Here is a link to the story-
Please read or watch the story with your child lots of times throughout the week. It is really beneficial for children to become so familiar with a story that they can recite it off by heart. This improves the children's story language, builds vocabulary and leads to creative and imaginative writers.
Activity: Cave Making (den making)
Can you make a cave in your house or in you garden/yard?
You could use chairs, blankets or cushions to help you.
You could pretend to be the bear with one shiny wet nose, two big furry ears and two big goggly eyes.
This week are story is 'Shark in the Park' by Nick Sharratt.
Click on the link below and watch the story with your child. Watch it a few times and see if your child can join in.
This week we will be focusing on the story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’
Please read or watch the story with your child lots of times throughout the week. It is really beneficial for children to become so familiar with a story that they begin to recite it off by heart. This improves the children’s story language, builds vocabulary and leads to creative and imaginative writers.
Tasks to work on:
- Character Description – Draw a picture of the troll from the story. Can you describe the troll? What does he look like? Is he kind? Is he happy, sad, grumpy? Etc. You can write your adjectives around the outside of the troll – (you can scribe for your child if necessary).
Challenge – Can you write a sentence about the troll using one of your adjectives?
- Story Map – Once you know the story well enough, you could have a go at retelling the story by creating your own story map. Break the story up into significant parts with your child and encourage them to draw the events out in order. Once they have finished, get them to tell you the story how they remember it using their pictures and scribe what they say for each part underneath.
- Measuring Height – In the story there is Big Billy Goat Gruff, Middle Billy Goat Gruff and Baby Billy Goat Gruff. Each goat is a different height. Can your child put them in height order, shortest to tallest? You can do this by drawing each goat and cutting them out so that your child can move them around OR your child could draw them straight onto the page into height order. Remember – height is measured from the ground upwards, explain to your child it is hard to see who is tallest if the goats are floating in the air! Draw some grass along the bottom of your page to help you!
Extension – Can you find things around your house that are shorter/taller than you?
Understanding the World –
- In the story, the Billy Goats have to cross the bridge to get over the river. Can you build your own bridge? You could use lego, lolly sticks, cups, sellotape, cardboard/cereal boxes etc. Get creative!!
Extension – You know what the bridge looks like in the story, can you think of any other types of bridges? Maybe in your local park? Use the internet with your child to explore many different types of bridges around the world. Are they all made with wooden slabs like in the story? Or do some need to be a lot stronger?
- In the story, the Billy Goats need to use the bridge to get over the river. Can you think of another way they could get across the river without using the bridge? E.g. a boat? A raft? Try making your own and see if it floats! What materials float and what materials don’t?
Remember to have fun with these activities, if you get stuck have a look for ideas online or give us a message. We will look forward to seeing your amazing work, make sure you send us loads of pictures! Enjoy your week!
Miss Allen and Mrs Walker xx
This week we will be reading: The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle.
Please read or watch the story with your child lots of times throughout the week. It is really beneficial for children to become so familiar with a story that they begin to recite it off by heart. This improves childrens story language, builds vocabulary and leads to creative and imaginative writers.
Tasks to work on:
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar loves to eat lots of different foods. What is your favourite foods? Draw a picture of your favourite food in your Home Learning book and write a sentence to tell us about it (scribe for the children if necessary)
2. Can you remember what the caterpillar eats each day? Can you tell an adult e.g. On Monday he ate……… One Tuesday he ate……..
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats 4 strawberries and 5 oranges. How many pieces of fruit did he eat all together? You could draw the pictures to help you.
4. In the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats different foods each day. Can you remember the seven days of the week.
Use this song to help you remember them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtQcnZ2JWsY
Can you a draw picture of something you do each day?
Understanding the World
5. At the end of the story the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Can you find out what a tadpole turns into? You could use the internet to help you. Draw or write your answer in your books.
6. Draw or paint a picture of a butterfly. What colours do you needs? What different parts do you need to draw? Talk to an adult about your painting and don’t forget to take a picture and share it with me.
Enjoy your learning and enjoy your week!!
Mrs Walker and Miss Allen xx
Websites for young children
Always review the sites ahead of time so that you are able to help your children
find the best resources available within the sites. Some offer a great number of
games, songs, stories, videos etc. so it is important to know the site well in order to
support and develop your child’s learning.
Excellent site built around the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation
Stage. You can access a free 7 day trial but you need to subscribe after this period
to access the content – various subscription packages available.
Great site with some free phonics games
Many games often recognised by children from their favourite programmes.
Links to particular cbeebies games from areas of learning.
cbeebies stories and rhymes.
Interactive books and reading activities to share with your child at home.
New and improved! Try creating your own Spot story.
Books for reading together with links to understanding of the world (good for
Some excellent numeracy and literacy resources
Good for spelling high frequency and tricky words!
Lots of maths and literacy games
Many games and songs including those relating to festivals.
Many delightful games. Spend some time exploring!
Games of varying quality to support different areas of learning.
The Little animals’ activity centre - plenty of good quality activities to support learning
The Little animals’ activity centre – stories
Various educational games, videos and craft ideas
British Council “Learn English” – songs and stories
Good quality games from a range of websites such as BBC, as well as Birmingham’s
own. Supports communication, language and literacy, problem solving, reasoning and
numeracy as well as other areas of learning.
Problem solving reasoning and numeracy
Visit the world with Barnaby Bear!