Character of the Week #3 Mr Biggles

Say hello to this week’s brand new character of the week…


Just Saying Hello!

Mr Biggles is a lovely, friendly bear, that lives in a wood and knows a great deal about the countryside and our world. He can help you find out about animals, birds and trees in the forests he loves in Britain, and every other living thing on Earth. An expert on what makes the planet as wonderful and powerful as it is, he can tell you about rivers and mountains, skies and seas, earthquakes and volcanoes,  tiny streams and mighty moving floods of water and soil. Also a believer in being a responsible member of the world, Mr Biggles can talk to you about recycling, using electricity and water wisely and how to take care of our environment.

Mr Biggles’ Book

Like every self respecting member of the Storytelling Gang, Mr Biggles has his own book that travels around with him when he meets children in different classroom and storytelling sessions. This one is full of ideas about his friends, the environment, and woodlands in particular. There’s a story about some bears his friend, Bob, met in woods and what they got up to as well. Take a look at some of the pages from the book.

Busy Biggles

Mr Biggles was born only a couple of months ago and has been one of my most popular characters. He was named not by me, but by a pupil I was teaching at one of the schools I visit regularly as a supply teacher. Barely (if you pardon the pun) had his nose poked out of the storytelling bag, when the little burst out with “I know what his name is. It’s Mr Biggles.” Up until that moment I had been thinking of a few different names, and nothing had really seemed right. Well, Mr Biggles it was and it has suited him ever since. There was a brief foray into Mr Biggle, though it didn’t last. Always trust children on these things.

For the past two weeks, Mr Biggles has been working his big strong paws off in Reception classes at a number of schools.  The children have learnt to sequence pictures from a story, to use relative positional language (not in those words), to draw different animal homes and to understand how an acorn grows into an oak tree. For one little boy, he learnt that acorns are called acorns, not oakanuts, which was a hard won contest. Acorns, pine cones, sticks and other outdoor materials were used on one particularly cold and miserable afternoon to create ephemeral art in the classroom, and the pictures were fantastic. The bark rubbing collages totally made by the children were unexpectedly delicious, as they were far more imaginative with their use of shape and colour than I anticipated them to be, which just go to illustrate my earlier point of trusting children of these things.

Anyway, TTFN, and I’ll be back soon!

Embla x

P.S. I will posting news about a competition on Tuesday, so look out for that!

More information coming on Tuesday 1st May

 

Character of the Week #2 continued!

My favourite alien, Mr Oggy Boggles, is back for another turn as Character of the Week!

Available for sessions in schools and at parties, Mr Oggy Boggles loves telling stories and helping children to write their own. He even has his own book to share with children.

Today, we have been working on adding some illustrations to his story, and we have something to show you. Take a few minutes to enjoy highlights from his life story so far, and then click on the links below to read the full story.

To read Mr Oggy Boggles’ full Origin Story, read on MacDuff:

The Curious Tale of Mr Oggy Boggles – Part One

The Curious Tale of Mr Oggy Boggles – Part Two

Shakespeare’s Birthday – 23rd April

To mark Shakespeare’s birthday on Monday, 23rd April, how about doing some of the Witches’ Spell activities I have placed FREE to download on TES resources? Based on the Witches’ Spell from Macbeth, there are sequence of lessons and activities, with lesson plans (with aims and success criteria included), worksheets, presentations, resource lists and all you need to get going on great sessions with children from EYFS to LSK2. There’s a little taste of everything there, from Drama (of course), to Maths, Science, Music, Art, Craft, PE… plus extension ideas too.

These have all been revised since they were first published and new additions have been made, so are well worth a second look if you have the time.

Lessons based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Clink on the links here for more information and the links to the TES resources:

The Witches’ Spell Lesson Plans – Set 1

The Witches’ Spell Lesson Plans – Set 2

The Witches’ Spell Lesson Plans – Set 3

The Witches’ Spell Lesson Plans – Set 4

The Witches’ Spell Lesson Plans – Set 5

And for those with more money than time, a bundle of all them that you can pay cash monies for:

The Witches’ Spell Lesson Plans – Bundle

 

Character of the Week #2

This week’s featured character is…

Mr Oggy Boggles comes from the moon, and loves to hear stories. He helps children to develop story writing skills, through his own handmade book

Arriving on Earth after a freak incident on the Moon shook him loose in his little Moon Rock house, Oggy is now on an ongoing mission to seek out new stories and new poetry sessions, to go boldly where one stripey little alien has never before gone (or something like that anyway).

This week, Oggy and I have held high powered talks over cups of tea and packets of Malteasers (what with Moon Cheese being so rare and all, down here on Earth), and we have continued to develop his Go Bananas! Do Stories! Book and series of lesson plans.

As part of that, with his guidance of course, I produced a set of illustrations for Oggy’s book, that can help take writers through the different elements needed to write simple stories.

Mr Oggy Boggles and I are available to come to schools to share his book and discuss the storytelling strategies we’ve come up with together, and may be a story or two with pupils and teachers too, as we both love stories. Follow-up lesson plans and teachers’ packs are available. If you are interested, have a look for more information on booking us here: Storytelling – Information and Fees 

To read Mr Oggy Boggles’ own Origin Story, read on MacDuff:

The Curious Tale of Mr Oggy Boggles – Part One

The Curious Tale of Mr Oggy Boggles – Part Two

Embla the Bunny Story Detectives

A simple to use powerpoint presentation for primary aged children, and has ENGLISH subject tasks, requiring reading comprehension, and a understanding of plot, character and setting. The powerpoint can be used for group work, class work or guided reading activities, so is versatile and easy to adapt for individual classes. Basic lesson objectives and success criteria are included, as well as handy hints and notes along the slides. The Story Detectives resource bank uses entirely original stories written by Emma Middlemiss (that’s me) about a bunny, facing new beginnings and changes, with a hint of Nordic mythology and history, as well as other characters to draw out the best of children’s imaginations and interests.

The Curious Tale of Mr Oggy Boggles – Part Two

The Curious Tale of Mr Oggy Boggles – Part 2

In the last part of the Curious Tale of Mr Oggy Boggles, we learnt that he was a little alien, all alone on the moon… until his moon rock house broke loose from the moon and started to float through space…

Floating through space was a strange and unusual experience for Oggy and he wasn’t he sure he liked it. Broken bits of cheese plates and his Bob Acorn-Seen mug floated past his head. And his feet tumbled around, and his arms and his antenna felt squirly and whirly. But then the little moon house started to slow down, and his movements started to feel less floaty and more bumpy, as he landed on the floor with a bit of a crash. When he thought about it though, Oggy realised that he wasn’t so much on the floor as on the wall. On the ceiling was his door and windows and his actual floor and ceiling were doing the job of walls. The little moon house began speeding downwards and Oggy held on to what he could as it jolted and banged, and then splashed with an almighty splash, into something cold and wet looking.

Bobbing about for what seemed liked ages, the little moon house was safe and sound, and so was, I am happy to say, Mr Oggy Boggles. Clambering to his feet, he soon gained his sea legs, as his big feet helped him walk about on the wobbly watery boaty like little moon house without even falling over once or feeling smallest bit seasick, which was lucky. Opening the door of his house as if were a hatch of a submarine, Oggy climbed out on to the top and was able to see the sea all around him, and, far off into the distance, something far more interesting… what looked like land.

There were hills and a small town with white painted houses looking back at him. There was a long prom with blue metal rails, and people walking up and down in coats and hats and scarves, eating ice creams and carrying buckets and spades, because it was August and they were meant to be having a good time. Going up the left-hand side of the town was a special train that only went up and down, not along, and tended to make men go a bit pale, children want more ice cream, and women want to close their eyes. There was a short pier with another white building on it, that was full of noises and smells that Mr Oggy Boggles had never heard before, but was sure were very exciting, if you were a bit bigger and braver than him. He was most excited about seeing the beach, an expanse of dark sand and large grey, black stones. If he could reach that beach, he could finally meet actual people and have friends of his own, hear stories and watch the lips that are telling them, and actually find out if marshmallows taste as good as he believes them to be.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT TO MR OGGY BOGGLES? FIND OUT SOON!!!

Be a History Detective – teaching investigation skills

I’ve just created two easy to use lesson plans based around the concept of asking and answering simple historical questions – why, when, where, what, who, how, can, do. Designed to get Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children thinking about the key questions they should be asking when carrying out investigations about the past, these two lessons take the children, step-by-step through the process of thinking about why we need to ask questions, how to ask questions and how to answer them based on evidence. They aren’t period specific, so please feel free to adapt them to your circumstances.

Aims and success criteria are included, as are downloadable resources to help you construct a lesson, worksheets and interactive wall displays and further resources. All you need is here to get you going and start being creative with your thinking.

Download for FREE from TES resources by clicking on this link:

History Detectives – Questioning skills

EmblaBee can run these lessons as a workshop in your school. Please contact her directly for more information: emma@emblabee.org

Go Bananas! Do Stories! – What makes an interesting character

The second of my lesson plans designed to help teachers and TAs introduce the fundamentals of story writing to children in a straightforward and painless way!

A simple to use lesson plan, designed for teachers and teaching assistants to pick up and get going with straightaway, with hints and suggestions to make this a great lesson to use quickly and easily. This is an introduction to story writing for children, as it goes through the basics of identifying what makes a character interesting and then how to create characters , step by step. There are tips for the adults in how to deliver the lesson, aims, success criteria, an easy resource list, downloadable resources with success criteria included, and separate learning objectives for your assessment files. This is a lesson that has been tried and tested in the classroom and works! Adaptable across the primary age range, this lesson works best with Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2.

Follow the link here: Go Bananas! Do Stories! What makes an interesting character?

EmblaBee runs workshops on story-writing for children and adults, so you can book her to come to your school or setting, and she will lead a session like this one with you and your pupils or group. Please get in touch for more information, at emma@emblabee,org  N.B. Special offers apply until the end of January, with an extra discount for the very last week of the month!

Image by Jack Moreh

Go Bananas! Do Stories! What makes a good story? Lesson Plan

My first lesson plan from the GO BANANAS! DO STORIES! Teaching Pack is now available from TES resources.

It is a simple to use lesson plan, designed for teachers and teaching assistants to pick up and get going! This is an introduction to story writing for children, as it goes through the basics of identifying what makes a good story, step by step. There are hints for the adults in how to deliver the lesson, aims, success criteria, an easy resource list, downloadable resources with success criteria included, and separate learning objectives for your assessment files. This is a lesson that has been tried and tested in the classroom and works! Adaptable across the primary age range, this lesson works best with Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2.

To find out more and to make a purchase, just click on the link here:

Go Bananas! Do Stories! What makes a story?

EmblaBee runs workshops on story-writing for children and adult, so you can book her to come to your school or setting, and she will lead a session like this one with you and your pupils or group. Please get in touch for more information, at emma@emblabee,org  N.B. Special offers apply until the end of January, with an extra discount for the very last week of the month!

 

EmmisMakes – The new shop is open for resources

If you have been paying attention (and you have been haven’t you? After all, why wouldn’t you be?), you’ll have seen that I have been busy publishing lesson plans and ideas here and via the TES website.

Well, the next step has now taken place and everything is now available via my very own shop, and if you purchase before the end of January 2018, everything is up to half price.

EmmisMakes Teaching Resources LINK

Please keep watching this space as physical resources will be added to the inventory soon, including some lovely handmade crafty bits that are not available anywhere than from via EmmisMakes, because I’m also Emmis and I do the making of them 🙂