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Our Epic Storytellers bring you a rich variety of engaging folk tales from around the world, and then discuss them with a panel of teachers to uncover links to learning outcomes including literacy, numeracy, and science. Use Story-Led Learning for an effective but fun learning experience. From the team behind the Oxford Owl's "Traditional Tales" series.
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Like many Mexicans, Lola's village celebrates the Posada – a traditional Christmas parade full of song. Lola is especially excited about this year, as she will play Mary and ride atop her pet donkey Don Pedro!But her joy rapidly disappears when she learns that Don Pedro won't be allowed in the church with the rest of the village. Angry tears lead to Lola lying with a twisted ankle on a muddy riverbed, looking up at a bridge that is soon to collapse under the weight of the Posada...Based on a Mexican folk tale; adapted and read by Chip Colquhoun.Illustration by Ruth Haddock.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!For easy and fun ways to link this story to a wide variety of learning outcomes including numeracy and PE, make sure you also listen to our Epic Learning podcast.This audio is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.
Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers for a Christmas party unlike any other!Why? Because as they share festive cheer and a Christmas story, they also discuss how to draw out Learning Outcomes with fun and engaging activities.Gathering to explore our Mexican Yuletide Epic are Epic storytellers Chip and Janina; Helen, an EYFS-KS1 teacher from Buckinghamshire; Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; and Laura, a headteacher for an International School in Lanzarote.Help your children conquer ordinance surveys, states of matter, music, and more!*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!We'd love to hear how you get on with these ideas! Please leave us a review with your favourite podcast app, find us on social media @EpicTalesST, or email engage@epictales.co.ukHave a learning outcome you'd like us to cover in a future episode? Email podcast@epictales.co.uk
In the UK, the first week of December is National Grief Awareness Week – and no story is better for approaching this sensitive subject with your class than this beautiful Hindu creation myth.In the beginning, there was no night – only one long day. Yami and her brother Yama have spent this day growing from children to adulthood – and on this same day, Yami's life is about to change forever...Based on a global folk tale and adapted by Chip Colquhoun. Read by Erika Sanderson (erikasanderson.com).Illustration by Heather Rose.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!For easy and fun ways to link this story to a wide variety of learning outcomes including numeracy and PE, make sure you also listen to our Epic Learning podcast.This audio is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.
Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers as they discuss how to draw out Learning Outcomes from this week's Epic Tale with fun and engaging activities.In the UK, the first week of December is National Grief Awareness Week, and in the year of 2020 it's perhaps even more important to discuss themes of loss with your young learners. There is no better way in than the gorgeous Hindu tale of "Yami and Yama" – which will also help them master concepts such as volume, -er and -est suffixes, and more.To discuss this week's tale, Epic storyteller Chip is joined by Helen, an EYFS-KS1 teacher from Buckinghamshire; Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; and Laura, a headteacher for an International School in Lanzarote.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!We'd love to hear how you get on with these ideas! Please leave us a review with your favourite podcast app, find us on social media @EpicTalesST, or email engage@epictales.co.ukHave a learning outcome you'd like us to cover in a future episode? Email podcast@epictales.co.uk
Olaf's simple life is turned upside-down when the goat he cares for is distracted by a field of sweet-tasting flowers. But help arrives for Olaf – from a very unexpected source...Based on a global folk tale and adapted by Chip Colquhoun. Read by Erika Sanderson (erikasanderson.com).Illustration by Erica Terry-Rose.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!For easy and fun ways to link this story to a wide variety of learning outcomes including numeracy and PE, make sure you also listen to our Epic Learning podcast.This audio is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.
Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers as they discuss how to draw out learning outcomes from this week's Epic Tale with fun and engaging activities.Poor Olaf and his new animal friends can't seem to cajole his goat away from a meadow of sweet-smelling flowers – but their despair could help your young learners master parts of a plant, adjectives, area and perimeter, and more!To discuss this week's tale, Epic storyteller Chip is joined by Helen, an EYFS-KS1 teacher from Buckinghamshire; Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; and Rob, a KS2 teacher also from Buckinghamshire.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!TIMECODESIntros | 0:00Learning OutcomesFor more detailed learning outcomes, check out the Chapter Headings at epictales.buzzsprout.com"Olaf's Goat" excerpt | 2:57All-age Literacy & PSHCE: unlikely heroes; story conventions; “The Enormous Turnip”; comparing stories (7:26) | size doesn’t matter; “small heroes”; story conventions (11:44)7–11yrs Science: invasive species (9:55)4–7yrs Science & DT: plant identification; flowers; naming the senses; sensory exploration (15:07) | environmentalism; beekeeping (16:33)4–7yrs Art & PSHCE: colour; Yvonne Coomber; knowing yourself; people are different; expressing your likes and dislikes (16:49)4–7yrs Literacy and Core: problem-solving; critical thinking; persuasive writing; writing instructions (19:50) | verbs; adding -ed (20:24)4–5yrs Numeracy: adding one (22:08)7–9yrs Literacy: fact files; comparing stories; “The Enormous Turnip” (25:02) | “a day in the life”; perspective; rewriting stories; Valerie Thomas’ “Winnie and Wilbur: The Dinosaur Day” (36:52) |  Bible stories; David and Goliath (36:02)7–9yrs Numeracy, Science & DT: area and perimeter; units of measurement; shapes (26:45) | statistics; flower identification; features of wildlife; charts (27:46)All-age Science & PSHCE: life cycles; ecosystems; our impact on the planet; citizenship (34:22)7–9yrs History: unlikely heroes from history; Greek, Roman, and Norse myths; Hercules; “Arthur and the Golden Rope” (34:44)9–11yrs Numeracy: area and perimeter; composite shapes (39:28)9–11yrs Art: using natural materials; natural dyes (40:03)All-age MFL: animal names; animal sounds; including EAL children (40:27)All-age Numeracy: “How many legs?” (42:08)All-age Music and PE: different instruments; musical representation of nature; “Peter and the Wolf”; dance and movement (43:06)7–11yrs Literacy: perspective; diary writing; verbs; tenses (44:31) | changing settings (45:49)We'd love to hear how you get on with these ideas! Please leave us a review with your favourite podcast app, find us on social media @EpicTalesST, or email engage@epictales.co.ukHave a learning outcome you'd like us to cover in a future episode? Email podcast@epictales.co.uk
In the UK, a week in November is given to discuss bullying. Stories provide a safe space to explore this sensitive topic, and none moreso than the "origin" story of southern US folklore's undisputed hero!But at the start of this story, Brer Bunny (aka Brer Rabbit) doesn't seem all that heroic...Based on a folk tale from the Southern USA, adapted by Chip Colquhoun. Read by David Ault (davidault.co.uk).Illustration by Heather Rose.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!For easy and fun ways to link this story to a wide variety of learning outcomes including RE and PE, make sure you also listen to our Epic Learning podcast. Find all our podcasts at epictales.co.uk – along with further storytelling and learning resources, including storytelling videos and creative challenges for your children.This audio is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.
Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers as they discuss how to draw out learning outcomes from this week's Epic Tale with fun and engaging activities.Brer Bunny, the trickster hero of southern USA, joins us this week to help you explore the sensitive issues of Anti-Bullying Week in a safe yet hilarious environment. And along the way, your young learners can master letter writing, science experiments, and more!To discuss this week's tale, Epic storyteller Chip is joined by Helen, an EYFS-KS1 teacher from Buckinghamshire; Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; and Laura, headteacher of an International School in Lanzarote.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!TIMECODESIntros | 0:00"Brer Bunny and the Tar Bunny" excerpt | 1:50Learning OutcomesFor more detailed learning outcomes, check out the Chapter Headings at epictales.buzzsprout.comAll-age PSHCE: kindness; friendship; people can change; making good choices (6:59) | reforming characters; bullying; consequences; nobody’s perfect; people can change; being thoughtful (8:39) | dealing with emotions; shame; guilt; shifting behaviours (9:55)All-Age Literacy: trickster tales (7:42) | Brer Rabbit; stories as culture; Disney’s “The Song of the South” (14:43) | letter writing; talking through disagreements (28:20) | continuing the story; posters of classroom agreements and rules (31:27)All-age Science, DT, and PSHCE: trusting your own decisions; self-confidence; conformity; Asch’s experiment; Derren Brown (10:38) | designing and building; evaluating; responding to feedback (39:11)4–7yrs Literacy, Science, and PSHCE: listening; fact in fiction; animal noises; phonics; mindfulness (19:40)4–7yrs Science, Geography, and PSHCE: classification; jobs that people do; maps (22:05)4–7yrs Literacy and Drama: inferring from the text; dialogue and direct speech; acting out characters; role play (23:59)4–7yrs Science: properties of materials; science investigations; designing experiments; sticky materials (29:58)7–9yrs Literacy: formal and informal letter writing (33:39) | diary writing; newspaper reports; letter writing; tracking emotions (35:11) | predicting outcomes in a story; inferring from a text; conscience alleys (36:29)7–9yrs Science and PSHCE: classification; jobs people do (35:00)7–9yrs History: Greek gods and goddesses; Greek myths; Ancient Greece; mythical creatures; Aborigine Dreamtime (38:13)All-age Numeracy: weights; units of measurement; length (39:59)7–11yrs ICT and PSHCE: video editing; spreading positivity (45:24)All-age PE: yoga; physical movement; “Bunny Breathing” (48:11) | gymnastics; bunny hopping (50:26)We'd love to hear how you get on with these ideas! Please leave us a review with your favourite podcast app, find us on social media @EpicTalesST, or email engage@epictales.co.ukHave a learning outcome you'd like us to cover in a future episode? Email podcast@epictales.co.uk
We mark Armistice Day with the tale of a WWI British Corporal who injures his foot in No Man's Land and has no way of escaping by himself. He can hear soldiers getting closer – but are they friends coming to his rescue, or enemies coming to end his story?This heartwarming story bears remarkable similarities to The Parable of the Good Samaritan...Based on the family history of actor Jane Bower, adapted with permission by Chip Colquhoun. Read by Erika Sanderson (erikasanderson.com).Illustration by Heather Rose.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!For easy and fun ways to link this poem to a wide variety of learning outcomes including RE and PE, make sure you also listen to our Epic Learning podcast. Find all our podcasts at epictales.co.uk – along with further storytelling and learning resources, including storytelling videos and creative challenges for your children.This audio is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.
Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers as they discuss how to draw out learning outcomes from this week's Epic Tale with fun and engaging activities.This week's Epic is a true tale of bravery from World War One, shared with us by actor and teacher trainer Jane Bower. Her grandfather's story bears remarkable similarities to the Parable of the Good Samaritan – and our panel see it as the perfect opportunity to extol the virtues of a holistic curriculum.To discuss her story, Jane is joined by Epic storyteller Chip; Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; and Laura, headteacher of an International School in Lanzarote.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!TIMECODESIntros | 0:00"Herbert's Foot" excerpt | 2:39Learning OutcomesFor more detailed learning outcomes, check out the Chapter Headings at epictales.buzzsprout.comAll-age PSHCE: hope (7:24) | who is my neighbour/enemy? (9:23) | the nature of war; pacifism (12:38) | coping with grief and loss; the Parable of The Good Samaritan; classic fairy tales; leaving the “scary moments” in; Disney’s “Finding Nemo” (17:38)All-Age Literacy: diary writing (10:51)All-age History and PSHCE: World War One; World War Two; roles in the army (14:27) | life at home during the wars (16:10) | making good choices; conscription (41:14)4–7yrs Literacy, History, Drama, and PSHCE: historical re-enactment; roleplay; World War One; trenches; No Man’s Land; conscription; peer pressure; inferring from a text; making predictions; twists in the tale; making links between texts; suspense (27:08)4–7yrs History: Florence Nightingale (30:58) | what is the past? (40:22)4–7yrs Geography: comparing different countries; European countries (37:54)All-age PSHCE: equality; diversity; compassion; Kingdom 1000 (39:06)7–11yrs History, PE, and PSHCE: Christmas 1914; football; friendship (43:20)7–11yrs Literacy and History: communication technologies; the importance of writing (50:06) | soundscapes; onomatopoeia (53:39)7–11yrs History, Core, and PSHCE: a soldier’s life; transferable skills (51:04) | First Aid; empathy; verbal and non-verbal communication (53:39) All-age History, Music, and PSHCE: staying positive in difficult times; attitude of gratitude; wartime songs (56:48)All-age Literacy, Numeracy, Geography, History, Core, PE, and PSHCE: famous people in history; prisoners of war; perseverance and determination; the importance of holistic/cross-curricular learning; division; rationing; plotting routes; survival techniques; the value of education; responsibility (59:17) | rewriting song lyrics (1:04:07)We'd love to hear how you get on with these ideas! Please leave us a review with your favourite podcast app, find us on social media @EpicTalesST, or email engage@epictales.co.ukHave a learning outcome you'd like us to cover in a future episode? Email podcast@epictales.co.uk
King George III loves bonfires! And he's sure to love this one especially, since it will send George the builder to build a house for his father in heaven. But George the butler is happy too, as this means Mrs George will need a new husband...You'll need ears as sharp as a sparkler in this hilarious yet mysterious Epic Tale!Based on the Tibetan  folk tale of "The Three Genjias", adapted by Chip Colquhoun. Read by David Ault (davidault.co.uk).Illustration by Heather Rose.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!For easy and fun ways to link this poem to a wide variety of learning outcomes including science and numeracy, make sure you also listen to our Epic Learning podcast. Find all our podcasts at epictales.co.uk – along with further storytelling and learning resources, including storytelling videos and creative challenges for your children.This audio is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.
Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers as they discuss how to draw out learning outcomes from this week's Epic Tale with fun and engaging activities.This week's Epic marks Bonfire Night with a Tibetan folk tale relocated to Georgian England – and we mean really George-ian! Discover how this fun tale full of plotting and besotting can help your children conquer democracy, speed calculations, symmetry, and more!This week, Epic storyteller Chip is joined by Helen, an EYFS/KS1 teacher from Buckinghamshire; Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; and Rob, a KS2 teacher also from Buckinghamshire.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!TIMECODESIntros | 0:00"To Heaven and Back" excerpt | 2:38Learning OutcomesFor more detailed learning outcomes, check out the Chapter Headings at epictales.buzzsprout.comAll-age PSHCE: equality (8:46) | The Golden Rule (13:50) | individuality; justice (16:00) | making the most of your time (35:30) | ambitions (37:51) | what is heaven? (51:34)All-Age Literacy: story maps; storytelling; using voices and/or body positions to represent different characters; illustrating to help visualize characters (10:30)All-age History and PSHCE: big questions; death and loss; Bonfire Night; Guy Fawkes; differences between then and now (14:27)All-age Numeracy: maths problems; speed, distance and time; volume (40:34)4–7yrs Literacy, Science, Core and Art: calligraphy; handwriting; presentation; materials; fine motor skills (22:37)4–7yrs RE and PSHCE: everyone is entitled to their own opinion and beliefs (24:44)4–7yrs DT and History: designing and building; comparing then and now; materials (28:23)5–7yrs Literacy and History: The Great Fire of London; news reports; comprehension; inferring from a text (20:39)5–9yrs History and PSHCE: what makes a significant person? (35:01)7–9yrs History: Guy Fawkes (33:23)7–9yrs Literacy, Science, and History: the ear; how sound travels; verbal & non-verbal communication (34:23)7–9yrs Literacy: formal and informal letters; invitations (38:24)7–9yrs Literacy and PSHCE: prediction; speaking kindly; giving good advice (39:24)9–11yrs Numeracy, DT, and History: area; perimeter; house design; Georgian design; symmetry (42:39)9–11yrs PSHCE: citizenship; democracy (42:59)9–11yrs Literacy: diary writing (44:09) | report writing; scriptwriting (44:57) | creating distinct characters (45:30)9–11yrs DT and History: architecture; landscape artists (46:34)9–11yrs Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, and Modern Foreign Languages: writing in codes; writing in other languages (47:47)We'd love to hear how you get on with these ideas! Please leave us a review with your favourite podcast app, find us on social media @EpicTalesST, or email engage@epictales.co.ukHave a learning outcome you'd like us to cover in a future episode? Email podcast@epictales.co.uk
To mark All Saints Day on 1st November, we have a true story written by a saint about two saints! At the start of this story, Caedmon is forbidden to sing the songs of the monks and nuns in case he lose his job – or worse, his head. But then songs start appearing in his head, and he can't help singing them out...Based on an English folk tale adapted by Chip Colquhoun. Read by Erika Sanderson (erikasanderson.com).Illustration by Heather Rose.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!For easy and fun ways to link this poem to a wide variety of learning outcomes including science and numeracy, make sure you also listen to our Epic Learning podcast. Find all our podcasts at epictales.co.uk – along with further storytelling and learning resources, including storytelling videos and creative challenges for your children.This audio is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.
Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers as they discuss how to draw out learning outcomes from this week's Epic Tale with fun and engaging activities.Though one of the lesser-known Christian festivals, All Saints Day is a great opportunity to help your children consider their own amazing qualities. Discover how St Caedmon's origin story can help your children conquer changes over time, composing, and more!This week, Epic storyteller Chip is joined by Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; Laura, headteacher for an international school in Lanzarote; and Epic storyteller Janina, who is also an Epic mum!*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!TIMECODESIntros | 0:00"Hilda & Caedmon" Excerpt | 1:51Learning OutcomesFor more detailed learning outcomes, check out the Chapter Headings at epictales.buzzsprout.comAll-age PSHCE: perseverance (7:06) | everyone is incredible; every child matters; self-belief; self-acceptance (12:53) | communication (14:12) | authority; role of key workers; everyone has value (15:06) | hobbies and interests; tackling gender stereotyping; LGBTQ+ discussions (33:41) | what do we value? (37:33) | “big questions”; faith; mindfulness (43:00) | talents (47:10)All-age RE:  saints; communication (13:42)4–7yrs History and PSHCE: differences between then and now; ships; castles; abbeys; significant figures; what does it mean to be significant?; isolation (16:50)4–7yrs Literacy and Drama: pause and predict; Role on the Wall; characters; comprehension; clues in the text; thought tracking dramatizing; speech bubbles; thought bubbles (20:12) | what makes a hero/superhero (21:48)4–7yrs History and Music: composing; using instruments; ancient instruments (22:35)4–7yrs RE and PSHCE: big questions; different faiths; awe and wonder; everyone’s incredible (23:24)4–7yrs Numeracy and Music: timing; different note lengths; Kodaly method; differences in numbers; increases and decreases in quantity; repetition (26:09)4–7yrs Literacy: sounds; phonics (28:50)7–11yrs History: differences between then and now (30:22)7–11yrs Core: personal challenges; sponsorship (31:57)7–11yrs RE: saints (32:58) | religious festivals; All Saints Day; Halloween (41:34)7–11yrs Numeracy and History: number lines; finding the difference; subtraction; significant dates; timelines; chronological understanding (35:11)7–11yrs Literacy, History, RE and PSHCE: differences between then and now; attitudes, opinions and beliefs of different periods; different faiths; tolerance; being faithful to the past; the first song/poem in English (37:59)We'd love to hear how you get on with these ideas! Please leave us a review with your favourite podcast app, find us on social media @EpicTalesST, or email engage@epictales.co.ukHave a learning outcome you'd like us to cover in a future episode? Email podcast@epictales.co.uk
17th October is World Singing Day, so we're inviting the spirit(s) of Halloween early to celebrate with this musical adaptation of a classic fairy tale – one of the few still told in schools that doesn't have a happy ending...Get ready to Rock'n'Roll'n'RAAA!!!Based on a German folk tale and adapted and performed by Chip Colquhoun.Illustration by Heather Rose.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!For easy and fun ways to link this poem to a wide variety of learning outcomes including science and numeracy, make sure you also listen to our Epic Learning podcast. Find all our podcasts at epictales.co.uk – along with further storytelling and learning resources, including storytelling videos and creative challenges for your children.This audio is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.
Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers as they discuss how to draw out learning outcomes from this week's Epic Tale with fun and engaging activities.We combine our celebrations of World Singing Day and Halloween with a Rock'n'Roll take on a class fairy tale. Discover how the tribulations of Hamelin can help your children conquer positional language, prejudice, and more!This week, Epic storyteller Chip is joined by Helen, an EYFS–KS1 teacher from Buckinghamshire; Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; and Rob, a KS2 teacher also from Buckinghamshire.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!TIMECODESIntros | 0:00"The Spooky Strummer" Excerpt | 2:38Learning OutcomesAll-age PSHCE: stranger danger; discussing scary topics in a safe way; cyber-bullying (8:25) | paying debts; treating others fairly (13:19) | getting carried away (18:41)4–5yrs DT, Drama, Art, Music and PE: expressive art and design; dance; loud and soft; high and low; vocal expression; percussion; rhythm; making rat headbands; cutting and sticking (19:32)4–7yrs Literacy, Numeracy, Science, DT, Drama and PSHCE: "Mantle of the Expert"; counting; estimation; arranging; counting in groups; designing and making rat traps; materials (23:21)4–7yrs Science and PSHCE: humane control of pests; materials; what animals like to eat; carnivores, herbivores, omnivores; looking after pets (25:11)4–7yrs Literacy, Geography and PSHCE: Lauren Child's "That Pesky Rat"; "Don't judge a book by its cover"; prejudice; maps; writing adverts (30:33)7–9yrs DT and Music: music genres; changing musical genres; pitch; rhythm; volume; pace and tempo; musical performance; changing musical instruments; designing and making instruments (31:20)7–9yrs Numeracy and ICT: positional, movement, and directional vocabulary; coding; algorithms; Scratch; Turtle (35:47)7–9yrs Literacy, Science, History and RE: habitats; differences between animals and humans; fact files; Plagues of Egypt; adapting to your environment; changing through the ages; Stone Age; Bronze Age; Iron Age; Charles Darwin's "Theory of Evolution" (37:18)7–9yrs Literacy and Music: poetry; changing verses; intonation; tone; volume; action; looking for evidence; types of poem; innovating (40:24)7–9yrs Literacy, Geography and Foreign Languages: locating countries and continents; Germany; differences between countries and towns; tourism posters; German (42:22)9–11yrs Literacy: what happens next?; survival guides; changing genres; Halloween; classic fairy tales (43:29)7–11yrs Numeracy: money; open-ended investigations (44:47)7–11yrs History, Music and PSHCE: the plague; Blues music and musicians; respecting other people's opinions; changing musical genres (45:41)We'd love to hear how you get on with these ideas! Please leave us a review with your favourite podcast app, find us on social media @EpicTalesST, or email engage@epictales.co.ukHave a learning outcome you'd like us to cover in a future episode? Email podcast@epictales.co.uk
5th October begins World Space Week! Long before humans stepped on the Moon, though, the Ancient Mexicans knew that the Sun had asked her to marry him. But she didn't give him either of the answers he was expecting...Based on a Mexican folk tale and adapted by Chip Colquhoun; read by David Ault (davidault.co.uk).Illustration by Heather Rose.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!For easy and fun ways to link this poem to a wide variety of learning outcomes including science and numeracy, make sure you also listen to our Epic Learning podcast. Find all our podcasts at epictales.co.uk – along with further storytelling and learning resources, including storytelling videos and creative challenges for your children.This audio is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.
Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers as they discuss how to draw out learning outcomes from this week's Epic Tale with fun and engaging activities.To mark World Space Week we share a Mexican love story between the Sun and Moon – though it doesn't quite go how the Sun expects... Discover how his romantic efforts can help your children conquer rhyme, multiplication, and more!This week, Epic storyteller Chip is joined by Helen, an EYFS–KS1 teacher from Buckinghamshire; Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; and Rob, a KS2 teacher also from Buckinghamshire.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!TIMECODESIntros | 0:00"Through the Forest" Excerpt | 1:46Learning OutcomesFor a more detailed breakdown, visit buzzsprout.com/967114/5693173Literacy, Geography, PSHCE: persistence; comparing cultures; comparing characters; the Sun and the Moon in literature & folklore (6:34) | positive body image; equality (8:17) | sex and relationships; choice and consent; healthy relationships (10:58)Science: Sun & Moon; light & dark; shadows (16:29) | the Solar System; phases of the Moon; skills of a scientist (17:34) | rocks & soils; diamonds; Charlotte Guillain's "The Street Beneath My Feet" (29:34) | classifying (30:44)Numeracy, Science, DT: spheres; measuring circumferences; problem-solving; change in materials; paper mache; natural materials; designing & making; joining (21:16) | galactic Top Trumps game; clothes production; budgeting (40:45)Literacy, Geography: landscapes; poetry; rhyme (23:33) | locating major countries on a map; co-ordinates (35:41)History: Moon landings; significant individuals; discovery of the Americas (25:49)Science, Art: night sky images; texture; painting; printing (26:22)Literacy, Numeracy, DT, Art: wedding/party planning; cooking; dressing up (27:14) | Jonathan Emmett's "Bringing Down the Moon" (27:52)Numeracy: prediction; counting backwards & forwards; fractions; counting in steps; multiplication; division; working out unknown facts from known facts (31:16)Geography, Art: naming the continents (37:17) | Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night"; imitating the style of an artist (37:35)RE, PSHCE: weddings; different faiths (38:11)Science, PSHCE: women in science (46:50)Literacy, Science, Geography, DT, Music, Art: research; physical features of Earth; presenting findings; dance; Holst's "The Planets" suite (49:30) | clay-modelling; clay carving (52:24)We'd love to hear how you get on with these ideas! Please leave us a review with your favourite podcast app, find us on social media @EpicTalesST, or email engage@epictales.co.ukHave a learning outcome you'd like us to cover in a future episode? Email podcast@epictales.co.uk
1st Oct 2020 is National Poetry Day! To celebrate, the Oxford Owl's "Traditional Tales" storytellers have co-written a truly Epic poem – starring several fairy tale favourites. How many can you spot and/or recognise?Written by Amy Robinson and Chip Colquhoun; read by David Ault (davidault.co.uk) and Erika Sanderson (erikasanderson.com)Illustration by Heather Rose.*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!For easy and fun ways to link this poem to a wide variety of learning outcomes including science and numeracy, make sure you also listen to our Epic Learning podcast. Find all our podcasts at epictales.co.uk – along with further storytelling and learning resources, including storytelling videos and creative challenges for your children.After you've listened to this podcast, please leave us a review – we'd love to know what you think!This audio is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.
Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers as they discuss how to draw out learning outcomes from this week's Epic Tale with fun and engaging activities.A wide range of common fairy tale favourites including "Goldilocks" and "Beauty and the Beast" are collected in verse to mark National Poetry Day. Discover how his poem can help your children conquer onomatopoeia, changing materials, and much more!This week, Epic storyteller Chip is joined by Helen, an EYFS–KS1 teacher from Buckinghamshire; Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; and Rob, a KS2 teacher also from Buckinghamshire.Find full contents at epictales.co.uk/forestpoem*EPIC NOTICE*We're proud to have produced these podcasts completely free for the benefit of schools and homelearning families since the start of the first UK lockdown. However, like many businesses, Epic is now struggling to survive this pandemic.Can you help by sending us just £20? We only need to raise £200 to continue these podcasts in the New Year. If you find them of value, please consider donating via pod.fan/epictalesIf you can't help financially, we'll still be enormously grateful if you could support us with a review on your favourite podcast app – or on your favourite social media site, tagging us in with @EpicTalesSTThank you!TIMECODESIntros | 0:00"Through the Forest" Excerpt | 1:25All-age Learning Outcomes• Literacy: Alfred Noyes "Sherwood"; Robin Hood; inferring from the text; King Arthur (3:17) presenting stories in different formats; dramatising; Anthony Brown's "Into the Forest"; storyboarding; new vocabulary; sound walks; poetry treasure hunts; thinking about your audience; hot seating; guessing games; Twenty Questions (43:04)• PSHCE: inclusion; sharing stories; where stories come from (9:21) | Chris Judge's "The Lonely Beast"; how we perceive ourselves and others (44:30)• Numeracy, Science, Art: Nick Sharratt's "The Foggy Foggy Forest"; shadows; measuring; shadow puppets (35:16)Learning outcomes for ages 4–7• Science, Geography, Art: maps; tree identification (10:37)• Core, PSHCE: problem-solving; Janet & Allan Ahlberg's "The Jolly Postman, or, Other People's Letters" (14:07)• History and Art: medieval times; "Take One Picture"; differences between now and then; the way people lived (14:52)• Literacy: new vocabulary; repeated phrases; onomatopoeia (15:50) | common fairy tales; characters and motivations (25:29)• Music: rhythm; pulse (19:38)• Numeracy, Geography, PE: positional language; following directions; marking a trail; maps; orienteering; your local area (20:48)• DT: designing & making a gingerbread house; working to a brief; joining things; building; evaluating (21:47)• Art: drawing characters; shading; texture; art techniques (22:35)• Numeracy, Science, DT: capacity; recipes; changing materials (24:28)• Art, PSHCE: describing personalities; drawing characters (27:24)• 6–9yrs Science: parts of a flower (32:00)Learning outcomes for ages 7–11• 7–9yrs Literacy: writing poems and verses; fast poems; repeated phrases (32:32) | Kennings; riddles; decoding texts (37:19)• 7–9yrs DT, Art: JK Rowling's "Harry Potter"; creating a forest (37:38)• 7–9yrs History: Ancient Greece; myths & legends; adapting settings (40:09)• 7–9yrs Modern Foreign Languages: introducing French, German and/or Italian; comparing cultures (40:26)• 7–11yrs Literacy: newspaper reports (45:06)• 9–11yrs ICT, DT, Art: animation; LEGO; design & building (45:51)We'd love to hear how you get on with these ideas! Please leave us a review with your favourite podcast app, find us on social media @EpicTalesST, or email engage@epictales.co.ukHave a learning outcome you'd like us to cover in a future episode? Email podcast@epictales.co.uk
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