Over the last two weeks, Year 4 have been writing their own stories based on Winslow Homer’s beautiful painting: ‘The Gulf Stream’.
Like a jigsaw puzzle, children were given sections of the painting piece by piece and used their imaginations to try and work out what the painting might be about. It was amazing just how many different ideas we came up with as a class! Sam and Will thought that the man in the painting was a fisherman, lost out at sea. Frankie and Flora suggested that perhaps the man was a slave, fleeing his home to try to find a better life. Other ideas included an escaped prisoner, a refugee and a man trying to find his lost son. We have been working on building suspense for our readers and have tried really hard to make our pieces descriptive and exciting! We are excited to publish our final pieces after we have edited our stories with our learning partners.
Theo “I love paintings so it really inspired me in my writing. I liked imagining the different possibilities of who the man on the boat was and where he had come from.”
Lughan “I have really enjoyed writing my story in my own way and I would love to write another one based on a painting.”
Here are some of our favourite extracts:
“Without looking back, the ex-slave leaped into the boat and began sailing away from the land of misery” (Ezra)
“Suddenly, clouds filled the ink sky and more thunder came crashing down on the ocean” (Celeste)
“He could taste the salt water in his mouth and hear the crashing of the waves against the wooden boat. Lightning wrenched the sky apart and suddenly… CRACK! The mast had snapped” (Seth)