Katie and the Sunflowers

Age Range: 5 - 11

Katie tries to pick the sunflower seeds from the Vincent Van Gogh painting, but when the vase tips over, the flowers go everywhere. Mimi, a little girl from a painting nearby, comes to help Katie, but when Mimi's dog Zazou comes too disaster follows!


Book Author: James Mayhew

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • Katie describes the sunflowers as 'dry and crunchy'. What other words can you use to describe them? Could you use a thesaurus to find some more?
  • Choose a famous painting and write your own story about the people / objects that can be seen inside it.
  • Imagine that the people in a painting could come to life. What might they say? Can you think of speech / thought bubbles for famous paintings?
  • Write your own story about a character who can go 'inside' famous pictures. What might happen to them?
  • Use the speech in the story to turn it into a playscript. Could you perform the play to an audience?
  • Imagine that you are sitting on one of the seats in 'Cafe Terrace at Night'. Write a description of what you can see / hear / smell.
  • Turn the story into a diary entry from Katie's point of view. How would she feel about her adventure?
  • Use the information in the back of the book to write a biography about Van Gogh or one of the other painters.
  • Can you find out about another artist not mentioned in the book and write a biography about them?
  • There are lots of books in this series. Could you write a new story about an adventure that Katie might have?

Maths

  • Make a list of things that you might buy with the treasure that Katie finds. How much do each of the items cost?

 

Science

  • Write a set of instructions to teach people how to grow sunflowers.
  • Plan and carry out an experiment to find out the best conditions for a sunflower to grow in.

Computing

  • Use painting software to try and recreate one of Van Gogh's paintings.
  • Paint a sunflower picture using the template?(see Resources below).

Design Technology

  • Design a new frame for one of your own paintings.

Art

  • Draw your own picture of some sunflowers by looking at real ones or some photos?(see Resources below).
  • Look at different works of art by Van Gogh. Which is your favourite? Could you try to recreate some of them?
  • Think about the colours used in Van Gogh's work. Could you use similar colours in your own art?
  • Van Gogh used big brush strokes in his paintings. Can you try a similar technique for your own work?
  • Look at the use of perspective in 'Cafe Terrace at Night'. Can you try to create your own picture of a scene using perspective.
  • Draw your own still picture of apples, oranges and other fruit.
  • Make a storyboard showing the main events of the story.
  • Colour a sunflower picture?(see Resources below).

Music

  • Compose a piece of music that might be playing at the 'Cafe Terrace at Night'

Geography

  • Look on a map and find the locations of any galleries near to you. Could you visit one of them?
  • Design your own gallery and draw a map of it. What famous works of art would you include in it?

History

  • Make a timeline and label it to show when the different artists were alive.

Languages

  • Can you find any foreign words in the story. What do they mean?

Downloads:

Sunflower Colouring Page

Sunflower Colouring Page

Print and colour this sunflower picture!

Sunflower Image

Sunflower Image

Decorate this sunflower image on screen using a painting program.

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