The Promise – drama, reading, writing and on Purple Mash.
Saturday 4th October | 4 comments
‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies has continued to inspire our work this week.
In Guided reading we used the book to think about reading with expression and for an audience. We made sure that we didn’t rush our reading and took breathes when there were full stops or commas. Charlie, Macey, Elizabeth and Nina read together in the Conservation area; sat together in the sunshine in these beautiful and peaceful surroundings seemed a wonderful place to enjoy this book.
At the beginning of the week we thought about the character in the story and children took turns in playing the role of the girl and answering questions from the class. We then worked in pairs, one as a newspaper reporter and the other as the character. Having thought of questions the reporter might ask and the answers the character would give, we used Purple Mash to write our own newspaper articles. Click on the images below to open up the reports.
On Wednesday we were visited by a group of students from Leeds Becketts University who are doing a Creative Writing Module. Three of the students will be working with the children in class, for one session each Wednesday for ten weeks. This week 2F also went over to the South building to take part in a drama led by Mr Wilkinson. It was a really brilliant experience for the children. The drama followed on from the end of the story in ‘The Promise.’ The children met the thief who had stolen the bag at the end of the story, but this time the thief didn’t want to keep the promise and wasn’t going to plant anything. The children had to try and convince the thief that she should keep the promise. In their roles they showed how they could transform various locations, but nothing worked.
Now back in class we have begun to write stories, but this time the thief will be persuaded to keep her promise. Next week we’ll post some of the stories on our blog!