Learning By Topic KS2: David Walliams and English

Theme/Spelling words: alliteration, onomatopoeia, billionaire, gruesome, mischievous, sinister, international, thief, author, illustrator.

List spellings in alphabetical order; write synonyms and antonyms for words (where appropriate); create a crossword puzzle for your theme words; write your theme words in sentences or use all of them in a short story, include some effective language features e.g. similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification.

Many of the titles of David Walliams books are examples of alliteration e.g. Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy. Some of his characters have alliterated names too. Why do you think David uses alliteration? Can you give your friends and family members alliterated names?

David Walliams uses the figurative language device of onomatopoeia regularly in his writing. Can you list some examples of onomatopoeia from one of his books? What is the purpose of this figurative language device?

Write a description about the North Pole (where Elsie travels to see the woolly mammoth in the book The Ice Monster) be sure to use alliteration and onomatopoeia like David Walliams does! (Genre of writing: Description)

Write a review of the last David Walliams book you read. Will you give it 5 stars?! (Genres of writing: Personal Response and Review) Top Tip: You could make a vlog and film your review but be sure to draft it first.

List 10 questions you would ask David Walliams if you got the opportunity to meet him.  Try and answer them as best you can from watching/reading past interviews he has done. Now voice/record or film the interview getting a family member to be one of the voices OR changing the tone of your voice between characters! (Cross Curricular:  Drama, Script writing)

The character Raj pops up in many of David Williams’ books. What do you think his back story is? Write a David Walliams style story (funny with plenty of figurative language including alliteration and onomatopoeia). Keep in mind that he also appears in The Ice Monster which is set in 1899 – how can you explain this in your story? (Genre of writing: Narrative)