Thinking Through Texts

‘Thinking Through Texts’ is a session which the children participate in fortnightly on their ‘CAT Day’ (Creative Arts Day). Each half term, the children are immersed in a high quality text which they explore in depth. The high-quality fiction and non-fiction texts relate to the children’s learning in class. The children produce a creative response to the texts, often linked to one of the arts. Take a look at some of the work we have produced in the scrapbook in the office, on display around the school or in this collection of images.      

Last half term, the children explored the following texts:

  • ​Year 1 explored the way a tree changes throughout the seasons and compared deciduous and evergreen trees using Tree ​by Britta Teckentrup and Little Christmas Tree by Ruth Symons. 
  • Year 2 ​explored different celebrations through the eyes of Plop the baby barn owl in Jill Tomlinson’s The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark and created some fantastic firework paintings using a watercolour wax-resist technique.
  • Year 3 created their own Wild Things based on the illustrations from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
  • Year 4 explored the theme of transforming an urban area using Nicola Davies’ modern-day fable The Promise. ​They compared Laura Carlin’s illustrations with cityscapes by L.S. Lowry and used charcoal, chalk and collage to create their own transformed cityscapes.
  • Year 5 used Charlotte Guillaine’s The Skies Above My Eyes to support their Science learning on space. They explored the interesting way this non-fiction text is organised, beginning at ground level and extending up to our galaxy and beyond and had a go at making their own space themed flip-up fact books.
  • Year 6 ​explored the way that fear and predjudice towards an outsider can spread in Armin Greder’s powerful picture book The Island. They took photographs in role as the islanders and used charcoal-transfer and various shading techniques to create dramatic portraits.


A further example of the children’s work can be seen here.