Once Upon a Time

Class: NP/S (Nursery 3-4) - do not use Year: 2017 - 2018

Once Upon a Time


In Nursery, we enjoyed our two ‘Once Upon a Time’ stay and play sessions. These sessions demonstrated some of the activities and resources we use in Nursery to support children’s early reading and gave parents and children the opportunity to make resources to use at home.


Here are some of the activities to support your home reading:


  1. Nursery Rhyme Sticks

Children’s early literacy skills are based upon a foundation of listening and speaking. By singing and re-telling familiar rhymes and rhyming stories we teach our children:

  • auditory discrimination
  • listening skills
  • a rich range of language
  • concentration skills
  • oral storytelling / poetry skills
  • phonemic awareness

Home challenge: Write your favourite nursery rhymes onto lollipop sticks for you to choose and sing at home.

Home challenge: Can you create a rhyming string at home?


  1. Imaginative Small World

We encourage children to develop their imagination and storytelling. This will support their reading and writing in the future as they know how to think of and expand story ideas.

Home imagination challenge: Could you take your toys at home on a new adventure or build a den for them to create a new world for them to travel to?


  1. Reading Books

Reading to children is just as important as them reading for themselves. It models how to access books by showing them the direction to turn pages and how to read from left to right and top to bottom. This helps them to understand the structure of stories and most importantly, sharing stories helps to inspire a love of reading!


Question ideas to support your child’s understanding of the ways books and structured:


  • Do you know what this book is called? (Find the title to read the book’s name together).
  • What do you think this story might be about? (Look at the front cover and some of the pictures to give you clues).
  • What do you think will happen next? (Challenge your child to predict the ending and check to see if they were right).


  1. Drawing Your Stories

Sometimes children may draw their story ideas before they can write them. Asking children about their drawings can encourage them to explain their thoughts and progress their ideas.

Home challenge: Can you draw a story at home?


  1. Tales Tool Kit

Story has been shown to improve all types of learning and increase engagement and memory capacity. We use the Tales Toolkit symbols for Character, Setting, Problem and Solution, giving children a tool to independently weave magical tales. This supports children’s first steps in making up stories, imaginative play, putting ideas together and into sequence.

Home challenge: Use your Tales Toolkit symbols to create your own exciting stories at home or to retell a traditional tale you have learned in school.


  1. Story Spoons

In nursery, we like to make story props to inspire our story telling. In class, we use character props to help us retell stories in our reading corner.

Home challenge: Can you make your own story spoons at home?


Thank you to all of the parents and family members who came along to these sessions.



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