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English Tadpoles and Frogs Activities- 18th May



Listen carefully to the school radio programme on tadpoles. Join in with the actions and sounds pretending to be a tadpole/ frog. Listen to the story. Talk about why Freddy and his brothers didn’t know who they belonged to.

2) Can you use the Life Cycle of a Frog writing sheet to write out what happens at each stage of the Frog’s lifecycle?

3) Learn the I’m a Little Tadpole song and perform it with some actions.

4) Watch the story ‘Tadpole’s Promise’ Can you complete the speech bubbles for butterfly and frog at the end of the story?

5) Which would you rather be a tadpole or a frog? Can you write which you would like to be and give a reason using the word BECAUSE.

English Worm Activities 4th May 2020

  1. Learn ‘There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden’. Create actions to go with each line of the poem. Now perform it for your family and share it with us on Tapestry.
  2. Yucky Worms speech bubbles. After listening to the story Yucky Worms, can you think what the two characters might be saying? Fill in the speech bubbles.
  3. Worm Poster – read the letter from Mr Worm. Watch the videos to learn some interesting facts about worms. Make a poster called Wiggly Worms; draw a big picture of a worm showing its different segments. Write down your favourite facts about worms.

(please let your child write using their soundtalk rather than giving them the correct spellings. At the end of the writing you can choose a couple of spellings to correct with them. Try to focus on their tricky words or a digraph they have learnt but forgotten to use).


27th April - What the Ladybird Heard English Tasks

Communication and Language

Open up the Talking Task File 

1) Look at the picture of the farm and play guess the animal/ object.

2) Can you follow the thieves’ instructions to plot the route of the thieves?


Writing Challenges

1) Wanted poster

Can you make a Wanted Poster for Lanky Len or Hefty Hugh? Can you describe what they look like in sentences using the sounds we have learnt? What sort of people are they? Can you start each sentence with a capital letter and end it with a full stop? E.g. He has a bloo jumper. He has green wellees. He wairs an eye mask. He is veree bad and wants to steel the fat red hen.

2) Story Telling

Would you like to have a go at retelling the story? You could write it or tell it orally and ask your parents to video you. You could use the stick puppets to help you tell the story.

Maybe you can make up another adventure for something else the Ladybird heard?

3) Describe the animals

Using the farm animal print out, can you label and describe the farm animals using adjectives. Choose your favourite ones. Can you write down the noise they make?

20th April - Learn a Minibeast Nursery Rhyme and Perform it - Have a look at the minibeast nursery rhymes. Which is your favourite? Can you learn one and perform it to us on Tapestry? Can you add some actions?

Minibeast Acrostic Poem - What is your favourite minibeast? Can you write an acrostic poem about it by thinking of something that starts with each letter. You can use the special paper to write it on if you would like to.

Seed Growing

Your child has been sent home two sunflower seeds to grow. You can grow one outside in the garden and one in a pot inside and compare how they grow.

Please watch the video with your child so he/she can learn how to look after his/her seeds. The sunflower seed diary can be completed over time as they watch how it changes. When it is too big for the pot you may wish to plant it outside with a cane to support it. We look forward to seeing photos of them.


Instruction Writing

In class, our plan was to cover instruction writing. Your child could look at some instructions around the house e.g. making recipes, building lego etc. and write instructions for their favourite games or everyday activities. Remember, these should include bossy verbs and numbered instructions. We talk to the children about finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.


Here is an example:


Traditional Tales

Traditional tales are a really important base for the children’s own storytelling. Together, read the story of The Three Little Pigs or The Little Red Hen.

  • Can you act out the story with your child?
  • Can they retell it orally?
  • Can they write it in their home learning book?