We began our Carnival Topic learning about the history of carnival and immersing ourselves in our African Theme with a traditional tale from Africa – Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. We have used this tale to learn about the different parts of a story: the opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending. After working out how the story broke down into these parts, we set about planning our own. So far, we have written our own opening and build up and this week have been looking at how to write a problem effectively. When we have finished studying each part, we are going to write our very own stories.
In order to get ready for our Carnival Parade we have begun the exciting task of making our masks. We started with a pre-cut plain template and have used folded paper to exaggerate the features, to create our own authentic tribal masks. The next step was very sticky indeed as we had to cover our folded paper with papier mache. It took a few attempts to ensure sufficient coverage and a great deal of perseverance was needed. We have also designed our finished masks ready for painting them as soon as they are dry.
We have lots more to make to complete our African Carnival outfits and we look forward to sharing our creative work with you at our parade.
How many of us will you recognise behind our magnificent masks?