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- Hi everyone.

Miss Fryer here for lesson two of our Anansi and Tiger unit.

We heard the story of Anansi and Tiger for the very first time and made ourselves a plot matrix so that we could see what was going on in the story.

I also left you with some spider trivia.

I asked you how many different species of spider you thought there were in the world? How many did you think? Did you think the number was in the hundreds? In the thousands? In the tens of thousands? How many? Well, I can tell you that at the moment, scientists have discovered about 38,000 different types of spiders.

But like I said, in lesson one they're discovering new ones all the time and think there's actually a tonne more.


Today, we're going to start off with a song.

Then we're going to join in with the story that we learnt in lesson one of Anansi and Tiger, then we're going to map our story and then step it to really get the story embedded into our heads.

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.

Now that you know the story a little bit better, see if you can join in with me today, as we tell the story of Anansi and Tiger again.

Are you ready to join in? See if you can help me with the bits that you remember.

Once upon a time there was a spider called.


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

There was Tiger and elephant, Tiger the great.

Tiger just knew and had all the best stories.

Now this made Anansi feel fed up.

So he decided to trick Tiger into giving him all of the stories.

So off he went to Tiger's cave and he called out, do you remember what he called? "Oh, Tiger" he called in a sing song voice.

Tiger prowled out of his cave and growled at Anansi.

"What do you want?" "I've come to make you a deal", said Anansi.

"I'll give you two things you want and you have to give me all your stories in return".

Now, Tiger was also fed up with Anansi and thought this would be a good chance to get rid of him.

He decided to make his challenges extra tricky to make sure.

"Go and get me a barrel full of bees, and after that a python." So off Anansi went to a beehive.

"Oh, bees", said Anansi and out buzzed the Queen bee.

"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 that you can't all organise yourself into this barrel." So the Queen bee got all of the bees to fly in an organised way, straight into a barrel.

One by one they flew in and once the last bee had gone in, Anansi slammed the lid down on them so that they were all trapped inside.

With his bees, he went off to find a Python next.

"Oh, Python".

Out slithered Python from her home.

"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 herself down next to the stick and found herself just short.

"Hmm" said Anansi, "If I tie your tail to the end of the stick, then you can stretch out your neck and prove that you are the longest snake." So Python let Anansi tie her tail to the stick and stretched herself out, but was still a little short.

"Hmm" said Anansi, "I wonder if you let me tie the middle of your body and then you can stretch out your head and prove that you are the longest snake." So Python laid down and let Anansi tie the middle of her body to the stick.

Once it was tied, Anansi grabbed hold of her head, tied it to the end of the stick and he had caught her.

He took his barrel of bees and his Python on a stick back to Tigers cave.

Tiger had to admit defeat.

He took his prizes but had to give Anansi all of his stories.

And that is why, in that place, there is no sign of Tiger or his stories.

They all belong to Anansi.

Now that the story of Anansi and Tiger is firmly back in your brain, we're going to map it out on a story map.

You can get your piece of paper and pencil so that you can map along with me.

Okay? So now it's time for me to map my story.

Now, at the start of the story I have, "Once upon a time, there was a spider called Anansi".

So I think that's going to be my first part of my story map.

So I'm just going to draw my Anansi spider.

Now, if you've done story maps before, you'll know, we don't have to do really complicated drawings.

We just have to do it so that we can remember what's going on in the story and the different parts.

And it's really important that we do a nice, clear arrow to the next part so that we know that we can follow the story through with our finger.

And Anansi, at the start of the story, he's cross, isn't he? He's fed up because all of the stories belong to Tiger.

He's got all the best stories.

So where does he go? He goes to Tiger's cave.

Make the inside dark, 'cause remember, it's a cave.

I'm doing this really quickly.

It doesn't have to be really neat.

And I'm going to draw my Tiger, 'cause it's Tiger's cave, and that's just to help me remember.

Wouldn't be Tiger without a few stripes.

Okay, Tiger.

And the next part of the story, Anansi makes a deal with Tiger.

Doesn't he? So I need a picture to represent a deal.

I'm going to do, like, a little thumbs up.

Like, yes, we've got a deal.

Though, to be honest, neither Anansi or Tiger have thumbs, so.

But anyway, deal.

And he first goes off to see the beehive, doesn't he? He goes off to the beehive and he talks to the Queen bee.

Give her a big bumbley body.

Bees are stripey.

Big wings.

Let's give her a crown 'cause she's the Queen.

Help me remember that.

The stinger.

Okey Dokey.

And the Queen bee says that they work together.

Anansi says that bees squabble all the time.

And she says, no.

And Anansi says, prove it.

So off, he challenges her, tricksy Anansi challenges her to get all of the bees into a barrel in a nice, organised way.

So here's a barrel.

Barrels have got, kind of like, they're made out of wooden planks.


Here's the barrel.

Nails at the top and the bottom.

Draw a little bee, to show that the bees are going into the barrel and he tricks her and he slams the lid shut.

Next, he goes to the Python, doesn't he.

He goes and talks to the python.

Pythons have long bodies, let's curl it round together.

I wonder what kind of python it is.

Can't remember exactly what kind of pythons you get in Africa.

The biggest pythons are Burmese pythons, but they're Asian.


So I've got my python.

And he says to Python, I bet that that Cobra's the longest snake.

And he challenges the python to lie down next to the stick and say, prove that she's the longest snake.

So here's my stick.

Draw my Python.

And he ties her.

He ties her at the bottom first, doesn't he? And then in the middle and then at the end, and then he's finally got her.

So the very last thing, after that one, he goes back with his captured Python, captured bees and Tiger, he was probably feeling bit sad now because he's been beaten, bested by tricksy Anansi.

No more Tigers in Africa.

Now, all the stories belong to Anansi.

And there we go.

And here's the finished map.

Now it's your turn to have a go.

Pause the video so that you can create your own story map.

Remember, the drawings only have to be simple.

They're just for you to follow.

Pause the video now.

Now it's time for us to step the story.

Stepping is really good for getting the process and the step-by-step, like we say in our song, into our heads.

So find yourself somewhere with lots of rooms that you can move around.

If there's not somewhere, where you can step backwards and forwards, don't worry, 'cause you can step on the spot.

I'm going to go and find somewhere to go and step now.


As you can see, I have moved into a space in my house where I have got room to move my body.

Don't worry if you haven't got space to move backwards and forwards where you are, you can just step on the spot, but you will need your whole body to use your actions.

So I'm going to be thinking of an action and a word for each part of the story of Anansi and Tiger.

So what happens in the start of the story? Well, let's step back.

So at the start of the story, we have, once upon a time, there was a spider called Anansi.

If I put my finger together, I've got eight little fingery legs so I can have my action.

And my word is going to be, the most important word in the story, Anansi.

Anansi, and I take a step.

I always take a step after my word and my action.

The next part of the story is about him going to Tigers cave.

So we can think of an action for Tigers cave.

We could make just like a cave shape.

We can make an action for Tiger.

Maybe his long whiskers, maybe his kitty cat ears, maybe his stripes.

He's got a stipey body.

Up to you.

You can do whatever action you'd like to do for Tiger.

I think I'm going to do this for Tiger.

Tiger's got long, beautiful whiskers.

So my two actions so far, I've got Anansi, Tiger.

And the next thing that's going to happen in the story is they make a deal.

So that's going to be my action for that bit.

They make a deal.

You can have them shake hands.

You could say, do a give or a take.

Up to you.

You can think of whatever action you want.

But so far my stepping goes Anansi.



So far.

The next part of the story is about the Queen bee.

Isn't it.

I'm going to step forward.

I might have my funny little bee arms for a Queen bee.

I might have my crown because I'm a Queen.

It's always nice to feel like a Queen.

So I have my Queen, my bee, I can even have Queen bee.

How about we do both, why not? Queen bee, Queen bee.

And after that, she manages to get all of the bees into the barrel.

Doesn't she? She gets all the bees into the barrel and Anansi slams the lid shut.

So I've got Anansi, Tiger, deal, Queen bee, barrel.

Let's do all that together.




Queen bee.


The next part of the story is about the Python, isn't it? How can you pretend to be a Python? What could be a good Python action.

Pythons have got long, wriggly bodies, haven't they? Might have a little wriggle.


But we're going to do the opposite of coiling around because now we have to have our stick.

Python's going to be tied to that stick, isn't it? So we can stretch ourselves out nice and tall.

Or even nice and long, to be our stick.

And the very end of the story, we have no more Tiger.

Anansi has all of the stories, doesn't he? So we need , no more Tiger, no more Tiger.

Yes for Anansi.

So can think of a good ending action.

No more Tiger.

Anansi has all the stories.

One word for that? Anansi stories.

Something like that.

Let's see if I can do it all the way through, while you have a go at doing your stepping.






Queen bee.




Anansi stories.

How about that? Now, it's your turn.

Have a go at stepping the story yourself.

Think of an action and a word or phrase for each part of the story.

Follow along with your story map to help you.

As an extra challenge, you could try and step it with no words at all.

That means being really expressive with your body and using your face a lot to show your feelings.

Pause the video now to have a go.

And that's it for our lesson two.

I hope you had fun stepping out your story, using your body to do your actions.

In lesson three, we're going to be role-playing as the different animals in the story so that we can get an idea of their actions and the things that happen to them in the story.

Trivia time now.

♪ Spider facts, spider facts, ♪ ♪ gonna give you some spider facts.

♪ Today, my spider fact is about baby spiders.

Now, baby spiders are called spiderlings.

And most of the time mother spiders don't look after their babies.

They just lay them and then go off somewhere else.

But Wolf spiders actually carry them around on their backs.

How many eggs do you think a spider lays? Have a think, a sensible guess and I will tell you at the start of lesson three.