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A Small Tale: A Teacher-Led Adventure is a literacy project for primary years 1-4 (KS1), led by the teacher in the classroom.

The project aims to ignite and inspire students’ passion and motivation for writing while raising standards in reading, speaking and listening.

About the Project

The teacher and their class read a mysterious old picture book about two mischievous and messy tiny people with a love of stories. But when they return to the book the following day the pages are all blank, except for two sets of tiny footprints… they discover that the tiny characters have escaped. Will the pupils be able to get them back to safety, before it’s too late?

The project takes place across seven days which can be broken up over two weeks. It can be delivered multiple times with the same set of assets and resources.

Learning outcomes 

A Small Tale aims to:

  • Ignite and inspire students’ passion and motivation for writing
  • Inspire a love of reading and writing
  • Raise standards in reading, speaking and listening skills
  • Inspire and develop imaginative teaching practices for literacy; placing the teacher at the centre of the creativity

Download the information pack here.

What is included in the project 

By purchasing A Small Tale you will receive:

  • Toolkit including handmade props and materials needed to deliver the project
  • 60 minute instructional video
  • Day-by-day instruction manual with lesson planning ideas
  • Option to attend an online CPD hosted and facilitated by a Punchdrunk director at an additional cost of £100 per teacher. The next CPD date is 18 May 2021.

Cost: £360 

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A Small Tale as a legacy project for The Lost Lending Library

A Small Tale works both as a stand alone project and a legacy project for The Lost Lending Library.

The dusty old picture book that the whole project is based on is later discovered to have originally been withdrawn from a ‘mysterious library’ which disappeared as quickly as it appeared. This will be assumed to be The Lost Lending Library by children and teachers who have experienced this project and can then continue and reinforce the magic of the library after it has left the school.

A Small Tale partnership opportunities

Punchdrunk also work with partners across the UK to bring A Small Tale to hubs of schools across the country. Please contact [email protected] if you are an arts organisation or venue working in the UK for more information.

This project had a big impact on reluctant writers. I had pages of writing from children who usually struggle to put pen to paper.

– Year 3/4 Teacher, 2016


The children were very keen to write about where they thought the characters might be, with lots of original ideas and good quality writing.

– Year 3 Teacher, 2016

This project was brilliant. My colleague and I were so excited about teaching the lessons and the resources that were provided were outstanding! Thank you. The props were of such a high quality, totally believable and easy to set up. It was a pleasure to teach and reminded me why I became a teacher.

– Year 2 Teacher, 2016

Cancellation and refunds

A Small Tale Toolkit
 Refunds are available if you notify Punchdrunk of the cancellation within 14 days after you’ve received the toolkit by emailing [email protected]
 The toolkit(s) must then be returned in its original state within 14 days of when you informed Punchdrunk of the cancellation. Punchdrunk will provide an address on receipt of the email above and the customer must pay the return postage costs.
 No refunds will be provided after this time.

A Small Tale online CPD

Refunds are only available up to 14 days before the CPD takes place. No refunds after this time. Refunds will be given minus our 3% processing fee. To request a refund, contact [email protected]

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Creative Team

  • Director & Writer

    Tara Boland

  • Designer

    Kirsty Harris

  • Illustrator

    Grace Brennan

  • Graphic Design

    James Wright

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