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By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·     demonstrate improved narrative skills,

·     demonstrate increased fluency

·     demonstrate an awareness of past tense.

Target Language:

Non-specific, past tense

Time needed for preparation:

90 minutes

Time needed in class:

90 minutes


Year 3

Language Focus:

Language Arts

Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Group Work
Whole Class

Which learning institute:



Digital story, selected slides printed out on A3 paper; cardboard box; paper for covering it ; cardboard to make the iteration scenery and puppets, thin strips of cardboard or similar to make the puppet sticks; colouring and drawing materials; glue and scissors.

Procedure before class:

1.       Select digital story to print out on A3 paper.
2.       Prepare laptop/ LCD.


Procedure in class:

1.       Show the digital story on an LCD; tell the story interactively.
Show examples of iteration.  Explain that they are to make an iteration out of the digital story.
2.       Designate tasks.  One group makes the stage; one group makes the puppets; one group makes the scenery, one group writes the script, one group performs the story.
There are 4 or 5 layers of puppets and scenery on the stage, therefore the box needs four or five slits on its sides to put the scenery and the puppets through.
3.       The puppets and scenery are cut from selected slides of the digital story and pasted onto cardboard.
4.       The script is written and edited ready for performance by the pupils.
5.       Pupils selected to perform the iteration are given time to rehearse before coming back to present it in front of the class. 


Follow Up:


More than one digital story will mean more than one iteration, which can be presented at assembly or English Week. 


The digital story can be shown without the text. The children write their own story and script based on the pictures and prompts from the teacher.  The Iteration is made and performed as before.

The teacher then shows the digital story with the original text.  The pupils can also perform this. Afterwards, focus on language in the story, understanding it and recycling it.


This was done as a cross-curricular activity.   Some of the time making the iteration, was in an Art class.