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To welcome the children back, and to continue to celebrate World Book Day 2021, all year groups from Reception to Year 6 have used a wordless picture book, “Flood” by Alvaro F. Villa, to inspire their learning this week.
“When a flood threatens to destroy a family’s home, they must leave. What will they return to once the waters recede? This intense, beautiful look at a flood’s effect on a family carries a simple message of hope and recovery.”
The children have spent time exploring the story and writing their own narrative to accompany the illustrations. They have been immersed in a wide range of rich vocabulary and told the story in their own words. They have also written and performed the weather forecast that the family might have seen on the television the night before the flood. The teachers have all been impressed by the standard of speaking and listening and writing that they have seen this week.
During the afternoon, the children have found out about the causes and effects of flooding and they have been working on an art project that will form a display of the book using a range of mediums and skills. Once this has been completed and displayed, we will share pictures with you.
The children have really enjoyed this week:
Reception C –
Sienna: "The person put sandbags around the house"
Eve: "The house was broken because of the water"
Reception J –
Kayla: "I enjoyed it when the house was built again and they were happy"
Leo: "There was a storm and lots of water came in the house"
Harry – “Well I have enjoyed learning about real floods and writing a weather report.”
Ellie – “I think it would be a good idea to pack some toys to play with if there is going to be a flood.”
Eleanor: “It was really fun! I liked learning about floods from around the world. We'd all need to pack our bags if there was a flood!”
Lucas: “I really liked the book. It had no words in it! It was by an author who wasn't English and I liked learning about that.”
Rose: “I have really enjoyed becoming the author of the book. We had to create the story because it is a picture book without any words. I enjoyed using new vocabulary to create the story.”
Luca: “I have enjoyed learning new vocabulary this week which I have used in my own story. I have tried really hard to make my sentences more interesting and exciting.”
Jenson: “We have been learning about the book called 'The Flood'. It is about a family who had to evacuate because their house flooded. They tried to stop the flood with sandbags, but it didn't work.”
Daisy-Mae: “We have been writing about the pictures in the book 'The Flood'. We have been using 2A sentences and lots of new vocabulary.”
Xavi: “I have enjoyed learning new ambitious vocabulary like 'catastrophic' and 'ominous'.”
Alex F: “It has been nice to explore a book without words and just look at the illustrations.”
Dougie S: "I enjoyed being back at school this week and being able to see my friends. I loved the Flood story because it started off all calm and then BANG! A giant, ominous cloud relentlessly came towards them and there was a catastrophic flood. It was really exciting and shocking because the house was broken. I liked learning all the ambitious vocabulary to write our 'Flood' stories."
Mason D: "Well of course I enjoyed being back at school to see all my friends and I liked learning about the story, 'Flood'. I liked doing my weather report and writing my story. I loved all the action in the story and I also liked learning all the new, ambitious vocabulary. Ominous is a great word!"
Thomas: “I liked learning about Flood because I have never really read a book about something that could happen in real life. I usually read fantasy books. This didn’t have any words in it, but it didn’t make a difference because the pictures told the story.”
Maisie: “I liked the book because it taught me new words that I didn’t know, like relentless and ominous. I didn’t know that there were books without words and just pictures. I would like to use another wordless book to learn from.”
Paige: "I enjoyed the artwork based on Flood. I also enjoyed the story."
Caitlin: "I enjoyed creating a weather report based on the picture book."
Phoebe: “I really enjoyed drawing my own pictures and writing sentences about the book Flood. I liked the way the author drew the picture of the water in the house.”
Callum: “I enjoyed watching the weather forecast and then writing my own weather report to warn the family in the book that a storm was coming.”
The children have throughly enjoyed their learning, they have been truly inspired and produced some amazing work across the curriculum. We hope that this continues!
Well done everyone!