Looking for a one-stop shop of storytelling resources? The Travelling Tales series from ABC School Supplies: What the Ladybird Heard is a great bank of cross-curricular resources that can be used to plan a series of lessons centred around a quality text. What more could you want?
What the Ladybird Heard comes from the masterful penmanship of Julia Donaldson and tells the tale of a small ladybird who overhears the cunning plan of robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len. The ladybird and all her farmyard friends get to work to foil the robbers’ plans to steal a prize cow, teaching pupils the importance of listening and the significance of even the smallest and seemingly insignificant individual.
This Travelling Tales story sack includes an audio book CD of the story to help save your voice! There are also finger puppets of the animals found on the farm and a printed story mat to help pupils re-tell the story in a memorable way. Other cross-curricular resources to help engage reluctant readers in their reading include a board game and a non-fiction book.
• Find inspiration and plan a series of effective storytelling lessons using the Teacher Guide included in every Travelling Tales sack.
• Help your pupils learn important storytelling skills and make links between what they are reading and other activities and subjects using the cross-curricular resources included.
• Excite your pupils about reading with the fantastically funny story of What the Ladybird Heard.
What’s in the Travelling Tales sack?
1 x copy of What the Ladybird Heard with audio book CD
1 x set of animal finger puppets
1 x printed mat of a farm
1 x non-fiction book
1 x Listening Lotto game
1 x Teacher Guide
Contents may vary from description.
Reasons to Love:
• Quality texts from well known authors, great for sharing with children; the patterned language promotes choral reading and retelling, naturally encouraging audience participation!
• Each bag provides a window into a new world where the children can learn new ideas and information through engaging and exciting stories
• Good quality materials support the texts, allowing children to create their own play with the characters, further developing vocabulary and language
• Each bag contains a related non-fiction text, developing the idea of the story with further information
• The games link to the text and provide the opportunity to work collaboratively and take turns, while extending and developing the story
Communication and Language and Understanding
• After listening to stories, children can express views about events or characters in the story and answer questions about why things happened.
Expressive arts and design
• This involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. It involves providing children with opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities including role-play.
• Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes
• They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through … role-play and stories
Letters and Sounds: Enjoying and sharing books
• Experience shows that children benefit hugely by exposure to books from an early age. Right from the start, lots of opportunities should be provided for children to engage with books that fire their imagination and interest. They should be encouraged to choose and peruse books freely as well as sharing them when read by an adult. Enjoying and sharing books leads to children seeing them as a source of pleasure and interest and motivates them to value reading.
• The National Curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing. Pupils should develop a capacity to explain their understanding of books and other reading, and to prepare their ideas before they write.
• Pupils should be able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role. They should have opportunities to improvise, devise and script drama for one another and a range of audiences, as well as to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances.
• Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.
• Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.