Stig of the Dump

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By Brenda Williams

An engaging and unusual story for children, Stig of the Dump also offers an excellent introduction to a selection of cross-curricular activities.


Stig of the Dump, written by Clive King, was first published in 1963, and is now a much-loved modern classic. It tells the story of a boy called Barney who makes the unlikely friend of a cave-man called Stig. When he was a child, King’s family moved from Richmond in Surry to a village called Ash, near to Sevenoaks in Kent, where this story is set.

National Curriculum Aims:


  • Reading the poem, recognising the style and discussing rhyming words, will give children the confidence to attempt rhyming couplets of their own.
  • Exploring the story will help children to recognise key points in the literature, and encourage them to plan their own writing. Discussing different aspects will develop their verbal skills as it will allow them to clearly explain their own ideas and understanding.
  • Asking children to think of new endings and possible sequels to the story will cultivate their imagination.
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