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Riddlers Skye

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

Sabastian the Slug

In an icy chamber lay sabastian the slug, frantically trying to escape by melting the ice with his red hot slime. He is in deep depression and concentration.

Then he see's you and his light up.

Hello he says I am so glad that you are here. I have a riddle that I can't seem to solve. Do you think you could help me?

Yes you reply

Are you ready? He says

Yes you reply.

Here we go......


I Am sharp, pointy and a little bit bitey nobody likes me,
I am a different way to give you medicine,
When you say no I decline!!!

did you get it? Good. Now keep it to yourself. You never know we may meet again very soon...

Now go on to the next cage.
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter four

Danny the Dragon

Inside the cage sits Danny the dragon, all out of hot puff. He has tried and tried to melt the bars with his hot breath but the Wild West Wind is too cold and freezes them again before he can escape.

Then he sees you and hope is in his eyes again.

Hello, let me read the riddle he says, I've been trying to work it out but just don't know the answer, says dragon, perhaps you can help me.

And Dragon reads the riddle.

Where do florists sleep at night?

Oh that's so confusing, I have no idea says Danny.

If you know the answer 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 five

Wade the whale

I saw Wade the whale shooting a jet hole of water at the bars but the west wind is making it too strong!

"Help! Help!" shouted Wade.

"Don't worry." I told him.

"It's just the riddle, It's so confusing. Please help me." pleased Wade.

wade read it out:

I stain paper but I come in colour , blue
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter six

Sam the crocodile

Inside the cage sat Sam the Crocodile after trying and trying to break the bars open
with his teeth but the west Wind froze the bars again.
he see's you and his eyes light up.
hello he says can you help me with this riddle?

he reads it out...
i am a big hot spicy meatball flying from one toss on the grill. then i am tossed into the freezer but i will go back to grill.

"Ive been trying to figure it out but i just dont get it."

Did you get it? if you did, keep it to yourself.
i hope to see you soon.

now go on to the next cage

Continue around the field.
 
Chapter seven

Felix the Frog

paul the pussy cat is off in the air BBBBUUUURRRRPPPP!! suddenly he is on the floor. he is looking very upset, then he see's you and his eye's light up again.

hello can you help me solve this riddle? i have been trying for days but i am a bit rubish at it.

he reads the riddle.....
from Monday to Friday off we all go,
everyday our brains grow.
imagination and words galore,
it all started at the age of 4.
the adults here are very stern,
but without me you couldn't learn

keep the answer to yourself.

now go on to the next cage.
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter eight

sid and slid the slippery squids

Sid and slid are the slippery squids they like to play all day. They dive into the sea and watch the sun go down. They always like to play ink splash that's why they always have ink on them. Sid has a green eye and slid has a blue eye they are both purple.They like to bob about in the sea but when the wild wind blew they got sent to the cage. They tried to escape by sliding under the bars of the cage. But when the Wild Wind blew they got pushed back into the cage.
Here is the riddle they want you to solve:
I slither not in sight,
Down through drain pipes,
If you see me I will hide,
But I may bite.
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 Am sharp, pointy and a little bit bitey nobody likes me,
I am a different way to give you medicine,
When you say no I decline!!!

answer Injection
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

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

i am a big hot spicy meatball flying from one toss on the grill. then i am tossed into the freezer but i will go back to grill.


Answer The Sun
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

I slither not in sight,
Down through drain pipes,
If you see me I will hide,
But I may bite.

Answer a Snake
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.