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Year One inspired by traditional tales

Pig's house made of blocks as part of Year One's traditional tales theme

Pupils in Year One developed their love of reading by learning about traditional tales and taking part in inventive science, art and history activities.


As part of looking at the story of ‘Cinderella’, and to develop their written skills, the girls and boys created invitations to their own imaginary party and wrote a comprehension piece that focussed on answering questions in full sentences.

As part of the materials topic, the children learnt about what their clothes are made from and discovered that cotton grew as a plant. They then went on to weave different materials similar to how cotton is woven.

The Three Little Pigs

In Science, pupils made a variety of houses out of different materials that would be suitable for ‘The Three Little Pigs’.


They tested their structure using a hair dryer to act as the wolf’s ‘huff and puff’. The children applied their knowledge of the properties of different materials to create houses that withstood the blow from a hair dryer.

The Elves and the Shoe Maker

Focussing on the story of ‘The Elves and the Shoe Maker’, the children wrote a few sentences outlining their adventures when they wore some magical shoes for a creative writing task.

As part of the materials and castles topic, the boys and girls learnt about the Bayeux Tapestry. They discovered that because books were not printed at the time, many events were recorded in the form of tapestry on what is now known as the Bayeux Tapestry. The children were then challenged to draw part of the Bayeux Tapestry.

In Art, pupils made castles out of recycled materials. They started by designing their castle before moving on to assemble it.

The pupils continued the reading theme when they learnt in RE about the special books for each faith. They read the Good Samaritan story from the Bible and then found out about special places where different faiths go to worship. Each child thought about where their special place is.