At the beginning of term we heard from Mr. McCarthy, our Primary Principal, about the ‘Hook from a Book’ units which brought great excitement and interest amongst our Year 1 to 6 students.
In Year 4 Ms. Ferguson's class (4I) read 'The Great Chocoplot' by Chris Callaghan. It's the story of young Jelly and her family who live in the chocolate factory town of Chompton-on-de-Lyte. They are devastated to hear the announcement of a chocopocalypse (the end of chocolate!) which was predicted by the ancient people of Easter Egg Island!
Engagement with the same text for a whole class has a number of learning benefits. It provides students with a common area and a shared reference from which they can engage in deep learning conversations about so many aspects of writing. Students can become collectively immersed in the story plot and characters and can develop a shared understanding of the features of high quality writing.
In 4I the students worked on a variety of activities related to the book and in English produced some wonderful descriptive writing about the rainforest like the ones shown here. If you click this link you can read more of the students writing and hear several of the students reading their own work too.
The standard is truly amazing especially when you remember that this entire unit was taught during distance learning!
Ms. Ferguson shared the students wonderful work with Chris Callaghan, author of 'The Great Chocoplot', and he sent a fabulous message back for them which you can watch below!
A big thank-you to Chris for taking the time to read and listen to 4I's work and a well done to all our students on completing another great cross curricular unit!
You can read about some of our other cross curricular projects (and see more special messages from authors and celebrities!) on our blog.