English Reception Autumn Traditional Tales and Labels

Homes and Houses

Use the traditional tales, Billy Goats Gruff, Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks to explore different building materials, houses and homes. Inspire children to read and write sentences and captions.

Traditional tales: Billy Goats Gruff (suggested as 5 days)

Active Learning

  1. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  2. Don't eat me!
  3. Billy Dogs Gruff
  4. A new home for troll

Creating and Thinking Critically

  1. Puppet tales
  2. Story map tales
  3. Troll poster
  4. A new home for troll

Exploring and Playing

  1. Make a mask
  2. Retelling a tale with music
  3. Shape bridges
  4. Exploring building materials

Books to Share

  1. Tell children The Three Billy Goats Gruff, emphasising repetitive language, ‘Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?’... Why did the goats want to cross the bridge? See also the animated tale version available in the resources. Did children already know the story? Did they guess the ending?
  2. (Follows AL1) Display the story map, reminding children what it shows, then tell the story together. Children can use their masks (see Exploring & Playing) to role play different characters!
  3. Display & read Billy Dogs Gruff. What do children think of this version? Compare and discuss.
  4. Enjoy reading an alternative version of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Poetry/Rhyme of the Week: London Bridge is Falling Down (see resources)
Introduce on Monday (send a copy home). Rehearse and sing the during week, waiting to go to lunch, to focus on carpet, for fun! Develop performance and add actions.