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Once Upon a Time

Our International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) unit of learning is‘Once Upon a Time’, through which children will be exploring the theme of ‘Stories and Storytelling’.


Each Learning Block will provide new learning experiences.

In Learning Block 1, we’ll be:

Exploring pushes and pulls with ‘The Enormous Turnip’

Buying and selling vegetables at our own market

Using 'The Little Seed' by Eric Carle as a stimulus for artwork


In Learning Block 2, we’ll be:

Exploring size with ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’

Building our own bridge for a troll

Making sound effects to tell a story

Performing a story with props and music.


In Learning Block 3, we’ll be:

Making a character from ‘The Gingerbread Man’

Baking our own gingerbread

Changing the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’

Creating a modern day version of the story


In Learning Block 4, we’ll be:

Making a race course for ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’

Finding out about tortoises and how to look after them

Setting our own goals


Our learning will help us to develop the IEYC Personal Goals of:










Our learning will also help to develop the IEYC International Dimension as children will learn about:

Learning and playing with others beyond their immediate friendship group

Applying the IEYC Personal Goals in various contexts

The characteristics of the kinds of children the school is helping to develop and

demonstrating them in developmentally-appropriate ways


In an environment that enables them to:

Develop knowledge and an increasing understanding beyond that related to their own

nationality and identity.


As always, we would like to form a ‘learning-link’ partnership with you, in this way we can work together to help your child learn in the best possible way.

Please help by capturing your child’s curiosity; this means keeping your child’s teacher

informed about what he/she is most interested in during this IEYC unit of learning and

finding out what he/she would like to learn more about. This helps us to plan relevant

learning experiences that will appeal to your child’s curiosity. You can do this by writing a note to your child's teacher in their reading diaries or completing a 'Wow moment' which are available from Reception staff.


We hope this IEYC unit of learning will help your child learn new knowledge, increase their understanding and develop new skills that they can demonstrate to you.



We look forward to forming a successful learning-link partnership with you so that we can

support your child’s learning together!


To find out more about the IEYC, please visit: