欢迎来到怪兽的世界。在这一单元里，我们将和友善、可爱的怪兽度过有趣、激动人心的时光，我们为孩子们准备了许多有趣的内容。该单元围绕着备受好评的英国故事《咕噜牛》展开，这本书由英国著名作家朱莉娅·唐纳森撰写，是2000年最畅销的儿童绘本，斩获了‘Gold Nestle Smarties Book Prize’、 ‘Best Children’s Audio’等奖项，甚至被评为有史以来最好的睡前故事！在全球销售超过1300万本，并被翻译成59种不同的语言，理所当然会成为儿童和教师的最爱。
Welcome to the world of Monster Mayhem. Here we will have fun and excitement with the friendly and loveable monsters in this unit. We have so much fun in store for your little ones. The unit is set around the highly acclaimed British story ‘The Gruffalo’. Written by the respected British author Julia Donaldson, the book was the best selling children’s picture book of 2000. It has collected an array of awards from the ‘Gold Nestle Smarties Book Prize’, ‘Best Children’s Audio’ awarded in the ‘Spoken Book Awards’ and was even voted the best bedtime story of all time! Selling over 13 million copies worldwide, and translated into 59 different languages, it is certainly qualified to be a favourite amongst children and teachers alike.
The story tells of a small mouse who takes a walk through a forest. During his journey he meets a fox, an owl and a snake who all want to eat him. But the mouse is very clever and manages to trick the animals. He does this by telling them of his plans to dine with his imaginary monster friend the gruffalo. The animals are frightened that the gruffalo might want to eat them, and so leave the mouse alone. The mouse thinks to himself, that he’s got away with it as ‘There’s no such thing as a gruffalo!’
But in a stroke of bad luck the mouse happens to bump into a real gruffalo! The gruffalo now wants to eat the mouse! So the mouse has to use his creativity again and tells the gruffalo that he is the scariest animal in the forest. Finding this hilarious, the gruffalo agrees to follow the mouse through the forest while the mouse proves this. On the walk, the two creatures come across the animals who had previously tried to scare the little mouse. Each animal sees the enormous gruffalo behind the mouse and flees in terror. The Gruffalo thinks the other animals are terrified of the mouse, not realising that the animals are running in fear from the gruffalo. The mouse threatens to eat the gruffalo and so he in turn, runs away to flee. If this story sounds familiar to you, you would be right. Julia Donaldson took inspiration for story of ‘The Gruffalo’ from the Chinese folktale the ‘Terror of the Tiger’. This shows the impact of Chinese influence on British literature.
The gruffalo is an imaginary friendly monster who lives in the forest.
The gruffalo’s child is the daughter of the gruffalo and is eager to learn all about the Big Bad Mouse.
The fox is a cunning chap who tries to eat the little brown mouse.
Owl is a hungry bird who wants to eat little brown mouse.
Snake tries to trick the little brown mouse.
Mike is a hard working monster who is eager to learn. He has grit and determination and lets nothing stand in his way of achieving his dreams.
Sulley is a caring monster who helps a lost child find her way home.
Boo is a small baby girl who cannot talk yet. She is a mischievous and loveable child who melts the hearts of Sulley and Mike.
This is a topic that is loved and enjoyed by every British school child countrywide. The monsters are warm and friendly and the gruffalo story has captivated the imagination of many British children over the years. It offers an interesting and engaging way to help your child develop their English language skills whilst teaching key moral and life lessons.
Every British child falls in love with the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s child and we are sure you and your children will too. Monsters Inc is a beautifully animated cartoon by Pixar and has helped children overcome their fear of monsters through use of the cuddly Sulley and enthusiastic Mike. the movie teaches important moral and spiritual lessons about having a positive work ethic, the importance of team work, how to compete fairly, making the right moral choices, the value of hard work and working toward your dreams.
In PSHE we encourage children to think about times when they may have behaved like a ‘monster’. This subject sensitively teaches children anger management techniques as well as encouraging positivity through happy thoughts.
In Maths we learn 2 dimensional shape nouns. We do this through constructing and deconstructing shape monsters.
In Arts and Crafts we draw on prior learning to make and describe ‘monster crafts’. Using the descriptive language developed about the gruffalo and shapes, the children will be encouraged to speak in full sentences.
In Science explore the rich tapestry of the British forestry habitat. We find out what animals live in our forest, linked directly to the animals in the gruffalo story. We will also have great fun undertaking strange and interesting monster experiments. So roll up your sleeves, put on your white coat and prepare yourself for lots of scientific fun.
In Performing Arts your child will get an opportunity to see the Gruffalo story acted out. So get ready with the curtain call, as its time to perform.
This topic will keep your child focused and entertained throughout. It will make developing core English skills easy as children will want to keep learning about the gruffalo. It will dispel any fears about monsters and their imagination will be stimulated in a positive way by this well-loved British story.
The story develops cross curricular links using poetry, rhyme, story, song and drama. Come with us on the ‘Gruffalo Trail’ and let your little one loose themselves in the magic of the forest. This Topic teaches nouns, adjectives and basic sentence structures. Your child will become confident speaking and listening in English.
In this lesson we meet the clever little brown mouse, the friendly monster Gruffalo, the cunning fox, the angry owl and the slithery snake.
The children will be excited to see the story of the gruffalo brought to life in beautiful animation.
Here we explore exactly what the gruffalo looks like. We discuss his ‘terrible tusks’ and ‘terrible claws’. We have fun building on the nouns, adjectives we have learned to create descriptive sentences from the story.
Meet Sully, Mike and Randall as the monsters start their first day at university. But something happens which threatens their place at university. See what the loveable characters do to ensure they can go to monster university.
In this episode children understand the importance of perseverance. The monsters have lost their place at university but are given another chance to regain university entry by competing in, and winning the Monster Games. They learn that even if you are the ‘underdog’, with perseverance and team work you can achieve success.
The monsters find inspiration at Monsters Incorporated. They see the adult monsters at work. The young university monsters get inspired and want to work at the factory when they are older. This episode teaches the importance of work and having positive role models.
In lesson three we explore the properties of shapes.
In this episode children learn that cheating does not ultimately bring success. If you want to succeed you have to collaborate with your team mates and behave fairly. Another important moral lesson for us all.
Here we have fantastic fun making 3-D monsters. A cuboid for the body, a sphere for the head. What magnificent monster will you build?
Get your crafting bits and bobs out because we have a monster of a project for you. In this lesson we show you how to make your own 3-D monster.
This is lesson 3 and we further develop the children’s descriptive vocabulary to enable them to describe the forest habitat. Using the characters from the gruffalo story – owl and fox, we contrast opposing geographical landscapes from the forest, the desert to Antartic.
The learning intention of this lesson is to understand the character of the ‘Big Bad Mouse’.In the story of ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ the mouse character changes from a timid creature that all the animals want to eat, to a fearsome animal, who scares the other animals.
The children will sing a gruffalo song. Using delightful hand puppets, the gruffalo story is acted out for children giving them multiple opportunities to practise the key vocabulary they have learned across the unit.
In this lesson we further dissect the story of the ‘Gruffalo Child’. The ‘Big Bad Mouse’ is further explored and put into extended descriptive sentences. Children also develop their key words for animal body parts.
In this lesson we sing songs and act out the story of the Gruffalo Child with puppets. This gives a final opportunity for children to use this unit’s key words and sentences in the rhythmic and melodic story using rhyming couplets.