English: Year 6 Write ‘Flour Baby’ Diaries


My Year 6 English set have been studying the text "Flour Babies" by Anne Fine for this term's core text.

The plot focuses on the annual school science fair when Mr Cartwright's class don't get to work in the Soap Factory or the Maggot Farm or in making Exploding Custard Tins; instead, to their intense disgust, they get the Flour Babies - sweet little six-pound bags of flour that must be cared for at all times!


During the half term holiday, the class were given their very own flour babies to take home, care for and take on adventures. 


Each child designed their own "baby" with the project requiring them to write five diary entries during the two week period focusing on a different writing techniques for each one. These included the use of simile, metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia and using a variety of simple, compound and complex sentences.


The Year 6 children exceeded expectations and some went even further to embrace the challenge. Clothing was designed, accessories developed and - from photographic evidence - the children and their babies took on a whole host of adventures and experiences during their holidays.


From dentist visits to the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppies at The Tower of London, from Los Angeles to the Dorset Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Bede's Flour Babies went on quite a dazzling array of escapades.


As the children now continue to read the next part of the story, they should be able to show greater empathy for the characters in the book as they now have first-hand experience of the highs, lows, excitement and burdens of caring for a flour baby!


Learn more about the English department at Bede's Prep School >