Understanding Traditional Stories is a photocopiable teacher resource book containing a range of fairy tales, fables and folktales from around the world. It will help teachers to address the requirements of the September 2014 National Curriculum whereby Key Stage 1 pupils are required to become 'very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics.' The traditional tales are accompanied photocopiable activities, focusing on developing comprehension and reading skills. These activities will help prepare pupils for their Year 2 tests in which they are required to demonstrate that they not only have the ability to decode words and retrieve information, but also that they are able to use skills such as inference, deduction and state their opinion of a text. Many of the suggested follow up activities link to PSHE and to other areas of the curriculum such as science. The speaking and listening activities for each story support the expectations of the new curriculum, which places a heavy emphasis on Key Stage 1 children being encouraged to develop these skills.
Karen Moncrieffe is an experienced primary school teacher and a former literacy co-ordinator. She currently teaches in Birmingham. Karen has produced a variety of resources for teachers to use to develop their pupils' reading and writing skills. She loves both writing and teaching, and is passionate about helping pupils to develop a love of literacy. Visit her website www.primarytexts.co.uk.
Introduction; How to Use this Book; FABLES: The Wind and the Sun (Greece); The Ant and the Grasshopper (Greece); Hare and the Tortoise (Greece); The Miller, his Son and the Donkey (Greece); The Tale of Two Fishes and a Frog (India); The Flying Turtle (India); The Singing Donkey (India); FOLK STORIES: Abu Ali Counts his Donkeys (Middle East); Rabbit Catches the Sun (America); The Giant Turnip (Russia); The Greedy Lion (Africa); Tortoise and Baboon (Africa); The Fox and the Tiger (China); The Lion and the Jackal (Africa); The Fox and the Bagpipes (Scotland); Why the Emu has Short Wings (Australia); The Lizard and the Sun (Mexico); FAIRY TALES: The Elves and the Shoemaker (Germany); The Gingerbread Man (America); The Magic Porridge Pot (Germany); The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Norway); The Ugly Duckling (Denmark); Cinderella (France); Goldilocks and the Three Bears (England); The Three Little Pigs (England)