This week we began our unit of work on the book ‘Cinnamon’ by Neil Gaimon:
“In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. So they offer a reward to anyone who can teach Cinnamon to speak. People travel from far and wide to attempt it, but nothing works. Until a mighty tiger, huge and fierce, prowls into their palace and announces that he is here to teach the girl-cub to talk”.
Children explored the themes of pain, fear and love through the story. They then looked at a range of images showing ‘life in India’ to find out whether everyone lives like Cinnamon. Children made comparisons to living in a palace versus living in the slums.
Following on from our visit to India last week and our food tasting activity, children voted for their favourite Indian dish. They collected the responses from every child in Year 2 on a tally chart and then created a bar graph using this data. Children used different scales (counting in 1’s or 2’s) and learnt to label the X and Y axis (see photos).