This term, we are exploring our PSHE theme through the book 'Kick' written by Mitch Johnson. We will be exploring in depth the themes of being proud of who you are, holding onto hope, and the importance of friendship and family bonds as well as global socio-economic inequalities and poverty. Opportunities for learning and discussion are vast and this book will have even the most reluctant reader hooked from the beginning!
Budi's plan is simple. He's going to be a star. Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn't only Budi's dreams at stake, but his life. A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way.
Kick is more than just a football book. It has heart, soul, twists and turns and will keep even the most difficult-to-engage class on the edge of their seats.
Activities linked to Kick
What happens next?
Write an additional chapter to the novel set a year later. Is Budi still working in the factory? Is he still obsessed with Real Madrid and Kieran Wakefield? Is Rochy still at school? Has anything changed about any aspect of their lives? Before you begin to write, consider Budi’s character. Think about how he speaks, and the kinds of words he uses (his “narrative voice”). Then try to re-create his voice in your own piece of writing.
Create a collage
Using images sourced from magazines, newspapers, the Internet, and perhaps also even your own drawings, create a collage representing Budi’s world, character and story. Think about his family, his passions, and his hopes. Think about the setting of the novel (perhaps re-read p.17 and p.45 as reminders). You might also like to include some key quotes to convey Budi’s character.
Create a comic strip
Illustrate and write an eight-frame comic strip that tells the story of Kick. Before starting, break down the book into key episodes and plan each frame.
Create a cover
Design an alternative cover for Kick. Think about the themes and setting of the book, and the mood you wish to convey. Think about whether it should feature an illustration or photograph. Choose a font for the title and author name that will reflect the themes, setting and mood. You might like to write and include your own strapline to express the essence of the book.
Hello Year Six.
My name is Mr. Sheehan and I will be your class teacher this year. It's going to be a tough but exciting year and I am looking forward to sharing that with you all. As I am going to be with you most of the time, you should know a little bit about me. I'm a married father of two children - a daughter and a son. I have two cats, called Bella and Primrose, a Cockapoo called Digby (who loves to be cuddled and eating my socks!) and a selection of tropical fish.
I studied Fine Art at University and I am a keen portrait painter. In my spare time, my wife and I enjoy going to the cinema and watching all the latest films - Tenet is the latest one I have seen and it is mind-blowing! Eating food and ordering a Indian curry is also a favourite past time of mine. I have recently acquired a new skill of baking and have made a selection of delicious brownie cakes with my daughter. One ambition of mine this year is to improve my fitness by running more regularly.
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