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ST Sesison 2

Today we dicussed the 'setting' of the story  and familiarised with the location of the story, the Scilly Isles.

Literacy focus:

The children brainstormed descriptive words using some images of the Scilly Isles found on Flickr.  This was valuable work in itself (developing an extended vocabulary) but it's also important in the context of how Michael Morpurgo creates and uses 'imagery' of the Islands and the weather to mirror moods, feelings and themes in the narrative.

We looked at images that contrasted the peaceful, calm images of the Scilly Isles found on postcard-type images, with the dramatic images of rough seas, crashing waves, and howling winds that lash the Islands regularly.

Discussion of the story continued as we  used a story plot schema (built in Kodu) to discuss the overall plot structure of the story they had all eagerly read and enjoyed.

Kodu focus:
The pupils honed their 'landscaping' skills as they built and sculptured 'islands' .

We are even aiming to model the Scilly Islands - see image - so that the children can label and anotate this map as a final assessment activity of their understanding of key events, themes  and locations in the story.

The children were introduced to a few new Kodu concepts today as we tried to construct a key scene from the book - when Laura saves the turtle by guiding it back to the sea.

  • When <see me nearby> Do <move towards>
    This was used to get the turtle object to follow the pupil's character object (wisp or whatever) down to the sea.

  • When <over water type ~ clear water> Do <follow path~ white>
    To represent how the turtle, when it reaches the water, swims of happily.
It's great to see the work away from the computer tie in so strongly with the use of Kodu and what this creative enviroment affords. The way the pupils enhance their appreciation of the story and develop key thinking and problem solving skills required to use Kodu is very powerful! Love it, love it, love it :o)