Letters and sounds: Phase six - playlist

Children
‘I am going hunting’, Robin said to his merry men. Robin fell off the bridge, and into the brook. Both men began to grin. John stood on the bridge, and Robin stood up to his neck in the brook. ‘John Little, you can be one of my merry men, and as you are so big and tall, we shall call you Little John.’
Teacher
And what really excited me was that the story was so well read, because I noticed people who were pausing when they got to commas, and then when people were speaking, gosh, they sounded just like the characters. There was a very strong voice came out from one of the characters. I’m not going to tell you which one it is. You can guess.
Turquoise table, I’d like you to read this to us all together.
Children
As the story will tell you, Robin Hood lived in the woods with his gang of merry men. Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. To the rich he was a crook, but to the poor that he helped, he was a good man.
Teacher
Why did the rich people hate Robin Hood? You’ve got to be able to find the evidence. That means you’ve got to prove to me why you think what you do.
Child
To the rich he was a thief. Yes, and he…
Teacher
Why did the rich people hate Robin Hood?
Child
They didn’t like Robin Hood because he kept stealing their money.
Teacher
Why did the poor people really, really like him? Talk to your partner about that and find the evidence.

(Group discussion)

Child
Because he gave the rich stuff to the poor people.
Teacher
And where does it say? Have you got the evidence?
Children
… ‘but to the poor that he helped’.
Teacher
He helped them. That’s good. Well done. Let’s now turn over, please to page eleven, and I’m going ask the children at the green table to read this page for us, so we’re really looking forward to it.
Children
Both men stood very still. Then Robin said ‘Let me get past, will you?’ ‘I will not’, grunted John.
Teacher
What did everyone eat for lunch? You’ve got to prove this. You’ve got to find the evidence. Talk to your partner about it first.

(Group discussion)

Teacher
Ellie, will you tell us what you think they had for lunch?
Child
Ten rooks and ten fish, and it was cooked by Little John. Because he was so big, they changed the name around from John Little to Little John.
Teacher
You told us about that, but it doesn’t actually say it to us, does it, that they had ten rooks and ten fish for lunch. So how do you know?
Child
Because they shot ten rooks and ten fish.
Teacher
Did they shoot ten fish?
Children
No.
Teacher
What did they do with the ten fish?
Child
They took them from the brook.
Teacher
Yes. So you’ve been very clever because I think you’ve worked out that if they shot those rooks, and if they caught those fish, then they must have eaten them. I think I’ve heard a question here.
Child
What are rooks?
Teacher
Someone wants to know what rooks are. Can we help her? Can you help us?
Child
They’re like crows, but they’re blacker.

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