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Once Upon a Time

We would like to welcome all our children back after our Christmas holidays and wish you all a happy new year.

Our learning adventure this half term will be based on traditional and fairy tale stories. The children will be helping the police to find out what happened in The Three Bears’ cottage and then use puppets and props to retell the story. They will also learn a song about Goldilocks and the Three Bears too!

The children will then be working with Goldilocks to try and keep the Three Little Pigs safe. They will design and make their own ‘wolf proof’ houses!

Books we will be reading this half term:

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Once Upon a Picnic
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Three Little Wolves and the big bad pig
  • The Wolf Won’t Bite.
  • The Jolly Postman

This half term we are learning about:


  • Small, medium, and large objects and matching them to each of the three bears
  • How to create a bear by painting with a fork
  • How to make porridge
  • Tasting different porridge toppings and choosing which one they like the most
  • How to make a wanted poster
  • Retelling a story using puppets and props
  • Sorting hard and soft materials
  • How a quantity becomes smaller when something is taken away
  • How a quantity becomes larger when something is added
  • How to make bear toast
  • Designing and making a house for a pig
  • How to share party food so everyone has the same amount
  • How to order objects by height and length

You can help at home by:

  • Talking to your child about big, medium, and small objects
  • Encouraging your child to sort and match different sized or patterned objects
  • Helping your child to identify different textures i.e. hard and soft
  • Helping your child to identify their name and attempt to write it
  • Helping your child to count objects by putting them in a row and touching each one as they count
  • Reading a variety of books to your child and looking at the pictures together
  • Helping your child to count actions such as counting whilst climbing steps, counting claps and jumps etc.

Crime Scene!!!

The children arrived at school to discover that somebody had been into our classroom! They found clues such as spilt porridge, a messy bed and chairs fallen on to the floor. The children are now police detectives and they are on a mission to solve the crime! 


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We have used the story of ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ to help us with our Police investigation. This will remain our focus over the next couple of weeks and it will help us to really understand what happened at the bears cottage the day the crime was committed. To help us with our learning, we are going to be using books, puppets, story sacks, pictures, story maps, role play, games and 'Talk for Writing' actions.


Porridge? Yum yum!

The children were very excited to see what all of the fuss what about with porridge and helped to follow some instructions to make some! They listened carefully to the instructions and helped with each stage of the recipe. The children thought about what the porridge looked like at the beginning and how it changed during the process. When tasting the porridge they thought about whether they liked the taste of it, how it felt in their mouth and if they liked it hot or cold!


Once Upon a Time...

The children used the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story sack to retell the story with the help of puppets and props. The children had lots of fun changing their voices for the different voices of the bears!


They also enjoyed the challenge of matching up each of the objects to the bears and comparing the size of each.



The children were very excited to take on the role of being a police officer and began to draw pictures of Goldilocks to create wanted posters. They thought carefully about what they could offer as a reward to encourage others to help look for her!



This week in Nursery, we have finally caught Goldilocks. We received a phone call this week from the police that they had found Goldilocks.


Interviewing Goldilocks

Goldilocks came into the police station and we had the opportunity to ask her a series of questions which we had planned out earlier in the week. This is called hot seating.


Goldilocks seemed to be very upset about what she had done and it seemed like she wanted to try and make things right again. So we decided that we would help Goldilocks and helped her to write a letter to say sorry to the bears.