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Once Upon A Time: 'The Enormous Pumpkin'
The classic tale told using synchronised movement, and a real enormous pumpkin! A farmer plants seeds in a field. She waits and watches to see what will grow. She falls asleep and when she wakes she finds that what has grown is the most enormous pumpkin! She calls her husband and together they try to shift it. They call more and more help. Finally they call the farm dog, and then a tiny mouse, and finally they haul the pumpkin out of the field and everyone can share in the feast!
Use in conjunction with traditional text. Compare and contrast the story or use it as a vehicle for hot seating. to explore the characters. Create character descriptions e.g. tired, happy, hard working. Use images of expression to develop emotional language e.g. happy, sad, tired, and excited. Re-enact story through drama. The piece could also be used for counting, and measuring in maths. It could be used as an introduction to Growing Plants and Forces in science.
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