Much-loved fairytale helps give pupils a purpose for learning

Class 1L pupils (l-r) Kyran Desouza, Jiayao Chen, Narjis Al-Behadili, Malakai Rose, Seylan Ghulami, Aayan Memon, Tahreen Uddin and Aria Saleh.  ''Pupils form Cottage Grove Primary School are doing cross curricular work on the Three Little Pigs - learning the story, building houses, looking at types of materials etc.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150075-822)
Class 1L pupils (l-r) Kyran Desouza, Jiayao Chen, Narjis Al-Behadili, Malakai Rose, Seylan Ghulami, Aayan Memon, Tahreen Uddin and Aria Saleh. ''Pupils form Cottage Grove Primary School are doing cross curricular work on the Three Little Pigs - learning the story, building houses, looking at types of materials etc.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150075-822)

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Here at Cottage Grove Primary School, we have been using the story of The Three Little Pigs to provide a context for developing learning and enjoyment in all subjects, writes Year 1 teacher Amy Llewellyn.

The topic called Three Little Pigs is giving the learning in the classroom a sense of purpose.

The children in Year 1 are motivated and enjoying learning about the story and making links in their learning across the curriculum.

At the start of the topic, I made a big mess in the classroom and told the children I had spotted a big bad wolf. The children quickly decided to make posters of the wolf to warn the rest of the school that it was on the loose.

Last term the children were studying the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and found a bear in the school grounds.

So they are now on the lookout for fairytale characters as they believe they roam freely around our school.

The story is enabling the children to deepen their understanding of different concepts such as houses, animals and materials.

The children want to find out about different materials, and they are excited to explore and question in science.

With writing, roleplay and asking and answering questions the children have been deepening their vocabulary.

And they have also been gaining an awareness of grammatical structures and are applying this in their own writing. Children are inspired by the story to write their own versions applying the skills they have been taught. There is a sense of pride when they finish and share their work.

Headteacher Polly Honeychurch added: ‘I love the creativity of my teaching staff. They are working hard this year to bring learning to life for the children.

‘Each topic starts with a hook which helps to get the children interested in their learning.

‘We are seeing children across the school enjoying their writing so much more when they can base it on their own experiences.

‘As our children come from so many different countries in the world we cannot assume they all have the same background knowledge to draw upon.

‘Therefore we want to make our curriculum very visual and practical.

‘This helps to give the children first-hand experiences which they have shared together.’