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Once Upon A Time....


During our learning adventure we will be learning about:

  • traditional tales including 'The Gingerbread Man,' 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and 'The Enormous Turnip.'
  • Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated
  • Numbers 1-10 and how they can be represented in different ways
  • Doubling, halving and sharing objects
  • Size ordering
  • How to write a simple sentence
  • 2D and 3D shapes


The children will get involved in lots of exciting activities, including:

  • making their own gingerbread men
  • carrying out experiments and making predictions
  • tasting different vegetables
  • using the Beebots
  • creating music for the traditional tales
  • sorting story characters by size
  • planting seeds
  • healthy foods
  • writing Chinese letters


The Gingerbread Man

Our learning adventure began with some written clues which we followed to find different parts of a Gingerbread Man hidden around the classroom. Once we had all the parts we put him together and read the story of the Gingerbread Man. We shared our ideas about the Gingerbread man and talked about his appearance and character. We then used our phonics knowledge to write a description of the Gingerbread Man. 


The children enjoyed getting the hands busy making their own Gingerbread Men, they talked about the different utensils they needed to use and recalled information from the story.

The children used their cutting skills to cut out different pictures from the Gingerbread Man story and then stuck them in the right order. The children talked the story as they were completing their activity.

"Gingerbread Man ran out of the house."

I wouldn't like to be the Gingerbread Man because I would be scared of getting eaten!"

"He jumps off the tray and runs away from the man and the lady."

The children decorated their own Gingerbread Man or Gingerbread house. When decorating the Gingerbread men they though carefully about the decorations they needed to add. 
In Maths this week we have been learning about the number 8. We learnt that 8 can be made up by combining different number together and we represented this on a tens frame. During our focus activity we learnt about sharing 8 into two equal groups and we were introduced to the word 'halving.' We had two gingerbread men and 8 'buttons' which we had to share equally between them. We also learnt about repeating patterns and were able to create our own repeating patterns on a gingerbread man.

Week 2 14/9/19

We received a letter from the Little Old lady who had baked the Gingerbread Man. She was very worried that the Gingerbread Man was scared and worried as he was all alone and she asked us if we could let her know if we had seen him. We found some photographs of the Gingerbread Man spending time in our classroom so we used our phonics knowledge to write a letter back to the Little Old Lady to reassure her that the Gingerbread Man was safe.

In Maths, we were introduced to Charlie crocodile who likes to eat big numbers. We put different numbers of buttons onto our Gingerbread Men and then had to find the one who had the most buttons so that Charlie crocodile could eat them all. 


We have used Talk for Writing to help us retell the story of the Gingerbread Man. We used different actions for different parts of the story and then we used the small world characters to retell the story too. We thought carefully about what might happen to the Gingerbread Man if he had got wet in the river and even carried out or own science investigation. We predicted what might happen if the Gingerbread Man fell into a cup of tea, a washing up bowl and 'the river' and then we tested our ideas.

Week 3 – 14/1/19

This week, we discovered that the Gingerbread Man had gone for a walk and discovered a bridge across a small river. When he got closer he heard a funny noise coming from under the bridge. The children thought carefully about what it could be under the bridge: monster, dinosaur, troll!!

We then learnt about, and read, the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’

The children used their phonics knowledge to write a short sentence or caption about different pictures in the book. Take a look at their fabulous work!!

The children enjoyed listening to the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and worked as a group to think about the different sounds the goats and troll would make as they walked along the bridge. The children used different musical instruments to create music for the story.
The children worked hard to build their own bridges for the goats to cross. They thought carefully about bridges they had seen and their shapes and they used different resources to build their bridge. Once they had completed their bridge, they tested it to check that it was strong enough.
In Maths, the children have learnt about capacity. They filled different sized and shaped containers with water, they compared the capacity of these different containers and ordered them from smallest to biggest. The children used the correct language of capacity to describe different containers; full, empty and half full. 

Week 4 – 28/1/19

This week the children have thought more about the three billy goats gruff and the troll. They had to think about how the billy goats and how the troll felt. They discussed how the billy goats would be happy because they were crossing over the bridge to eat the sweet grass and that they were all friends so they had someone else to spend time with and how the troll might be feeling sad because he had no friends and was lonely or mad because people kept crossing over his bridge.

The children then wrote a description of a troll using their phonics knowledge.

The children enjoyed hearing about the troll falling into the water and never being seen again! They carried out their own science experiment to find out which objects around the classroom would sink or float when dropped into water. They made some very good predictions.

In Maths the children have been thinking about the bridge that the billy goats crossed over. They were provided with their own ‘bridge’ and were challenged to find something longer and something shorter from around the classroom. They then had to try and order their bridges from shortest to longest. The children also built their own bridges using Lego and compared them to each other’s deciding whose was the longest, the children really enjoyed this activity.

The children used the Clever Touch board to complete a game in which they had to buy toys from a shop. They decided which toys to buy and then had to calculate the total cost of all the toys. The children enjoyed the game; they were able to recognise the different numerals and work out who had spent the most money.

This week we have been reading the story of The Enormous Turnip. The Gingerbread Man sent us a photograph of something he had found on the way back home to the old lady. We decided to investigate and found a piece of rope leading to the allotment. Some children had a go at pulling on the rope but they were unable to pull whatever it was out of the allotment! Once we got back to the classroom, Mrs Widdows was allowed to tell the children that it was an enormous turnip growing in the allotment!

The children have learnt about different fruits and vegetables. They have looked at them and talked about their different shapes and colours and have talked about the fruits and vegetables that they know and like to eat. They have also talked about the importance of washing hands before handling food in order to stay healthy.

The children were very interested in tasting the fruit and vegetables, they have even planted their own beans to grow, they carefully read and followed the instructions and discussed how to care for their bean.

They looked carefully at a bean seed at different stages of growth and talked about the different things they could see.

Following on from learning about The Enormous Turnip, we invited our parents in to help us dig over our class vegetable patch, plant some vegetables and also plant some flowers in our Reception playground. We all knew that the seeds needed water and sunshine to help them grow.

We have learnt about Chinese New Year in literacy this week. The children read the story ‘The Great Race’ which told them all about the story of how the Jade Emperor decided which animals should feature in the Chinese Zodiac. The children watched a video clip about a family who celebrate Chinese New Year and wrote a few sentences about what they had learnt.

The children looked carefully at some Chinese writing and used a fine paintbrush and black paint to create their own writing. The children also made their own Chinese lanterns.

In Maths the children have learnt about the number 9. They learnt how it can be represented in different ways and were challenged to represent it themselves and talk about how they had represented it.

We had a very exciting school trip to The Rainbow Factory this week. We listened to some traditional tales that had been mixed up and used our magic story telling powers to change the stories back to end happily ever after.

We went on a woodland walk and met lots of different characters from stories such as; the BFG, the three little pigs and the wolf, the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk and Pinocchio.

We spent some time looking at different objects and thinking about who they belonged to and how they had got hold of them, we then spent some time in a drawing workshop and learnt how to draw the Big Bad Wolf!