The Power of Reading
During the Spring Term Y5 have been trialling a new approach to English lessons where all learning is centred around a book. This term Mrs Hudson chose "The Journey" by Francesca Sanna.
It is the most incredibly powerful book with many key messages and so far, Y5 are LOVING the story and enjoying the deep analysis of plot, characters, setting and illustrations. Mrs Hudson and Miss Willmitt are immensely proud of the variety and standard of work produced and amazed by the mature and insightful comments and observations children have made during discussions. Although the theme of the book is quite dark and sombre, it is so exciting to see the children so inspired and getting such a buzz from their English lessons!
We have been practicing punctuating a sentence by using our bodies to help up remember which punctuation symbol goes where. We even had mini tournaments to see who was the punctuation King or Queen!
This autumn we have looked at some of the plays of William Shakespeare. We have focussed on "The Tempest" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". We quickly learned the plots to both plays, got past the difficult Shakespearian language, and discovered that the stories were enthralling with captivating characters! We particularly enjoyed studying the characters from "The Tempest" and had lots of fun re-enacting the scene where a drunken Stephano and Trinculo discover the half-man, half-beast Caliban, whilst the mischeivious (and invisible!) sprite Ariel secretly torments Trinculo!
We performed lots of role play activities and practiced reciting lines from different plays using our voices, facial expressions and body gestures in different ways to convey different emotions or characteristics...although some of us sounded Scottish for every emotion!!!
We also produced some amazing character portraits using Shakespeare's descriptions. Finally, we worked really hard to produce a fantastic piece of descriptive writing about a piece of artwork inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream". We studied Sir Joseph Patton's painting very closely and the more we understood the play, the more themes, plot and characters we could see represented in the artwork. Mrs Hudson was thrilled with our final polished writing!