Animated tales

Animated Tales for Year 5

Animated Tales are an absolute MUST for anyone with an interactive whiteboard. They consist of magical tales, wonderful poetry and motivating facts which are linked to our Plans and Topics. Each Animated Tale or Fact can be used with the whole class or a small group. They consist of engaging stories, classical or traditional poems and information packs which children can read or hear aloud. The animations link to more information or further activity suggestions.

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Ali Baba

This tale from other cultures is from the well-known Arabian Nights and is told in 39 slides, each divided into 2 sections. Hover over each section to reveal the story. Ali Baba discovers a cave where thieves have hidden their stolen treasure. Using the magic words, he enters the cave and takes home three bags of gold. But when his rich and greedy brother, Cassim, learns of the stash, he attempts a bolder raid and is murdered by the thieves, who then go after Ali Baba. Ali Baba’s faithful and quick-thinking servant, Morgiana, foils the robbers’ plan. In return, she is granted her freedom.

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Dong with a Luminous Nose

This atmospheric and intriguing traditional tale is a poem is told in 8 slides. It follows the sad and wistful tale of the Dong who has ‘loved and lost’ having grown attached to one of the Jumblies. We learn why he came to have a light on the end of his nose. There are opportunities to discuss the rhyming patterns in each verse and how these change throughout the poem. The way that each line of the poem appears also reflects the mood and scene. There is much to consider regarding mood and atmosphere as the darkness and lightness and choice of colours reflect each section of the tale.

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Green Grow the Rushes O

This is a rhyme and pattern poem told in 12 slides. It provides an excellent cross-curricular opportunity to talk about symbolism in religion, mostly with reference to Christianity. Each slide presents a zodiac sign alongside another picture or image that encourages children to think about what they represent. Click on the images and an explanation of the possible numerical symbolism appears. The importance of 12 can be referred to as there are 12 months as shown by a zodiac sign in each section. The rhyming scheme includes repetition and encourages the class to remember and recite what has come before.

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Told through 17 slides, this is a narrative poem that describes how one highwayman’s visit to an inn and his encounter with the landlord’s daughter ends in tragedy. After the highwayman leaves the inn, soldiers arrive and tie up Bess, the landlord’s daughter. Could King George’s men have had a tip off from a jealous admirer? Follow what Bess tries to do when she gets hold of a soldier’s musket. Several slides contain an icon which when clicked, presents historical information or higher order questions about the characters to encourage children’s thinking.

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Rat and Ship's Captain

This is a narrative poem translated into English and told in 14 slides with the option to select with or without narration. It is also an example of an Arabic dialogue poem, which are generally about everyday lives of working people and often contain a moral: in this case, the consequences of being too greedy. Ahmad, the ship’s captain, is annoyed by the damage the rat has done to the food and clothing supply. The rat and captain argue, each putting forth their arguments eloquently, though cannot reach an agreement. When the rat refuses to leave, the captain orders the ship to be capsized and so the rat drowns. Children could consider what the moral may be here and discuss whether the captain was right in capsizing the ship. The poem is told in rhyming couplets and there are idioms on each slide, therefore providing opportunity to discuss poetic devices throughout.

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This is a purely pictorial recount of the traditional Arabic tale in 5 slides. King Shahryar is known for executing all his brides as he does not trust them. However, he has met his match! On the night of their marriage, Scheherazade, the king’s new bride, begins to tell him a tale. The king, curious about how the story ends, cannot execute her. Each night as soon as she finishes the tale, Scheherazade only begins a new one, and so the king has to postpone her execution again. This continues for 1,001 nights. After learning the tale these slides could act as prompts for children to recount the tale in their own words.

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The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Told in 43 slides, this is an historical fiction story with familiar settings depicting one community’s struggle to form an Agricultural Union. The first slide sets the scene in the form of a poem, with a rhythm that matches the riders galloping in the dead of night. In the story, Hettie’s father is a landowner and pays farmworkers such low wages that many are on the brink of starvation. Jem, a good friend of Hettie, is a farmworker’s son and his father and others like him want to form an agricultural union to demand better wages. When Hettie overhears her father’s plan to arrest those involved, she attempts to help the workers. With her reading skills she deciphers a document that may land the workers in gaol. However, despite her help, the workers are unsuccessful and many are taken and arrested. This is a great opportunity to discuss the struggles of working class.