The bilingual: English/ Welsh Flitlits Junior concept grew from a series of educational, humorous stories written in a lyrical format for children ages 7+ years. The illustrations are presented in cartoon format.
A follow on concept, titled The Flitlits, features more mature, traditional illustrations, suited to young learners of ages 8-11 years. The concepts act as stand alone but may be accessed sequentially.
The overwhelming success of pilot work at U.K. schools and beyond is demonstrated in this pilot school video, that features the follow-on Flitlits’ concept. Further videos, that feature the Flitlits Junior concept and filmed at Palmerston Primary School, Barry, Wales, U.K., are available for viewing by request.
An invitation by the National Grid for Learning/ Welsh Joint Education Committee during 2012 to submit the junior concept led to an early version being digitised and launched as a major new educational resource in English and in Welsh. The thirteen narrated stories, accompanied by digital grammar exercises and maths games, later migrated and continue to feature on Hwb, the Welsh Digital Learning Platform.
The first bilingual print book in the follow on Flitlit series, titled The Funny Fair/ Miri Yn Y Ffair, was commissioned by John Catt Educational Ltd. as both first and second language titles. U.S.English titles are pending.
A series of three Flitlit iOS apps for the iPad features English, Welsh and U.S. English versions of the text and narration. They can be accessed here.
The creation of the apps was made possible thanks to the support of the Creative Industries Sector of the Welsh Government.
Both the narrated bilingual Flitlits Junior stories and the Flitlit adventures are available on CDs for blind and partially sighted young learners free of charge at Talking Books Wales/ Llyfrau Llafar Cymru.
Current and future additions to the Flitlits Junior and The Flitlits’ concepts include e-books, audio books and associated classroom resources.
Plans for the creation of a framework for an edutainment video game by a Welsh university follows a prestigious competition win by the Flitlits/ Flitlits Junior concepts. The international competition was set by the Frankfurt Book Fair for presentation at Gamescom, Cologne 2016.
Learning with Flitlits Junior
The entertaining, educational components of the FLITLITS JUNIOR package help children to learn in and out of school. Along with helping to improve literacy and numeracy standards, they aim to inspire a life-long love of learning, engender creativity and enhance social and emotional development.
The package is multi-modal and cross-curricular, with a map of the ethereal setting demonstrating attributes designed to centralise and encourage activities and logical thinking.
Pending maths games and apps aim to provide opportunities to enhance numeracy skills.
Further details are outlined in the EDUCATORS section on the menu bar.
The Map/ Setting
Fussbut, Seldom See is a wondrous land lost in time, so named since children may fuss, but access it only by means of their imagination.
It is a land that invites them to visit, discover and explore.
Four stars: Sol-Fa, Shift, Aglow and Glee govern the land and the ethos of the concept. They influence the musicality of the characters and language, action, vibrancy and fun.
The land is set out in plots, each housing a character/characters and landmarks that provide multitude opportunities for
- interpretational discussion
- cross-curricular lesson planning.
Each plot, with its associated landmark/s, links to an appropriate element of generic curricula. Collectively, they deliver messages about values through entertaining, engaging means. They also enhance imagination and stimulate children to create adventures of their own.
Cognitive, Physical and Social Skills
- logic and reasoning
- Auditory and visual processing speeds
Cognition can be incorporated into lesson planning by means of the attributes on offer by the FLITLITS JUNIOR concept.
Dreaming up new characters and plots, for example, engenders creativity, artwork, logical thinking and play-acting.
Hot-seating and role-play corners may be based on places featured on the map, with masks and props enabling children to retell and act out the stories.
Children may imagine different scenarios to change endings. Based on the children’s understanding and knowledge of the characters, they are able to place the characters in different situations and relate how they feel the characters would react.
Pictures of the characters, surrounded by adjectives that best describe them, are extremely effective. The distinctive illustrations lend themselves to the development of descriptive writing and free role play, particularly through the use of role play cards in role play corners.
A simple key prop for each character, such as a hat or cloak, would be all that children need to project what they know of a character into a role play situation. Adult roles in terms of response and facilitation of good quality questioning is crucial.
The surreal FLITLITS JUNIOR characters flit about and float freely, depicting a sense of freedom and movement. This offers them a bird’s eye view of their home plots, co-characters and the landmarks depicted on the map. These attributes complement the humour and flow of the language.
Interaction is key to the central core of the stories involving the characters that children can identify with within their own lives. The Flitlits interact by telling jokes, squabbling, scheming and plotting, involving friendships and rivalries.
The central character, Jester Bit, is a scamp with a heart. His mischief brings about challenges and camaraderie that allow children to learn about compassion, empathy, teamwork and a sense of fair play.
Flitlits Junior/ Setting and Curricula
Stars Sol-Fa, Shift, Aglow and Glee/ The Shadows of Pitch
Influences and Effects/ Astronomy/ Atmospheric Science
Prank Plot and Jester’s Fun House
Interaction/ Fun/ Play
Wonder Plot, Snail Tail and Pretty-Bent Tent
Wonderment/ Geography/ Leisure and Recreation/ Transport
Dot Plot and The Puzzling Pit
Information Technology/ Science/ Invention/ Librarianship/ Woodwork
Grand Plot, The Mayor’s Mansion and Fussbut Ditch
Citizenship/ Administration/ Amphibian Science
Swank Plot and Jake’s Clocks
Duality and History, as represented by the clocks/ time on the map. Fashion/Dressing up
Bloom Plot, Lucky-Duck Farm and Plot-a-Lot Stream
Horticulture/ Husbandry/ Animal Welfare
Blot Plot and the Weather Feather
Plum Plot and Potty Palace
Constitutional Issues/ Arboretum Studies
Pull Plot and its Magnets
Gale Vale and The Wish Dish
Nature/ Mystery/ Herbalism
Hot Plot, The Seesaw Sea and Shock Rocks
Nautical Science/ Marine Biology/ PSH Education
Pine Plot and the All-Pine Horn
Forestry/ Ornithology /Music
Ponder Plot, Mistake Break and Water Lily Lake – with visiting dolphins
- with visiting dolphins /PSH Education/ Aquatics
Shake-a-Leg Green / Floating-Glowball Nets
Play/ Out- door activities/ Games - including Floating Glowball and Games 'Shake', 'Break' and 'Fake'/ Moving goalposts.
Muddle Maze and Air Stairs
Geometric architecture/ Puzzlement
Geometric Studies / Architecture/ Puzzlement
The Winged Ship, Sonic
Topographic features on the map such as:
– such as:
- Shock Rocks
- Surprise Rise
- Muddle Maze
- Mistake Break
- Share Square
- Puzzling Pit
- Ponder Plot
- Bored Ford
- Wonder Plot
- Wonder Border
Initial Feedback /School Pilot Work
“We are deeply embroiled in ‘Flitlit Fever’ in 4J – in fact, it has taken over our lives somewhat! We have read the stories, analysed the language, looked for poetic devices, written reviews, composed anthems, designed book covers, written raps, de-constructed characters, examined story lines… and even tried creating new characters and plots! It has been a thoroughly enjoyable time that has truly harnessed the enthusiasm of my year 4 children. Our plans for a ‘Flitlit Friday’ are a work in progress but will include: a short drama, an I.T. presentation, DVD… and a few more surprises!”
Further FLITLITS JUNIOR products are being designed and created to assist teachers, parents and carers in the teaching of English as a primary or additional language.
- Print Books
- Audio Books
- PRINTED MAPS of Fussbut, Seldom See, available in various sizes
- A4 PRINTS of the FLITLITS JUNIOR CHARACTERS, with stimulating backgrounds
- A4 PRINTS of SCROLLS that identify individual plots with associated characters and landmarks
- Maths games that provide opportunities to enhance numeracy skills
Future Products will be documented on www.flitlitsjunior.co.uk as the initiative progresses.