As part of our World Book Day celebrations, we had a Zoom call with Tomos Roberts - 'Tomfoolery' - who used lockdown as an opportunity to create art through his words. We loved hearing about his top tips for writing and where we finds his inspiration. Full of inspiration and motivated to write, we created our own poems in a similar style.
As part of our analysis of our wordless picture book, 'The Arrival', we created six freeze frames to portray our own story of escaping our home. We imagined how the protagonist must have felt on his venture away from the safety and security of his home, only to arrive in a place that was completely alien to him. We enjoyed breaking the freeze frame to act in the shoes of our characters and justify the way they were feeling at significant points throughout the story.
"The drama really helped me empathise with the characters in the book. I enjoyed using the space to think of different backdrops for my freeze frames and using the props and furniture to tell the story." Jacob B
"By creating the freeze frames it really helped me to think about how the characters might be feeling. I liked using facial expressions, props and zooming in with the camera to capture the character's emotions. Doing this activity helped me to properly think about how immigrants feel when they enter our country and cannot speak our language. I think everyone should think about how we treat these people as sometimes they could be escaping terrible things happening in their home like the character in the book." Eoin M
We wrote Christmas cards to spread some festive cheer to our neighbours at Walton Manor. We loved seeing the impact that our writing has on the community.
To continue Year 6's exploration of the completely wordless picture book 'The Arrival', pupils were challenged to use poetry to bring the main character's emotions to life.
Pupils stepped into the shoes of the protagonist and wrote a sonnet to his wife and child, describing his sadness at leaving them behind and longing for them to meet again one day.
In the lead up to our World Book Day Celebrations, every child in the school writes their own 100 word (Lower School) or 200 word (Upper School) story about a topic of their choice. The pupils choose their own style of narrative: sci-fi, adventure, mystery, fantasy: the list goes on... and compose their own narrative being mindful of how to tell a full story in a precise way. After polishing and a few tweaks, these stories are collated and published into a school book, which each child receives on World Book Day.
You can find our books in our school library as well as our local one too: Spellow Library. At Spellow Library, we are the featured authors on display and have performed our stories for the local community to celebrate our fantastic writing.