Who’s Bad and Who’s Good Little Red Riding Hood

Who's bad and who's good little red riding hoodThis is the second in our safeguarding fairy tales. series.  This story is a fantastic way of talking to children about stranger danger in a non frightening way. I always find this a hard subject to tackle because you want to make the children understand that not everyone is good but you also don’t want to frighten them or make them feel that they can’t ask for help if they need it.

The story is very funny, it is a real twist on the version we all know. Continue reading

Snow White and the Very Angry Dwarf

Whilst preparing for a Safeguarding Through Stories workshop I came across a set of books that I think are an absolutely fabulous way of introducing safeguarding and personal development topics through fairytales. Plus they are very funny entertaining stories, they certainly had me laughing out loud.  They are great for early years through to Key Stage 1. I’m also using them in a literacy context to look at different versions of well known stories. We love them so much we’ve put the whole set of 12 books in our online bookshop.

Snow White and the Very Angry DwarfI’ll be writing a post with a craft activity for each of the books over the coming weeks. Our first story is Snow White and the Very Angry Dwarf, the story looks at anger management. This is a good story for observing reactions and children may tell you about someone who is often angry, which you may wish to investigate further. It is also good for looking at strategies they can use when they are angry.

After telling the story we discussed the similarities and differences between this version and the version of the story they know. Continue reading

Captain Brainpower and the Mighty Mean Machine

Captain Brainpower and the Mighty Mean Machine

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The latest installment in our superhero topic is Captain Brainpower and the Mighty Mean Machine. Our hero’s superpower is his brainpower. Which is the best superpower to have in my book. Captain Brainpower and Mojo Mouse end up at the rubbish dump after being abandoned. But Captain Brainpower is resourceful and uses the junk around him t make a plane to get them out.

We used our own brainpower to make our own junk planes from the story. We used plastic bottles, margarine tubs, milk carton tops and cardboard packets to make our planes. What do you think?

Nat Fantastic – how to turn on superpowers

This week’s session on superheroes with my reception group focused on way characters turn on their superpowers.

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Our story was Nat Fantastic, Nat is a boy who whilst his mum is distracted turns into a superhero when he sneezes.

After the story we looked at all the people Nat saves. We then made our own Nat Fantastic to retell the story with.

Download a template to create Nat Fantastic here.

Nat Fantastic Puppets

After retelling the story together we brainstormed some ideas of how characters turn on their superpowers; such as putting on clothing  Nat Fantastic wears new pyjamas, Superfrog takes a big gulp of air and blows through his bottom to fly, a character could eat something particular or do a special dance. I’ll leave you to come up with your own ideas.

Supertato and Superhero Vegetables

Available from our bookshop £6.99. Please click the photo to purchase.

Available from our bookshop £6.99. Please click the photo to purchase.

Continuing our superhero theme with my reception group this week with a really fun story Supertato Veggies Assemble. This led us to make other superhero vegetables and retell and adapt the story of the supehero vegetables.

The children loved designing their superheroes. I cut out some superhero underpants out of felt and provided lots of materials and googly eyes.

I think the result were brilliant.

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Superfrog making up Superhero stories

To kick off our superhero topic with my new group of reception children we shared Superfrog and The Big Stink. The children really enjoyed this story especially as to fly Superfrog has to blow air from his bottom.

I wanted to get the group thinking about making up stories. So we made our own Superfrogs (click here for the Frog Template)  and talked about their super powers. We then stated thinking about what adventures our superfrogs could have. They started with stopping a tall tower falling over. One child had he idea of helping Father Christmas, Continue reading

Literacy Boosting Fundraising Ideas

You are busy planning next term’s topic and you really want to kick off with a ‘WOW’ moment something to really get the children inspired. The light bulb goes on, you have the brilliant idea of having a visitor into school. Oh but then you realise you don’t have the budget.

Don’t worry we have some ideas to help you raise funds and literacy at the same time. Continue reading