1. Make predictions
• Look at the Front Cover. What do you think this story could be about? What could the Night Shimmy be? What might they do?
• Read the First Page. Write down four things that you know about Eric? What can you guess about him? Does he remind you of anyone? What might he do with the Night Shimmy?
2. Listen to the story
• Listen to the Night Shimmy by Gwen Strauss being read by Ruth Merttens: https://youtu.be/h7ypmw-0JU0
• What do you like about the story? Is there anything that you dislike about it? What did it remind you of? Anything that you have read or seen or anyone that you know? What questions would you like to ask the author?
3. Investigate artwork
• Look closely at Images 1-4.
• Read the Artwork Questions. Think about your answers and then write them in clear sentences.
Well done. Show the Images to a grown-up. Ask them what they notice and tell them what you spotted. Explain the story of The Night Shimmy to them.
Try the Fun-Time Extras Design your own-super hero friend like The Night Shimmy. What would they look like? Imagine what Eric and Marcia are talking about in Image 4. Write their conversation, using speech-marks.
Watch the video to remind you of the different methods to help you do this - remember to pause the video if it asks you a question to give you some thinking time. Watch it more than once if you would like.
Then click on 'BBC Bitesize' for activities and to get the questions. Check your answers at the end by scrolling to the bottom of the PDFs - check what mistakes you made so you can learn from them next time.
As a mixture of art, architecture and sculpture (fuelled by creativity and self-expression), Gaudi’s work can inspire us to attempt to transform our own creative ideas into tangible reality.
You can physically experiment with different shape and texture combinations to find out what gives them the most pleasing effects. You can then draw 2D shapes with a view to transforming them into 3D models, in the style of Gaudi. This should also encourage and inspire some independent research into Gaudi’s other artworks and his range of creations.
Remember to read independently for 20 minutes too!