Welcome to the magical world of fairy tales! Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Let’s find out more about our favourite stories, and discover some new ones. This half term, we’ll watch a pantomime to see the characters come to life, we’ll play imaginatively with a model castle and small world characters. We’ll look at different character types, and decide whether our favourite characters are ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’! Using different materials and shapes, we’ll build castles and bridges. We’ll read lots of stories and look at the ingredients that go into a fantastic fairy tale. We’ll be explorers and hunt for missing items from fairy tales. We’ll read contemporary versions of fairy tales and we’ll create story maps to retell familiar tales.

At the end of our project we’ll be detectives and solve the case of the missing Gingerbread man and explore how we can get him safely across the river by constructing our own boats and hosting our very own boat race!

Areas of learning Early Learning Goals
Communication and Language Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking
Physical development Moving and handling
Personal, social and emotional development Managing feelings and behaviour; Making relationships
Literacy Reading; Writing
Mathematics Numbers; Shape, space, measures
Understanding of the World The World
Expressive arts and design Exploring and using media; Being imaginative

Help your child prepare for their project

Reading fairy tales can sweep us away into a fantastical world. Why not visit your local library together to read lots of different versions? You could also watch children’s films on this theme and discuss the different types of characters. Alternatively, you could use toys to retell favourite fairy tales.