Westover Primary School

Week commencing 30.3.2020

The Enormous Turnip


All our work this week will be based around the traditional tale, The Enormous Turnip! The children will be familiar with this story and we already touched upon it in Maths during the Autumn term. It fits nicely into our topic, 'Outdoor Adventures' and there are lots of fun activities you can get involved in at home.


First, we recommend you read the story with your child. You might like to read this one, which is a simple version that your child can join in with. Alternatively, watch the story being read below.



The Enormous Turnip (Retold by Irene Yates)

Or, watch it being read here.


The Enormous Turnip lends itself to a range of tasks your child might want to complete.

  • Draw a picture from the story and write a sentence that matches your drawing.
  • Use a vegetable from the kitchen and study it. Is it soft? Is it hard? It is heavy or light? What colour is it? Can you list some words to describe your vegetable? Do you know how they grow? Can you find out?
  • Use any of the resources below if you have a printer. Can your child create a mask and act out the story? Can you write a sentence about the picture?


Can you complete the phonics activities on the sounds - ur, ow and ure?

Practise all Phase 3 sounds with the activity booklet below.

If you cannot print any documents, don't worry, remember you can play lots of Phase 3 phonics games at

Or, watch Geraldine the Giraffe practise these sounds!

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /ure/

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /ur/

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /ow/


The Enormous Turnip helps us to understand 'one more' and 'one less' if we look at how many people are needed to pull up the turnip!


Alternatively, try some of these tasks:

  • Can you count up how many fruits in the fruit bowl? Or how many vegetables are in the kitchen? How many is there altogether?
  • Can you explore number bonds to 10? The Numberblocks will help you! The Rainbow picture is good for our understanding of number bonds, follow the colours and the two numbers together equal 10! Can you learn them all?
  • Can you make a pattern using your favourite toys? You could try a lego, a lego then a teddy, a lego, a lego, then a teddy. What would come next? Can you make your own?
  • If you have a printer, you might like to try some of these maths tasks below:

Number bonds to 10 Rainbow

'Let's Explore' Discovery time

Learning through play is a big part of our development in Early Years. Try these activities which are loosely based on The Enormous Turnip to help your child continue to explore through play and discover all about our world.

  • Print out the masks above and act out the Enormous Turnip story as a family!
  • Create Enormous Turnip cone characters, with the link below.
  • Can you help your parents or carers in the garden? Can you try your hand at some gardening and watch something grow? What does it need to grow big and strong?
  • Have you got any toys that you move by pulling them? Explore your toys and see if any need a big pull before they work.
  • Learn the songs that go with the story.
  • Put some chopped up pieces of turnip (or alternative vegetable) in a tray of water, along with bowls and spoons. Can you make your own 'turnip soup'? Flower pots, watering cans and containers can be put in there too for lots of playful discovery.