The thing about the Hueys is that they are all the same- They all look the same, think the same and do the same things. Until one day, Rupert knits himself a new jumper. How will the other Hueys react?
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a prequel to this story. Who are the Hueys? Where did they come from?
- Think of different words that can be used to describe Rupert’s new jumper. Can you describe the colours / patterns / texture?
- Look at the illustrations on the inside front and back covers. How have the Hueys changed throughout the story? Write about what might happen next.
- Retell the story from Rupert’s point of view, adding how he felt as the story went on.
- ‘The New Jumper’ is part of a series of books about the Hueys. Think of a selection of different plots for books in this series. Can you write one of these and add illustrations too?
- Watch / listen to this narration of part of the book. Could you record your own, using expression / music / sound effects?
- Look at the illustrations and identify any shapes that you can see.
- Look at the picture of the speaker in the illustrations. Can you try to draw sketches of 3D shapes?
- Count how many Hueys you can find in each picture.
- Design a new jumper for Rupert, adding different patterns to the front (see Resources below).
- Look at the shadows in the illustrations. How are shadows formed?
- Look at a jumper and other types of clothes using a microscope. How are the materials different?
- Use painting software to draw your own picture of a Huey.
- Watch this trailer for the book. Could you make your own?
- Learn how to knit something like Rupert.
- Draw your own picture of a Huey.
- Design a new jumper for Rupert to wear (see Resources below).
- Make a comic strip that tells a new story about the Hueys.
- Draw lots of stick figure characters and try to show a range of emotions by varying their posture / facial expressions.
- The Hueys don’t have any feet. Can you try to draw your own characters with or without feet? Which do you prefer? Why?
- Try sketching your own foot / shoe.
- Draw a map showing the world in which the Hueys live. What might their houses / streets / towns look like?
- Make a family tree showing the different relationships in a Huey family.
- The Hueys are all the same. Imagine what life would be like if everyone was exactly the same. How would this make you feel?
- Challenge your friends to do exactly the same task as you (e.g. draw a picture of a dog, write a story about an elephant). Are your pictures / stories exactly the same? Why not?
- Rupert is ‘proud as can be’ of his new jumper. What are you proud of? Why?
- Why are the other Hueys horrified when Rupert does something different? How do people sometimes feel about new / different things? Why is this?
- Look at the facial expressions of the different Hueys in the story. How are they feeling?