This week, we will be looking at different fairy stories and traditional tales. First spend some time talking to your child about the stories they know. Can they remember the titles and characters of any? Today and tomorrow, we will focus on Little Red Riding Hood. The children have learnt this story in school. If you have this story at home, show them the cover and see what they can remember of the plot. Then read the story to them. Below, you will find a story to read on-screen and a printable page.
Print the activity below and talk about each of the characters. Ask your child to cut out the words and then read them to your child so that they can stick them in the correct character box. If you don’t think your child is on the right track, try asking them why they made that choice. They may have misunderstood the word or they may need you to read the story to them again.
Today and tomorrow, we will focus on Jack and the Beanstalk. The children have also learnt this story in school. If you have this story at home, show them the cover and see what they can remember of the plot. Then read the story to them. Below, you will find a printable page of the story. Ask your child to draw their favourite character and write some words to describe them.
Help your child to stick the pictures of the events of Jack and the Beanstalk on the story map below. Can they use the completed map to retell the story? Encourage them to use ‘Once upon a time’ or ‘Long ago’ to begin their story.
Discuss the film clip below with your child. How does it make them feel? It may make them feel sad that the dancer cannot leave her tower. You could point out that she is happy in the end! What do they like and dislike about it? Do they have any questions or puzzles? What happens when she leaves the tower? How do we know her dancing is what makes the clock go? Will she have to stay in the tower now? Ask them about other stories that this one makes them think of (we call these connections). It has parallels with Rapunzel. If they do not immediately notice the link, you could ask them if they know any other stories where the character is stuck in a tower.
After your discussion, complete the 'Tell Me Grid' (below) with your child record their thoughts. They could write the shorter words and you could write the longer ones.