Year 3 heard tales associated with Ancient Rome and the Celts:
First, the legend of the 33 Wild Women (daughters of the Emperor of Rome), banished to the foggy isle of Britain with their leader Alba, and the giants Gog & Magog. Also, a Celtic tale that reminded us of Cinderella, Cap o’ Rushes.
Year 4 were the perfect audience for stories from the Vikings, such as how Dumbling rescues the 3 princesses of Lochland from the 3 Giants, with the help of Big Mouth, Big Belly & Big Ears! Another adventurous tale told of how Freya rescued her cow Bookala from the Trollwife & the Troll Children.
Year 5 are studying Ancient Egypt, so Pat retold Rhodopis, an early version of Cinderella. Also, stories from Ethiopia and Somalia, which are situated in areas that would have been part of that empire. Omar and the Hyenas reminded us of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and the short story of the clever Fisherman and the Genie is a version of a tale told worldwide.
Year 6 listened to a magical old Irish legend of Jack & his Black Stallion, who rescue the Princess of Leinster from the King of Ulster, and a tall tale from Asia of The Cobblestone Maker who always wishes to be something more powerful, and ends up coming full circle.
The power of stories is in the retelling, so pass them on!