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The Spooky Strummer of Hamelin

Illustration of a medieval German guitarist dancing through Hamelin with a parade of rats behind him
October is a fairy, spooky, musical month! After beginning with National Poetry Day, World Singing Day is slap in the middle… and at the end is Halloween!

So we celebrate **all three** in this Epic Tale – or rather, this Epic Ballad! Your young learners can join Chip and Tails (his guitar) for a musical interpretation of one well-known fairy tale that doesn’t exactly end happily ever after…

…and afterwards, your young learners will be fired up to attempt our Epic Challenge – meaning they win the end of the story, and hit a Literacy objective at the same time!

In this vid, we invite them to send us their spooky poems – and in return, we’ll turn them into spooky songs!

While our website is still in development, please note you can send your Epic Challenge responses by clicking here or visiting epictales.co.uk/challenge.

Please also scroll to the bottom of this page for our Epic Learning resources including a PDF and mp3 downloads, and the Epic Learning Podcast discussing the learning outcomes in this story – from literacy to numeracy and beyond!

Epic Learning Resources

Find learning outcomes in this story for all ages from 4 to 11, including Literacy, Numeracy, Science and PSHCE!

Listen to the podcast in full, or search for a specific outcome by clicking the “Chapter Headings” button (buzzsprout chapter headings button). After clicking this button, you can use Ctrl-F (Cmd-F on a Mac) to search by keyword.

Outcomes are presented in the following format:
Age Range & Subject [Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Humanities, Arts, PE and/or PSHCE]: list of outcomes

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