. They will use the passive voice to log the rover’s landing on Mars and write a short news report to be broadcast to Times Square. Finally, children will draw together their learning to design a new rover and write an expanded explanation to propose it as the future of NASA exploration.




During our writing lessons, we will be focussing on:

Word List Words

communicate, curiosity. environment, existence, system, temperature, vehicle

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Words ending in -able/-ible

Words with ‘silent’ letters



Continue to learn all your spellings from  the Year 5 and 6 Statutory Speling List which can be found here


You can play some games to help you learn them on the sites below:


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St George's Church of England Primary School

Coleman Road, Camberwell, London SE57TF

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