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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.

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.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@EpicTalesST

Language:

English

Contact:

+443300017714


Episodes

Epic Storytime: The Forbidden Christmas

12/14/2020
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...

Duration:00:20:17

Epic Learning Christmas Special: handling emotions, measuring, Spanish, and more!

12/11/2020
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...

Duration:01:03:23

Epic Storytime: Yami and Yama

11/30/2020
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...

Duration:00:12:51

Epic Learning: National Grief Awareness Week, time, camouflage, and more!

11/27/2020
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,...

Duration:00:50:21

Epic Storytime: Olaf's Goat

11/23/2020
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....

Duration:00:08:25

Epic Learning: the five senses, verbs, scaling, and more!

11/20/2020
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...

Duration:00:51:55

Epic Storytime: Brer Bunny and the Tar Bunny

11/16/2020
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...

Duration:00:14:18

Epic Learning: Anti-Bullying Week, measurement, classification, and more!

11/13/2020
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...

Duration:00:54:45

Epic Storytime: Herbert's Foot

11/9/2020
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...

Duration:00:12:10

Epic Learning: Armistice Day, "Why we learn [subject]", the Good Samaritan, and more!

11/6/2020
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...

Duration:01:11:26

Epic Storytime: To Heaven and Back

11/2/2020
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...

Duration:00:15:07

Epic Learning: fire, handwriting, citizenship, and more!

10/30/2020
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...

Duration:00:35:42

Epic Storytime: Hilda & Caedmon

10/19/2020
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...

Duration:00:14:28

Epic Learning: prediction, Kodály method, subtraction and more!

10/16/2020
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...

Duration:00:52:31

Epic Storytime: The Spooky Strummer of Hamelin

10/12/2020
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...

Duration:00:05:23

Epic Learning: music, Halloween, algorithms and more!

10/11/2020
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...

Duration:00:33:19

Epic Storytime: Fit for the Moon

10/5/2020
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...

Duration:00:11:58

Epic Learning: space, sex and relationships, counting in steps, and more!

10/2/2020
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...

Duration:00:33:23

Epic Storytime: Through the Forest

9/28/2020
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...

Duration:00:04:05

Epic Learning: Poetry Day, measuring, modern languages, and more!

9/25/2020
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...

Duration:00:51:54