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The Gingerbread Cowboy

This week we will be using the text 'The Gingerbread Cowboy'.  It's going to be a GREAT week!       Please don't forget to read every day for at least 10 - 15 minutes and to complete your daily Letters and Sounds activities. smiley


Please watch the video below to start off your week.

The Gingerbread Cowboy

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Gingerbread Recipe   

We can't have a gingerbread cowboy week without you making your very own gingerbread, can we?! 

Receptions - Can you listen to your grown up and with their help, follow the instructions? 

Year 1's - Can you use your phonic knowledge to have a go at reading the recipe and follow the instructions carefully?  You will need a grown up to help you. smiley



  •  200 Grams Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon of Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of Mixed Spice
  • 100 Grams Unsalted Butter
  • 75 Grams of Dark Brown soft Sugar
  • 25 Grams Granulated Sugar for dusting
  • 45 Grams Milk
  • Icing to decorate



·         Sift together the flour, sugar and spices, add the diced butter and crumb together with your fingertips.

·         Add the milk to form a paste. Wrap in film and allow to rest for minimum 2 hours (best left over night)

·         Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees c

·         Roll out to approximately 3mm (but depends on the size of the cookie you wish to make), cut shapes out and lay on to greaseproof paper or silicon mat sprinkle with a little granulated sugar before baking at 180 degrees until set.

·         Allow to cool fully on a cooling rack before icing with your choice of design.


While you wait for your gingerbread to rest or bake, can you design how you will decorate your gingerbread cowboy? 


Perhaps you will use icing to pipe on the eyes, nose and mouth.  Or maybe you will use smarties for the eyes and nose.  Maybe you will add a cowboy hat or perhaps you will draw on a waistcoat and give him blue jeans, using blue icing!  We can't wait to see your designs and your gingerbread cowboy/s. 


Reception parents please upload your pictures to Tapestry and Year 1 parents please use the following email smiley

Story Predictions

We are going to continue our work on the The Gingerbread Cowboy. 

Please watch the video below and then complete the activities.


The Gingerbread Cowboy - Story Predictions

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Hopefully, you have some great predictions about what will happen next!  We can't wait to hear/read your predictions.  


Receptions - Ask your grown up to film your predictions and then upload it to Tapestry.

Year 1's - You can complete the sheet below if you have a printer or you can easily write your prediction on a plain piece of paper and draw your own illustration to match.  Don't forget to use capital letters and full stops. Please don't forget to email your work to us! smiley

Hot seating


Have a look at these pictures, taken from the story of The Gingerbread Cowboy.  When you look at the pictures try to think about the questions that you might like to ask him.

What would you ask him here?


Perhaps you might ask...How did you feel when you were being chased by the roadrunner? Did you know that you would fit under the fence?  Were you worried that he was going to catch you?


What about this picture?

 How did you feel when you ran out of the front door?  Where were you planning to go? 

Were you scared when you saw the horned lizard?


Today we are going to do something very exciting and hopefully your grown ups will join in with the fun!

First of all, you will need to dress up like the Gingerbread Cowboy.  Perhaps you could put on a pair of jeans, a shirt, a waistcoat, a cowboy hat, etc.  Then you need to pretend that you are the Gingerbread Cowboy.  Your grown up will ask you some questions and you have to answer them in the way the Gingerbread Cowboy might.  You could use the questions above or think of your own.  Then, perhaps your grown up can be the Gingerbread Cowboy and you can ask all of the questions.  

We would love to see you in action!


If you would like to compose your sentences before you try hot seating there is a sheet below.

The Gngerbread Cowboy

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To finish your lesson today, please listen to the full story of The Gingerbread Cowboy.

Extended Writing


Firstly - Re-tell the story verbally so that you can talk about what happened in the story.  The setting, characters, sequence of events.  You could even watch the story again if you like. 

Secondly - Write the story of the Gingerbread Cowboy, ordering the sequence of events in chronological order.  There is a story plan underneath if you wish to complete that first. 


Receptions - Can you write about the main events that you can remember?


Throughout your writing can you remember to:

-Hold your pencil correctly and form each letter in the correct orientation?

-Use your sound knowledge to spell unknown words? (Grown ups, it is ok if 'cowboy' is only 'cb'.  If that is all that they can hear, let them write it, praise them and just scribe over the top).

-Spell some high frequency words correctly and from memory, e.g. I, the, to, go. 


Year 1's - Can you start your story off by setting the scene?  Where does the story begin?  Can you introduce the farmer and his wife?  What happens to the Gingerbread Man?  Who does he meet along the way? How does he escape each of them?  Who does he meet last?  Finally, how does the story end?


Throughout the story, remember to use:

- Capital letters and full stops to mark sentences.

- Your phonic knowledge to write independently

- Spell common exception words correctly. 


Please find the handwriting sheets below.