Storyteller: The Little Red Hen
15 September 2008Add to My Folder
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Watch, listen and then perform your own oral version of this traditional tale
When it comes to the primary classroom, oral storytelling has a crucial role to play. It gives children opportunities to internalise and play with the patterns and rhythm of language – and helps them to improve their memory and concentration. Through retelling and performance, the building blocks of a story are being provided to children in an accessible and dynamic way, allowing them to approach their own stories and written work with greater confidence and imagination.
The Little Red Hen is a good example of a story that lends itself to classroom performance. It is simple to learn and children will find it easy to adapt and make their own. To accompany the classroom activities on these pages, an exclusive video clip (available to Child Education PLUS subscribers) and story text are available below. These resources have been taken from the new Storyteller series, published by Scholastic.
About the story
The story of The Little Red Hen has a wonderfully simple pattern and is an excellent story to be learned orally. You do have to watch that the children do not chant it so much that the rhythm takes over from the meaning. The story makes a very good first assembly for young children, as everyone can chant it together and there are a few parts to mime for those who feel confident.
Getting to know the story
Read aloud or tell the story to the children (a video clip and printable story are available on our website). Use some of the following activities to help the children get to know the story well.