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Long Ago




In the Long Ago project your child will learn about their history and how they have changed from when they were babies. They will learn about their family history and heritage and find out what life was like when their grandparents were children. They will learn about what it was like to go to school in the past and how everyday objects, such as clothes, toys and vehicles have changed.


Supporting your child at home

  • Look at photographs of the children as babies and discuss how they have grown and changed.
  • Look at family photographs so the children can see family members when they were children.
  • Talk about what your life was like when you were a child.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource.

Stories from the past

We started our new topic Long Ago, reading the story ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. We compared the little girls life in the story with our own, what was the same and what was different, thinking about decor, fashion, food and packaging. 

Yearly Changes

We have explored the four seasons, the order they go in, what we enjoyed about each of them and which was our favourite. We learned which months belonged in which season and which month and season our birthdays fall in to. The children worked together to sort the image cards according to their season. 

Children went on to draw a picture representing their favourite season. 

Nursery Rhymes 

We have really enjoyed singing and sharing our favourite nursery rhymes. 🎵 Some of us have learned some new ones this week too. Here’s Receptions rendition of Baa Baa Black Sheep.... 🐑 

Baa Baa Black Sheep

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Putting things in order

This activity was all about ordering our day. We took pictures of the class at different points of the day and used them to create a visual timetable of a typical Reception Class day. We all had a go at setting the clocks to correct times for each activity. 

How Old?

We have been looking how things have changed over time, grouping pictures according to how old we thought they were. We talked about the words ‘antique’ and ‘modern’. The children were particularly amused by the thought of writing with a feather! So we decided to grab some paints and have a go at writing our names with a feather! It was harder than they thought! 🪶 

Black and White photographs 

We had a look at some old black and white photographs, thinking about how they look different to the photographs we take today. The children were quick to notice that the people in the photos looked ‘grumpy’, and we talked about early cameras and how much longer photos used to take. We tried to hold a smiley pose for a long time - which they soon found was quite difficult! 

We took some of our own photographs and made them black and white. The children thought they looked like they were from (and I quote!) - the ‘olden days’! 

Look how you’ve grown!

It was lots of fun guessing which baby picture belonged to who, and discussing the different ways baby’s change  as they grow bigger and older. 

The Baby’s Catalogue

We have been learning all about babies! 👶 What they can and can’t do when they’re born, what they eat, why they cry, all of the different things a baby might need and how we care for them. The children created a ‘baby catalogue’ of all of the different things they thought were essential for a new baby. 

Sing a Song of Sixpence 

We enjoyed learning this fun nursery rhyme, and the meaning of some of the words we were singing such as rye, parlour, maid, sixpence and four and twenty. We turned our thoughts to the Queen and her honey sandwich! The children thought about the steps involved in making a honey sandwich - and then had a go at putting their instructions in to practise and making their own. 

As time goes by


On Thursday we shared the lovely story of Rosie’s Hat by Julia Donaldson. We looked at how Rosie and other characters changed over the years throughout the story. Together, the children created a story map - each child drawing their own part of the story. 

Family Histories

This week we have been learning how every family has a history, and each family history is different and unique. How some families travel to other countries to live while others stay and live in the same country for years and years.

We shared the story of ‘Coming to England’ by Floella Benjamin all about her family’s journey from Trinidad and how she went on to become a Baroness and meet the Queen. 

Family Trees

After some fun and  interesting answers when asked if anyone knew what a family tree was (where the stick man lives, a forest, a tree house!) we shared some examples, and learned more about what they are. The children all worked really hard creating their own family trees, taking their time and talking about the different family members they were drawing. 

Family Traditions 

Keeping the theme of families this week and how they are all different and special - we turned our thoughts to family traditions. We focussed on the celebration of the Chinese New Year, why this is important to Chinese families and how they celebrate here in the U.K. 


Toys from the past

We have been looking at toys from the past and comparing them with the toys we play with today. We talked about how children would often make their own toys using items they found round the home, so they all made their own peg dolls!

What is it?

We had a great discussion around what the children thought these items were and comparing them to the things we use now that do the same job.