Holly Robertson


Creativity in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 – Session 6

Filed under: Creativity in EY and KS1 — Holly at 5:30 pm on Friday, March 29, 2013

This session was based around creativity in the Early Years and Key Stage 1.

For this session, in a small group, we had to choose a picture book and think of ways to use ICT to represent this picture book. The book that we chose to use was Funny Bones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Below is a picture of the front cover of the book. This comes from the source (http://www.coolmumhunting.com/top-tens/top-ten-childrens-halloween-books/attachment/funny-bones-janet-and-allan-ahlberg#.UVW0uRwvn9U)

We set off on our task and began by planning exactly what we wanted to do and how we were going to do this in order to use the time we had in an efficient and effective way. We came up with some ideas we could use and these included:

  • Finding a video for the children
  • Making a game using the Smart Board Software
  • Making a simple power point for the children to see and follow

As there were 2 of us, we decided that one would begin to make the powerpoint whilst the other looked for other resources and material to use. The first thing we found was a YouTube video with the repetition part of the funny bones story on it. By clicking on the link below it will enable you to watch the video that we used.

Funny Bones YouTube Video.

We agreed that this video is a good way to introduce the book to the children. It introduces them to the repetition pattern and also introduces the children to the characters that will be in the book. It may allow the children to want to know what happens next and what the characters will get up to in the story.

After we had linked the video to the powerpoint we then decided to make a game for children to use which also links in with the Funny Bones book. The idea of this game was to enable the children to look at the skeletons and put the body parts back together in the correct order. I have included a link below this paragraph for you yourself to have a go if you would like to see how it works. (you will need the Smart board software in order to open the program.)

Funny Bones Game.

Once we had made our 2 resources, we then completed the powerpoint and added animation effects to make it more interesting. We also thought of ideas which we could use in other areas of the curriculum to link with this book. Here are some of the ideas that we came up with:

  • Role play – such as a dark role play area with skeleton costumes and labels of parts on the body.
  • Art – children could make their own skeleton animals like the ones that are in the book.
  • English – looking at and naming the parts of the body and writing them down.
  • Science – the children could label a skeleton.
  • Fine motor skills – children can make their own skeleton and use their fine motor skills to put the skeleton together.

After we had thought of the above ideas, we then added these into the powerpoint as well.

Click here to see the final powerpoint!

We then presented our powerpoint and activities to the class and had the chance to see what everyone else had been doing using a different range of picture books. These were all very fun and interesting!

Looking back at this session it has helped me to learn that you can make a lot of fun and engaging resources through the use of ICT for a story book and I will definitely use what I have learnt in the future.


Reading and Browsing carried out after this session:

TED Talk by Stuart Brown: Play is more than fun



I found this video really inspiring. It’s showing how Stuart Brown left children to work out how to work a computer by themselves and then once they knew how to, they would then go on to teach other children.

I personally think that this shows how much children really are able to learn by themselves and through having the chance to “play” and experiment with technology. This to me, proves that children really can learn through play.

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