I had a great time with a Y4/5 class and their teacher this week working on a Stories from Other Cultures unit. Our chosen film was The Tortoises’ Idea from BFI Story Shorts 2.
This animation is based on a Nigerian creation myth, published in ‘The Orchard Book of Creation Myths’, edited by Margaret Mayo and Louise Brierley. Our aim was to use the C and S (Camera-Character-Colour-Setting-Story-Sound) technique to talk about a story from another culture. We combined this idea with the ‘jigsaw’ technique for speaking and listening (I tried to post a link to these materials but at the time of writing, no links on the Primary Strategy site will work – useful!). The outcome for each of the home groups was a C and S poster which interpreted the story.
In the afternoon, we split into two groups with the teacher leading ICT research about Nigeria using netbooks and myself leading drama sessions where we ‘hot-seated’ the characters from the story and then concluded with ‘conscience alley’ to deepen understanding of the characters.
It was a good, but demanding, day based upon ‘boy friendly’ activities including visual texts, Speaking and Listening, group work, drama, ICT … and colouring – or should that be coulering?
And best of all, they didn’t even realise they were writing.