English-Stories-Fables-ks2 | Improve Tuition | Tutors | Tuition | Tutoring | Tutor

Table of Contents

Week 1 | English Grammar

Day 1| Auxiliary verbs

Day 2 |Am/is/are

Day 3 |Am/is/are Questions

Day 4 |I am doing (present continuous)

Day 5 |Are you doing? (present continuous questions)

Day 6 |I do/work/like (present simple)(present continuous questions)

Week 2 | English Grammar

Day 1 |I don't... (present simple negative)

Day 2 |Do you...? (present simple questions)

Day 3 |I am doing (present continuous) I do (present simple)

Day 4 |I have... and I've got...

Day 5 |Was/were

Day 6 |Worked/got/went etc (past simple)

Week 3 | English Grammar

Day 1 |I didn't... did you...? (past simple negative and questions)

Day 2 |I was doing (past continuous)

Day 3 |I was doing (past continuous) and I did (past simple)

Day 4 |I have done (present perfect 1)

Day 5 |I've just... I've already... I haven't...yet (present perfect 2)

Day 6 |Have you ever...? (present perfect 3)

Week 4| English Grammar

Day 1 |How long have you...? (present perfect 4)

Day 2 |For, since, ago

Day 3 |I have done (present perfect) and I did (past)

Day 4 |Is done, was done (passive 1)

Day 5 |Is being done, has been done (passive 2)

Day 6 |Be/have/do in present and past tenses

Week 5| English Grammar

Day 1 |Regular and irregular verbs

Day 2 |What are you doing tomorrow?

Day 3 |I'm going to...

Day 4 |Will/shall (1)

Day 5 |Will/shall (2)

Day 6 |Might

Week 6| English Grammar

Day 1 |Can and could

Day 2 |Must, mustn't, don't, need to

Day 3 |Should

Day 4 |I have to

Day 5 |Would you like...?

Day 6 |Do this! Don't do that! Let's do that

Week 7| English Grammar

Day 1 |I used to...

Day 2 |There is... There are...

Day 3 |There was/were... There has/have been... There will be...

Day 4 |It...

Day 5 |I am, I don't

Day 6 |Have you? Are you? Don't you? etc

Week 8| English Grammar

Day 1 |Too/either/so am I/neither do I etc

Day 2 |Isn't/haven't/don't etc (negatives)

Day 3 |Do they? Is it? Have you?

Day 4 |Forming questions (who/what/why/where/when/which)

Day 5 |What...? Which...? How...?

Day 6 |How long does it take...?

Week 9| English Grammar

Day 1 |Do you know where...? I don't know what... etc

Day 2 |He/she said that... He/she told me that...

Day 3 |Work/working Go/going Do/doing

Day 4 |I want you to... I told you to...

Day 5 |I went to the shop to...

Day 6 |Go to... Go on... Go for... Go -ing... Get…

Week 10| English Grammar

Day 1 |Get...

Day 2 |Do and make

Day 3 |Have...

Day 4 |I/me He/him They/them etc

Day 5 |My/his/their etc

Day 6 |Whose is this? It's mine/yours/hers etc

Week 11| English Grammar

Day 1 |Myself/yourself/themselves etc

Day 2 |A/an...

Day 3 |Singular & plural

Day 4 |The...

Day 5 |Go to...

Day 6 |This/that/these/those

Week 12| English Grammar

Day 1 |Some & any

Day 2 |All/most/some/any/no/none etc

Day 3 |Adjectives

Day 4 |Adverbs

Day 5 |Imperatives

Day 6 |And but or so because

Week 13| English Grammar

Day 1 |When...

Day 2 |If we go... if you see... etc

Day 3 |If I had... If we went... etc

Day 4 |A person who... A thing that/which (relative clauses 1)

Day 5 |How long have you…?(present perfect 4)

Day 6 |For since ago


Learning Objective: To understand what a fable is and its purpose.


A fable is a special type of story. It is a short, fictional story that usually contains animals as the main characters who can act and talk like humans. They normally have a moral message or lesson to be learned from them. Authors often wrote large collections of fables, a famous example is “Aesop’s Fables”.

Examples & Explanations

Some fables are very famous, but most are not very well known. Some famous fables are:

  1. The Tortoise and The Hare.
    • This is a fable about how doing things slowly and carefully can be better than rushing things just to get them done quickly.
  1. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
    • This is a fable about being satisfied with what you already have and not constantly wishing for more or better things.
  1. The Lion and the Mouse
    • This is a fable about not judging people and that anybody can be a friend and help us in times of need.





Activity 1

Below are some short fables. Read it and then see if you can decide what the moral message is. Beneath each fable is a choice of four answers, circle the one you think is correct. They are all examples from Aesop’s Fable collection.

The Grasshopper and the Ant

One lovely summer’s day a grasshopper was dancing and playing music in a field. He saw some ants hurrying past him.

“Hey” he said “Why don’t you have a rest and come and dance and sing with me?” he asked pleasantly.

One of the ants stopped to answer him, “we can’t” said the ant, “we have to store up food for winter! Maybe you should do the same?” he replied.

The grasshopper laughed “but winter is so far away, come and enjoy the summer with me!”

But the ant carried on collecting food for winter. Soon the summer was over and winter came and the poor grasshopper had no food to eat.

As he sat hungry he thought about what the ant had said to him and he wished he had gathered food for the winter!

1.   Be prepared for everything

2.   Have fun first, work later

3.   Having good friends is important

4.   Don’t prepare

The Miser and his Gold

 Once there was a man who had a huge store of treasure which he hid buried in his garden under his tree. Every week at night he would dig it up and look at it, happy with how rich he was.

Once day a robber saw the man dig up his treasure, count it and then put it back. After the man had gone the robber dug up the money and ran away with it.

The next week when the man went to count his treasure he found only a big hole in the ground. He began to cry and scream and shout until all his neighbours came running over

to see what the matter was.

“What’s wrong?” asked one of them. “I had so much treasure buried here but now someone has stolen it!” he replied.

The neighbour said back “Well did you ever take any out?”.

“No” said the man,“I always put it back.”

“Well then, if you never used any you may as well just come and look at this hole every week, it will be the same!”

1.   Being greedy is good

2.   Check to see who is watching you

3.   Unused wealth might as well not exist

4.   Don’t bury gold under trees

The Wind and the Sun

One day the wind and the sun were arguing about who was better when they saw a traveller coming down the road.

“I know” said the Sun, “let’s have a competition to decide who is the best. Whoever can get make the man take his cloak off is the best.”

Wind agreed and went first. He blew so very hard, the wind was loud and blustery, but the louder and colder it was the closer the man wrapped his cloak around him to keep himself warm. Eventually the wind had to give up.

Then it was the Sun’s turn. He shone so brightly that it soon became very warm, the traveller saw that the day was getting very hot and he soon got too warm wearing his cloak and so he took it off, folded it up and put it in his bag.

The Sun had won.

1.   Don’t waste time

2.   Kindness is better than severity

3.   Competition is bad

4.   Severity is better than kindness

Activity 2

Use the internet and/or library to read some more about fables. Choose three fables you haven’t read before and summarise them. Underneath include what their moral message/lesson is.

Fable One:



Fable Two:



Fable Three:



Activity 3

Fables are interesting and fun ways of teaching people about right and wrong, or how to treat other people, how to be a good person. Think of a message you feel is important and see if you can write your own fable. An example is given below for you.




EXAMPLE FABLE TITLE: The butterfly and the fish.

EXAMPLE MESSAGE/LESSON: Everyone is unique and special

EXAMPLE FABLE: One day a fish was swimming around in a pond. He swam up to the surface and looked up at the sky.

“Oh how beautiful it is out there” he said to himself. “I wish I wasn’t a fish, I wish I could leave this pond and see how beautiful the world is.”Just then a beautiful butterfly flew past with gorgeous giant colourful wings, she flew around a bit then landed on a lily flower on the pond. The fish swam over to her.

“Oh you are so beautiful” he said to the butterfly “I wish I was a butterfly like you so I could fly around in the sky with you gauzy wings.”

“You are funny fish” said the butterfly “I was just thinking how nice it would be to be you, you have a lovely pond to live in which is safe and full of food, it is dangerous being a butterfly.”

“But you are so much more beautiful” moaned the fish.

The butterfly laughed “fish if you could see yourself you would see that your scales are hundreds of colours and in the light they shine like jewels, you are beautiful and you have a wonderful life in this pond with all your friends.”

The butterfly flew off and the fish sat thinking. “She’s right” he said to himself, “but I never noticed it before” then he swam off to play with his friends.


Fable Title:

Fable Message:




Activity 4

Fables are often accompanied by pictures to illustrate the story better. Draw a picture to illustrate the fable you have created in Activity 3.




1 2 3 4 5 6  

“You don’t want to look back, 
and know you could have done better.”

++44 (0)1924 506010