Storyteller: The Little Red Hen
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By Pie Corbettauthor, poet and storyteller

Watch, listen and then perform your own oral version of this traditional tale

When it comes to the primary classroom, oral storytelling has a crucial role to play. It gives children opportunities to internalise and play with the patterns and rhythm of language – and helps them to improve their memory and concentration. Through retelling and performance, the building blocks of a story are being provided to children in an accessible and dynamic way, allowing them to approach their own stories and written work with greater confidence and imagination.

Pie Corbett telling a story to a class

The Little Red Hen is a good example of a story that lends itself to classroom performance. It is simple to learn and children will find it easy to adapt and make their own. To accompany the classroom activities on these pages, an exclusive video clip and story text are available here. These resources have been taken from the new Storyteller series, published by Scholastic.

About the story

The story of The Little Red Hen has a wonderfully simple pattern and is an excellent story to be learned orally. You do have to watch that the children do not chant it so much that the rhythm takes over from the meaning. The story makes a very good first assembly for young children, as everyone can chant it together and there are a few parts to mime for those who feel confident.

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  1. Dina
    on 20 September 2012

    Little Red Hen

    Great ideas, I will use them next week and let you know.

    P.S. "Organize" is the American spelling. In the UK and British schools it is "organise"
    Thank you

  2. Paula @scholastic
    on 24 February 2011

    Subscriber only

    Sorry @c reddin

    We really try and make as much as we can free to visitors but unfortunately our lovely website wouldn't survive without people subscribing to our magazines (either in print or online - an online sub works out at only .28p a week).

    1out of 5
  3. c reddin
    on 22 February 2011

    little red hen

    Why has Pie's brilliant oral story become unaccessible?!? I've used it many times before. How disappointing that everything, especially quality story telling comes at a cost these days.

  4. enominis
    on 3 November 2010


    I love all pie corbetts poems some sad some good.He is excellent I am a child in year 6.In leeds

  5. Lol
    on 26 September 2010

    Watch Little Red Hen

    Actions to The Little Red Hen story. Perfect, just what I was looking for!

  6. Kirstin McCreadie Assistant Editor
    on 23 September 2010

    RE: Little Red Hen

    Dear 3girls,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Our use of 'practise', 'emphasise' and 'organise' are correct for UK English, and as our site is based in the UK, we will always use UK spellings.

  7. 3 girls
    on 22 September 2010

    Little Red Hen

    This page has spelling errors. My daughter is always bringing home Scholastic homework with spelling errors and ill formed questions.




  8. kazzied
    on 7 May 2010

    Pie inspires

    If you can, please go and see him.
    I had the chance last year and have used his format, the children have progressed so much just in three sessions. Thank you Pie

    5out of 5