English KS1: The Prince Who Thinks He Is A Rooster

A beautifully animated tale from Israel exploring the importance of individuality.

In this story the prince, who thinks he is a rooster, learns that regardless of what or who he is, he can choose to eat at the table and wear clothes and celebrate the Sabbath. The prince is taught the ability to make choices and to think about the choices he makes.

This story will encourage children to think about individuality and agency, and provides a tool to explore the Israeli prince’s values and cultural beliefs.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used to support the teaching of key literacy skills such as reading, writing and listening. It could encourage pupils to explore decisions of characters, and examine their actions to understand their cultural belief, values, differences and similarities.

The story could engage pupils in the way others see and imagine life, and ask questions on what is familiar and unfamiliar. This could be used in connection with learning about stories from other cultures, as well as in conjunction with teaching about traditional stories and fables to explore the differences or similarities in storytelling.

The tale could be incorporated into specific and creative reading and writing exercises (e.g. pupils can write about a specific dramatic scene or a descriptive setting in the film).

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching English at KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales.

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