Soaring into Words

Prowling in Time At School

Course Outline

The school can select one or up to four students to participate in this course.

CatStudents do not need external assessments to participate in Born to Soar courses. We ask that you read the course descriptions carefully to determine that the required skill level is appropriate for your students. 

The ‘Prowling in Time’ Course is for cat lovers of all types and also for those who may never have understood the ‘undeniable’ allure of befriending a cat. The participants who love to write and to read stories written by authors from long past, and also from authors still living amongst us, will find this course to their licking, sorry to their liking. When the cat has not got their tongues the students will share their own writing based on the ideas and styles of writers such as C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, Lewis Carroll and David Michie. Padding through literary techniques will keep the students' writing purring along, while they hunt for the pleasure of words; it may allow them to ‘grab the cat by the tail’, figuratively speaking of course. Though the authors in our case studies will be those inspired by the feline influence, cats will not need to be the focus of the students writing. Creative choice abounds while prowling for inspiration. The students will design the parameters that will enable each one to be the cat who swallowed the cream and to become the true guardians of their own literary growth; the leader of the pride.

“Do you hear the snow against the window-panes, Kitty? How nice and soft it sounds! Just as if someone was kissing the window all over outside. I wonder if the snow LOVES the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?” C.S. Lewis

It will be necessary at times for the students to complete tasks away from the computer and the virtual classroom. The students will need to have a notebook and writing materials for their ongoing work associated with this course.

Student pre-requisites skills required to join this classroom:

  • advanced literacy skills well above their year level

This course has been undertaken successfully by highly able students in Years 2 and 3

 Parents please note:

  • an adult supervisor needs to be on hand during virtual classes
  • students’ work will need to be uploaded to their personal cloud folder

  Teachers please note:

  • an adult supervisor should be allocated to virtual classroom times
  • students’ work will need to be uploaded to their personal cloud folder


Australian Curriculum English Descriptions

The specific English skills that are targeted in this course are:

Year 5 / Language / Expressing and developing ideas

  • Understand the use of vocabulary to express greater precision of meaning, and know that words can have different meanings in different contexts


Year 5 / Literature / Creating literature

  • Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors


Year 5 / Literacy / Creating texts

  • Reread and edit student's own and others’ work using agreed criteria for text structures and language features




Four week course meeting in class once a week. The school can select one or up to four students to participate in this course.

Per School


Important Notes

Writers look for inspiration in the world around them and many great authors found that spark of light while pussyfooting around. The ‘Prowling in Time’ Course explores the work of famous writers who have enjoyed the company of a feline friend; who may appear in the story or who may not. Only the cat would know! As T.S Eliot told us, “The naming of Cats is a difficult matter it isn’t one of your holiday games. You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter when I tell you a cat must have three different names.” The ‘Prowling in Time’ Course is designed for highly able students in Years 2 and 3 and explores the Year 5 Australian Curriculum English Strands.

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