Having just taken part in his Reception Nativity play, Finn was keen to teach Cian about the Nativity story. During Cian’s nap time he collected together the Playmobil characters and our touch and feel book. He then gave me a demonstration of what he was going to show Cian. I’m glad he did a run through for me, because when Cian (2 years and 2 months old) woke up, he was not in the mood to listen.



Finny read the story and set out the characters for each page. First, Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem.

Then baby Jesus was born. Finn kept tweaking his Playmobil scenes until he felt they were just right.

An angel appeared to the shepherds.

The wise men followed a star that led them to Bethlehem. I absolutely loved that Finny wasn’t remotely phased that we didn’t have a camel, just using a horse instead.

Finny spent ages setting up this final scene around the stable.

Cian normally loves sitting and listening to his brothers reading stories, but post nap he is never in the best mood. Here he just wanted to turn the pages, despite all Finn’s effort. Finn was very calm about it all saying, “It’s OK, we can just put my videos on the computer and he can watch them when he’s ready.”

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

National Curriculum Framework for Religious Education (NCFRE) for Key Stage 1

The NCFRE says that in KS1, children should develop their knowledge and understanding of principal religions and worldviews. They learn to use subject-specific vocabulary, ask questions and begin to express their own views in response to what they’re taught.

Children are expected to:

  • Recall and name different beliefs and practices, including festivals, forms of worship, rituals and ways of life, in order to find out about the meanings behind them.
  • Retell and explore the meanings of some religious and moral stories, explore and discuss sacred writings and sources of wisdom, and recognise the traditions behind them.