The students have been really enjoying watching the short animation film ‘A Grand Day Out’ to help build their reading skills of making predictions, comprehension and retelling a story. Many of the children had not seen the animation before and because the film has very little dialogue they really needed to concentrate on the pictures telling the story. This is one of the key reading strategies that we have been focusing on so that the students use all the information in the pictures to gain as much comprehension of a text before they begin to read.
We used a flip camera to record some of their predictions based on the title of the story about what they thought was going to happen. We think a couple of them might have seen this story before!
Building on this initial stimulus we are now using the film to explore the different settings of the story and the characters. The students have drawn and written about their favourite setting from the story. We think they have produced some really great pictures of the settings in the story and have used their writing skills to produce a short caption for their pictures. Awesome work Preps.
Have a watch of this clip from the film and discuss the setting and what has happened with your child. You could help your child to add a comment to the blog. What is your favourite part of the film, which character do you like best and why?