We cannot believe how fast this half term has gone! In Year 4, we have been super busy with our Carnival preparation. From designing tabards and printing on them, making and painting tribal masks and sewing a banner with fabric that has come from Uganda, Africa – it’s been full on!
We have also been lucky enough to bake some banana bread, which we understand to be a popular African dessert.
Here are a few comments from some of us:
“This week I have really enjoyed doing different activities around the African culture. In particular, making the banana bread was really fun.” Zara
“I enjoyed making the tabards the most because printing my design onto the material using acrylic paint was cool to see.” Todun
“The masks are the thing I am most proud of as using the raffia and the beads on my mask really made it come alive. I really like that we have made an actual mask for a carnival.” Clover
“I loved tying the raffia on my mask using the holes; I chose my raffia to go on the side of my mask.” Jack
In English, the children have been very engaged in studying different African fables and thinking about what moral/message the author wants to give the reader. We have been creative in thinking of our own fables. Some of our titles are:
‘Why the flamingo has pink skin’, ‘Why the turtle’s shell is cracked’, ‘How the giraffe got its long neck’, ‘How the cheetah got its name’.
Using story boards, story mapping and boxed-up planning we are now ready to produce our very own fable books with illustrations.