Greys Class from Peppard Primary School recently won a national competition to have author James Mayhew spend World Book Day in their school.
The children were asked to create a piece of art work based on the Katie books which Mr Mayhew writes and illustrates. Greys Class made a short film entitled Katie’s Adventures in Greys Class Art Gallery which incorporated all aspects of their learning including, French, Literacy, Art and Dance. Mr Mayhew wrote on his website that, ‘Everyone was bowled over by the enchanting film you made, and also by the letters you sent in. It is wonderfully heartening to see such engagement and creativity.’ Archie Croft said, ‘We were really surprised that we won, but we had so much fun making the film, it was so cool that we had a giant picture frame in our classroom.’
During his visit Mr Mayhew spent time in each class telling stories and illustrating them as he spoke. During his time in Greys Class he unravelled an enormous piece of paper. He asked the children to choose two of their favourite paintings from the Katie books – they choose The Bathers by Seurat and Waterlily Pond by Monet. He then proceeded to sketch out a faint outline of the two paintings using pastels. Lily Jelowitz said, ‘This was my favourite part of the day because one part was a water lily pond and the other half was the bathers. We hung it on the ceiling in our classroom.’
You can see the winning film on: http://www.peppardprimary.co.uk/category/year1and2/
By Darcey Smith, Junior Peppard News Editor