Due to the visit of the Beast from the East and the Academy closure, we celebrated World Book Day a little later this year. On Monday 19th March 2018, pupils from a number of local primary schools including Ainthorpe, Christopher Pickering, Wold, Acre Heads, Penshurst and Francis Askew joined the Academy in a cross-curricular event.Year 5 pupils enjoyed working with staff from different departments to develop their own short story.
At the start of the day, pupils were divided into groups and allocated team names based on famous novels such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. Students firstly warmed-up with a quiz which involved naming a range of book titles given an image of part of the cover. The winning team scored an impressive 22/23, putting Mr Little from English to shame and scooping he chocolatey prize! Following this, pupils worked on developing the plot for their individual story by planning using a story mountain with the Miss Ballantyne and Mr Little from the English department. Miss Quillin from the CAPA department then got the pupils on their feet to develop their leading characters and speech. Pupils used the drama technique of hot seating to do this. This involved taking on the persona of their leading character to answer questions from their peers. Pupils also improvised to develop dialogue to employ in their story. Finally, Mrs Morris delivered a Quentin Blake inspired lesson on illustrations. Pupils drafted out several ideas before developing a chosen illustration to appear on the cover of their work.
Pupils all took home a book to read each complimentary of the Academy as well as a certificate. Pupils now must work on their short story at home and return it to the Academy by Friday 13th April to be in with a chance of winning a Kindle or a collection of David Walliam’s books. Miss Shaw and Mr Gordon look forward to seeing some of the fantastic work produced and expect they will have to make a tough decision as there was a lot of talent there on the day!
Special thank you to all of the staff involved and the year 10 art leaders arranged by Miss Morris who acted as excellent ambassadors for the Academy throughout the day:
Alisha Wilson Bean