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