We are continuing to explore 'The Lost Words' by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris.
Today we are going to read 'Kingfisher' and then have a go at answering the questions!
Now you have read the poem, have a go at the activities and questions below!
What do these mean? (If you don't have a dictionary at home, you can look up the definition of words using this online dictionary here)
◆ slings its arrow
◆ Halcyon (research different meanings for this word)
Try using them with by creating different sentences.
Seek, find, speak: Images
- ‘carves its hollow In the water’ - what image do you see in your mind’s when you read these words?
- ‘slings its arrow superswift’ – what image do you see when you hear these words?
What other word in the spell fits with the arrow image?
- Read the poem several times and think about pace (or speed!)
- Which parts do you think should be calm and slow and which parts fast or accelerating (getting faster)?
- Practise reading aloud (with a partner if you have one).
- Record and see if you can add background film or graphics.
OPTIONAL CHALLENGES if you finish the activities above - choose the one you'd like to do!
- Create a dance to the words of the spell, possibly using long lengths of fabric for the river and ribbons to help depict the kingfisher’s movements.
Quick abstract art challenge
- Read the poem and list the colours it conjures in your mind.
- Collect all the colours and materials you think you might need to create an abstract picture or collage to re-create some of the images in the poem
Find out about the kingfisher and create an information poster or factfile
Search: YouTube Common Kingfisher Catching Fish; RSPB or click here for the RSPB Kingfisher page.