On Friday 17th June 2016, the English department was transformed into the World of Walliams- a wonderland where the books of David Walliams were brought to life. 250 pupils from Workington’s primary schools were welcomed for a day of creativity and celebration. The English department’s mantra is simple: reading rocks! This contributed to the main aim of Walliams Day. We wanted to celebrate another author that youngsters love in a unique and enlightening way. And boy, did we celebrate!
A warm Walliams welcome!
Upon arrival, all the pupils were grouped with peers from other primary schools in order to encourage friendships and relationships. Each group was named after a popular Walliams character. Once the formalities of the morning were over, the children waited (with a definite buzz nervous excitement) for the day’s proceedings. The events of the day were kicked off in spectacular fashion with a performance based on Walliams’ newest book, “The World’s Worst Children”. Some new characters met up with old favourites, and chaos and fun ensued. It was the perfect introduction to the day.
Campaigning with Crumb…
Mrs Crumb is all ready for the parliamentary election. She is determined to one day be Prime Minister! One thing that she was missing was an effective speech. Our primary visitors helped her by having a go at writing some persuasive campaign speeches (all of which were much better than what Mrs Crumb could have managed herself). They also designed and created some canvassing materials with Mrs Trafe, a dinner lady with less than ideal hygiene! Needless to say, after receiving help from so many talented and wonderful children, Mrs Crumb is now ready to take British Politics by storm!
Helping Grandpa to make his Great Escape!
Grandpa was locked in Twilight Towers- a home for “unwanted old folk”- and needed help to escape! The Queen was on hand to assist, as her and Grandpa are besties from back in the day! Unfortunately, her unruly orangutan had caused mayhem and it wasn’t so easy for Grandpa to flee his home for the old. Our visitors were turned into investigators for the session, completing a map-based activity to help Grandpa in his quest for freedom. Clues were used from the storylines of “Grandpa’s Great Escape” and “The Queen’s Orangutan” and pupils needed to use these to write instructions to Grandpa that would help him to abscond from Twilight Towers.
Crime Stoppers: Saxby Edition
Alberta Saxby is the worst kind of person. She is controlling, selfish and underhand. She will stop at nothing to swipe Saxby Hall out from underneath the rightful heir, Stella. Alberta is the epitome of being an Awful Auntie. Recently, a crime has been committed at Saxby Hall. Our Year 5 helpers were turned into detectives and had to use inference skills to determine what crime had occurred and, most importantly, who the perpetrator was! Pupils read character descriptions and discussed how each suspect was linked to the case, before putting together an improvised performance which displayed the events of the crime.
How to catch a rat-catcher
Have you ever met a person so ghastly that they make everyone else seem completely angelic? We introduced the primary pupils one such man. He’s worse than the Demon Dentist. He’s more devious than Gangsta Granny! He’s Burt, the deadliest rat-catcher in town! He makes burgers out of his captives and sells them on to unsuspecting kiddies. In our performance of “How to catch a rat-catcher” Burt had stolen the wrong rat and our characters were out for revenge. Pupils watched this performance and then participated in hot-seating, to find out more about the Walliams characters and their motives!
Walliams Day 2016 was a phenomenal success. Everyone left having learned new skills, having gained new friends and having made some wonderful memories. The English team at Workington Academy hope that all pupils enjoyed their induction into the World of Walliams and left with a keenness to read more of his wonderful stories.
The English team would like to thank:
- Iggesund Paperboard for the donation of materials.
- Harper Collins Publishing for the donation of David Walliams prizes.
- Our magnificent Sixth Form students who donated their time and efforts to ensure the day was a success.
- All other departments and staff within Workington Academy who helped in any way, shape or form.
- Staff from the visiting primary schools for supporting the day and the activities.
- All the tremendous Year 5 pupils who engaged whole-heartedly with the day’s activities.