told by Cat Weatherill
Three young pigs build houses of various materials, but only one house is strong enough to withstand a hungry wolf.
‘Cat is one of our great storytellers, vivacious and inventive.’
This classic tale begins with the title characters being sent out into the world by their mother because they had all grown so big! The first little pig builds a house of straw, but a wolf blows it down. The second pig builds a house of sticks, but the wolf blows his house down too and both little pigs run to their brother’s house made of bricks.
Cat has worked with thousands of children in hundreds of schools and enjoyed residencies as both a storyteller and a visual artist. She has performed at major festivals in the UK and Internationally and well as numerous TV and radio performances.
For more information or to contact Cat, please visit www.catweatherill.co.uk
The opportunity to enjoy stories and play with language is essential for young children. We recommend you watch and re-watch the story. The repetition will help deepen your child’s understanding of the vocabulary, structure, emotional content and drama of the story.
And have fun playing the games in the app! They will help your child begin to have confidence in mimicking and re-telling parts or all of a story in their own creative way. Teachers designed all of the games with some key points in mind -
- to help children understand the structure of the story
- to help them listen carefully to short, detailed parts of the story
- to repeat and record themselves
- to share their recorded version of the story
It has been known for a long time that successful reading and writing depend on the child being able to speak and listen well first – this app offers the perfect opportunity to practice both! Independent research shows that our stories, told and filmed in this way, help build images in your child’s mind directly from the spoken word. This inner world will later become the ‘reading voice’ and the building blocks for creative writing.
So listening to and playing with stories in this way is like having the most enjoyable imagination training possible! And it has been proven that a child’s knowledge of story was the key indicator in their academic success.
Enjoy the stories together and instill in them a love of language and diverse cultural appreciation that will last a lifetime.