Reception 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

Baby and the Magic Lift

An animated adventure story, with text for the teacher to read aloud. Baby goes on a journey in a magic lift that takes her up 6 floors of a skyscraper. On each floor she encounters a different world: under the sea, the ocean surface, the beach, a tall tree, in the clouds, and on the moon. Learn about the animals that live in these places by reading the information texts. Press the lift buttons to hear the sound of the lift machinery and create a sense of suspense - what world will Baby discover next? This resource would be useful for topic work about animals, creative writing and story-telling, as well as sequencing numbers and discussion about the world around us.

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Billy Goats Gruff

The traditional tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff is retold in this thrilling animation. Listen to the narration as a seamless story, or pause to explore the beautiful and lively illustrations. Let the suspense build up as each Billy Goat approaches the bridge, and give time for the children to notice repeating patterns. This resource would be useful to support work on sequencing and retelling familiar stories or as a starting point for animation work.

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Boris Flies High

Follow the adventure story of Boris the bat. Boris lives with his mum and many other relatives. Boris loves to fly, but his mum worries about him flying too high. One day, Boris flies above the clouds and meets a strange creature. The story is told with adventurous and descriptive language and includes interesting facts about bats. There are prompts to explore some of the idiomatic phrases used by Boris’s mum, such as: ‘I’m rushed off my feet.’ And ‘Your eyes are bigger than your tummy.’ There is an opportunity to continue the story and to draw a bird. This fun tale is useful during topic work about night creatures, particularly bats. You can use it as a starting point for creative writing or to explore commonly used phrases.

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Dinosaurs of England

A series of illustrated slides that begins with detailed explanations about dinosaurs found in England. The dinosaurs’ sizes are compared to familiar objects such as cars, busses and children. The Animated Tale includes an adventure story about the Megalosaurus and his bad behaviour. The story is entertaining and helps children to learn dinosaur names. This resource would be useful for topic work on dinosaurs, or as a starting point for creative writing. Listen to the narration or use the pull down screens to tell the story.

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Douglas

This is the story of Douglas, told with sound effects and illustrations of familiar settings. Douglas doesn’t like getting out of bed in the mornings and the story centres on the strange things that happen to him one day when he refuses to get out of bed. The strange events are linked to real, everyday events around him. This resource would be useful for storytelling, or class discussions about the noises we hear around us. It could also be used as a sequencing activity.

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Little Red Hen

This resource is an animated retelling of the traditional tale of ‘The Little Red Hen’. Listen to the narrator or the teacher can read the story. Each screen contains part of the story, along with animations of the hen and fellow farmyard animals. Look out for the repeating patterns. This resource would be useful when working on retelling familiar stories, to support work on sequencing or during story time in the classroom.

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Monster Goes for a Drive

This animated tale, about a monster’s drive out in the imaginary world of Monster City, has plenty of opportunity for interaction. Each of the 18 animated screens has a set of additional questions to help stimulate predictions and discussion amongst the children. The story recounts the monster’s day out and how he asked for direction, ate a picnic and drove home in the dark. This resource would be useful as a starting point for creative writing, or to use during sequencing work. It could also be used for work on captions or speech bubbles.

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Mouse Quixote

This engaging tale tells of Quixote the kitchen mouse and his desire to be a knight. When Quixote has an accident, he finds himself in a strange land and has to prove he is as brave as a real knight should be. Listen to the narrator read the story, or read the text yourself. Each screen has a delightful illustration to help the retelling of this classic fiction come to life. This resource would be useful during work on retelling familiar stories, sequencing or simply during story time in the classroom.

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Something Behind the Curtain

Something behind the curtain is an animated story that takes place in a familiar setting and is about a young girl and her fears at night time. The beautifully illustrated story contains ideas and situations which many children will relate to. Much of the story is told through letters between Molly and Something, as Molly tries to persuade Something to move out from behind her curtain. Read the story to the class, and use the question prompts and suggested activities to stimulate class discussions on fears, or to support work on letter writing.

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Swallow

This illustrated adventure story follows Swallow as he migrates from Africa to England... but unfortunately, he gets a little bit lost along the way! Choose to listen to the narration, or read the story yourself. Children will love the colourful pictures and exciting animals.

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Thad Gets to the Moon

This adventure story is about Thad, a toy astronaut who longs to be real. One night, a real astronaut lands a rocket in the garden and Thad is treated to a trip to the moon. The astronaut takes him to see an alien football match, which Thad enjoys... until the aliens spot them! Thad and the astronaut leap back to the rocket and return to Earth. This is an excellent story with facts about space, astronauts and gravity. There are links to websites for children to research more information about moon exploration and key people such as Neil Armstrong. Click on the yellow star button to reveal the scientific information or questions and ideas for writing and discussions.

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The Baby and the Rocket

In ‘The Baby and the Rocket’, Baby encounters a strange rocket at the park. The rocket takes Baby away from Earth, around the solar system and then lands on an unusual planet far from home. The plants who live on the planet give Baby a special gift before returning her home again in time for tea. This adventure story includes information texts about the planets. This story could be used to support work on the planets and our solar system, or as part of a living and growing topic. Use the story to promote discussions about what Baby saw and did.

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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.

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The Flying Baby

Follow Baby as she flies in a special plane. Read the text and learn how Baby travels far and wide, through day and night and eventually just wants to come home for her tea. She passes planets and learns all about them. Use this adventure story to promote discussion on the world around us, the solar system or as a starting point for creative writing about journeys.

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The Gingerbread Man

This animated tale retells the traditional tale of the Gingerbread Man, with a focus on the repeating patterns. You can read the story together or let the narrator tell the tale. Each slide contains animated characters from the story. Use this resource when retelling traditional stories, to support work on sequencing or rhyming words, or during story time in the classroom.

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The Monkey and The Mountain

This animated quest story tells of Monkey’s adventure when he decides to climb the mountain near his home. Monkey persuades his friends to come too, but they get more than they expect when they disturb a snow leopard! Monkey journeys on alone until he encounters more danger, and decides to snowboard his way home again. The story promotes discussion on journeys and the world around us, supports work on persuasive writing or is an engaging story to use during story time.

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The Not So Boring Day

The Not So Boring Day is an entertaining story about Winston, who wishes something exciting would happen. Read the story together, or listen to the narrator. One day, as Winston helps his mum and dad in the garden, he finds a strange egg and wonders what will hatch out of it. He learns about dragonflies and finds a baby cheetah in his living room! Winston's talking cat has quite a lot to say and there is information about seeds, new life and reproduction. This story with familiar settings would be a great starting point for story writing as a class, topic work on living and growing or as an unusual story to tell at story time.

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The Christmas Present

This brightly coloured animated tale tells the story of Tom. Listen to the narrator tell the story as the children follow along with the text. Tom knows exactly what he wants for Christmas but is not sure what to get his mum. He asks the dog, the cat, the rabbit and his baby sister for help but their suggestions are not helpful. He eventually asks his Granddad, who gives Tom some very wise advice. This story uses repeating patterns and familiar settings. Use it during work on giving at Christmas, when reflecting on how to help others or as a Christmas story to use in the classroom.

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The Pet Who Flew

This is realistic fiction with familiar settings. Tilly has always wished for a pet, but her mum and dad do not think it’s a good idea. One day, a baby swallow hurtles into Tilly’s window and knocks itself out. Tilly names him ‘Speedy’ and secretly looks after the bird. She learns how to catch flies to take care of it. She discovers that swallows migrate in winter, and in the end Speedy heads out for Africa. The final slide contains no words but children could decide whether or not Speedy returns to Tilly the following summer. Throughout, click on the nests for some discussion and writing suggestions, such as ‘have you ever had to keep a secret?’ or ‘have you ever begged your parents for something? How did you persuade them?’ as well as facts about birds and migration.

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Tom and the Sea Caves

An adventure story in a familiar setting; Tom is in trouble for throwing sand over his baby sister. He wanders along the beach and stumbles upon a cave with a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel, he discovers a fossil which, when touched, takes him back to the time of dinosaurs. He watches various dinosaurs on the beach then touches the fossil to return home. Click on the limpet shells for discussion prompts and writing tasks based on own personal experiences; as well as beach vocabulary, seaside facts, fossils and dinosaur information. An excellent cross-curricular story for Dinosaur or beach topics.

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Wind Poems

This is a set of three poems by Christina Rosetti: The Wind, Storm Wind and Whistling Wind. There are rich examples of personification, not just of the wind but of the sea and the waves. Children can discuss the powerful verbs that are used. Easy to memorise and recite, children could bring these poems to life using instruments or any other objects to produce sound and atmosphere.

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