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Read The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman, and imagine your pencil has come to life. Let it dance over coloured and textured papers to explore different kinds of mark making. What happens when you press harder, or hardly press at all? Think of sketching as taking a pencil for a walk, and try drawing from observation in a way that lets the pencil have some fun. Hold the pencil lightly and let it make some interesting marks. Can you draw your own imaginary World? I have listed some books with super imaginary worlds in them, if you haven't read any of them I can strongly recommend all of them (with the exception of Wizard of Oz which I have't actually read, but seen the film many times!) The girl (we are going to call her 'Eve' as this is the eve of you starting the next leg of your journey), is drawn in monochrome to start with (no colour). How do you think she is feeling? What could the conversation be between her mum, dad or sister? Write a piece of dialogue between two characters. Add speech marks and commas. Don't forget to write 'how' the words are being said, and add some narrative between what is being said e.g.

You can grab the whole trio of books here. They also lend themselves nicely to yoga lesson plans and sequences . This ‘visual literacy’ approach to a picture’s content, narrative and composition is an effective way to boost children’s speaking and listening skills and develop their critical abilities, as well as increase their enjoyment of the book. Provide some text on laminated cards and ask the children to match the text to the image. This can be done in pairs if working in school. Make explicit the point that artists and writers often make references to other works of art and cultural influences in their work. Here’s a list of some of the things you might find you might discover more:When a young girl is desperate for some attention from her family but they appear to be too wrapped up in their own lives to notice her, she draws herself into an imaginary land and can get herself out of any predicament with just a few lines drawn from a magical red crayon.

magical door from her bedroom wall, she finds herself transported into enthralling new lands – vividly colourful and alive with adventure. Navigating her way through Ideally, if children have their own copy of the book, allow them to read the book independently at their own pace. Create a video that shows the illustrations in the book and is accompanied by your own narration / speech.She continues to watch the bird, and is startled when it is suddenly captured in a big net! Bird in a cage (Eagle pose)

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