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The Little Red Hen

Foundation (including Pre-school Nursery) and Key Stage 1

The little red hen is hard working, but she cannot persuade her friends to help her make a loaf of bread. Can you help? This enjoyable and interactive workshop uses the well-known folktale The Little Red Hen as a basis to explore how flour used to be made at Brixton Windmill. Children will have the opportunity to handle wheat, flour and bread, help to make some flour and use their own words to retell the story.


This session plan is designed for classes making a one­-off visit to the windmill, without an associated outreach session, and while visits are hosted at the Stay and Play facility.

Age group: Foundation (including pre-­school nursery) and Key Stage 1

Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: £80 (Lambeth schools); £120 (non-Lambeth schools)

Learning objectives

Pupils will:

  • understand that flour comes from wheat and how it is made
  • discuss the benefits of giving and sharing
  • listen to a story and take information from it.

National Curriculum links

EFYS to all the key areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the world

Key Stage 1 links

  • Citizenship
  • English
  • Design and Technology (cooking and nutrition)

‘“An inspiring and educational workshop! Pupils were engaged and enthused throughout and have an improved understanding of local history through stimulating and exciting real
life experiences."

Year 1 teacher