Exploring fairy tales, and tracking down gingerbread people, at St Nicholas at Wade primary

Will You Read Me A Story topic

Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad, and how many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat?

These and other questions are being explored by Reception group children at St Nicholas at Wade Church of England Primary School.

As part of their Will You Read Me A Story topic, the young pupils are on a journey to the magical world of traditional fairy tales and the goodies and baddies they encounter.

To become fully immersed in their learning experience they are making and tasting their own porridge to see just what the three bears loved – and missed – so much about their favourite breakfast that Goldilocks tried, tasted and ate.

As part of their literacy learning the pupils have also made recipe books and wrote instructions for how to make their porridge, using adjectives to describe the breakfast that they created.

They are also investigating materials and different forms of construction to create safe houses for the three little pigs and will make labels to describe them too.

Meanwhile they wondered what happened to the gingerbread people they made that appeared to come to life and mysteriously disappear from the classroom – fortunately the CCTV captured what had happened and it seems the gingerbread people are safe and well.

The children have been eagerly receiving regular updates from their gingerbread people as they travel from country to country, giving them lots of interesting news about their whereabouts.

Head Teacher Taralee Kennedy praised the breadth of learning that the topic is giving the school’s youngest pupils.

She explained: “They are so engaged with all the different aspects of reading, writing, creative arts, design and technology, science and geography, home economics and much more that are integral parts of their learning journey.

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“It is an exciting way to let them explore different subjects linked to a common thread. It is learning at its best – fun, challenging, interesting and we never know where the gingerbread people will pop up next.”

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