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TESiboard Stories with Familiar Settings

Resources | Published 8 February, 2011

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Stories with Familiar Settings, a TESiboard Narrative Fiction Collection

Familiar Settings Stories are set in everyday situations similar to those experienced by your pupils. Example themes are losing a favourite toy, going on holiday, a trip to the vets with a pet, a new baby in the family or moving house. Discussing these stories and talking about pupils’ own experiences will help them make sense of things in their lives and the way they feel about them.

TESiboard have produced six original stories with familiar settings, with digital storybooks and related interactive activities. The interactive books have two versions, one with simpler text and sound support for younger or emerging readers, and another to ‘read alone’. All TESiboard fiction books include the Magic Wand feature: click to separate the characters and props from the background on each page, for pupils to rebuild the scenes in their own way.

The supporting resources help you to look at the stories in more detail, by focusing on the characters, scenes and structure.

Aimed at FS or earlier KS1:

These books feature two young children, Josh and Harmeet, and their families. The three stories cover a variety of situations where there is a small crisis or upset that would be typical for children of around 4-5. They are simple introductions to the common story structure of resolution following minor conflict. The supporting resources help you draw out and focus on the themes, settings and characters.

Josh’s Favourite Toy

Josh loses his favourite toy in the garden, not finding it again for a couple of months. With his Grandad’s help, it is soon as good as new again!

Josh’s Favourite Toy - Listen and Read Storybook

Josh’s Favourite Toy - Read Alone Storybook

Josh’s Favourite Toy - Supporting Resources

Josh’s Cake

Josh decides to make a cake for his Grandad, but first he needs his Mum’s help to buy all the ingredients.

Josh’s Cake - Listen and Read Storybook

Josh’s Cake - Read Alone Storybook

Josh’s Cake - Supporting Resources

Harmeet’s Teddy

Harmeet loses her teddy, which is then damaged by two older boys. Her Grandma comforts her and helps her to get Teddy mended.

Harmeet’s Teddy - Listen and Read Storybook

Harmeet’s Teddy - Read Alone Storybook

Harmeet’s Teddy - Supporting Resources

Aimed at later KS1:

In these three stories, the slightly older Sam and Ella are learning new skills and embarking on new experiences typical of around age 6-8. Themes include perseverance, kindness, honesty and following rules. The structured materials that support the books help you focus pupils on the themes, settings and characters involved.

Sam and Ella at the Park

Sam and Ella go to the local park with their Dad to practise riding their bikes and to feed the ducks. Sam is envious of his older sister’s cycling skills but with perseverance he pedals towards independence.

Sam and Ella at the Park - Listen and Read Storybook

Sam and Ella at the Park - Read Alone Storybook

Sam and Ella at the Park - Supporting Resources

Sam Goes Swimming

Sam and Ella go swimming with their Mum. Sam finds a ring at the pool and later gets a reward, which he thoughtfully spends on a present for his sister.

Sam Goes Swimming - Listen and Read Storybook

Sam Goes Swimming - Read Alone Storybook

Sam Goes Swimming - Supporting Resources

Ella’s School Trip

Ella goes on her first class trip and feels nervous. However, she enjoys herself and gains confidence, despite getting lost for a few minutes.

Ella’s School Trip - Listen and Read Storybook

Ella’s School Trip - Read Alone Storybook

Ella’s School Trip - Supporting Resources

‘Josh’s Favourite Toy’ - Supporting Resources

Josh’s Favourite Toy - Character Focus

  • An activity to focus on a specific character at different points of a story. Pupils choose a pose and expression and add labels.

Josh’s Favourite Toy - Character Comparer

  • An activity to create character profiles, making comparisons between different characters and the part they play.

Josh’s Favourite Toy - One Scene Focus

  • An activity that focuses on the action at a particular point in the story. Pupils select a background for their scene, before adding characters, props and text.

Josh’s Favourite Toy - Sequence, Retell

  • A sequencing activity with the chance for pupils to retell the story in their own words.

Josh’s Favourite Toy - Storyboarder

  • A chance for pupils to reconstruct the story (or make up a different one), choosing a background, adding characters, props and speech, then combining scenes to create a sequence of events.

‘Josh’s Cake’ - Supporting Resources

Josh’s Cake - Character Focus

  • An activity to focus on a specific character at different points of a story. Pupils choose a pose and expression and add labels.

Josh’s Cake - Character Comparer

  • An activity to create character profiles, making comparisons between different characters and the part they play.

Josh’s Cake - One Scene Focus

  • An activity that focuses on the action at a particular point in the story. Pupils select a background for their scene, before adding characters, props and text.

Josh’s Cake - Sequence, Retell

  • A sequencing activity with the chance for pupils to retell the story in their own words.

Josh’s Cake - Storyboarder

  • A chance for pupils to reconstruct the story (or make up a different one), choosing a background, adding characters, props and speech, then combining scenes to create a sequence of events.

‘Harmeet’s Teddy’ - Supporting Resources

Harmeet’s Teddy - Character Focus

  • An activity to focus on a specific character at different points of a story. Pupils choose a pose and expression and add labels.

Harmeet’s Teddy - Character Comparer

  • An activity to create character profiles, making comparisons between different characters and the part they play.

Harmeet’s Teddy - One Scene Focus

  • An activity that focuses on the action at a particular point in the story. Pupils select a background for their scene, before adding characters, props and text.

Harmeet’s Teddy - Sequence, Retell

  • A sequencing activity with the chance for pupils to retell the story in their own words.

Harmeet’s Teddy - Storyboarder

  • A chance for pupils to reconstruct the story (or make up a different one), choosing a background, adding characters, props and speech, then combining scenes to create a sequence of events.

‘Sam and Ella at the Park’ - Supporting Resources

Sam and Ella at the Park - Character Focus

  • An activity to focus on a specific character at different points of a story. Pupils choose a pose and expression and add labels.

Sam and Ella at the Park - Character Comparer

  • An activity to create character profiles, making comparisons between different characters and the part they play.

Sam and Ella at the Park - One Scene Focus

  • An activity that focuses on the action at a particular point in the story. Pupils select a background for their scene, before adding characters, props and text.

Sam and Ella at the Park - Sequence, Retell

  • A sequencing activity with the chance for pupils to retell the story in their own words.

Sam and Ella at the Park - Storyboarder

  • A chance for pupils to reconstruct a story (or make up a different version), choosing a background, adding characters, props and speech, then combining scenes to create a sequence of events.

‘Sam Goes Swimming’ - Supporting Resources

Sam Goes Swimming - Character Focus

  • An activity to focus on a specific character at different points of a story. Pupils choose a pose and expression and add labels.

Sam Goes Swimming - Character Comparer

  • An activity to create character profiles, making comparisons between different characters and the part they play.

Sam Goes Swimming - One Scene Focus

  • An activity that focuses on the action at a particular point in the story. Pupils select a background for their scene, before adding characters, props and text.

Sam Goes Swimming - Sequence, Retell

  • A sequencing activity with the chance for pupils to retell the story in their own words.

Sam Goes Swimming - Storyboarder

  • A chance for pupils to reconstruct the story (or make up a different one), choosing a background, adding characters, props and speech, then combining scenes to create a sequence of events.

‘Ella’s School Trip’ - Supporting Resources

Ella’s School Trip - Character Focus

  • An activity to focus on a specific character at different points of a story. Pupils choose a pose and expression and add labels.

Ella’s School Trip - Character Comparer

  • An activity to create character profiles, making comparisons between different characters and the part they play.

Ella’s School Trip - One Scene Focus

  • An activity that focuses on the action at a particular point in the story. Pupils select a background for their scene, before adding characters, props and text.

Ella’s School Trip - Sequence, Retell

  • A sequencing activity with the chance for pupils to retell the story in their own words.

Ella’s School Trip - Storyboarder

  • A chance for pupils to reconstruct the story (or make up a different one), choosing a background, adding characters, props and speech, then combining scenes to create a sequence of events.

Other TESiboard Narrative Fiction Collections

See TESiboard Stories with Fantasy Settings

See TESiboard Traditional Tales

See all TESiboard KS1 Literacy

See all TESiboard activities split by curriculum area and objective


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  • An resource for Guided Reading and to support the literacy units.Think I will use this for my children and I know they will love it

    Thank you its Great!!!!!

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