Year 6 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 6

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.

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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Perseus

A modern retelling of the classic Greek myth 'Perseus'. Each slide has a sentence cleverly animated to reflect moods or actions. Perce and his mother, Danni, have left Archie, Perce’s abusive grandfather. They now live contentedly with Dick the fisherman in a cottage by the sea. King P has his eye on Danni and becomes obsessed with her. She and Perce want King P to leave them alone. Perce leaves on a quest to figure out how to solve the problem. He comes across a dragon in a cave and devises a plan. At slide 17, children can choose a fantastical, traditional or realistic ending. A great story to accompany the myths and legends topics.

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 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 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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