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Summer 2 Under The Sea

Here are the weekly activities including pictures

We hope you enjoy the activities below to go with our theme of Under The Sea!

 

Each grid of learning should be completed each week. Don't forget to scroll across the bottom of each grid so you don't miss anything!

 

Under the grids you will find further activities to enjoy!

Under the learning grid you will find more online stories and activities to enj

 

Maths

Nursery Rhyme

Phonics

Snails are very slow at moving around. I wonder if you could time yourself doing different things and see which you are the quickest at? You could use a timer on a mobile phone, or an egg timer or a stopwatch.

  

Ask your child to choose their favourite nursery rhyme (Hickory Dickory Dock, Incy Wincy Spider, Miss Polly Had a Dolly etc.) Can they sing the rhyme to you? If possible record your child singing their performance!

Can they draw a picture of this nursery rhyme and talk about what they have drawn?

 

 

Use a kitchen roll and clothes hanger to easily create rhyming words (e.g., cat, pat, mat, sat). This exercise also helps your little one learn how to break down words and identify word families. The simple setup is easy to transport and provides a kinetic twist to a basic phonics activity.

Story

Open ended questions

Understanding the world

This week our learning is focused around The Snail and the Whale. If you don’t own the story you can enjoy it online by clicking here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x887mPO9X9c

 

 

 

 

  • At the end of the story, the snail tells his friends all about his adventure. Can your child talk about what he might have said to them?

 

  • Can your child retell the main event of the story to a family member? When your child is retelling the story, encourage them to use common story phases, such as Once upon a time, happily ever after, suddenly, next, so, early one morning.

 

Ask your child to draw/plan and tell you how the whale was saved? You could video record your child and tell them they are making a report just like news reporters!

 

Expressive art and design

Physical activity

Fine motor

Can you create your very own snail, ready to retell the story?

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy some Cosmic Yoga together! Here is a lovely one using the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhWDiQRrC1Y

 

Take a football out to your local park/field!

 

Play what’s the time Mr Wolf!

 

Draw a hopscotch using large chalk, can your child recognise the numbers as they jump onto them?

 

Have a running/jumping/hopping race!

The snail’s handwriting is beautiful and neat. Your child can practise writing their name or anything that interests them from the story. Remember we teach writing using small letters, not capitals. Please see a letter formation activity sheet below.

 

 

 

Maths

Nursery Rhyme

Phonics

Enjoy the Underwater Counting Interactive game together! This involves counting a number of objects up to either 5 or 10. The game involves a treasure hunt! This game reinforces the concept of counting, and also helps to learn number recognition.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting

If you cannot access the internet or you would like an additional challenge…

Choose up to 10 objects around the house and sit with your child on the floor or at a table. Ask your child to count how many objects there are. Now place a cushion or blanket over the objects. How many are there now? Enforce the idea that you didn’t add or remove any items, so there is still the same amount. Repeat a few times with different amounts of objects.

Sing together: Row Row Row Your Boat. Your child may really enjoy this as an action song! Sit facing each other holding hands. If you would like the song on in the background here is a great version!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhvjNd9kZjA

Play eye spy on our next walk or in the house. E.g eye spy with my little eye, something beginning with b. If your child struggles with this, try sounding out the word and describing what you can see e.g. it begins with b, it is round and yellow.

Story

Open ended questions

Understanding the world

Cuddle up with a grown-up and watch some of the Commotion in the Ocean poems here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pRhgZ8Jffs

Perhaps you could learn one of the shorter poems off by heart. I love the Angel Fish one! Try to use different voices to make it more interesting. You can pause the video to read the poems yourself too.

Ask the question: If you could be any sea animal what would you be? Why? Can you move like one? Can you describe what they look like?  

Do a floating and sinking activity together. You will need any type of bowl that holds water and a few items from around your house. Try and choose different weights such as a metal folk, and a plastic bath toy. You might want to record your findings. Your child could draw the items and then tick next to each one if it floats or sinks. Can they predict what might happen before testing it?

Expressive art and design

Physical activity

Fine motor

Folk painting sea animals. All you need is paper, a folk and some paint. If you do not have paint, you could use colouring pens/pencils instead.

 

Design your own obstacle course! Set out some challenges either indoors or outdoors such as: 5 Starfish Jumps, 3 Leapfrogs, 7 Hops, 10 Crocodile snaps. To enhance learning, you can write these challenges on different pieces of paper, with a number on the back 1 -5. First your child identifies the number and then does this amount of the challenge.

 

Using two containers (these can be cups, plant pots, empty bottles or anything else that you have in your house) you are going to fill one and pour it in to the other. You can fill them with whatever you like; water, rice, sand or anything else that will fit. Try to do it without spilling any (you might want to try it in the bath or a paddling pool). Can you stop and half fill your container? Make it nearly empty? Three-quarters full? Explore and have fun!

 

 

 

Maths

Nursery Rhyme

Phonics

Go on a number hunt around your house or when on a walk. What is the largest numeral you can find? Where is the strangest place you have found a number? Are there numbers in every room in your house?

Write out the numerals 1-5, 1-10 or 1-20 and see if you can find all the numbers. Cross them off when you find them.

Sing the song 1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive together. Can you use your fingers to count whilst singing?

Talk about which hand is your right hand and which finger is the little finger.

Re-read some of the Commotion in the Ocean poems but leave out the final word. Can your child say which word is should be? Talk about rhyming words and look at the words that rhyme together. In Lobster the words are ‘do’ and ‘two’. Can you think of any other words that rhyme with this? It could be made up as well as real words.

Story

Open ended questions

Understanding the world

Cuddle up with a grown-up and watch some of the Commotion in the Ocean poems here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pRhgZ8Jffs

Perhaps you could learn one of the shorter poems off by heart. I love the Angel Fish one! Try to use different voices to make it more interesting. You can pause the video to read the poems yourself too.

Ask the question: If you went to the bottom of the sea what would it be like down there? Which creatures might you see? Go on an imaginary dive to the bottom of the ocean together!

This is a half hour programme by Maddie Moat (from CBeebies Do You Know?) It is all about coral reefs and kelp forests. You will find out lots about both and your grown-ups will learn too! The art activity is from this as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRfScwDk7ko

Expressive art and design

Physical activity

Fine motor

If you have watched the Maddie episode then you will have seen their coral reef diorama. You will need a cardboard box and some different materials to make the coral. You could also put some fish and other sea creatures in too.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/marine-biology/create-a-coral-reef2/activity-instructions

Think aboyt different sea creatures that you know or are in the Commotion in the Ocean book. Can your child move in different ways to show the creatures? How could you be a starfish/shark/jelly fish? Ask them to make up a movement and then you have to guess which creature they are. Look at which parts of the body they are using to become the creature. Encourage them to use their whole body.

 

 

Make an octopus by either printing off the template or drawing one on paper with lines for your child to cut. Colour the octopus in first and then use scissors to cut up each leg. Remind your child that their thumb nail needs to point up to the ceiling when cutting. Use a little glue on the tab and roll the octopus to make a cylinder shape. Then gently press out each leg a little to separate them. You can add string to hang it up.

 

Here are some online stories to enjoy!

 

 

The Rainbow Fish

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