This week we have spent an exciting four days with Mrs Johnston as part of our art and literacy project. This has been linked to our interfaith topic on walls and has taken inspiration from the Oscar Wild children’s tale, The Selfish Giant.
We commenced the week with reading the opening of the story- discovering the lush, captivating garden and drawing our own interpretations of the garden from the descriptions we had read. We went out into the school grounds to discover what wild, lush, blooming plants we had in our surroundings to consolidate our understanding of what this incredible garden looked like.
We continued to read our story and discovered that a group of children would play in the garden each day after school. One day, the owner of the garden, a giant, returned home from a seven year visit to his friend- a Cornish ogre. Furious at finding the children trespassing, he chased them out and proceeded to build a wall around his garden. He erected a sign reading: TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED.” The children were extremely sad, as playing on the road is a poor substitute.
We thought about the story from lots of different character viewpoints. We hot seated the giant to pose some interesting questions to him before imagining how incensed the giant might feel and then writing internal monologues. Mrs Johnston and I were incredible impressed by the standard of some of the writing- Jayden, Alexia and Tia- to name but a few wrote fantastic accounts of their inner feelings. We then flipped to think about how we would feel if we were the children who had just had their favourite place to play in taken from them. We were enraged- and wrote aggrieved letters to the giant telling him just precisely what we thought of his behaviour.
In addition to all of the wonderful writing we have completed, we have also dug our teeth into some fantastic artwork, using a range of medias including observational drawing, illustrations and ‘Revelation’ on the laptops to create our own nature themed artwork…and have enjoyed participating in dance sessions with Miss Allison using the story as a stimulus for our performance.
Next week we have a busy week; continuing our arts project in preparation for the celebration on Friday 28th April (invitations for parents have been sent home this evening). In addition to this, on Wednesday we have an exciting trip to Leeds Carnegie Stadium to take part in a ‘Cricket in the classroom’ workshop- and of course, we have our exciting residential to Herd Farm next weekend!
My learners of the week this week are Jayden and Kariss. They have been brave enough to put themselves in the pit this week in their learning and have made fabulous progress, particularly in their writing. Thankyou- and keep it up!
Have a wonderful weekend and rest up ready for a busy week ahead!
Mrs Culshaw 🙂