Moorlands Primary School

Week 4-5

We are continuing our topic on Heroes with a focus on the book 'Traction Man'. We have included a range of activities for you to mix and match over the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy! Feel free to put your own twist on-tell us your story on a video, draw us a design using chalk outside. We've loved seeing all your amazing hard work in any form, keep it coming! 

Traction Man is Here

  • Research different action figures that are available for sale in local shops / online. Make a table to show the features and prices. Use sorting diagrams to compare them. Carry out a survey to find out which one(s) people prefer.
  • Design and build a box for a new Traction Man action figure or accessory.
  • Traction Man's enemies are everyday objects (e.g. a poisonous dishcloth, the Wicked Professor Spade). Can you design a new enemy for him?
  • Create a map of the house and label it to show the different adventures that Traction Man has in each part.
  • The inside cover shows a letter from Traction Man's owner to Santa, explaining that his old Traction Man had a 'Terrible Parachute Accident'. Can you write a story about this to explain what happened?
  • Write a letter from the boy to Santa to say 'Thank you' for the new Traction Man toy.
  • Retell the story from Traction Man's point of view.
  • Create a written, radio or video advert to persuade children to buy a new Traction Man toy.
  • Traction Man uses everyday household objects to carry out his adventures. Think of other objects and make a list of ways that Traction Man could use them... or ways that they could cause problems for him!
  • Choose one of the pictures and think of a caption to describe what is happening.
  • Traction Man's Warfare Shirt is covered in examples of onomatopoeia. Can you think of any more?
  • Write a story about a new Traction Man adventure, e.g. Traction Man repairs the Giant Intergalactic People Mover.
  • Create character profiles for all of the characters in the story, including the boy and his family.
  • Find the descriptive language used in the story (e.g. foamy waters, supersonic, hoist) and use this to create a collection of vocabulary that you can use in your own writing.
  • Make a set of instructions to teach people how to look after a pet scrubbing brush.
  • Carry out some drama activities based on the story. Could you perform part of it... or try some hot-seating to ask 'Traction Man' some questions?
  • At the end of the story, an evil pair of scissors is approaching Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush. Can you write about what happens next?
  • Create a set of speech / thought bubbles for Traction Man at different points in the story to explain how he is feeling. Can you tell by his facial expressions and body language?
  • Make your own model of Traction Man and / or Scrubbing Brush.
  • Design (and make) a set of new costumes for Traction Man. Use the Character outlines below to plan your designs.