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Riddlers Scarlet

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

Sly the snake

IN e dark chamber lives Sly the snake. He is pink with green dots and a orange face.he is very fierce when he wants to be and he is very piousness.

He says he would like to say a riddle and he asked me
Do you think you can help me.
Yes I replied.

His riddle reads like this.

I have one body but no arms or legs,
I can be long or short and I can be very scary
and it is mostly children that see me
During the witching hour

Oh I just can't work it out.
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter four

Wiggle the worm

Inside the cage is Wiggle the worm. He is trying to tunnel his way out, but every time he succeeds, the wicked West wind freezes poor Wiggle's tunnel shut. He sees you and jumps up in his excitement. "Can you solve the riddle so I can be free?" he asks. "I simply have no clue of what the answer is!" He hands you a sheet of paper. It says:

It is shadowy when I'm out to play
And cold when I am not
Cover yourself from my warm embrace
With shirts and shorts or cream
On your arms, legs and face

"I hope you can help me!"

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

Gammy the gecko

Gammy spends his time licking sheets of ice and his weakness is heat nothing but heat his zig-zags shiver when he gets near it but his favourite food is BEETLE'S just beetle's (character description).Gammy tried swollowing the North wind and climbing out but the north wind froze his suckers so he couldnt climb out the cage he turned and looked at you I'll tell you the riddle Gammy said I fly I flee what am I
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter six

cool the hippo

Cool the hippo cant hide any were when he plays hide and seek he always gets found first. But this time the Wild West cought him and locked him up.

the Wild West is not nice at all if cool tried to get out he would freeze him.


I track foot steps in the snow you can not see me what am I?


pencil
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter seven

Chris the Crocodile

In this cage is chris the crocodile he is trying to snap the bars in half but the west wind is freesing the bars solid making it impossible

he sees you and hope fills his eyes with joy

oh hellp hellp can you help me figure out this riddle

he reads you the riddle

hold me in your hand clean me and i will help you ilistrate your pichure of a streem

remember this riddle as it will hellp you free your friends
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter eight

Martha the Mayfly

Martha the Mayfly is scooting about inside her cage, she has only hours to live as Mayfly's don't live for very long. The sooner she solves her riddle the better, lets see if we can help her.

She spots you coming over in an instant, 'here' she says, 'this is my riddle' and she reads it out to you.

See through me and see the day
Beyond my glaze the weather does play
And when the day is warm and fine
Open me up and let the day inside

Do you know the answer?

If you know it then remember it as you will need it at the end, where you'll get a chance to release your friends.

Now on to the next cage.
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

In cage number one we have Sly the Snake
This is his riddle
I have one body but no arms or legs
I can be long or short and I can be very scary
It is mostly children that can see me.
If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

A night mare.

Were you right?
Chapter eleven

Riddle B

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

This is his riddle

It is shadowy when I'm out to play
And cold when I am not
Cover yourself from my warm embrace
With shirts and shorts or cream
On your arms, legs and face

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

The sun

Were you right?
Chapter twelve

Riddle C

In cage number three, we have Silus the Salemander
If you answer his riddle right then he is free.

This is his riddle

Cut me up and I'll make you cry
Fresh juices bringing tears to your eyes
Golden or red with multiple skins
Often pickled but rarely in tins

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

An Onion

Were you right?
Chapter thirteen

Riddle D

In cage number four, we have Sophie the Spider
If you answer his riddle right then she is free.

This is her riddle

What runs past the bank with out a penny to its name, but if you were to make a withdrawal you could use a bucket.

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

A river

Were you right?
Chapter fourteen

Riddle E

In cage number five, we have Felix the Frog
If you answer his riddle right then he is free.

This is his riddle

Every spring a new dress
To be discarded in the fall
My bark has no bite
And my dappled summer shade is good for one and all

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

A Tree

Were you right?
Chapter fifteen

Riddle F

In cage number six, we have Martha the Mayfly
If you answer his riddle right then she is free.

This is her riddle

See through me and see the day
Beyond my glaze the weather does play
And when the day is warm and fine
Open me up and let the day inside

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

A window

Were you right?
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.