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Cardinal Road Nursery & Infant School

‘Creating Opportunities’

Spring 1

Kensuke's Kingdom Topic Launch


Our new topic this half term is based on the book 'Kensukes Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo. Please share this book with your child throughout this next half term by visiting the library. We will also be reading it in class. 


We started the topic by playing a parachute game which was great fun! It involved sharks, lifeguards and waves. This is just like in the book when Michael travels on the boat the 'Peggy Sue'


After, we then made up a dance routine using dance ribbons and hoops to show movements of the waves.

Pantomime: Jack and the Beanstalk


We were fortunate enough to have a company come in to perform to us. It was the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Can you answer these questions:

  1. Who is the main character?
  2. What was the setting?
  3. Who did Jack find at the top of the beanstalk?
  4. What sort of ending did the story have?

RNLI Assembly


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution came to our school and delivered an assembly for us. We learnt all about keeping safe near water and what there job is. In Kensuke's Kingdom Michael went over board so this is a very important topic!


Below is the RNLI website with more information you could use at home:

Kensuke's Kingdom Art Work


We have been learning all about the artist Hokusai. In particular his famous print called The Great Wave which inspired the front cover of Kensuke's Kingdom


We then used this to make our own watercolours, print and mosaics. Here are the instructions that we followed for out own prints:         


  • Using a pencil lightly draw an outline of the shape of the waves.
  • Using the craving tools go over the lines, be slow and steady.
  • On the tray roll the roller to get enough ink on to it, but make sure it’s not too wet – as this will be ineffective for the print.
  • Roll in an upwards direction on to the polystyrene board.
  • Place card paper on top and with a clean roller – roll on top to get a smooth finish.


Local Trip: St Lawrence's Church


Year two went for a walk to St Lawrence's Church. We have been learning all about Christianity and the features of a church. What features can you remember? We then used the art skills that we have been learning over the past few weeks from Kensuke's Kingdom to sketch our own church. First we used observational skills, next we drew the outline. Lastly we added the detail and some of us even had a go at shading!