Heathrow Primary School, Harmondsworth Lane, Sipson, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 0JQ
During our ‘Take One Animation’ Creative Curriculum Week we looked at the animation ‘Toy Story’. The children had lots of fun watching the animation and then dressing up as a some of the characters to act out a scene. The children used the photos of this scene to create a comic strip by writing a speech bubble for their character. We had a fantastic time making ‘Potatohead’s’ using real potatoes, fruit and vegetables. They used their fine motor skills to push cocktail sticks into potatoes and push the vegetables onto them in the correct place to make a face and add arms and legs. They also enjoyed making ‘Forky’ and a new character ‘Spooney’ independently. The added eyes, nose, mouth and arms using a variety of materials. We did a survey of our favourite character and used this to make a class bar chart. The children then made their own bar charts in small groups. The children created obstacle courses for the toy soldier in their independent play. They were delighted to play the game ‘Andy is Coming!’ in which they were the toys moving around, and had to act as plastic toys, falling to the floor when the teachers shouted “Andy is Coming!”
As writers, we have created our own stories with a beginning, middle and end. We learnt about meeting the character and describing the setting in beginning, having a problem in the middle and finding the solution at the end of the story. We made our own vegetable soup when learning about the ‘Enormous Turnip,’ and then wrote the recipe to share it with others. We have looked at the features of non-fiction books this term when learning about plants and mini-beasts. The children have labelled parts of plants and written about function of each part. Each child planted their own beans and then wrote instructions for others to be able to do the same. We have been focusing on improving our writing stamina this term and being able to independently ‘hold a sentence.’ We have been ensuring that we are consistently using our ‘Fred Fingers’ to sounds out and using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our writing.