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Hello, I'm Adam and this is Panda.

We are on unit three, lesson six, using the story, the little red hen.

Let's see, what's on the agenda today.

For our warm-up today, we're going to take a silly rhyme and we're going to change it, recycle it, to make it into a new one.

And then the big challenge of the day, we're going to take the story of the little red hen, and we're going to recycle that too to make a brand new story, that we've never heard before with new animals and new characters, and we'll change some of the characteristics and we'll change the ending.

So a big challenge today.

And for the session, you will need later, something to draw with and something to draw on.

Let's move on to the warm-up.

I bet you know who this is don't you? Shaped like an egg, sits on the wall, has a great fall, Humpty Dumpty.

This silly rhyme comes from a wonderful book called "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll.

And I'm sure you know it, but if you don't, it's very easy.

It goes like this, should we sing it Panda? Panda will be singing in her head.

♪ Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, ♪ ♪ Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

♪ ♪ All the King's horses and all the King's men, ♪ ♪ couldn't put Humpty together again.

♪ I always found that a very silly rhyme.

I'm imagining all the King's horses trying to fix poor Humpty Dumpty with their hooves.

Shall we sing it together? ♪ Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, ♪ ♪ Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

♪ ♪ All the King's horses and all the King's men, ♪ ♪ couldn't put Humpty together again.

♪ I think we could recycle that.

Change it.

Let's have a think.

Where else could Humpty Dumpty be sitting? Panda said, what if Humpty Dumpty wasn't sitting on a wall? What if Humpty Dumpty was sitting on a chair? Like me? If he was sitting on his chair, could Humpty Dumpty be brushing his hair? Should we try that? ♪ Humpty Dumpty sat on a chair, ♪ ♪ Humpty Dumpty, brushing his hair.

♪ ♪ All the King's horses and all the King's men ♪ ♪ called look, Humpty Dumpty he looks smart again.

♪ Start together.

♪ Humpty Dumpty sat on a chair, ♪ ♪ Humpty Dumpty, brushing his hair.

♪ ♪ All the King's horses and all the King's men ♪ ♪ called look, Humpty Dumpty, he looks smart again.

♪ Oh we can have fun, can't we? Changing songs and rhymes.

You like the chair? I like the chair.

If he's sitting on his chair, could he be cuddling his bear? You're my panda bear, aren't you? If he's cuddling his bear, he looks quite sweet, isn't it? Should we try something like that? Does it work to go, ♪ Humpty Dumpty sat on a chair, ♪ ♪ Humpty Dumpty, cuddled his bear, ♪ ♪ All the Kings horses and all the Kings men ♪ ♪ called look, Humpty Dumpty, he looks sweet again.

♪ It's fun.

Playing with nursery rhymes.

It's fun playing with stories and we're going to be now recycling the story of the little, little red hen and making into a story we've never heard before.

It's going to be our story.

Let's try that.

Before we start to recycle the story, it's really good to remind ourselves what the first story was, the original story.

And it started with a character and a character we cared about.

A determined little red hen.

She wanted to make some bread.

And the first thing she did was she sowed some seeds.

She asked for help from her friends, the cow, the dog and the mouse.

But they said, no.

They were unhelpful, lazy.

In time, the seeds turned into wheat and she needed to chop it, to get the grain.

And she asked for help again from the cow, the dog and the mouse.

But they did not help her.

After that she had to grind, the grain to make the flour she needed to make the bread.

And again, her friends didn't help her.

And finally, she used the flour to make bread.

And when the bread was ready, she said, "who'd like to share it?" And the cow, the dog and the mouse, they all wanted the bread.

But the little red hen was crushed.

She said, no, I made it myself.

I did all the hard work.

I'm going to eat it.

And she chose not to share.

Maybe she wanted to teach her friends a lesson.

So we need to find a different character who wants to do something different.

And maybe they've got different animal friends and we could change the characters there.

They don't have to be as unhelpful as these characters and we could change the ending too.

Okay, let's start to think.

I'm going to start a new story map.

You don't need to do any drawing just yet.


So the first thing we have to decide, is the character and the animal as well.

So we don't want it to be a little red hen anymore.

A little bear? Alright, a little bear.

I might care about a little bear.

Let's draw a little bear to remind us of that.

Panda, where does the little bear live? I quite like to have them on a bus.

Panda says, " little bear." The very little bear lives in a cave.

All right then.

Yes, that's sensible.

I like that.

Now, I wonder what the bear wants because we don't want to make bread.

We want something that's interesting and exciting to us that we can be, that we care about.

Ooh, she likes paddling pools.

She likes swimming.


A hot day.

Maybe she wants to dig a hole to make a swimming pool.

Sounds very different.

Very different.

I want to draw an arrow to the next bit of the story.

She wants to do, dig a hole to make a swimming pools.

So I'm going to draw a little spade and that is going to be hard work.

She's going to need some helpers.

Who's going to help her? So we need some different animals.

And Panda has lots of animal friends here.

Downing our writing then.

We're in the writing den today.

So who'd you like to choose? Okay.


I'll draw them.

If I can.

Panda says, "could we please have, a lion?" She has a lion's mane.

A lion.

Four paws.

Well, I will know that that is a lion.

Lion and uh.

Oh, Panda says she would really like to have, an animal that's a bit like a horse, but is very stripey.

All over.

The back probably starts there, doesn't it? Do you know who he is? A stripey animal, a zebra.

A lion, a zebra and Panda says, "could you also have, the one with the tall neck?" Do you know who that is? Eats leaves, from high in the trees.

She's called giraffe.

So we've got a lion, a zebra and a giraffe.

Now, they can be her friends and for the story to work, maybe the little bear doesn't get any help.

But instead of saying, no, maybe they can say something different.

Maybe they say they're just a bit busy at the moment and they'll try and help later.

That kind of thing.

So you don't want them to be so selfish.


So real proper friends, but actually are too busy.

Like our friends and carers sometimes can just be too busy.

So first, dig a hole.

After that, what would be the next job? We got a hole.

He put the water in, he might just come out.

Panda says, "put some stones at the bottom." Who could help me put some stones at the bottom? I'll draw some stones.

"Please help me." "Oh, I can't at the moment," says the lion.

"can't at the moment," says the zebra "Really sorry little bear," says giraffe, "I'm too busy helping my mum." So she does it all by herself.

It's exciting building a swimming pool.

So little bear, it's a hot day, let's remember that.

That's why they want to swim.

She digs a hole.

She puts stones in.

What next? Oh, you'd need to fill it with water.

If I draw that it might remind me of the water.

And I'll draw a bucket.

Now that is hard work.

Little bear will go, "Ooh, who can help me?" "Sorry," says the lion.

"I'm very busy," so he says the zebra.

"Sorry little bear," says giraffe.

So she has to do it all by herself.

When it's all full, how do you make a swimming pool exciting? What's the most exciting thing? What do you like there? I like diving boards as well.

What about a slide? A slide.

Who would help me build a slide? "I'm sorry," says the lion, "I'm too busy." "Sorry," says the zebra.

"Too busy." "Sorry," says the giraffe.

"Too busy." But finally, it's time to play.

Who would like to play? Well, they'd all want to play, wouldn't they? In the pool.

Now, here's the question Panda.

She's done all that work by herself.

The very little bear.

Does she let them? We going to decide that later.


Well that's a good starting point for creating a new story.

Should we just go through it? Once upon a time, we've got a little bear.

Did we decide? Was it a girl or boy bear? I was changing my mind, wasn't I? You want it as a girl bear.


And then she wants to dig a hole, to do the pool.

And she had to put in stones, fill it with water, and then she made a slide.

And then in the end she said, "who wants to come and play?" And they all want to play.

And we are going to decide how to end the story later.

What do you think? How about, I pause the video now, and why don't you draw your favourite animal from the story we're making up together.

Could be the very little bear, could be the lion, the zebra or the giraffe.

And as you draw the picture, Panda and I would really like you to think about their character.

What are they like? Are they helpful and friendly and kind? Or are they a bit like the other animals? No.

Couldn't be bothered and lazy.

Have a think about it as you draw them.

And if you draw the bear, I wonder how she's feeling.

Does she have to be determined like the little red hen? Well, it's time for you to draw.

And when you've drawn, the character you want to, and your thought about their character, come back and we'll talk about this new idea a little bit more.

Time for work.

So how was that? Did you find drawing your animals quite tricky? I found drawing a lion tricky.

So I need to work at that, try hard.

Be tenacious.

Like the little red hen.

Remember, we're always happy here at the Oak Academy to see your lovely work.

So ask your carers and teachers and they will know what to do to share your work with us here.

So what have we done today? Well, we've recycled, the little rhyme of Humpty Dumpty.

We had Humpty Dumpty brushing his hair and sitting on a chair and cuddling his bear and doing all kinds of things like that.

And then we had a look at the story of the little red hen and we recycled it.

We changed all the animals and some of their characteristics.

And we haven't decided on the ending yet.

And you have drawn your favourite animal character from the new story.

So that's quite a lot of work.

Share your work with the people that you know, and Panda and I look forward to the next session where we are now going to try and tell that story together and even sing it.

Should we try singing it as well? We look forward to seeing you soon.

Until then, bye bye.