Information for teachers
Key Stage: Key Stage 2
Subject(s): Literacy, IT and Art
Estimated time: 2–3 hours spread over a week, to allow time for photography and printing.
Aim: To create a story based on the premise that the protagonists are all tiny.
Children would draw a storyboard using source material as inspiration. Initially thinking about what the challenges of being very small would be and where the story could take place. This story would then be photographically or hand illustrated by creating a small cut-out version of each child between 5cm and 10cm high (depending on age and manual dexterity). The figures could then be photographed or drawn in different locations/situations. The photographs or drawings could then be glued into a book with an accompanying narrative.
If children are finding it hard to come up with stories, the photography or drawing could be done earlier. Ask children to imagine what it’s like to be tiny, then pose looking up, being scared, running. Use the cut-out images to storyboard different situations, which can then be woven into a narrative.
Learning objectives: Story boarding to map out a visual narrative. Becoming familiar with a combination of analogue and digital technology. Collaboration. Planning ahead.
Teacher involvement: Photographing and printing out images of each child, possibly in more than one in different pose, is time consuming. This could be done in a staggered fashion as the children come up with their story.
- Original artwork by Diana Stanley for 'The Borrowers' series by Mary Norton. Images: No known copyright.
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- Artworks for The Smartest Giant in Town © 2002 Axel Scheffler. Story text by Julia Donaldson. Except as otherwise permitted by your national copyright laws this material may not be copied or distributed further.
- Queen Mary's Doll's House. Images: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
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