Week 13

Well done for another week Beech Class! You've been working so hard, well done. Only two more weeks to go until the Summer Holidays! 

As always, give me an email for any questions or things you're wondering, and please do upload what you're doing to Tapestry.

Keep going!


Learning Project

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about the world’s rainforests. Learning may focus on the plants, animals and insects that inhabit the rainforest, food that originates there and weather patterns. It could look at plants and animals that can be found in the garden too.

Fascinating Forest Floor

Can your child create their own replica forest floor? Task them with collecting materials from the garden or during your daily exercise.

Sounds of the Rainforest

There are many wonderful and intriguing sounds that can be heard in the rainforest. You can listen and watch real footage from a rainforest here https://askabiologist.asu.edu/sites/default/files/virtual-reality/rainforest-biome-VR-360/index.html or watch this BBC Our Planet clip https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011mwwt.

Which animal makes the most noise in the rainforest?. Ask your child to record what sounds they can hear and to predict what animals the sounds have come from. Can your child replicate these sounds using objects from around the home?

Big Garden Tidy Up

Why not work together as a family and have a Big Garden Tidy Up? Task your child with pulling out weeds, raking up the leaves or just having a general tidy. Take before and after photographs.


Can your child create a detailed sketch of an animal that inhabits the rainforest? Using pencils, crayons or whatever else you have, ask your child to copy an image of a rainforest animal, thinking carefully about the patterns and tones.

Rainforest Insects 

Watch this video. https://safeyoutube.net/w/myH6

There are lots of insects/mini-beasts in the rain forest. You can see some pictures of them here.  http://thinkjungle.com/rainforest-life/rainforest-insects/

 Look for mini-beasts living in the garden or on a walk. What are these mini beasts called? Which one do you like the best and why? Try drawing pictures of the mini-beasts you find.





Create a sock puppet based on a favourite story character. Show your child how to use the puppet to retell the story the character appears in.



Watch Eric Carle’s Slowly, slowly, slowly, said the Sloth https://safeyoutube.net/w/5Fh6 or Rumble in the Jungle https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/rumble-in-the-jungle/

Once your child is familiar with the story, they can read along or join in with familiar sentences.



Ask your child to go and read in a sunny spot in the garden. How did it make them feel reading outside? (if weather permits!)



Some of our everyday food comes from the rainforest. Your child can look in the kitchen cupboards and identify foods with the ‘Rainforest Alliance’ logo



Help your child to look through cookery books for a recipe involving chocolate. Ask them to use decoding skills to read some of the ingredients.





click on the link and complete the home learning activities.


Cut pieces of paper into different shapes or food that can be sliced, then work with your child to find half by cutting or drawing on the shapes or by slicing the food. Make sure both sides are equal and if they aren't, talk about why it is not half.



Get a chocolate bar and work with your child on how it could be split into half. You could investigate whether the size of the chocolate bar affects how much they get. Does ½ always look the same? 



Your child could estimate and count the number of different plant types or insects that they can see/find in the garden. Record in a table.



Select an even number of some of your children’s toys (e.g. toy cars, marbles). Work with your child on splitting the total amount in half by sharing out into 2 piles. Repeat this to find a quarter but share the amount into four piles.



Play https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=halving






Can your child think of an animal or plant that begins with each letter of the alphabet. How many of these can be found in a rainforest?



The tree frog, spider monkey and boa constrictor are just some of the animals that can be found living in a rainforest. Ask your child to list verbs (action words) to describe how each animal moves. How many can they think of?







Play http://www.ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/



The word ‘rain’ contains the sound ‘ai’. Ask your child to list as many words as they can containing the ‘ai’ sound. Your child might identify words that contain an alternative spelling for ‘ai’ such as ay/a-e – that’s okay as its still phonetically plausible.



Your child could start a nature diary. At the same time each day, they could record the animals that they can see in the garden or from their window and describe the weather and plants. What differences do they notice over the week? Or a month? You can scribe for them the trickier words but see if they can write at least one sentence.



Can your child create a fact file about a spider monkey or a tree frog? Describe the animal’s appearance, habitat, diet and any other facts.

They can draw these things and then do a caption or a label, or they can write the whole thing!



Ask your child to think about what they can see, hear, feel and smell in the rainforest and see if they can write them down. This live stream may help. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/sites/default/files/virtual-reality/rainforest-biome-VR-360/index.html



Practice some handwriting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNSLIFwkU0E



Visit the Literacy Shed for this wonderful resource on Caterpillar Shoes. – It is KS1 based but you can pick and choose appropriate activities.

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Wednesday's Phonics

Thursday's Phonics

Friday's Phonics

Monday's Story

Tuesday's Story

Wednesday's Story

Thursday's Story