English KS2: The Princess and the Pea (no narration)

The Princess and The Pea is told using physical theatre and interpretive dance.

In this modern slant on the classic tale, five princesses are queuing up to audition to be the prince’s new wife, in the style of a TV talent show.

He's unimpressed with the surreal performances of the first four, but falls in love with the last one who sings him a sweet love song.

His mother the queen isn't convinced she's a real princess and makes her sleep on a pile of mattresses with a tiny pea right at the bottom.

When she sleeps badly, the queen takes it as a sign that she is truly royal and they live happily ever after.

Teacher Notes

There are many writing opportunities that can be explored using this clip beyond simply writing the story.

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

The children could then design 'WANTED' posters for the prince, detailing what he wants in a future wife.

Additionally, they could write a letter in response to this advert in role as one of the five princesses shown in the clip, trying to persuade the prince why they would be his perfect wife.

This could also be used to explore PSHE themes around friendships and relationships and likes and dislikes.

Curriculum Notes

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

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