The Jolly Postman
Bring your pupils on a virtual visit with The Jolly Postman
This virtual visit allows your pupils to visit The Jolly Postman, the ever popular children’s literary character as depicted in the books by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Joining the postman for a few minutes well-earned break, you will find out about his life as a postman, take part in activities and maybe even hear a story or two.
This virtual visit can be tailored to any age range within KS1, Y3 or Y4.
What will the virtual visit include?
The virtual visit will be tailored to suit your requirements, but as a guide will include
- welcome and introduction from The Jolly Postman
- The Jolly Postman will tell you about his life as postman in Story Town and some of the funny events that happen to him on his daily rounds, as well as what it is like to be a real postal worker
- Pupils will have the opportunity to ask The Jolly Postman questions about his life, about the work of a postal worker and the history of the postal service
- Pupils can take part in activities, helping The Jolly Postman with his workload
- Pupils can share work they have been doing related to The Jolly Postman books
The virtual visit will last between 30 and 50 minutes, depending on the amount of participation you would like your pupils to have. The virtual visit can be with any size group, large or small, although obviously the size of the group will influence the opportunities that individuals have for asking questions etc. Alternatively your visit could be split into two shorter sessions should you wish.
Links to the Curriculum
The virtual visit will enhance a class topic or work related to The Jolly Postman books. The visit can also look at the history of the postal service, how the postal service works and what it is like to be a modern postal worker.
In addition, taking part in any video conference provides many opportunities for developing speaking and listening skills. Pupils have to take turns and soon realise that it is not possible for them to all talk at once. The focused nature of the visit will encourage concentration and listening skills. The visit takes the form of a group conversation so it is an excellent vehicle for developing good listening and turn-taking behaviour.
Pupils have the opportunity to
- speak clearly, preparing beforehand what questions they are going to ask and choosing those words carefully. They will also need to take into account the needs of the presenter – speaking clearly and slowly, and repeating questions when needed (KS1 Speaking En 1a, b, c, f; KS2 Speaking En 1c, e)
- listen carefully to what is being said, and keep concentrating otherwise they may miss an instruction or learning point. Deciding if you need to ask further questions to clarify points and listen to the questions and answers that other pupils are asking as well. (KS1 Listening En 2a, b, d, e; KS2 Listening En 2c, e)
- learn how to participate in a group discussion by taking turns to speak and understanding that different people have different parts to play in a group discussion (KS1 Speaking En 3a, b; KS2 Speaking En 3a)
- speak to a wider range of people than the audience within school, and listen to adults giving detailed explanations and presentations (KS1 Speaking En 8d, 9b; KS2 Speaking En 8b, 9a)
- experience video conferencing as an ICT tool to facilitate collaboration between people separated by distance, and how this can be used as a wider tool both within and outside school (ICT KS1 5b,c)