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Stories and storytelling

Resources for use with learners

About The story resources

There is a strong tradition of storytelling in travelleing communities with each generation passing stories to the next.  By including Traveller stories teachers can ensure that Traveller culture is represented in the curriculum – raising awareness and respect for the culture for all children.  The familiar references will also provide a focus for Traveller children to excell by sharing their knowledge and expertise.


We love our children and we love our children to hear the stories.

Jess Smith, Scottish Traveller, writer and storyteller

How to use the resources

The resources included below are linked to the STEP Families website, which can be accessed directly from children’s homes.  The stories and activities are predominently visual and aural to address any literacy barriers experienced by families.

Teachers can direct families to access the materials using their phones or other digital devices.  Alternatively, they can use the stories as starting points for planning cross-curricular learning with Traveller children or as a whole class project.

The king and the tailor

Scottish Traveller writer and storyteller Jess Smith reads a story about friendship and loyalty. Jess comes from a strong tradition of storytelling. She recorded this story specially for STEP education.

Wee Bessie

Wee Bessie enjoys an ideal Traveller lifestyle with her mammy, daddy and dog.  However, she is saddened when she is left out at school.

The story provides opportunities for teachers to open discussions about negative behaviour in school.

the lost homework

The lost homework by Romani author Richard O’Neill is a story that illustrates the range of skills and learning experiences that the main character has over the course of a weekend spent with family. The accompanying activities include art, craft and literacy development.

polonius the pit pony

Romani author Richard O’ Neill shares his beautiful story about a pit pony who finds a new life.  The story deals with issues around courage and determination.