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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Nicola Cowell says...
What a fantastic day! This is the second year that Ron has been to our school and on both occasions the children and staff have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We started with a pirate puppet show for reception and year one which was great fun. Year one then had a workshop on how to bring hand puppets to life. In the afternoon we made our own puppets which turned out really well. Ron is very flexible and easy to work with. Definitely good value for money and a great end of topic treat for the Read More
11th February 2014 9:31pm
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Helen Morehen says...
Ron's workshop was a brilliant accompanyment to our creative topic "Sun Sea Sand"
The children loved the Punch andJudy show and were thrilled to be able to handle the puppets and have a go themselves.
Thanks again for a great day at the seaside!
13th June 2013 3:39pm
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Mr Crouzieres says...
A brilliant day, which was enjoyed by the staff and children alike. Ron was very good with the children, very entertaining and extremely patient and accommodating to our 90 children. Thoroughly enjoyed the puppet show and the children learnt a lot from the workshop. The children went on to make amazing puppets inspired by his work. We would highly recommend him.
28th March 2013 12:44pm
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Mrs Helen Roberts says...
A big thanks to Ron and his puppets for a thoroughly enjoyable day! All of the children loved the puppet show and year 2 were over the moon with the marionette puppets they made. A fantastic learning experience. Will see you again next year Ron!
13th March 2013 3:50pm
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Alyson Miller says...
Thank you Ron, What a fantastic day! All the children have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I would definitely recommend you.

Thanks again,
Alyson

18th January 2013 3:02pm
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