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?
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.
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Continuing our superhero theme with my reception group this week with a really fun story Supertato Veggies Assemble. This led us to make other superhero vegetables and retell and adapt the story of the supehero vegetables.
The children loved designing their superheroes. I cut out some superhero underpants out of felt and provided lots of materials and googly eyes.
To kick off our superhero topic with my new group of reception children we shared Superfrog and The Big Stink. The children really enjoyed this story especially as to fly Superfrog has to blow air from his bottom.
I wanted to get the group thinking about making up stories. So we made our own Superfrogs (click here for the Frog Template) and talked about their super powers. We then stated thinking about what adventures our superfrogs could have. They started with stopping a tall tower falling over. One child had he idea of helping Father Christmas, Continue reading →
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For this story we decorated a plastic by covering it with strips of paper to represent Handa’s basket. The we used sponge fruit shapes to create picture of the different fruits. We took it in turns to be Handa carrying the bowl and the rest of the group took fruit from the bowl and in the end putting the tangerines in.
Getting children involved and encouraging them to retell or in early years helping you retell a story is a vital step towards them developing their own stories.
When a child holds a puppet they’ve made it belongs to them. We’ve had a fair few tears from children who have put down their puppets and then can’t find them, in our time. And it is this possession that encourages reluctant speaks to come out of their shells. Puppets help to develop children’s speaking and listening skills when they are used to retell a story. But puppets that they have made take this to another level. Continue reading →
When Jill Stevens, Literacy Co-ordinator at Collingbourne Cof E Primary launched a whole school writing competition she was expecting the usual 20-30 entries from the children at her small village school. She was astounded to receive 60-70 entries. Even better the competition encouraged some reluctant writers to have a go. The competition was so fierce they had to create more categories of winners.
The competition was based on our Pojo and the Chest of Dreams story. We went in to kick the competition off with a storytelling and to teach our 7 Steps of Story Writing. The children then made puppets of the characters using our Create and Show kits.