In the first week back after half term, we have immersed ourselves in all things Julia Donaldson! The famous author had been in contact to ask if we could choose one of her books to be recommended for the UKLA award. Of course, we accepted this challenge and got to work reading her stories, and, in groups, chose the book we found most engaging.
Once we had done this, we analysed our chosen book, searching for criteria such as ‘powerful adjectives, repetition and rhyme, imagery and illustrations that support the text’. For each different criteria, we found evidence from the text and then gave a score out of 10 for effectiveness.
Next, it was time to start thinking about presenting this information and explaining why our book should be recommended for the UKLA award. In groups, we created a collaborative PowerPoint. We each played a role in feeding back to the rest of the class on both how and why it was engaging and therefore worthy of the UKLA award.
Each group put forward a worthy argument. It was clear they had all successfully identified why each book would engage a reader. What delighted Miss Gaskell even further was the fact that every child was engaged in their learning and motivated by having the opportunity to help Julia Donaldson win such a prestigious award!