It’s been a great experience working at Wheeler Primary School in Hull through the Creative Partnerships change school programme. We have been working with staff and pupils to enthuse them into working more�creatively�within the curriculum using digital media, photography, film making and animation.

We worked with year 1/2 class at Wheeler to produce a stop frame animation of the popular story Handa’s Surprise. It took almost three days of hard work from all involved in the class but eventually the pupils had a finished film which they were very proud of.

Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend, Akeyo. But as she walks, carrying the basket on her head, various creatures steal her fruits. A monkey takes the banana, an ostrich the guava, a zebra the orange, an elephant the mango, a giraffe the pineapple, an antelope the avocado and a parrot the passion fruit. Handa walks on, wondering which of the fruits her friend will like best, oblivious to the fact that her basket is now empty. But then, behind her, a goat charges into a tangerine tree and fills Handa’s basket with the fruit. “Hello, Akeyo,” she greets her friend. “I’ve brought you a surprise.” But when she lifts off her basket, it’s Handa who gets the biggest surprise. Akeyo, meanwhile, is delighted, because tangerines are her favourite fruit!

Click below for some helpful KS1 resources.
Handa’s Surprise online resources