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Captain Brainpower and the Mighty Mean Machine

Captain Brainpower and the Mighty Mean Machine

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The latest installment in our superhero topic is Captain Brainpower and the Mighty Mean Machine. Our hero’s superpower is his brainpower. Which is the best superpower to have in my book. Captain Brainpower and Mojo Mouse end up at the rubbish dump after being abandoned. But Captain Brainpower is resourceful and uses the junk around him t make a plane to get them out.

We used our own brainpower to make our own junk planes from the story. We used plastic bottles, margarine tubs, milk carton tops and cardboard packets to make our planes. What do you think?

Nat Fantastic – how to turn on superpowers

This week’s session on superheroes with my reception group focused on way characters turn on their superpowers.

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Our story was Nat Fantastic, Nat is a boy who whilst his mum is distracted turns into a superhero when he sneezes.

After the story we looked at all the people Nat saves. We then made our own Nat Fantastic to retell the story with.

Download a template to create Nat Fantastic here.

Nat Fantastic Puppets

After retelling the story together we brainstormed some ideas of how characters turn on their superpowers; such as putting on clothing  Nat Fantastic wears new pyjamas, Superfrog takes a big gulp of air and blows through his bottom to fly, a character could eat something particular or do a special dance. I’ll leave you to come up with your own ideas.

Pojo’s got himself another badge of honour!

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We are absolutely delighted to say that our Pojo and the Chest of Dreams Create and Show kit was awarded three stars in the Early Years Excellence awards.

The judges said “The Pojo and the Chest of Dreams kit had a vast impact on children’s listening and attention skills. The children were able to interact with, and take part using the puppets, which is also good for social interaction and building confidence.”

It’s good to know our Pojo is such a little star!!

We were also delighted to see Little Livello was also a finalist in the maths category so it’s good to know that we’ve got a whole range of award winning resources.

To see the rest of the winners we’ve attached the awards special for you to have a read. Awards Special

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Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile

Hope you are well rested after the summer break. In case you missed it next Tuesday 13th is Roald Dahl Day and he would have been 100. It can be hard finding a Dahl story to fit a short session. I chose the Enormous Crocodile because I didn’t know which year group I was going to have this week and works for a number of ages. In fact I have a year 2 group this half term.

enormous-crocodile-characterWe started the session by decorating the characters, some of the group knew the story and some didn’t. I gave them free rein as to how they wanted to decorate their characters with some interesting results including a monkey with feathers. It’s also a good way of seeing what a group’s fine motor skills are like.enormous-crocodile-puppets Continue reading

The Power of Creative Storytelling

SLT_Cover7-3_141-200 In this month’s School Leadership Today magazine, issue 7.3, our 7 page article shows you the real power of creative storytelling and how to harness that power in the classroom.

We have also included some recommendations for good books to use as well as a number of practical examples that you can use straight away.

We’ve included the article  here  but if you wish to register to get your free copy of the magazine just go to http://www.teachingtimes.com/articles/school-leadership-today-free-issue-register 

For more information on School Leadership Today or to subscribe just go to http://www.teachingtimes.com/publications/school-leadership-today.htm

Pojo Kicks off Book Week

Last week we had the pleasure of being asked to kick off Book Week at Harnham Infant School in Salisbury.

The children of the school had met Pojo previously because they had used Pojo Blows the Gunpowder Plot last November to tell the story of Guy Fawkes.

This time we told the story of Pojo Saves the Rainforest and then spent the day going into the classes to talk to them about how to put their stories together using our 7 steps to story writing.

We also gave them the challenge of writing a story with the characters from Pojo Saves the Rainforest and by the end of the day some of them had already come up with some wonderful tales of Pojo being a superdog and saving the world or meeting penguins. It’s always great to see where children’s imaginations go to when you let them.

We finished the day with a book signing and lots of the children bought other Pojo adventures. So he’s definitely proving a real hit in Salisbury!

Craft Diary – The three little pigs craft activities

Pig crafts

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Well it’s week 3 of our farm animals sessions. So our story had to be The Three Little Pigs, but at the end of the session I gave them an alternative version.

How to make the pig

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