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Glastonbury Thorn School


Reading and Writing Lessons

Watch the video of Handa's Surprise (in Topic section) several times to get to know the story well.


When you know the story well, draw a story map to show which animal takes each fruit.

You could annotate your story map with the key phrases from the story eg "Will she like the …?"


When you have finished your story map have a go at orally retelling the story using your story map to help you remember the order of the animals and fruits.


Make up your own story in the style of Handa's Surprise changing the animals or changing the fruits to vegetables.  Draw pictures to show the characters and vegetables you chose.  You could record yourself telling your story and put the video on Tapestry!