We have kicked off this academic year with a whole school exploration of the story 'The Promise' by Nicola Davies. 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!!