Year 2 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 2

Lofty the Lion

A beautifully illustrated story about animals. Discover how Lofty the Lion realises the importance of friendship. Lofty boasts that he is the king of the jungle and that no feat is beyond him. One by one he loses his friends, including Harry Hyena, Jeremy Jackal and Annie Anteater. One day, hunters approach their territory and as the other animals run to hide, Lofty comes face to face with the shooters. At the last minute, they lower their guns and spare Lofty. When Lofty returns to his friends he admits that he too was afraid. All is forgiven and Lofty is able to rekindle his friendships. There are opportunities to discuss animals and habitats of the African plains as well as links to PSHE and friendship issues.

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)

26 screens

Maisie

A whimsical fantasy story with repeating patterns. Maisie awakens to find her pet dragon has disappeared. She goes on a hunt to find him and on the way encounters characters with alliterative names, such as the tall teacher, short shopkeeper and bossy builder! Exhausted and seemingly out of luck, she returns home, only to find him curled up on his bed in her room. The final slide shows a story map of Maisie’s hunt, giving children a perfect opportunity to recount the story in their own words. This would be great as part of a storytelling unit.

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)

13 screens