Wednesday, 8 March 2017

World Book Day in Year 6

On Thursday 2nd March, there were a wide variety of wonderful book characters wandering around in Year 6. The fantastic costumes ranged from Gangsta Grannies (from David Walliam’s novel ‘Gangsta Granny’) to The Queen of Hearts (from Lewis Carol’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’) to Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling’s fictional author of ‘Dangerous Beasts and Where to Find Them’). J. K. Rowling’s characters were particularly popular, so much so that the year 6 classrooms looked more like Hogwarts than Chilcote! Staff from year 6 came dressed as characters from the year group novel ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’.

One activity from the day involved the children learning a poem off by heart. As Year 6 have recently been researching and writing about animal rights in English lessons, they learnt ‘Blake’s Tiger Revisited’ which is a poem about how tigers in captivity gradually lose their colour. The poet took inspiration from William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’ and the children had the opportunity to compare the two poems.

Once they had performed their memorised poems, the pupils had the chance to take part in a poetry workshop with a visiting young poet called Jess. After listening to some of her originals and playing rhyming games, the children wrote their own poem entitled ‘I came from…’ which they shared with one another.

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