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What the Ladybird Heard - Retelling the story 


Now that you have read and talked about the story of how the little ladybird saved the fine prize cow we would like you to practise retelling the story.  Being able to recall and retell a story is a skill we practise regularly in Nursery through drama, and the use of puppets or IT.  Retelling is a really important reading skill, as it helps comprehension and vocabulary development.


Children often start to retell a story, but the events seem to be mushed into one BIG event. It’s hard for them to mentally and orally separate the beginning, middle, and end of the story. To help with this, read the story together again and use sticky notes (Post-Its) to draw pictures of the main events.  You could use three sticky notes to start with: beginning, middle, and end. If you want to get more advanced, you could even have five or six sticky notes for the beginning, three events in the middle of the book, and one for the end. Using the different sticky notes can often “separate” the events in a visual way. They can mentally and visually “see” each specific event or part of the plot.


Support your child as much as is necessary to help them to tell the story, initially they may only briefly describe their favourite part but keep practising with this and other stories.


Below are animal masks should you and your child decide to act out the story and smaller pictures that could be stuck on lolly sticks if you prefer a more puppet theatre type retelling! Happy story telling!