Children had read the story before in preparation for the performance. The actress then told the story using props, costumes, puppets and the children themselves. After the show children sang songs and did follow-up activities.
This is a regular activity in the Early Years curriculum, because it fulfils many objectives across the programme. It definitely reinforces literacy while making some cross curricular links. On the one hand, it encourages interest in stories and role play, and on the other, it builds on their work on PSED themes raised in story. “The Enormous Turnip” plot also helped making links to growing plants in their “Understanding the World” subject.
Ms Martin said “Children loved it! It sparked a lot of interest in the story. It was a great experience for the children to see a live performance; it really brought the story to life. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to enhance the children’s learning in this way.”