***THIS ACTIVITY IS PART OF THE 2021 “MIGRATION MATTERS FESTIVAL”, AND REFUGEE WEEK. WE ARE LOOKING TO COLLECT CHILDREN’S STORIES – PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR HOW TO SUBMIT***
The “100 Feathers” activity is designed to encourage children to think about people’s stories, by writing a story themselves. A short film introduces children to the idea – 100 feathers fly out into the world, asking people to tell their stories. The film gently, but explicitly raises topics such as displaced people, refugees, and migration, and as such is particularly suitable for use in preparation for, or during, Refugee Week. The film is supported by a lesson plan and an activity sheet, which reiterates some of the questions of the film, to help children compose their story.
Please view the film below – you can enlarge the viewing screen in the bottom right-hand corner.
Teachers are encouraged to ask pupils to use all their language skills when composing their stories. We are running two specific events linked to this activity in summer 2021, and we greatly encourage you to submit children’s stories to one or both of these (it is a single submission process, but you will be able to indicate which aspects you would like the story to be part of):
a) As part of Migration Matters Festival, an annual festival tied to Refugee Week (14th – 20th June), we are hoping to collect and display some as many of the stories as we can – hopefully, 100 stories for the 100 Feathers that went flying into the world! There will be an accompanying podcast launched in July.
b) As you may know, we have several Masters students working on the Lost Wor(l)ds project this summer, and one student, Minshan Zhang, is hoping to explore the themes raised in children’s stories, and how children use their multiple languages in the stories, as part of her dissertation.
We are accepting submissions at any time, and will continue to display them on the website. To be part of the Migration Matters Festival and the research project, please make sure your stories reach us by 7th July at the latest.
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