English/PSHE and Social Studies KS2: The Boy Who Cried Wolf (no narration)

The classic story of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' is told using interpretive dance.

A shepherd is watching his sheep, he tries to count them but they won’t stand still and he’s getting very bored.

He comes up with a game to attract the villagers' attention.

He shouts "wolf!" and when people hear his cry they drop everything and come running.

When the villagers get to the field they soon realise that there is no wolf and they go back to the village.

The boy once again shouts ‘wolf!”, but this time the villagers come a little slower and are even more annoyed to find there is no wolf.

When a real wolf appears and chases the boy he cries out, but the villagers think it’s just a game and do not come to his rescue.

Teacher Notes

Ask the class to watch the clip and as there is no narration, question the children to check their understanding of the events.

Split the story into different sections and allocate each section to a small group of children for them to perform, adding dialogue.

Role-play can be used to explore character descriptions eg bored, tired, foolish, and deceitful.

The children can then perform the story as a whole class and use this as a basis to write a playscript based on the story.

Could be used in conjunction with traditional text.

Use to discuss lies, truth and trust as a PSHE theme.

Create descriptive poems individually or with response partners. Wolf drawings or paintings could be done from imagination.

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching English Literature and Social Studies at KS2 in England and Wales, and Early, 1st and 2nd level in Scotland.

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