Traditional Tales...presented in puppetry!

Stories and Fables


About the workshop

This workshop day provides a compelling and memorable hook to immerse your class in a wide range of traditional tales.

The retelling of folk and fairy stories through the medium of puppetry engages the children's imagination.

Teachers can target many of the key objectives set out in the National Curriculum.

  • Becoming increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales.
  • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read and vocabulary.
  • Listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently.

The workshops provide the ideal platform for further discussion, role play and for children to invent their own stories.

There are stories from India, China, England, Germany and Eastern Europe. Versions of some the stories occur in other cultures under a different name.

Below are many of the National Curriculum skills which can be enhanced through these workshops.

Year 1 Programme of Study:

Listening to and discussing a wide range of stories at a level beyond that at which they can read independently.

Becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics.

Discussing the significance of the title and events.

Making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.

Predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far.

Year 2 Programme of Study:

Listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently.

Becoming increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales.

Recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry.

Making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.

Answering and asking questions.


Characters

Here are some of the wonderful puppet characters from our current shows.

Princess

Princess from The Feathers Of The Bird Venus a story from India.

Sir Humphrey

Sir Humphrey from The Fish And The Ring a Yorkshire folk tale.

Sir John Lambton

Sir John Lambton from The Lambton Worm a famous folk story from North East England.

Mr Clever Cloggs

Mr Clever Cloggs from The Soup Stone a tale from Eastern Europe.

The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper from The Pied Piper of Hamelin a story from Germany.

Witch and Fairy

Witch and Fairy from The Three Wishes a classic fairy story.

Sprite

Sprite, the tree spirit from The Trusting Peasant another classic tale.

Pirate

The pirate from Why The Sea Is Salty a lovely children's story.

Emperor

The Emperor in The Willow Pattern Story a well known fable from China.

Bad brother

The bad brother from The Stone Lion a moralistic folk tale.

Wolf and Sheep

Wolf from The Wolf And The Seven Little Lambs a story for younger children.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the workshop last?
This is a half day workshop which takes place in the morning. It can be extended to a full day by including puppet making in the afternoon if required.
How many stories will be included?
There will be three stories from our current list. We rotate the shows so please ask which three are currently in use or request a specific show and we will try to meet your requirements.
How long does each show last?
Each show lasts from ten to fifteen minutes but with the introduction and discussion after the show allow 45 minutes.
Do we need to use the school hall?
If you have a large classroom or other suitable indoor space which is big enough for all of the children to fit in that will be fine. Otherwise the school hall will be required.
What is the format for the day?
When you send in an enquiry we will reply with a quotation and a timetable for the day. We are flexible on timings and will adjust to fit in with your needs.
How many children can take part?
We can manage two classes comfortably. Up to four classes is possible.
How much do you charge?
Prices vary. Please submit the enquiry form to receive a quotation. We are based in the North of England it is therefore expensive to travel and stay in the Midlands, London and the South East. Travel is included in your quotation.

The Lambton Worm is a famous folk story from the North East of England. The song "The Lambton Worm" is very well known by local people.



Comments (13)

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k Richardson says...
We have all had a fantastic day with Ron. The children (Year 1 and Year 2) loved every minute of it. The pirate puppet show in the morning was very engaging, every single child was glued to it due to Ron's humour and charisma. There was a lot of opportunity for the children to really show their creativity in the afternoon when we made our very own puppets! The children were extremely proud of their puppets and cant wait to take them home (after we have shown them off on our puppet/toy display Read More
13th October 2015 3:47pm
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Sarah Lovell says...
An exciting and engaging day was had by all of Key Stage One. Ron's charismatic and humourous puppet show had the children hooked in the morning and they couldn't wait to make their own puppets in the afternoon. The puppet making was simple yet effective, enabling children to let their individuality and creativity shine through. Our children left school feeling proud and ready to show their puppets. Thank you Ron!
3rd February 2015 4:55pm
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David Cowie says...
A great day all round, children loved the show and the making sessions, which have set up our DT and English learning for the rest of the half term. super.
15th January 2015 3:43pm
Lisa Holyland says...
St Annes school would like to thank Ron Wood for a fabulous Pirate day in the Spring Term. Adults and children in year 1 spent the day dressed as pirates. They learnt many facts about Pirate life and pirate history. They also throughly enjoyed watching the funny puppet show and creating an age appropiate puppet on the afternoon. Ron was a very friendly man and was willing to help us make some video clips about jobs onboard the pirate ship. These helped to engaged the children in our next Read More
25th March 2014 12:39pm
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N Patel says...
The children really enjoyed the day and gained so much from all aspects of it. Ron was very accomodating and personable with the children. The puppet show and puppet making were well resourced and children were fully involved and engaged throughout. This is the second time that we have used Ron's company and we would definately do so again.
14th March 2014 4:01pm
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