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Spring 2: Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

We are looking forward to starting our new learning adventure which is called ‘Once Upon a Time.’

We will be looking at different fairy tales and exploring the language used, we will sequence the stories and learn the story of The Sly Fox and Little Red Hen in order to create our own fairy tale. We will look at the story of Beauty and the Beast and write our own setting description.

We will also welcome some visitors from Warburtons and the Rainbow Factory.

We started our learning adventure with creative context day. We made lots of things to decorate our classroom with and even ate our own bear toast.

We went on a fairytale hunt around the classrooms and looked for different fairytale pictures. We thought about which fairytales the pictures had come from.

“I think the porridge has come from Goldilocks and the Three Bears because the bears eat porridge.”
“I think the beanstalk has come from Jack and the Beanstalk because Jack climbs up a tall, green beanstalk.”
“I think the glass shoes have come from Cinderella because she wore them to the ball.”

We looked at the story of The Three Little Pigs, we used sequencing cards to sequence the story and retold it in our own words using traditional tale language such as “Once Upon a Time” and “They all lived happily ever after.” We also used repeated refrains such as, “Little pig, little pig please let me in,” “not by the hair on my chinny, chin, chin” and “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.”

We sequenced the story of Little Red Riding Hood and wrote our own sentences to match the pictures.

We listened to the story of The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen. We used our knowledge of the story to match pictures and sentences correctly.

We made our own story map to help us learn the story of the Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen. We acted out the story using our own actions and then used ‘Babble Gabble’ to tell the story really quickly.

Babble Gabble

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In Maths we have been learning about bar models. We have made our own bar models using strips of paper and drawn our own bar models to help us solve addition and subtraction written problems.

In Art we will be learning about printing, we will create our own printing block and we will learn about the artist Andy Goldsworthy.

We made our own print collages. We chose print that we liked and wrote why we liked the different prints.

We made our own prints using different objects. We looked at what happened when we printed using a lot of paint and a little bit of paint. We discussed the different prints and thought about how we could get the clearest print.

“It looks like a blob.”

“You can’t really see it.”

“You only need a little bit of paint to make a good print.”

In science we will learn about everyday materials. We will look at the properties of materials and how they can be changed.

We went outside and had to stand by objects made of different materials such as brick, stone, plastic, wood, glass and fabric.

We looked at a range of different objects and thought about which material they were made from. We talked about their properties and labelled them accordingly.

“This feels smooth.”

“This is rough.”

“This is plastic.”

“This is stone.”

In R.E we will learn about Christianity and in particular we will look at the Easter story.


We discussed what we already know about Easter:

“Chocolate eggs.”

“Easter bunny.”

“Eat chocolate.”

“Have fun.”

“Chocolate for breakfast.”

We then watched the Easter story and discussed what we had learnt:

“It’s called Easter Sunday.”

“It’s a celebration.”

“Jesus died on a cross.”

“Jesus died and the day he died was Good Friday.”

In groups, the children retold the Easter story using freeze frames.


Jesus told stories to his friends who listened carefully, but the guards were very cross.


Jesus was arrested.

Jesus was put on a cross and his friends were very sad.

Jesus’ body was taken to a resting place and a large stone rolled across the tomb.

Mary and her friends looked shocked as they discovered an empty tomb.

Mary was crying.

Mary smiled as she saw Jesus.

Everyone smiling and happy that Jesus is alive.

We learnt about The Last Supper and how Jesus washed his friend’s feet before they ate so that they would remember how much he loved them. We thought about different ways that we could show love and respect to our friends. We acted out the story and ate bread and drank ‘wine.’ We thought about how the different characters felt during the last supper and questions we would like to ask Jesus and Judas.  

In PSHE we will learn about how to stay healthy.

We talked about the different types of medicine; cream, injection, tablets, lozenges, sprays, liquid medicine, inhalers and drops. We discussed a time when medicine helped us.

In music we will continue to listen to different genres of music and give our opinions on them, we will learn a new song called ‘Zootime.’ We will find the pulse of the song and clap or play instruments to accompany the song. Mr Jennings will continue to lead our singing lessons and we will learn songs which we will sing during our Celebration assemblies on a Friday morning.

We used different instruments to play along to the pulse of the music. We practised playing them at different volumes.