Brave Mary

Watch the Story...

Basic telling

Your young learners will shiver with delight as they encounter ghosts and skeletons... but they needn't fear, as Brave Mary will be by their side! along with Epic Storytellers Amber and Chip.

Once they've watched this telling of the story, let them watch the enhanced version below to compare them – and see how many new words they can already understand without needing to use a dictionary...!

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Enhanced telling

Guest storyteller Pauline Cordiner from Aberdeen returns with a Scottish spooky tale that also explores the theme of sheer bravery. After your children have listened to this telling of the story, can they pick out the similarities and differences between the two versions?

Also see if they can guess the meaning of the words and phrases below – including some from Pauline's native land of Scotland!


And afterwards, encourage them to try using these words in their writing for their grown-ups and teachers – or even in the Epic Challenge below...!

"couped oot"
"Awa hinie back"
This story's Epic Challenge!

For this Epic Challenge, we asked your young learners to tell us about someone brave who did amazing things for other people. Share this video with your children for some ideas to get them started, then send their creations to us for their chance to get a mention in our next #EpicSharingShpecial...!

Sharing Shpecial!

Every weekend, we post a bonus video featuring your responses to our stories, your own stories, your attempts at our Epic Challenges, and more!


In this week's "Sharing Shpecial", Amber let your young learners know how Brave Mary fared when she met the ghost of Robert's great aunt...

Even more story resources...


Click the podcast link below to stream or download an audio telling of the story – available from 4pm on Monday 1st June.

For grown-ups

Click the podcast link below to stream or download a discussion between our storytellers and some creative teachers and parents, to discover this story's links to the National Curriculum – along with easy and fun ways to explore those links with your children. Available from 4pm on Monday 1st June.

Click the link below to download a written version of the story to read.

You can now visit our archive of past stories, or have another listen to this week's story.

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