Weekly Activities 18.5.20
Hello and welcome to the activities for the week beginning 18th May.
This week we are thinking about change. While we have been away from school there have been lots of changes happening which you and your child may have been talking about such as the weather and the plants growing. Has your child noticed any changes in themselves? Maybe they have grown taller or their hair has grown longer? There may be other changes that have taken place like learning a new skill or getting better at something, such as learning to ride a bike, bake cakes or getting better at reading.
Activity 1 Window by Jeannie Baker
Watch this story about a boy looking through his window and watching the changes that happen over the years. Pause on each page and ask your child to talk about what they can see. Talk about what you can see too, pointing out details and teaching your child new words. You may wish to look through the story more than once.
Questions for deeper thinking:
How do you think the boy feels as he looks out of the window? (Happy, delighted, sad/unhappy, worried, annoyed, cross, mad, angry, nervous, frustrated,)
Do you think the boy likes the changes he can see happening outside his garden? Why or why not?
How old do you think the boy is now? Why do you think that he is this old?
What do you think we will see out of the window next?
Which season of the year do you think it is? Why do you think it is …?
What changes to you think will happen outside his new home? Do you think the trees will still be there when his baby grows up?
Do you think the boy liked the trees being chopped down so a street and houses could be built? How do you think he felt about this?
How would you feel if the trees and grass near your home or school were cut down or built on?
Encourage your child to speak in sentences and to explain what they think e.g. ‘I think the boy is older now because he doesn’t play with toys anymore.’ ‘He might want to move house so that he can live in the countryside again.’
Activity 2 A window in your home
Choose a window in your home to look out of. Ask your child about what they can see. Take a turn to say what you can see and point out more details. Take a photograph from the window and/or draw a picture of what you can see. Your child might want to write a list of what they can see or write a sentence, e.g. ‘I can see a … and a …’
The next day or a few days later, look at your photograph and/or your drawing. Talk about what you saw before then look out of the same window again. Play ‘Spot the Difference’. What is different now? How has it changed? What is still the same?
You may want to look out of your window at night to compare what you can see with the day time.
What or who would you like to see out of your window? Your child might have some imaginative ideas related to dinosaurs, rockets, a castle or their favourite animal, as well as things that are more realistic e.g. ‘I would like to see my best friend coming to visit me.’
Your child could paint, draw or make a collage of what they would like to see out of their window.
Activity 3 Life Cycles
There are lots of changes happening in nature at the moment with leaves and blossom opening on the trees, caterpillars changing into butterflies and tadpoles growing into frogs. You and your child may have noticed them if you have been out for a walk or if you have a garden.
Here are some stories about changes in animals and plants. Choose at least one to share with your child. Talk about what changes in the story and how the change happens.
Can your child predict what might happen in the story?
The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain and Jack Tickle
The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6wTeT2cKA
Fran’s Flower By Lisa Bruce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Rb3BlQ2o4
The Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iifdryAJjqo
If your child is interested in animals and plants you could look at these resources to help them learn some information about them.
Caterpillars Minibeast Adventures Cbeebies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a75Jqde8k1I
Butterflies Minibeast Adventure Cbeebies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUEeu4moxzM
The Lifecycle of a Plant BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd/articles/z2vdjxs
To help your child show what they have learnt they could draw a lifecycle and have a go at writing a label for each part, e.g. frog spawn, tadpole, froglet, frog and draw arrows between the pictures.
If you have playdough, your child could make the different stages of a lifecycle e.g. for a butterfly, and put them in order.
If you have paint or chalks, they could draw a fully grown plant, frog or butterfly.
Fold some paper to make a simple book about one of the lifecycles or a fact book about a chosen plant or animal.
If you have some seeds and compost, or even a slice of tomato you could plant your own seeds.
Watch a bean plant grow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w77zPAtVTuI
Watch how to plant a tomato slice and grow a plant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31us20fy6sw
(The film is reversed near the end and the plant returns back to the seed.)
There are some resources attached below that you may wish to use.
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