I was blown away by the ideas of the Year 4 pupils in the two schools with whom I was lucky enough to work – three classes at Hobbayne in Ealing and two classes at Whitefriars in Harrow.
Hobbayne were studying the beautifully poetic novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. They did some fantastic drama work, jointly creating giant robots that fell apart and then reassembled themselves in slow motion.
Whitefriars were studying blues music legends as their topic, so we looked at stories within songs and some classic blues numbers. We talked about the unusual names of some of the most famous blues singers, like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and the classes came up with some fantastic names of their own – like Lone Highway Rider and Big Fishy Mama. They also invented titles for their own blues songs, with some great surprises – Sunshine Blues was about the misery of sunshine, because it was sung by…vampires.
Each of the classes managed to create a really amazing ‘extraordinary world’, and they were all wonderfully different from one another. We also had great fun creating the ‘extraordinary words’ that were spoken on each planet. We laughed A LOT.
Ruby Class created the world of Dragontopia, a planet divided in two by an obsidian wall. On the one side, the evil Burringaw (Lava Dragons) live in volcanoes, cracks and caves, warring with the rest of the world by shooting fire and lava from their jaws.
On the other side are the Flosharts (Water Dragons), who are ridden by human beings, and who live in a crystal cave with a glass tree and an ice rollercoaster inside. Living nearby are the Icekring (Snowdragons) who are trying to make peace and who can shoot snowballs out of their jaws that overwhelm you with soft snow and a feeling of peacefulness.
Here are some fantastic pictures the class drew. Note that the first one is of a Flakeflopper (a baby dragon) who is a bit floppy because he hasn’t yet grown a tail.