Year2 & Year3 Animated Tales

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

Year2 & Year3

Limericks

These humorous poems by a single author, Edward Lear, are nonsensical limericks that all feature an animal. There are 6 limericks with one slide for each. There is plenty to discuss regarding nonsense: Why do you think Lear wrote nonsensical poems? Can you work out the syllable patterns for each line? E.g. the first limerick would be 9 9 6 6 10, but are they all the same? Discuss how the rhyme is equally important to the rhythm for these kinds of poems.

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)

6 screens

Punch and Judy

This rendition of Punch and Judy follows a day in the life of Punch, Judy, the baby and crocodile. Judy is a modern day working mother and Punch is a stay-at-home dad. Today is disastrous, with spills, messes and things getting broken. A large booming voice eventually commands everyone to calm down - it’s the puppeteer! The characters turn out to be puppets after all, and the puppet master helps restore order. Many slides have suggested activities, such as a recipe for Toad in the Hole when Punch tries to cook sausages. There is a set of suggestions entitled 'How to be a good parent' and plenty of historical information about the original Punch and Judy shows.

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

Rowena Loved Trees

Rowena adores trees, but lives high up in a block of flats in a city. One day, after a rather unpleasant time at school, she ventures out to the woods. She climbs a tree but, as she reaches the top, she slips and falls. On her way down she grasps a magical pine cone which enables her to fly. We follow her adventures until she returns safely to the ground. There are writing activities linked to the story, for example: identifying other places or things you would climb. There is also information about woodlands.

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

Sean and the Small Suitcase

This is a story in a familiar setting. Sean, his two brothers and his mum have moved in with Granny, much to her chagrin. When his granny loses her patience with his untidiness, Sean becomes proactive and builds blue and red shelves to organise his room, and discovers he enjoys tidying. Granny tells him he should go tidy up the attic. Sean finds an old suitcase containing his grandfather’s old toy cars. As a reward, Sean is allowed to keep them. Children could write about a time they were told to do something they thought they wouldn’t enjoy only to discover they did.

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)

30 screens