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Spring 1 - Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

Rationale: Richly written stories from high quality authors and illustrators will inspire the children to retell, recreate and act out their own versions of the stories. They will be introduced to story components and become familiar with the story language and structure. They will learn new techniques to construct a variety of puppets and work collaboratively to perform puppet shows.


Hook: A puppet theatre arrives! There are also some clues to help the children guess the traditional tales they will be focusing on.

A puppet theatre arrived!

We used the clue baskets to work out each traditional tale.

We have started using the puppet theatre for our own performances!


Reception's first traditional tale was Goldilocks. We read the story and drew a story map.

We used masks and stick puppets to retell the story as well as tell our own stories.

We read different versions of the story like 'Goldilocks and Just the One Bear'. We were inspired to make up our own versions, including one about butterflies.

We spoke about healthy breakfasts and made porridge.

We made folding hand puppets.

In our investigation area we investigated which cereal was the soggiest.

The Three Little Pigs

This week's story was 'The Three Little Pigs'. After reading the story we were story language detectives and listened for all the story language used in the book. We also spoke about what happened at the start, middle and end of the story and drew this in our books.

We have continued to use the stick puppets, hand puppets and spoon puppets to retell the stories we know and to invent our own.

We made finger puppets of the characters in the story.

After our welly walk, we looked at photos of buildings around the world and talked about what they are made of. We used the junk modelling and other materials to make small houses and big pieces of cardboard and a box to make big houses.

We used the house to act out the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'.

In our investigation area we tested different materials and structures to make a building withstand the wolf's huffing and puffing.

We have continued reading books and enjoyed looking at our RE book.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Our next story was 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We read the story and became detectives to find all the story language (for example 'once upon a time') in the story. We started using these words in our own stories.

We planted beans and spoke about what they needed to grow.

As well we labelled the characters from the story using our sounds.

In our investigation area we made bridges out of paper and tested to see if they could hold the goat.

The Gingerbread Man

Our final traditional tale was 'The Gingerbread Man'. We loved getting involved with the repeating parts. We made story maps to either retell traditional tales or to tell made up ones.

We wrote what the Gingerbread man says in a speech bubble.

Some of our friends were inspired to make houses for the Gingerbread man.

This week's experiment was to see how many pieces of material you need to stack in order to not feel the pea any more.


We made stick puppets for our puppet show.

And recorded us telling the stories for the puppet show audio.

Then we performed it for our grown ups.

Home Learning

For our home learning we made a spoon puppet of ourselves.