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Traditional Stories

This week will be looking at a variety of traditional stories / fairy tales and be discussing their features.  We will focus on the story of Cinderella and write down a short version of it.

 

Day 1 – Story beginning

Watch the story of Cinderella being read.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8giBVshTiQ

 

Things to discuss

How does the story start?  Once upon a time…

 

Discuss whether this is a non-fiction or fiction book:  Compare this book to Yucky Worms and Snail.  These are non-fiction books - What is non-fiction?  How do those non-fiction books compare to Cinderella (a fiction book)?  Is this book about facts?  Is this story made up?

 

How is the story different to other stories you know?  Do all stories have magic/fairies like this one?  (Compare to There’s a Tiger in the Garden – it doesn’t have magic – it just uses imagination.)  Do all stories have talking animals?  (Compare to We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – did the bear talk in that?  No it was actually like a real bear.)

 

Practice Re-telling and Writing

Ask them: What happened at the start of the story?  (Go back and watch the first part again up to 1:40.)  Practice re-telling the story until they can put it into their own words.

 

Write down a short version of how the story starts.  Make sure you start with ‘Once upon a time’.

 

Example of what they could write

Once upon a time, there was a girl and she had a wicked stepmother.

 

Drawing

Afterwards, they could draw their favourite part from the story. 

 

Day 2 – Middle of the story

Practice Re-telling and Writing

Ask them: What happened in the next part of the story?  (Go back and watch the middle part of the story - from 1:40 to 2:42.)  Practice re-telling the next part of the story together until they can put it into their own words.

 

Re-read the first part of the story you have already written.  Write down a short version of middle part of the story immediately after yesterday’s writing.

 

Example of what they could write

The fairy came to help her and turned her into a princess.

 

Day 3 – Story ending

Practice Re-telling and Writing

Ask them: What happened in the last part of the story?  (Go back and watch the last part of the story - from 2:42 to the end.)  Practice re-telling the last part of the story together until they can put it into their own words.

 

Re-read what you have written down so far.  Write down a short version of last part of the story immediately after yesterday’s writing.

 

Example of what they could write

She went to the ball, met a prince and lived happily ever after.

 

Read back the whole story that you wrote together.  Celebrate the achievement.

 

Other traditional stories to learn about

 

Watch the story of Hansel and Gretel being read.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDQib9yeEn0

 

Watch the story of The Three Little Pigs being read.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpEBv1GFte4

 

Watch the story of Little Red Riding Hood being read.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivg_Yc-YDYo


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