Sunday, April 14, 2024
The Great Storm Whale

The Great Storm Whale

by Mark Warner
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As a fearsome storm blows around Noi’s house, his grandma tells of an unforgettable friendship between a little girl and a whale, many storms ago. But as she finishes her tale of perseverance and new beginnings, Noi soon realises it’s part of their own story, too.

English:

  • Read the other books in the Storm Whale series. Which is your favourite (and why)?
  • Retell the story from Noi’s point of view.
  • Make a character profile for Noi or his grandma.
  • Think of some words and phrases to describe a storm.
  • Look through the book and find some words that may be unfamiliar to you. Can you find out their meaning?
  • Make a shape poem about a whale inside a picture of one.
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles to accompany the illustrations.
  • Change some of the direct speech into reported speech.
  • Write a new story about Noi and his whale. What other adventures could they have?

Science:

  • Write a report about whales. Where do they live? How are they adapted to living there? What do they eat?

Computing:

  • Design a game in which a whale has to collect objects that belonged to Noi’s grandma.

Design Technology:

  • Create some puppets that could be used to retell this story. Watch this trailer for ‘The Storm Whale’ theatre adaptation for some ideas:

  • Make a model of a new house for the little girl to live in.

Art:

  • Design a front cover for the story that Grandma tells Noi.
  • Create a storyboard which retells the main events of Grandma’s story.
  • Create your own pictures or paintings of whales.
  • Follow this video to draw Noi:

Music:

  • Noi has a ‘Whalesong for Meditation’ record in his house. Could you listen to some whale sounds? How do they make you feel?
  • The people on the lightship sang songs to pass the time. Can you sing some sea shanties together? Here is one example.
  • Compose a melody that the little girl could play to the whale on her flute.
  • Noi is given a wooden flute by his grandma. Can you design a new musical instrument? How might it be played?

Geography:

  • Make a list of different types of weather. Can you write descriptions (or draw pictures) of each type?
  • Write a report about storms. What are they? How (and why) do they form? How do they affect daily life?

History:

  • Make a timeline that shows the events in the story. Can you put them in the correct order?

Physical Education:

  • Plan, rehearse and perform a dance to accompany some whale song.

PSHE:

  • The whales help the little girl by returning her things after the storm. How might she say thank you to them? Why is it important to thank those who have helped us?

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