Year 5 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 5

Ali Baba

This tale is from the well-known Arabian Nights. Hover over each picture to reveal the story. Ali Baba discovers a cave where thieves have hidden their stolen treasure. Using the magic words, he enters the cave and takes home three bags of gold. But his rich and greedy brother, Cassim, learns of the stash, and attempts a bolder raid. Cassim is murdered by the thieves, who then go after Ali Baba. Ali Baba’s faithful and quick-thinking servant, Morgiana, foils the robbers’ plan. In return, she is granted her freedom.

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Dong with a Luminous Nose

This is a classic poem by Edward Lear. It follows the sad and wistful tale of the Dong who has ‘loved and lost’, having grown attached to one of the Jumblies. We learn why he came to have a light on the end of his nose. There are opportunities to discuss the rhyming patterns in each verse and how these change throughout the poem. The way that each line of the poem appears also reflects the mood and scene. There is much to consider regarding mood and atmosphere as the darkness and lightness and choice of colours reflect each section of the tale.

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Green Grow the Rushes O

This is a rhyme and pattern poem that provides an excellent cross-curricular opportunity to talk about symbolism in religion, mostly with reference to Christianity. Each slide presents a zodiac sign alongside another picture or image that encourages children to think about what they represent. Click on the images and an explanation of the possible numerical symbolism appears. The importance of 12 can be referred to as there are 12 months as shown by a zodiac sign in each section. The rhyming scheme includes repetition and encourages the class to remember and recite what has come before.

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Highwayman

This is a narrative poem that describes how one highwayman’s visit to an inn and his encounter with the landlord’s daughter ends in tragedy. After the highwayman leaves the inn, soldiers arrive and tie up Bess, the landlord’s daughter. Could King George’s men have had a tip off from a jealous admirer? Follow what Bess tries to do when she gets hold of a soldier’s musket. Click the icon to access historical information and higher order questions about the characters to encourage children’s thinking.

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Rat and Ship's Captain

This is a narrative poem, and an example of an Arabic dialogue poem, translated into English. Play it with or without narration. Arabic dialogue poems are generally about everyday lives of working people and often contain a moral: in this case, the consequences of being too greedy. Ahmad, the ship’s captain, is annoyed by the damage the rat has done to the food and clothing supply. The rat and captain argue, each putting forth their arguments eloquently, though cannot reach an agreement. When the rat refuses to leave, the captain orders the ship to be capsized and so the rat drowns. Children could consider what the moral may be here and discuss whether the captain was right in capsizing the ship. The poem is told in rhyming couplets and there are idioms on each slide, providing opportunity to discuss poetic devices throughout.

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Scheherazade

This is a pictorial recount of the traditional Arabic tale for you to use whilst telling the story of Scheherazade and the 1001 Nights.

After learning the tale these slides could act as prompts for children to recount the tale in their own words.

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The Tolpuddle Martyrs

This is an historical fiction story depicting one community’s struggle to form an Agricultural Union. The first slide sets the scene in the form of a poem, with a rhythm that matches the riders galloping in the dead of night. In the story, Hettie’s father is a landowner and pays farmworkers such low wages that many are on the brink of starvation. Jem, a good friend of Hettie, is a farmworker’s son and his father and others like him want to form an agricultural union to demand better wages. When Hettie overhears her father’s plan to arrest those involved, she attempts to help the workers. With her reading skills she deciphers a document that may land the workers in gaol. However, despite her help, the workers are unsuccessful and many are taken and arrested. This is a great opportunity to discuss the struggles of the working class.

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The Convergence of the Twain

The Convergence of the Twain is a poem by Thomas Hardy, on the theme of the Titanic. The poem is written in sets of three rhyming lines and uses expressive language to create images. It describes the wreck and the aftermath of the fate of the ship, then flashes back to the voyage and the disastrous event itself. Click on the ship’s wheel to learn historical background information or facts about sea life, as well as writing prompts linked to this theme. With vivid imagery and some challenging vocabulary, children may need to be guided through this to begin with. It is important that children have previous knowledge of the Titanic to help their comprehension with this poem.

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The Dispute of Tea and Coffee

This is a narrative poem that tells a story, but it is mostly told through the dialogue between two main characters, though the poet himself also joins in! It was written in the 1950s in Bahrain where both were and are drunk. It has been translated from the original Arabic. It is known as a debate poem which is a common form of poetry in the Middle East.

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The Walrus and the Butterfly

This is a rhyming poem, written by Lewis Carroll for Alice through the Looking Glass. The two friends, Walrus and Butterfly, meet some oysters on the beach and invite them to their picnic. The oysters are too trusting, and the picnic turns out to be a trick. Click on the jam tart for discussion and activity prompts. Try composing a nonsense verse, or write a newspaper article about Walrus’s Oyster binge. Is this just a poem or is there a hidden message? What sort of characters are these two friends?

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