At our Christmas party, Father Christmas brought us a copy of Stick Man as one of our presents. He must have known it was going to be on the television during our Christmas Holidays. Even Millie Ethel watched it when she went to Miss Parker’s house for Christmas.
When we got back to school everyone was talking about it……
“He went in the fire. He laying in the snow cos he wanted a rest from looking for his family tree.” Harvey S
“I watched it.” Lacey
Yeah, but I only seen a bit of it. I seen it when these kids builded a snowman. They stuck Stick Man in the snowman” Harvey M
“I didn’t watch all of it because I didn’t like it when Stick Man went to the bottom and die” Corey
That made us wonder, would Stick Man float or sink?
We predicted and 5 children thought Stick Man would sink and 18 children thought he would float.
“Put them in the water tray,” said Michael. So that is what we did. We tested some other objects as well.
“I went in the water tray and the sticks were floating and the conkers were floating. But the rocks were sinking” Ruby
When we asked the children again 0 children though Stick Man would sink and 24 children thought he would float .
All the talking about the Stick Family made us think about our families. We talked about what a family was.
Lucas said, “its a home when your family is together like adults and kids, mum, dad, brothers, sisters.” “And babies and pets”, added Pheobe.
We had a go at making a Stick Family of our own. We had to think of who was in our family and find a stick which was just perfect to be them. The children thought really carefully to find the right sticks for their family.
” Mummy, Daddy, 2 big brothers, me” Ya Qing
“Grandad and Nannan and my Auntie and my mum and my uncle” Alfie
There was all sorts of amazing conversations which were prompted by this activity but you’ll have to ask to look in our books to see them.
Stick Man became lots of different things throughout the story. We thought what we might want to turn a stick into after we’d read another book called ‘Not a Stick’ by Antoinette Portis. We turned our ideas into our own class book. Some children produced the pictures and others wrote the captions. It was a real team effort.
Look in the book corner to see if you can see it and read it all. What would you turn a stick into if you could?
Here are some example of other activities we had out in our classroom to enhance our independent learning.
What have we been learning?
- about floating and sinking in the water tray.
- about our families and how they compare to others.
- to be creative about what we could do with a stick.
- to represent our ideas in pictures and writing.
- about a story we are interested in- Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Try out some different objects in the bath. What can you find which floats? What can you find which sinks? Can you predict what something will do before you test it in the water?
- Talk about your family and your extended family. Does your child know who everyone is? Can they draw the people in their family? Can they write the names of some of the different people in their family?
- Look for some more Julia Donaldson books. There are lots and lot to choose from. Which is your favourite Julia Donaldson book? What do you like about it? Julia Donaldson has a website where you can find out more information or you could look in the library for more books. Click here to go to the website.