The classic children’s book, Alice in Wonderland has been a hot topic at Brooke Weston with assemblies, activities and competitions all week that ends with a themed mufti day on Friday.
In assembly teachers have read extracts (in English, Italian and German) from the classic nonsense poem, The Jabberwocky, and also the passage that recounts Alice’s meeting with the blue caterpillar. There have also been tutor time activities plus related work in different curriculum areas across the school and competitions, which are still available in the library. The week has been planned by literacy co-ordinator, Mr Duguid who said: ‘Alice in Wonderland is a classic book. It is episodic which makes it really easy to read but it also poses a lot of moral issues and asks children to be reflective. Looking at the extract where Alice meets the blue caterpillar he asks ‘Who are you?’ and it can also reflect on how well children deal with change.
'Other sections, such as the Mad Hatter’s tea party bring up strange conundrums such as the idea of an unbirthday. The text can be taken on a transparent and also nonsensical level but it can also be quite philosophical. Tutor time activities are available on the VLE including a speaking and listening activity, a book extract and crosswords. We are having readings in assembly and departments, such as business and maths, are incorporating aspects of Alice in Wonderland into their lessons this week. On Friday we are inviting students and staff to dress up as a character from either Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass for a minimum donation of £1 which will be given to charity.’