Literacy through creativity – Key Stage 2

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.