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Hello, I'm Adam and this is Panda and we are on unit two, lesson six.

Let's have a look at today's agenda.

The first thing on the agenda today is that we're going to recycle, change a song that we learnt earlier in the unit and then we're going to play a game about mini beasts.

And after that, the main event, We're going to take the story of "Bat Learns to Dance" and recycle it, change it and turn it into a new story that's never been told before.

So all that you need for this session is a piece of paper and something to draw with but we won't need it just yet.

Some of you may remember earlier in the unit, we learned a song about a worm called "Wiggly Woo." And he went ♪ There's a worm at the bottom of the garden ♪ ♪ And his name is Wiggly Woo ♪ ♪ There is a worm at the bottom ♪ ♪ Of my garden and I don't know what to do ♪ ♪ Wiggling here, wiggling there ♪ ♪ He goes wiggling everywhere ♪ ♪ There's a worm at the bottom of my garden ♪ ♪ And his name is shh and his name is shh ♪ ♪ And his name is Wiggly Wu ♪ Well if you hadn't heard it before, you've heard it now.

But Panda thought it'd be a good idea to recycle that song and change it, so instead of having a worm, we could have a beetle called Beetly Bill who goes beetling about.

And maybe we could have a spider as well called Spidery Sue.

She could be spinning webs here and spinning webs there.

Can I do it with the actions? Do you mind, Panda? Pardon.

Here we go.

Get ready with your beetle.

♪ There's a beetle at the bottom of my garden ♪ ♪ And his name is Beetly Bill ♪ ♪ There is a beetle at the bottom of my garden ♪ ♪ And I don't know what to do ♪ ♪ Beetling here, beetling there ♪ ♪ He goes beetling everywhere ♪ ♪ There's a beetle at the bottom of my garden ♪ ♪ And his name is, shh, and his name is, shh ♪ ♪ And his name is Beetly Bill ♪ ♪ There's a spider at the bottom of my garden ♪ ♪ And her name is Spidery Sue ♪ ♪ There's a spider at the bottom of my garden ♪ ♪ And I don't know what to do ♪ ♪ Spinning webs here, spinning webs there ♪ ♪ She goes spinning webs everywhere ♪ ♪ There's a spider at the bottom of my garden ♪ ♪ And her name is, shh, and her name is, shh ♪ ♪ And her name is Spidery Sue ♪ You see, we can play with ideas we can play with songs, and we can play with stories.

But before we start playing with a story, I thought it might be an idea to think about and talk about some mini beasts that we might have in our story.

Let's pay a little game.

So, there's a blue screen here, no pictures on it.

But I'm going to give you some clues about some mini beasts, some little creatures.

And I want to see who can guess what the mini beasts are.

You know Panda, don't you? 'Cause you help with the pictures.

Here we go.

First one, it's got eight legs, and it scuttles when it moves.

They live in the house, but they also can be found in the garden.

Their name rhymes with glider.


Did you guess it? Well done.

Right, spider.

Next one.

This mini beast has wings and likes to flutter when he moves around.

This mini beast loves to be near flowers.

The name rhymes with firefly.


Did you get that one as well? Don't worry if you didn't.

The next one is tricky, isn't it? A tricky one.

This one is quite small and long.

It can be as long as a worm and has lots of little feet, sometimes over 100.

The name rhymes with bird feed.

Bird feed.

Don't worry if you don't get this one.


We just decided to put millipede in because we like saying the word millipede, don't we? Millipede.

Next one.

This one leaves a trail behind when it slithers, a silvery trail, name rhymes with glug.

It's a slug! Hm.

One more, don't know this one Panda.

This one has a shell.

But otherwise looks a little bit like a slug.

Name rhymes with whale.

It's a snail.

I like snails.

Okay, I think it's time for us to move on to the next bit of the lesson.

So the big challenge of today's lesson is to take a story we know really well, like "Bat Learns to Dance," have a look at it and see how we can recycle the ideas by changing some of the things that happened in it, to turn it into a new story.

So a good place to start, we thought would be looking at the story map, very briefly of "Bat Learns to Dance." Here it is.

So before we start to recycle the story of "Bat Learns to Dance" and turn it into a new story, it'd be a good idea just to very quickly go through what the story was.

So here, we've got Bat.

And little bat wakes up cold in her cave.

And her problem is that she's feeling cold and she wants to get warm.

So she goes out, and she meets a ladybird, who teaches her how to flap.

Then she meets a rabbit who teaches her how to hop.

Then she meets a worm who teaches her how to wiggle.

And finally, she gets home to her mom, and she knows three ways to keep warm.

She can wiggle, she can hop, and she can flap.

And then she goes to bed, and she's warm.

So problem sorted.

Let's start to change things.

So the story was about "Bat Learns to Dance." So we need a different animal.

And because we're thinking about mini beasts, maybe it could be a small creature.

So what could we have? We could have a butterfly.

Panda says beetle.

Butterfly or beetle.

Wat would you choose? I'm going to draw a beetle.

We had a song about a beetle today "Beetly Bill." Beetles have six legs.

Now, we need a different problem.

We want our story to be different from "Bat Learns to Dance." So bat was cold.

What could be the problem with Beetle? Does Beetle not have any friends? Feels a bit lonely? Panda said, "Hungry." Okay.

Beetle is hungry.

Also we need a home, because Bat lived in a cave.

I think I'm going to have a log, because I know the beetles I see down the park like to live under a log, anywhere where there's wood, or stone.

So Beetle, I'm going to draw an arrow to the next bit of the story.

So we know that the beetle needs to meet three other mini beasts.

I really did enjoy the butterfly in the bat story.

I did like that.

I'd like to use that again if it's all right, 'cause I like a flapping one.

So we don't have to change everything.

But this time, the butterfly isn't going to teach how to flap.

He's going to offer some food advice.

Now, what could the butterfly be eating? Oh, maybe it's eating a leaf.

No, no, I think we'll have it as a flower.

What do you think? Maybe a flower would be a better idea.

Let's have a flower.

It's by a flower.

And maybe it's slurping some nectar.

That's a different idea.

Slurping, I like that sound.

Should we do it together? So the butterfly could teach the beetle how to slurp nectar.

Let's carry on.

I can see Panda wants to have an idea and I don't blame her either.

So what do you want to have next? Well Panda, liked the mini beast that we had in the game earlier, the one with lots of feet, millipede.

I was reading that a millipede could have up to 400 feet.

That's lot of feet.


I wonder what we could have them eating.

Well, how about chewing wood? And they would chew the wood.

Third animal.

We've had butterfly.

We've had millipede.

How about we have a spider.

All right then.

Not a spider.

See if you can guess what I'm drawing here.

I'm going to draw a creature with eyes, at the end of the antennae like that.

It leaves a trail on the ground.

Rhymes with glug.

It's a slug.




What would the slug be eating? Munching, munching a leaf maybe, munching a leaf.

Finally, haven't much room here.

When the beetle gets home, he can tell his dad, all the lovely, kind, mini beasts that have helped him along the way.


Beetle, butterfly, millipede and slug.

We've got lots of work to do.

But that's an idea for a story.

I'm going to pause the video now, to give you a chance to draw a story map.

Shall we keep it as a beetle? And the story we work together will be of a beetle and a butterfly and a millipede, and a slug.

And you can draw those if you want to.

So if you want to draw this map, pause it.

And if you want to change it and draw a few mini beasts of your own, that's fine as well.

Have a play with the ideas of what you could do with this story.

And afterwards, we'll do some more work.

Good luck.

So how did that go? Have you got a story map that you can read? On that map, there'll be some favourite moments of a story developing.

But we've talked before about stories having to have learnings for the character.

And Panda and I, we were just talking about Beetle, and what his learnings might be, because he's hungry, and he goes out and he asks for help, and some kind animals do help him in that story.

So Panda was saying perhaps he learns, people can be kind, you have to ask for help.

And Panda was also saying that she finds it difficult sometimes to try new foods.

She gets a bit nervous about it.

Maybe that can be Beetle's problem too.

Wouldn't it be nice if she tried to slurp nectar and chew some wood and munch some leaves.

Anyway, we'll explore all these ideas in the next session together.

But my challenge to you, the work I'd like you to do now, is to show your story map to somebody and to tell them what is happening in it.

And keep on listening out for new words and trying new words and listening out for interesting sounds as well as mini beasts.

Anyway, Panda and I, we really look forward to seeing you again in the next lesson.

Until then, bye-bye!.