Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Pig on a Swing

Pig On A Swing

by Mark Warner
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When Tim and his mum went to the playground, no one was there. Tim couldn’t play all alone. He said, ‘I want to go home.’

‘Wait,’ said his mum, ‘I think I can see – what can it be, sitting on a swing?’

Tim looked at the swings. What was there? Was it a pig? Yes, a little pink pig sitting on a swing.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Make a new page for the story, in which a different animal plays on another piece of playground equipment.
  • Write a persuasive letter to your headteacher asking for more playground equipment in your school.
  • Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia in the story?
  • Imagine some speech for the animals in the story. What might they say to Tim? How would he reply?
  • Retell the story from Tim’s point of view.
  • How many different rhyming words can you find in the story?


  • Carry out a survey to find out your friends’ favourite type of playground equipment.


  • Think about the forces that take place when you use different types of playground equipment. Can you draw a labelled diagram to show them?


  • Make an animation of an animal using some playground equipment.
  • Use publishing software to encourage children to use your local playground more.

Design Technology

  • Design an exciting playground (or a piece of playground equipment) for children (and animals) to enjoy.


  • Create a plan view of a local playground, showing where the equipment is located.
  • Calculate the quickest route to your local playground.

Physical education

  • Think about the different parts of our body that we use on different types of playground equipment.

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