I’m sure if I was to ask you where surfing started you would say Australia. Well is according to this week’s story Malu Kangaroo by Judith Moorcroft. This is a lovelly illustrated book with artwork inspired by aboriginal art by Bronwyn Bancroft. In the story Malu Kangaroo makes the first surf board and teaches the children how to ride the waves. So we dug out our baggies and made this surfing diorama.
To make the diorama
Take the lid of a box. I used lids from our key stage one creative storytelling kits but a shoe box lid would also work. On one of the long edges cut out section to poke the surfers into.
Paint the inside of the box.
To make the sea we took a piece of blue sugar paper that was long enough to go across the front of the lid and wrap around the sides. We then drew waves by practicing our letter cs this was a good pencil control exercise.We then cut theses out and stuck them to the box.
Now for the surfers I had printed this surfing template for the children to decorate and we stuck the finished surfers onto craft sticks.
We then used our surfers to interact with the story riding the waves.
I started this session by teling the traditional aboriginal tale, Rainbow Bird. In it a crocodile has control of fire, without fire Bird Woman is cold, in the dark and has it eat her food raw. Bird Woman outsmarts the crocodile and waits for him to go to sleep and then takes his fire sticks and put them in her tail and spreads lights and fire from tree to tree, so from then on anyone can have fire by burning trees and the Bird Woman has bright tail feathers and becomes Rainbow Bird.
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This week was the start of my regular creative storytelling sessions for this term. This half term I have a year one group and the our theme is going to be Australia. We are kicking off with wallabies.
I had thought that most of the children would have known the story There’s a Ouch in My Pouch by Jeanne Willis as it arrived in our house in one of the Bookstart packs but they didn’t seem to know it. In the story Willaby Wallaby does a lot of boinging around so I wanted to create a wallaby that moved. To ahieve this we used paper fasternet to join the limbs.