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Singleton C of E Primary School
We visited Singleton C of E Primary School in West Sussex and read Carlos the Chameleon to classes Reception, 1 and 2. We also spoke to the children in Years 5 and 6 about why they think the book would help younger students, and asked them to put their own spin on the story.
Reception & Year 1
We read the book together, then asked the children to colour in pictures of Carlos, thinking about why they chose the colours that they did. Click on the images below to view larger versions, and download the PDF here.
After reading the story as a group, the children were asked to write a blurb for the back of the book that would tell people why they should read it. Here’s an overview from the Year 2 teacher:
“The Year 2 children listened to the story and, as this was a first read, we recapped the text to develop ‘book talk’. The children had some super ideas for a blurb which they shared in a small group and would have been an excellent English writing opportunity.
“We then used the text to discuss PSHCE issues, with the Year 2s quickly picking up on the reasons why Carlos wanted to change. I was impressed with how quickly the children were able to make links with their own situations, displaying a sensitive and mature understanding of why we sometimes feel we should change to fit in with others.
“The book was colourful and well-illustrated and obviously made an impression on the children as they have referred to ‘Carlos’ many times since during our topic work on ‘Animals’. Initially I thought the PSHCE theme would work better with older children but, working alongside an adult, I was impressed with the quality of the conversations of the Year 2 children – all still 6 years of age.
“I think Carlos the Chameleon appeals to young children because of the colours and illustrations but the depth of text stretches older pupils providing opportunity for cross curricular learning.”
Year 5 & Year 6
We read the book to Year 5 & 6 students and asked them to think about another way to tell the story. Some chose a diary entry, some wrote a rap song, and some told Carlo’s story through social media.
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Click the buttons below to read the Year 5 rap songs and Year 6 diary entries.