Famous illustrator Quentin Blake’s fantasy fantasy world has inspired children at Ramsgate Arts Primary to create their own comic strip.
Year 3 creative kids explored the central text of Blake’s story, The Green Ship, as part of their ongoing literacy studies.
Students recreated the adventure from its main events and learned to use and include captions, speech bubbles – and thought, whisper and shout bubbles – and onomatopoeia.
They also planned and designed their own artwork related to each box on the strip.
Professor Kiki Amin said, “We really loved the story for its sense of discovery and adventure as the main characters find a ship made of trees and shrubs and embark on incredible fantasy adventures.
“It tied in brilliantly with our plant work, so the classroom was filled with books about plants, the plants we grew, and of course our Green Ship related learning.”
Year 3 enthusiastically enjoyed the process of planning, creating, editing, and publishing and especially enjoyed being able to explore and read everyone’s latest pieces to celebrate their learning and efforts.
The staff are so impressed with the imaginative production of all the children that there are plans to create a book of their contributions once the comics are removed from their current display.
Miss Amin added: ‘As a teacher, my favorite part was watching the children begin to actively seek out comics to read at school during the free reading and spot and share the key features they had learned with friends. It’s really amazing to see.
The school principal, Nick Budge, is delighted with the project. He said, “Literacy is an important part of our curriculum. Interactive learning such as the comic strip initiative shows how engaged our children are in their work.
“They really enjoyed understanding the mechanics of this type of storytelling and researching such a talented and inspiring author. Their interpretations and their creativity are excellent.
Sir Quentin Saxby Blake is an English children’s cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and writer. He illustrated more than 300 books, including 18 written by Roald Dahl, which are among his most popular works.