Literacy through creativity – Key Stage 2
The Iron Giant – Ted Hughes
Visual arts > Junk sculpture – create 3D giant from recycled objects.
Dance & movement > Create a movement piece with characters from the book eg. Aliens/iron giants/ humans.
Music > Investigate Sound Art – using music technology, create robotic/alien soundscapes.
Creative writing > Looking at language – write a script – teaching a giant to talk, create their own scene.
How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
Visual arts > Clay workshop – 3D moulding of dragons and characters.
Dance & movement > Dance off -make up a dance piece that characterises both Vikings and Dragons to be split performed.
Music > Working with a lyricist and using the sound from the film as inspiration, create a class song about how the children would train a dragon.
Creative writing > Using the characters Hiccup and toothless, create a story or poem about a brand-new adventure.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Visual arts > Screen printing – 2 layer prints of the iconic images from the story.
Dance & movement > Re-creating important scenes from the book, children will learn about different styles of dance.
Music > In small groups, children will work on creating songs about each of the characters to be performed to the rest of the class.
Creative writing > Children will use inspiration from the drama session to create their own weird and wonderful magical land, with themselves as the protagonist.
The Jabberwocky – Lewis Carroll
Visual arts > 3D sculpture – create a giant Jabberwocky to go on display in the classroom.
Dance & movement > Create a dance piece using the Jabberwocky beast movements.
Music > Percussion workshop to reflect the sounds the words create in the poem.
Creative writing > Create a class poem about an imaginary beast, explore dialect and accents and nonsensical words.
The BFG – Roald Dahl
Visual arts > Dream pictures – create a dream picture using playful illustration, painting and collage.
Dance & movement > Giants, Dreams & Nightmares – devise dance pieces that explore these themes.
Music > Dreamscapes / nightmarescapes – using a range of instruments and some digital technology children will create both soundscapes.
Creative writing > Write their own dictionary of words, look at nonsensical words made up by Dahl so children can create their own for everyday objects.
Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo
Visual arts > Screen printing – colourful WW1 posters, 2 or 3 layer prints.
Dance & movement > Explore early 20th Century dance styles that were popular at the time, how do they differ from modern styles?
Music > Investigate the different sections of the book – how music can be used to conjure different emotions, re-create using instruments.
Creative writing > How do writers evoke sympathy? Children will use characterisations to write a persuasive piece about what it would be like to grow up during WW1.