Year 1 Animated Tales

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

Year 1

Bold the Bad

This animated tale is a lively story about a cat called Bold. Bold prowls around the house yowling, growling and stealing food until one day something awful happens to him. A trip to the vet helps Bold recover, but an unexpected ending to the story means Bold will never be quite the same again. In each engaging, animated screen children explore the image until they spot the moving fish head in order to progress the story. This story in a familiar setting would be helpful during topic work on people who help others, to stimulate discussion about animal welfare, or as a starting point for creative writing.

This Animated Tale is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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18 screens

Felix the Proper Cat

This is the story of Felix. Choose to read the story yourself, or have the story read to you. In this story with familiar settings, Dad brings home a new kitten called Felix. Hobbes the dog is not happy! He says that Felix isn't a proper cat as Felix doesn't catch mice, doesn't sleep all day, and can't even miaow! Initially Felix is upset, but he soon learns that he can be a proper cat. This resource would be useful when learning about pets or during story time.

This Animated Tale is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
Download .swf (PC)

30 screens

Kangaroo and Porpoise

This is a traditional Aboriginal story about the Kangaroo and the Porpoise. Listen to the narration as you click through the beautifully animated illustrated screens. Use the tale to inspire questions about animals and their young, and encourage children to make predictions about what may happen next. The two animals face problems when they hunt for food, and trying to solve their problem results in them being even worse off! Use this story as an example of tales from other cultures, or as a traditional myth which explains how animals got their features. Use it to inspire children in creating their own versions of the tale.

This Animated Tale is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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12 screens

Phoenix

This animated tale is a fascinating and visually appealing set of 4 animated screens which can be looped to show the repeating pattern of the life cycle of a phoenix. The intriguing story begins with an egg on a fire. The egg hatches into a baby phoenix which grows and flies across a stunning mountain range, eventually returning to its starting point on the fire to die and be reborn. There is no text or narration, so this animation would make a fantastic stimulus for class storytelling and to promote adventurous vocabulary choices.

This Animated Tale is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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4 screens

The Favourite T-Shirt

This animated tale tells the story of Michael and his favourite tiger t-shirt. At first, the t-shirt is too big, but as Michael grows, it eventually becomes too small. Michael insists on wearing the t-shirt all the time, even though it is too small for him! His mum, dad, uncle, auntie, nan and granddad all try to replace Michael’s beloved t-shirt but it is only when his brother buys him a football shirt that Michael can give up the tiger t-shirt. The story uses familiar settings and repeating patterns. There are discussion opportunities throughout the story, including questions about favourite clothing, unwanted presents, football and why we wear different clothes for different occasions. Children are prompted to discuss Michael and how he behaves during the story. Use this story to support work on favourite things, football or saying thank you.

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)

31 screens

The Magic Rucksack

The Magic Rucksack is the story of Rob, who finds a dirty old rucksack one day. His mum wants to throw it away, but Rob persuades her to wash it and soon it’s his favourite bag. He collects all sorts of treasures from a wood, a beach, a lane and his own back yard – including a mysterious key – and keeps them in the rucksack. One night, a burglar gets more than he bargained for when he tries to take Rob's special rucksack! The tale uses familiar settings and contains several activities and discussion prompts to use with the children. Predict what will happen next, answer questions about favourite bags, read information texts about things we’d find in the woods or at the beach and answer questions about finding treasures. This adventure story would be useful during topic work on treasure, the outdoors, magical items or as a starting point for creative writing.

This Animated Tale is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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25 screens

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.

This Animated Tale is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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31 screens

Time Machine

The Time Machine is a short animated tale, designed to stimulate creative thinking and/or writing. Two children visit the park and find a box with ‘time machine’ printed on the side. They get in and the time machine takes off. A question appears on screen: ‘What Happens Next?’ with an invitation for the children to decide. This resource would be useful during topic work on events in history, or as a starting point for creative writing or role play. The story can be looped, to allow the children to come up with as many time travelling adventure stories as they can!

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)

5 screens