Reception & Year1 Animated Tales

Animations of magical tales, classical and traditional poems and information texts for children to watch and listen to or practise reading aloud.

Reception & Year1

Chicken Licken

This animated tale is a modern and colourful retelling of the classic children’s story. Chicken Licken is convinced the sky is falling down, and goes to tell the zookeeper. He gathers his friends Cyril Squirrel, Thelma Lemur, Matt the Bat, Deborah Zebra, and Zippo Hippo as he goes. Dialogue pops up on each of the 8 screens to move the story along. The lively and funny screens contain many useful devices to support work in the classroom, such as speech bubbles and rhyming words. Ask the children to make predictions about the story as you read it, and develop their memory skills by getting them to remember the names of all the animals. Use this animated tale when working on retelling familiar stories or learning about rhyme.

This Animated Tale is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
Download .swf (PC) | Download .exe (PC without Flash Player) | Download .app (Mac)

8 screens

Little Boy Blue

A retelling of the favourite nursery rhyme ‘Little Boy Blue’. This version of the traditional tale has an unusual twist towards the end – when the question is asked, ‘Who will wake him?’ several rhyming couplets suggest different animals which may wake the boy up. The animation ends with the idea that all the animals may wake Little Boy Blue with a dance. This resource would be useful during work on familiar rhymes and tales, or when exploring rhyming words in literacy.

This Animated Tale is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
Download .swf (PC) | Download .exe (PC without Flash Player) | Download .app (Mac)

20 screens

The Blanket

This animated tale tells the story of Sam and a very special blanket. The story has a familiar setting, and begins with a description of the blanket. Click the blanket to bring up questions and activity ideas based on initial sounds, special objects and making predictions. As the story unfolds there are further discussion prompts and information texts about trees and woodland creatures. The story has a happy ending, and challenges preconceptions the children may have about the central character’s name. This story can be used when working on topics about woodland, writing about familiar and special objects, or when predicting what may happen next in a story.

This Animated Tale is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
Download .swf (PC) | Download .exe (PC without Flash Player) | Download .app (Mac)

21 screens