Year5 & Year6 Animated Tales

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

Year5 & Year6

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.

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)

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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.

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)

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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?

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)

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