Knightlow Rhyming Riot!
We have had a wonderful start to this academic year by focusing on all things poetry. The teachers kicked off the year by competing in a Poetry Slam - demonstrating brilliantly to the children how exciting, engaging and evocative poetry can be.
The challenge was then passed on to the children, who rose brilliantly to the occasion - learning poetry off by heart to perform to their class or the whole school. The children demonstrated expression, intonation and the power of silence and pause. The organised props and costumes too. We were all seriously impressed!
In their classes the children have been learning about a wide range of poets from Michael Rosen to Mya Angelou. They have been analysing poems, learning about features of poetry and have allowed the wonders of WORD POWER and language to seep into their pours.
To top it all off we asked all of our families to talk about poetry, share poetry, read poetry and send in a copy of their favourite family poem. We have produced our very own Knightlow Anthologies to present these.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Our incredible Year 6 class demonstrated powers of imagination and perseverance as they rehearsed and performed A Midsummer Night's Dream to our school community. What talent they have, learning a really challenging script, memorising choreography and staging in order to bring Shakespeare's play to life! Well done Year !
Warwickshire Junior Book Awards 2019
We were thrilled that our Year 5 and 6 Reading Club members were all able to attend the 2019 Warwickshire Library Book Awards at the Warwick Bridge House Theatre. They had the opportunity to listen to the finalist authors: Sylvia Bishop, Hilary Mcay, Nicki Thornton and SE Durrant talk about how they became writers and what inspires them to wrote. They also got to meet the authors too.
To top off a wonderfully enlightening event one of our fantastic Year 5 pupils won the writing competition! We are incredibly proud!
Aaron Becker Trilogy
During 2019 and 2020 we explored the incredible picture books of The Journey, Quest and Return by Aaron Becker as a whole school.
The Journey provided a rich opportunity for immersion in the themes of personal resilience, creativity and relationships. The children prepared for their own journeys, designed their own methods of transport and created their own adventure stories inspired by the story.
During Reverence Week Quest inspired us to make links to the story of Jesus Christ as a refugee as well as making links with the valuable work that the charity Global Care does with refugee families and shack schools. The children also made links between the colours of the 'power' rainbow in the story and moods and feeling that are evoked by colour.
We completed the trilogy with Return - a wonder vehicle for us to reflect on our year's achievements; considering how we have grown and changed as individuals and the wonderful things that we have achieved as a school.
Our whole school exploration of the story 'The Promise' by Nicola Davies led to some incredible work at Knightlow. This beautiful story captures how, hearts, minds and communities can be transformed through care and commitment.
The children have wowed us with their skills of inference and deduction, applying a range of reading skills thoughtfully and producing writing that reflects a deep understanding of the messages within this story. As a school we have explored the importance of community and stewardship of God's creation with every child in school writing their own promises to the world.
A Child of Books
The incredible text, 'A Child of Books' by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston has inspired us to reflect upon books that turned us into readers. We have set all members of The Knightlow family a challenge to use their Building Learning Power of DISTILLING to select one book that made them a 'child of books.'
The illustrations within the text 'A Child of Books' are particularly powerful as they incorporate extracts of 40 children's classic stories, again a brilliant opportunity to encourage us to identify those texts and be motivated to pick them up and read!
The entire school have thoroughly embraced our Roald Dahl Project to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday on September 13th 2016. Each class have taken one Dahl text and worked in a vast variety of ways to bring it to life. Amongst many other things the children have enjoyed getting into character and exploring plot through drama and dance; making music with Warwick University's Brass Society; mixing magical potions in science and trying out the artistic style of Quentin Blake in art lessons.
To top it all off the children in KS2 were whisked off to the West End to watch a production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! It really was the most marvellous masterpiece!
There are so many ways of bringing the subject of English to life and the learning experienced in this whole school project demonstrates just how important we feel active learning through English is!
Books are the most important thing in Morris Lessmore's life. They have given him colour, comfort, wisdom and wonderment. How lucky are we that Morris wants to share his love of stories and books with the children of Knightlow?
The children have been busy fulfilling a task that he set them earlier this term: to plan, design and create a reading space in their very own classrooms that show the world just how much books, stories and reading mean to them. Each class has been so busy and we can't wait to share their creations with you.
Morris has also bestowed upon each class a very special gift...that, to date, they have been given strict instructions to NOT OPEN!! Who knows what could be inside, or the exciting adventures it could trigger!!