This term our unit of inquiry is ‘Stories can take on different forms and be told in many ways’. We will be following different lines of inquiry to help us discover:
- Where can stories be found?
- How do we express ourselves through stories?
- How do stories have different meanings for different people?
Our unit of inquiry will lead onto learning about the life of Aborigines and how their art tells a story about their past. We will be finding out about their lives and will compare the techniques they have used to other artists who have used similar styles. We are going to study David Hockney and will create our own paintings inspired by his work. These paintings will tell the story of a traditional tale which will link with our learning in English. Additionally, we will learn to tell stories in a variety of different ways, including through dance, drama and music. In music, we will explore and play a variety of tuned and untuned instruments in order to express ourselves and stories.
In English this term we will be learning about and retelling a range of alternative traditional tales. We will begin the term by using the original story of The Three Little Pigs to identify the features of a traditional tale. We will then look at alternative versions of this tale including ‘The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig’ by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury, using this to plan and re-write our own alternative version of The Three Little Pigs. We will compare similarities and differences between the original story and Little Red Riding Hood, and the children will also adapt the story of Little Red Riding Hood to follow the same structure, but using different characters and settings. When creating our own traditional tales, we will explore how to vary our sentence openers using ‘ly’ starters (i.e. usually, eventually) and will use relative clauses (who/which) to create complex sentences (i.e. Little Red Riding Hood, who lived with her mother, had brown hair).