A 3-page document containing four cross-curricular classroom activities inspired by James and the Giant Peach
1. You’ve got a friend
The children consider James’ friendlessness, and empathise with his predicament through an exercise in which they spend break time away from their usual friendship groups. They then share how it felt to do so, and consider what their friends have previously done for them, and what it means to be a true friend to others.
2. Flying fruit
A physics activity that uses the giant peach’s journey across the Atlantic via seagull-assisted air travel as a starting point, the children think of ways to raise a representative ball of cotton wool from the surface of a table.
3. Dream homes
The children call to mind other stories featuring characters living in unusually oversized objects; they then use their imagination to come up with other objects that could serve as homes or modes of transport when enlarged, listing their advantages and disadvantages.
4. Comparing great characters
Children compare and contrast characters from different books, focusing on their personalities; this can then be extended into looking at how each character overcomes their personal difficulties, and whether this can be applied to to our own lives.
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