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'You're A Bad Man, Mr. Gum! by Andy Stanton

In Spring term A, Year 3's class novel was 'You're A Bad Man, Mr Gum!' by Andy Stanton.

The main character in the story is an unhygienic, despicable man called Mr Gum who hates children, animals, fun and corn on the cob.

If his garden is untidy, a pan-whacking fairy that lives in Mr Gum's bathtub, whacks him over the head with her frying pan! Unfortunately for Mr Gum, an enormous whopper of a dog, Jake, takes a liking to Mr Gum's picturesque garden and often visits it.  Playful Jake destroys the garden so Mr Gum suffers from several whacks on the head!

Mr Gum decides to take action and purchases poisonous cow hearts to kill Jake with, from the pungent butcher, Billy William the Third. However, a little girl called Polly and a mysterious man called Friday O'Leary manage to rescue Jake.


Y3 children have enjoyed participating in 'Freeze Frame' and 'Hot seating' drama activities relating to the class novel. Also, they have written in the role of the various characters.


Further adventures of Mr Gum are available and make an enjoyable read for children and adults!

On 23rd February, Year 3 had a fabulous time when they visited 'The Playhouse Theatre' to watch the performance of 'The Twits'. Audience participation was encouraged and both children and staff were enthralled by the hilarious antics of the despicable Twits.
Y3 visit The Playhouse Theatre

The Twits

The Twits 1
The Story Giant

This term (Spring B), Y3 are very lucky because they have the opportunity to work with 'The Everyman Theatre' on a special drama and art project relating to the play, 'The Story Giant'.

Artists and actors will come into school during the next few weeks to work alongside the children and staff. The work produced will be on display in the theatre's foyer at the end of April. Also, the children will visit The Everyman to watch a performance of The Story Giant (details to follow in the near future).


The Everyman Theatre 'Story Giant' project


As part of an Everyman Theatre project, Y3 children have been reading and writing stories from different eras, various countries and different genres. They have been looking at the variety of ways that stories have been told, too.

They have explored playscripts and thought about how important stories are as a means of storytelling.


Y3 visited The Everyman Theatre to watch a performance of an adapted version of Brian Patten's story, 'The Story Giant'.

The children had a great experience and even had an opportunity to meet the cast and ask the actors and actresses questions.

After Alice, an artist employed by The Everyman Theatre, came in and created artwork with Y3 children, their work was displayed in a 6ft book and displayed in the theatre's foyer.

'The Abominables' by Eva Ibbotson

This term, our class text is, 'The Abominables' a story about the adventures of Lady Agatha of Farley Towers, and a family of endangered yetis.


The children have written playscripts and acted out scenes from the story, as well as participating in other drama activities such as 'Freeze Frame' and 'Hot Seating'. They have written letters and diaries in the role of the key story characters.