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Hi everyone.

Ms. Fryer here for lesson six of our Anansi and Tiger action unit.

In lesson five, we did some reading and learnt to summarise what we've just read using our question words.

I also left you with some trivia.

It was about diving bell spiders.

I told you that they spend a lot of their time under water and asked you to guess how long they could stay under water for.

What did you think? Maybe you even tested it yourself, held your breath and went underneath the water in the bath.

How long could you hold your breath for and stay under? Well, a diving bell spider only has to resurface and get more oxygen once a day because they can stay under water for more than 24 hours.

That is a long time for a spider to stay underwater.

That spider's practically a fish.

That's amazing.

We're going to start with a movement activity today before doing some spellings, then we're going to retell our Anansi and Tiger story with our story map to prepare us for boxing up the story towards the end of the lesson.

In this lesson, you will need an exercise book or paper, a pencil and your brain.

So pause the video now if you need to get any of those things.

We're going to start today with a movement activity.

I'm going to do some actions and see if you can follow along with me.

Actions based on things that happen in our Anansi and Tiger story.

I'm going to give you some actions that you can copy.

I wonder if you can guess what animals they refer to or what part of the story.

I'm going to use a metronome to help me keep time.

I'm going to do all of the actions four times.

So try and watch the first time and see if you can join in with the next three.

Are you ready to copy? Off we go.

Now we're going to do some spelling.

Now, in our learning today, we are going to be practising some words that have two sounds that we blend together.

Two consonants.

We quite often hear at the end of words, and sometimes in the middle.

I wonder if you can guess what the sounds are.

My sounds are in words like drink.

Can you say these for me? Drink.








What sound can you hear? What sounds, I should say, two sounds together, can you hear in all of those words? Tell your screen.

What can you hear? It's the sound /n/ and /k/.

They blend together at the end of those words into /nk/.






They quite often appear at the ends of words.

Now I'm going to robot some words while you blend them.

I'll robot, you blend them.




Good job.

Try /s//i//n//k/.


Good job.

How about /ch//u//n//k/? Chunk.

Okay, last one.

This is a trickier one now.



Very good.

Maybe you found some conkers before outside that have fallen off the trees.

Maybe you've even played the conkers game.

Now, I'm going to say a word and I'd like you to robot it.

I'll say the words and you robot it.

Can you robot me the word lank? Lank.



Good job.

Lank means kind of flat.

You might have lank hair maybe if it's wet.

Try for me brink.




Good job.

Try for me, punk.




Maybe you got a bit of a punky hair style.

And a tricky one to finish.

Robot me the word bunkbed.


Robots, /b//u//n//k//b//e//d/.

Bunk bed.

That's a compound word.

The word bunk and the word bed.

You put them together to make bunkbed.

Good job.

Now we're going to do some reading.

We look at the letters, make the sounds and blend the sounds together.

What do we do? We look at their letters, make the sound and blend the sounds together.

Let's do some reading.

Here's my first word.

Look at the letters.

Make the sounds /d//u//n//k/.


Good job, let's look at the next one.

Look at the letters, make the sounds.



Well done for reading.

Read the next one.



Well done.

Next one.



I hope nothing has stank in your house.

Try these ones for me.

This one's a bit trickier.

It's got a tricky sound on the end.

See if you can spot it.



It's got a happy /y/ on the end.

And last one.

Trickiest one so far.



Very good if you managed to read all of those.

Now we're going to do some writing.

When we are writing, we say the word, phoning finger the word and write the word.

So make sure you have a paper and pencil.

What do we do? We say the word, phoning finger the word and write the word.

So, hope you're ready with your paper and pencil.

My first word for you to write is the word ink.

Say the words, ink, phoning finger the word, /i//n//k/, and now write the word, ink.

Write the word.

My next word for you to write is the word, funk.

Say the word, funk.

Phoning finger the word /f//u//n//k/.


Write the word.

` You can always pause the video.

If you need more time to write.

Next word for you to write.

Please write me the word thank.

Say the word thank, phoning finger the word, /th//a//n//k/, thank.

Write the word.

The word thank.

I'd like to thank you for joining me for spelling today.

Next word.

The word slink.

Say the word slink.

Phoning finger the word.



Slink is sneaky movement.

Anansi slinked off to see the bees, you remember? Next word.

I'd like you to do the word blanket.

Say the word blanket.

Phoning finger the word.



It's a tricky one that one, seven sounds.

Write the word.

Pause if you need to.

My last word is the word, drinking.

Say the word drinking.

Phoning finger the word, /d//r//i//n//k//i//ng/.

Drinking, another seven sound word.

Write the word.

Are you ready with my six words written down? Let's check them, shall we? My first word was ink.

/i//n//k/, Ink.

There it is.

Check yours to see if you've got it right.

My next word was the word funk.



There it is.

Then it was thank.

/th//a//n//k/ Thank.

How about slink? /s//l//i//n//k/.


It's got a lot of the same sounds as ink, hasn't it? Same sounds, they rhyme.

They sound the same.

How about blanket? /b//l//a//n//k//e//t/.

Seven sounds.

There's the spelling.

Check yours to see if they match.

And the last one, drinking.



Let's see if you've got it.

There's the spelling.

, Very good job if you managed to get all of those /n//k/ words right.

And if you didn't, write them a few times to practise.

Always worth having a go.

Now we're going to retell our story with our story map.

If you have your story map with you, then you can use yours.

If not, don't worry because mine's going to be on the screen.

Here's my story map.

Follow along on the screen with your finger as we go through the story or if you've got your story map with you, you can do it on yours.

Once upon a time, there was a spider called Anansi.

Now it just so happens that in that time and in that place, all of the stories belonged to Tiger.

There was Tiger the great, Tiger and Elephant.

All of the stories were Tiger's.

He happened to know and had all of the best ones.

This made Anansi fed up.

So he went off to Tiger's cave and called out.

"Oh Tiger," in his singsong voice.

Tiger prowled out of his cave and growled at Anansi, "Hmm, what do you want?" Anansi decided to offer Tiger a deal.

"I'll get you two things you want, if you give me all of your stories." Tiger had been wanting to get rid of Anansi for a while.

He was also fed up with him.

So he decided to make it extra tricky for him.

"Bring me a barrel full of bees, and after that, the Python," said Tiger.

So off Anansi went to the beehive and when he got there, he called out in his singsong voice, "Oh bees." Out of the hive flew the Queen Bee.

Anansi looked at her.

"Is it true," said Anansi, "that bees squabble all the time?" "No," said the Queen Bee.

"We work as a team." "Prove it," said Anansi.

"I bet you can't organise all of your bees into this barrel." So the Queen Bee gave a quick order and suddenly all of the bees were flying one by one into Anansi's barrel.

Once the last bee was inside, Anansi slammed down the lid and all of the bees were trapped.

So off, he went now to see Python.

"Oh Python," said Anansi.

Python slithered out of her home and looked at Anansi.

"Is it true," said Anansi, "that Cobra is the longest snake?" "No," said Python, "it's me." "Prove it," said Anansi, "Cobra is as long as this stick." So Python laid her long body next to the stick and found herself just short.

"Hmm," said Anansi, "I'll tie your tail around the end of the stick and then you can stretch your neck out and prove you are the longest snake." So Python let Anansi tie her tail to the stick here at the bottom.

And she stretched out, but was still a little short.


If you let me tie the middle of your body round, then you can stretch out your head and prove you are the longest snake," said Anansi.

So Python let Anansi tie the middle of her long body onto the stick.

And once it was tied, Anansi grabbed hold of her head and tied that to the stick too.

And she was trapped.

So Anansi took his barrel full of bees and his Python and went off back to Tiger.

Well, Tiger was not happy at all, but a deal was a deal.

He gave Anansi all of his stories.

And that is why in that place, there are no more Tigers, no more mention of him and no Tiger stories.

Now it's time to box up our story of Anansi and Tiger.

If you'd like, you can print and use a downloadable boxing template.

If not, don't worry.

They're easy to draw out.

When we are boxing, we always do it for purpose.

Now the purpose of this unit and of this piece of writing is going to be writing action that is clear.

So the whole middle column of our boxing template today is going to be action that is clear.

In our story section, which is the section on the left, if you have a look at the table to the side of the screen, it's going to be our pictures of what happens in each section.

And the notes column on the right, they will tell you just some key words that we're going to need for our writing.


So here's my boxing template.

As you can see, I've got five boxes to put the five sections of the story and a notes section so that I can write key words and spellings I'm going to need for my writing.

If you've downloaded my template, like I've got here, you'll see that the middle box is already filled in.

The purpose of our writing in this unit is writing action that is clear.

And that's our purpose through the whole story.

That's why it takes up the whole column.

It's in every part of our story.

So the first part of my story is when we get introduced to Anansi.

So that's what I'm going to draw in my first box.

I'm going to draw my Anansi, the spider.

There's my spider and my notes.

I'm going to probably want his name so that I've got it there for my writing.


I'm probably going to want to say about how he is fed up.

Cause that might inform my action of what he's going to do.

He's fed up.

The next part of the story is about Tiger.

So I'm going to just draw a quick drawing of Tiger.

Doesn't have to be a great work of art.

Tiger's got to have some stripes.

There's my Tiger.

And Tiger, they make a deal, don't they? So I'm going to put in my word deal with my e a e sound.



And I'm going to write the key word ,stories, cause that's a tricky word.

/st//or//ie/ like the /ie/ in field.

I E.


They make a deal for the stories.


And what happens now? Oh, it's probably important I write the word Tiger, isn't it? Tiger in the story is his name as well as the animals so we need a capital letter.



That's a very important word.

Now we go off to the Queen bee with her stripy body.

The wings.

Going to give her her crown.

Give her legs and little stinger.

There's my Queen bee.

Doesn't have to be at very artistic drawing.

So I'm going to write here, /b//ee//h//i//ve/.


My phase five I sound in it.

I'm going to write /q//u//ee//n/.


/b//ee/, both with capital letters cause that's her name.

I'm going to write the word barrel because that's part of the action, isn't it? He tries to convince her to go into the barrel.

Okey dokey, right? I think that will do me for my words.

And now I'm going to move on to my fourth box, which is all about, Python.

Of course it is.

I'm going to draw Python.

Looks a little bit dinosaury in at the moment.

Python's body all curled around, looks a little bit like a snail, but I can handle that.

Okey dokey.

So I need the words Python and the capital P for her name.

Now the I in Python's spelt with a Y like the I in Miss Fryer.



And we need that important word.


Now I might talk about how Cobra is the longest snake.

So here's Cobra and I might write /l//o//ng//e//s//t/ /s//n//a//k//e/.

Longest snake.

Actually, I'm going to write on my bees about how they squabble.

That's a really important word, isn't it? And there's a tricky spelling because it looks, sounds like it's got an oh, and it hasn't it, but it's an a.


And the silent E so definitely a good idea for me to put it in my notes now so I don't forget.

And in my last box, I can write, I can draw a picture of a storybook with happy Anansi cause he's got all the stories.

What words do I think I need to put in my end bit.

Hmm? I might write no Tiger because there's no more Tiger.

I might write Anansi.

He has the stories.

And that is it really, that's all I need in my boxing.

I just need my simple pictures with the different bits of action in the story, with the different characters and just some key words to help me with my writing later on in the unit.

Now that you've seen me have a go, box up your story of Anansi and Tiger so that you've got it for your writing later on in the unit.

Pause the video now.

As always, if you'd like to, please share your work with Oak national and if you would like to, please ask your parent or carer to share your work on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, tagging @OakNational and #LearnwithOak.

And that is it for our learning today.

Having your story boxed up is going to be really helpful for doing your writing later on in the unit.

In lesson seven, we're going to be reading as a writer, having a look at some more texts from our story of Anansi and Tiger.

Trivia time now and my trivia today is about how long spiders have been in the world.

You might not know, but spiders have been around for a very, very long time.

But how long do you think there were spiders when they were cave men? Do you think there were spiders when they were dinosaurs? How long do you think spiders have been in the world? Have a sensible guess.

And I will tell you at the start of lesson seven.