English Reception Spring Captions and Banners

Dragons and Chinese New Year

Set their imagination on fire by reading and writing about dragons; sharing texts such as Custard the Dragon, Tell Me a Dragon and Puff the Magic Dragon. Explore Chinese New Year traditions and create good luck banners.

Dragons (suggested as 5 days)

Active Learning

  1. How do we feel about dragons?
  2. A dragon of our own!
  3. Dragon word bank
  4. Dragon sentences

Creating and Thinking Critically

  1. Are dragons real?
  2. Dragon maps
  3. Dragon words
  4. Dragon sentences

Exploring and Playing

  1. Model dragons
  2. Dragon hunters
  3. Crouching hunters, hidden dragons
  4. Dragon feely box

Books to Share

  1. Read Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash (resources). Did this poem make you laugh? What sort of dragon is Custard? Are dragons in stories normally like this?
  2. Read Tell Me A Dragon. What do you think of the illustrations in the book? Which was your favourite of the dragons? Can you describe it? Why is it your favourite?
  3. Read The Dragon Machine up to the page with the map. What sort of places do the dragons hide in, and what sort of problems have they caused? What other trouble might they get into?
  4. Continue and finish The Dragon Machine. Where does George go to in his machine? If you had a machine like that, where would you travel to?
  5. Which has been everyone’s favourite book this week… Custard, Tell Me A Dragon or The Dragon Machine? Why so? Enjoy rereading children’s favourite text.

Poetry/Rhyme of the Week: Puff the Magic Dragon (see resources)
Introduce on Monday by playing a recording of the song to the children (see websites list). Send a copy of the lyrics home (see resources).

You Will Need

Essential texts
Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash
Tell Me A Dragon by Jackie Morris
The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson

Websites
Custard the Dragon from youtube.com
Puff the Magic Dragon from youtube.com

Resources
Teabags, baking tray, long feathers/quill pens
Binoculars, measuring tape, goggles, clipboards etc for Dragon hunters activity
Bubble wrap, sand, feathers, pebbles etc. for dragon feely box