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Riddlers Big Red

The Riddlers Tale asks your pupils to read and solve riddles as they help to release prisoners trapped by the North Wind.

Follow up tasks include writing their own Riddles and characters to embed in their own versions of this tale.

This walk covers curriculum elements general and group reading, team work, negotiation, understanding directions locations.

The story begins in the grounds of Otterhampton school, just walk onto the grass of the playing field.
 
Chapter one

The Riddlers Tale

Welcome one and welcome all
To my broad and brightest hall
A hall with neither roof nor floor
A hall without walls nor doors
A hall where all seasons meet
A hall where grass grows beneath your feet
A hall where daily weather unfolds
A hall where the nights are sharp and cold
A hall where the sky tops the ceiling
A hall with edges marked by railings

This is where I come to play
This is where the innocent stray
This is where I set the test
And I am the Wind and I come from the west.
But before we begin and make our introductions
I think it best you follow these instructions

Make a camera with your hands
And turn it up towards the sky
Find an animal in the clouds
It might be worm, walrus, fish or fly
And if the clouds have run away
Then frame tree bark or a crack in a wall
And spot your creatures shape today

Now in a moment of quiet reflection
Consider your creature with deep inspection
And imagine it sitting upon your palm
Quite content and very calm
Purring if pur it can
And happy to either sit or stand

(When all have an animal then we will progress)
Chapter two

The Wind is fickle the Wind is shrill
The Wind blows warm and the Wind blows chill
And on his path around the world
He stings the cheeks of all boys and girls
And he's stolen simple innocent folk
Who's shapes were spotted in his cloak
These kidnapped creatures are now in cages
It's up to you to rescue in stages
He's snatched them from the world around
And sets you riddles to confound

With a click and a flick of his glassy fist
Bolts of ice squewer the earth
Setting six cages strong
And trapping his prisoners inside the turf

Now cross quickly to your first container
Will the riddle be a no brainer?
But if this riddle be too complex
Then these prisoners will be lost to the test
And set to wander over icy plains
Where cockerels spin on weather veins
And the Wild West Wind chases about
And he whips up storms and delivers drought

So thinking caps on and smarts required
For the Wild West Wind wants you fired
And if you cant solve the riddles below
Then perhaps it's the cages that you'll go
And there you'll be trapped for a year and a day
Until that is the next come to play
And run the riddles set in this test
And try and save prisoners from the Wild West
Walk around the edge of the grass field in a clockwise direction.
 
Chapter three

Sophie the Sabre toothed Tiger

Behind the metal bars an innocent saber lies, poor Sophie the saber tooth tiger. She pleads for your help, for she is stuck, tell her now that she's in luck. Lonely and afraid she sits for help, haven't you heard her cry and yelp. She tries on her own to escape the force, the icy gales blow and drag her back for more! Don't you feel the need to set Sophie free, help her now with your generosity! She leans forward to show you a clue, now you should know what to do! You see a note hanging from her throat strangely in the shape of a boat. You look to see what it reads but it becomes clearer, as you get nearer, follow the text to follow what's next.

It seems to be a riddle, but this is what it says;
I walk each step but not on my own, with every thread my freedom is sewn. Smaller arrangements can be made, I come in every colour and shade. You tie and lock to set me free, but I wonder what you think I may be.

Peculiar it seems like only in dreams, but now you must try for Sophie will only cry!

I know you've tryed your best for you must remember until the end of the test!
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter four

Charlie the cheetah

Inside the cage lies Charlie Cheetah, roaring and howling he runs at the bars.
Bounding up and over his plan is thwarted for the west wind blows an icy gale a frozen lid traps him in.
He begs and pleads for your help, only time will tell, will you help the king of cheetahs?

"Help! Help! Will you help this mighty cheetah with no bite?" Charlie whimpers,"The cunning West Wind has given me this riddle but find the answer I cant, will you help me before the night?"
Nod your head and count to three, your thinking cap may help thee.

"Here's your riddle" Charlie roars
Every Spring I am born, found in Easter I am no egg.
Off to gamble, my legs they bound.
The hound makes his round, but my mother and I flee with fear.
Oh the sheer agony!

Remember your answer for you will need it at the end of this test.
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter five

Spud the Spinasourus

Spud is locked in a cage he tries to bite his way out of the cage but the Wild West Wind freezes the bars and his teeth slide of then he starts to ram it with his head .

The wind said the only way out is to guess his riddle.

Set me of but stand back you love the view but hate my noise
I screech and scream
But when I exsplode I litter the sky with burning glitter all colours red, green and blue
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter six

Simon the snail

simon is stuck in the cage so he try to slither out of it but it's no use because the west wind blows him back.

simon tryed to work the riddle out.

I have very big vanes,
In fall i go,
with a gust of wind im out of this place,
Bye bye

Continue around the field.
 
Chapter seven

walter the worm

the west wind tried to push him into a icey cold cage he tried to get out but the wind froze the cage. walter fell and smashed him on the floor he tried to push it over,it
worked yay


sometimes i can be free range
i peck at the ground
dont come close or i will nip you
i am used for roast dinners and
eggs

what am i

Continue around the field.
 
Chapter eight

Martha the Mayfly

I have very big vanes,
In fall I go,
with a gust of wind I'm out of this place,
Bye bye.
the answer is a leaf


Continue around the field.
 
Chapter nine

The Finale

The Wind whips East then the Wind whips West
Ready for the riddlers to step up to his test
He steels through the tree tops
And slices through the town
Now the West Wind wants
the answers you have found.

Solve the riddles and your friends will go free.
Chapter ten

Riddle A

I walk each step but not on my own, with every thread my freedom is sewn. Smaller arrangements can be made, I come in every colour and shade. You tie and lock to set me free, but I wonder what you think I may be.

Answer Shoes
Chapter eleven

Riddle B

In cage number two, we have Danny the Dragon
If you answer his riddle right then he is free.

This is his riddle

Where do florists sleep at night?

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

A flower bed

Were you right?
Chapter twelve

Riddle C

Every Spring I am born, found in Easter I am no egg.
Off to gamble, my legs they bound.
The hound makes his round, but my mother and I flee with fear.
Oh the sheer agony!

answer is lamb
Chapter thirteen

Riddle D

Set me of but stand back you love the view but hate my noise
I screech and scream
But when I exsplode I litter the sky with burning glitter all colours red, green and blue

The answer is fireworks

Chapter fourteen

Riddle E

I have very big vanes,
In fall I go,
with a gust of wind I'm out of this place,
Bye bye.
the answer is a leaf
Chapter fifteen

Riddle F

sometimes i can be free range
i peck at the ground
dont come close or i will nip you
i am used for roast dinners and
eggs

The answer is chicken



Chapter sixteen

The end

For every correct answer you give, the ice of their cage melts and the animal is set free.

How many were you able to free?

But the Wind is Wild
And he comes from the west
And he asks one last thing
For the end of his test
What were the beasts you saw in the sky
Was it Worm or Walrus or Fish or Fly?

Speak your animals out loud.

And then Wild Wind is gone again to search for your folk
And snatch the ones you spotted in his cloak.
And gather them here for the next round of his test
To see if the new riddlers are as good as the last.

So what is your animal and what is their name
And how do they try to escape from the cage
Then you must find a riddle.