English KS1: Lakshmi and the Clever Washerwoman

The traditional Hindu tale of Lakshmi and the Clever Washerwoman is told in two episodes. There is a new Resource Pack to go with the animation with worksheets and learning activities - suitable for use at home and in school.

It is almost time for the festival of Diwali - when the goddess Lakshmi walks among the people. A humble washerwoman finds a precious necklace on the bank of the river, where a crow has dropped it. When she discovers the necklace has come from the palace she knows she must return it...but how can she turn her find to her advantage?

Click here for the full animation (both episodes combined).

Episodes

Part one
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Part two
video

Resources

NEW - Resource Pack
Resource Sheet 1: Vocabulary sheet
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Resource Sheet 2: Illustrated text of Part 1
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Resource Sheet 3: Retrieval and inference skills
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Resource Sheet 4: The Washerwoman's thoughts
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Resource Sheet 5: Find the mistakes
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Resource Sheet 6: Reward poster
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Resource Sheet 7: Find the mistakes
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Resource Sheet 8: Illustrated text of Part 2
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Resource Sheet 9: Apostrophes for contraction
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Resource Sheet 10: Newspaper template
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Resource Sheet 11: Word search puzzle
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Resource Sheet 12: Outline drawing of Lakshmi
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Resource Sheet 13: Sequencing activity
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Resource Sheet 14: Outline drawing of the palace
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Outline drawing of the wealthy washerwoman
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Writing Sheet
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Song: 'Down by the river it's as hot as can be'

See also...

KS1 Music: Traditional Tales
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