Topic outline

  • General

    Central Idea

    People use their imagination when creating and sharing stories


    Lines of Inquiry

    We are inquiring into:

    How stories are created and shared (Form)

    How we use our imagination to express ideas (Function)

    Our interpretations of stories (Perspective)

    • Topic 1

      29th November 2019

      What we are learning


      As part of our How We Express Ourselves unit, the K2s have had opportunities to make inquiries into stories.


      Through a range of imaginative stories and traditional tales, the children have been developing their narrative understanding and are learning how to sequence story elements which supports the development of comprehension skills. 


      Classes have been exploring different features of a story such as cover, title, beginning, middle and end, and are identifying main components a story has to have such as characters, content and a setting. Acquiring a basic understanding of the above will help children to make up their own stories.


      Children have also been developing their understanding of how stories are communicated in different ways and have had opportunities to express themselves through drama and role-play.


      When sharing a story through drama, the children used actions and dramatic play props as representations of characters to guide them through the story. These props supported them in their thinking process and helped them in making the story come alive.


      The Move for Life workshop at our school deepened their understanding of the above and was a fantastic and exciting way to learn how a story can be performed. It has also served as a great provocation for our Christmas show.


      Through class discussion and reading a range of imaginative stories, our K2s have also been deepening their understanding of imagination and have started to think about how their imagination can extend their ability to express ideas.


      One of the ways we have developed our K2s understanding of the term imagination has been through transient art. Transient art is impermanent - it is movable and transferable. We have used a range of materials such as loose parts and open-ended resources in order to encourage children to use their imagination and creativity without limitations.


      We have been using children’s growing understanding of imagination and have challenged their thinking by encouraging them to use their imagination to invent their own stories. The K2s have enjoyed making up their own stories, thinking of diverse and exciting characters, settings and content. Some children used story dice or story maps when creating stories.

      • Topic 2

        24th October 2019 

        What is this unit about?


        “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. 

        Imagination encircles the world.”

        - Albert Einstein

        In this unit, the K2s will have the opportunity to make inquiries into 'How we use our imagination to create and share stories.' More specifically, the children will explore how stories can be created and shared in different ways such as through role-play, mark-making and drama. We will also be inquiring into the concept of perspectives through our sharing of our interpretations related to stories we have read. The exploration of our limitless imaginations will play an integral role in the children's learning and will be used to inspire children to express their ideas creatively.


        Throughout this unit, we will encourage the children to express themselves and to try out new ways of thinking. The process of self-expression and the ability to be creative is extremely important and influences the development of children’s communication as well as their emotional skills.


        Literature that will support your child with this unit:

        Traditional Tales:

        Goldilocks and the three Bears

        The three Little Pigs

        The three Billy Goats Gruff 

        The Gingerbread Man 

        The little Red Riding Hood 

        Jack and the Beanstalk 

        The Enormous Turnip 

        The Hare and the Tortoise


        Stories to Support the Development of Children’s Imagination:

        Not a Box – Antoinette Portis

        Not a Stick – Antoinette Portis

        Just Imagine – Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharrat

        Whatever Next – Jill Murphy

        What to do with an Idea? – Kobi Yamada

        How to catch a Star – Oliver Jeffers

        Use your Imagination – Nicola O’Byrne

        Don’t let the Pigeon drive the Bus – Mo Willems

        Don’t let the Pigeon stay up late – Mo Willems 

        The Pigeon finds a Hot Dog– Mo Willems

        The Pigeon wants a Puppy– Mo Willems

        The Pigeon needs a Bath– Mo Willems

        On the Way Home – Jill Murphy

        The Fish who could wish – John Bush

        Have Fun Molly Lou Melon – Patty Lovel

        Imaginary Fred – Eoin Colfer 


        Perspective Books and Other Stories:

        Suddenly – Colin McNaughton

        Help we need a Title – Herve Tullet

        The Book with no Pictures – N. J. Novak

        The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig – Eugene Trivias and Helen Oxenbury

        Jim and the Beanstalk – Raymond Briggs

         Open-ended materials spurs creativity and the use of our imaginations