Gregory Cool by Caroline Binch / Activities you could do at home to enhance your child’s learning

Gregory Cool

We read this fantastic book in Year 3 and we are going to spend Week 1 in Autumn 2 still exploring it.

Subjects
English: literature / story

Topics
Community, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion

Gregory Cool tells the story of a city boy who goes on holiday to visit his grandparents living near the sea on the Caribbean island of Tobago.

At first Gregory is dismissive of their rural life – the food is strange, the sun too hot, and there are none of the televisions, video games and other gadgets that a cool city-boy takes for granted. But soon he comes to enjoy his new adventures. The warmth of the people and the climate, depicted in the light and shade of Caroline Binch’s vivacious illustrations soon make him realise what he is missing by not opening up his heart and mind.

The book is beautifully illustrated and cleverly presents a child’s perspective on understanding another culture.

You can listen to this story here:

ACTIVITY SUMMARY:
Discover a new place through a book
Method:
Read a book or part of a book that is set in another
location.
Listen out for words and phrases that the author uses to
describe the setting; can you picture what it is like to be
there?
Use art materials to represent different settings that you
visualised as the text was read. You could work in 2D or
3D to create a story scene.
Looking at your artwork, can you think of any other
language that describes this place?
If you want to work more in depth; you could produce a
visitor’s guide or brochure for the location.

Ingredients:
A book set in an
undiscovered location
(see suggested resources)
Photos and videos of
the place to find out
more
Travel guides from
agents’ websites or
brochures
Art materials or
collage to visualise the
setting
Time:
30-45 minutes