Silver Screens and Dorothy's Dreams - Summer 2019

Following our work on Extreme Weather, we are being whipped up and out of Felton and hope to land somewhere on the outskirts of the Emerald City.  Over what is certain to be a packed few weeks, we will be reading Baum’s Wizard of Oz.  We will use this study of the book to inspire our own writing, travelling off to faraway worlds of our own design.  Of course, the book led to the famous 1939 movie adaptation which will lead us to find out about how films came to be as we take a whistle stop tour through the ages of movie production from the grainy 2 seond movies of the 1800s, to blockbusting, 3D epics we see today.  To close the half term, we are looking to produce our own short movie version of the Wizard of Oz
Historical Inquiry
 
We found that the movie version of The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 - that's 80 years ago!  We asked some questions about what life was like before that time.  These questions have started a line of historical inquiry for the next few weeks.  Our BIG questions were:
 
  • What was the first movie ever made?
  • What did people watch before movies?
  • How do people make movies now?
 
Thaumatropes
 
We found out that one of the earliest types of animation was the Thaumatope.  A thaumatrope is a disc with pictures on both sides.  When the disc is spun very quickly, the pictures on either side seem to blend into one another.