Westvale Park

Primary Academy

Always Children First


Spring 1 Topic: 

Once Upon a Time 


In the Once Upon a Time project, your child will be introduced to the wonderful world of stories. They will listen to a range of traditional tales and have the chance to act out the stories in their play. They will also listen to alternative contemporary stories to see different viewpoints from the characters. They will use the stories to think about how life has changed from when the stories were written. They will also make up their own stories and make masks, props and puppets to act out their stories. 

Supporting your child at home 

  • Read traditional stories and fairy tales to your child. 

  • Visit your local library and choose picture books to share. 

  • Talk about the characters in stories and whether they like or dislike them. 

  • Talk about how the characters in stories behave and what they could do differently. 

In the Winter Wonderland project, your child will explore the seasonal changes that happen during winter. They will find out about the different weather associated with the winter season and explore changes that happens to water as it freezes. They will find out about what happens to plants and animals during cold weather and explore places in the world that are always cold and snowy, including the animals that live there. 

Supporting your child at home 

  • Go on a winter walk and talk about how the environment has changed since the summer months. 

  • Put bird food out in the garden or on a window ledge and observe the birds that visit. 

  • Leave water out in a shallow container overnight on a cold night and see if the water freezes. 

  • If it snows, build a snowman, and take a photo of it to share with the rest of the class. 


Key Texts 


One Winters Day – Christina Butler 

Three Little Pigs 

Jack and the Bean Stalk 

The Little Red Hen 


The Great Fairy Tale Disaster