Dragons!

This half of term with the 6-7 year olds we have been focusing on dragons. There were a few different stages to our work that is now culminating in some lovely writing: 

  1. We read some books about dragons together and talked about them (George and the Dragon, The Egg, Show me a Dragon, The Dragon Machine), roughly one a week
  2. We modelled dragons out of clay and painted them
  3. We made houses for our dragons 
  4. We wrote letters to our dragons to ask them to come back when they disappeared
  5. We talked a lot about how we met our dragons; why they went missing; how we got them back. We then made this into a story.
  6. We will edit and finish off our stories next week…

Here are some photos of the students’ hard work!

Choose Your Own Adventure Stories, November-December 2017

This half of term term we have been looking at quests where the reader gets to choose their own adventure (the stories have multiple endings based on choices the reader makes throughout the stories). 

For inspiration, we read a wide range of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ (CYOA) stories across the classes, as well as quest stories. Stories that we read include The Super Happy Magic Forest, Matty Long (all ages); Quest, Aaron Becker (all ages); the iHero books (9 years +); Meanwhile, Jason Shiga (all ages); Your Very Own Robot (R A Montgomery) (6-8 year olds). We also watched some short animated films on the theme of quests and learning: First Flight / Adventures Are The Pits and Soar. We talked a lot about what characters learn in the different stories. 

Alongside the reading, we started writing a very short practice ‘choose your own adventure’ story on cards, either based on the films or the books we had been reading.

We chose places where we wanted to base our own CYOA story, collecting pictures from magazines / newspaper cuttings / real life photographs, etc. We then made artwork of our story worlds in different styles of papier mache boxes, imagining ourselves jumping into them and what we could see / taste / hear / smell / touch in those worlds. We started our longer stories last week, which will be finished over Christmas at home. Here are some of the lovely results: 

Castles, September-October 2017

It’s been a great start to the school year. We have been inventing our own castles this term,  inspired by Colin Thompson’s book ‘Castles’. I have been amazed by the quantity and quality of ideas produced across the different groups I teach. We are now moving onto writing our quest stories (where the castles will obviously feature!). The castles are here:

 

 

The start of the quest stories are here:

 

 

Beautiful Underground Worlds, 23-25 August 2017

It’s the end of my summer classes for another year! I’ve had a lovely summer with such creative children. This week we were Under the Ground! These were the stages to our work:

1. Read and discuss The Street Beneath My Feet by Yuval Zommer
2. Make collaborative murals of underground worlds and start on our individual worlds
3. 
Gather things from home that could fit into our worlds
4. Read and discuss The Something by Rebecca Cobb and pictures of huge pits, holes etc.
5. Write personification poetry imagining we ARE the worlds 
6 Write stories for our worlds

 

Lovely work from Fantastical Creatures! 9-11 August 2017

Just had an amazing 3 days doing art and creative writing with the theme of Fantastical Creatures. Here is a snapshot of the lovely work below. Our 3 stages were:

  1. Create our fantastical creatures and their home, the “Wonder Garden” (inspired by Jenny Broom)
  2. Write simile poems for our creatures 
  3. Create word maps for the garden and write stories

Sock Monsters!

I don’t usually do children’s birthday parties as I teach regular classes every weekend, but as an exception I had the pleasure of doing one yesterday. We made sock monsters!

I have got a bit carried away myself making quite a few of these lovely puppets. They are so easy to make and really versatile for games and creative activities.

Puppets and role-play is also so helpful for story-building – a lot of potential here!