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This week our learning is going to based around the story 'Dear Zoo' by Rod Campbell. Listen to the story on the link below and talk about it to your family. Can you remember what animals were in the story and why they wouldn't make good pets?

Bedtime Stories | Justin Fletcher | Dear Zoo | CBeebies

I wrote to the Zoo to send me a.... Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble reads tonight's bedtime story, about a child who really wants a pet. They write to the Zoo ...

Would these animals make a good pet? - literacy


In the story the child was sent lots of different animals from the zoo but there was something wrong with each one. The camel was too grumpy, the monkey too naughty and the snake too scary. Can you look at the animals on the PowerPoint below and write a sentence for each one explaining why they wouldn't make good pets. 

The shark is too nasty.
The ant is too tiny.

What pet would you like? - literacy


If you could have any pet, which one who you choose? Look closely at the picture below. What animals can you see? Are there any pets you wouldn't like? Why? Discuss if they would make a good pet or bad pet and why. 


If you could choose any pet, which one would it be and why? Can you write a sentence about your choice? 


You can mark make to write your sentence. Try hard to use some of your phonics to help you write some of the words. 

Dear Zoo letter - Literacy


Earlier in the week you have been thinking about what pet you would really like to have. Today you are going to be writing your own letter zoo asking for a pet of your choice. You can use the template below or simply write it out on paper. Remember that a letter needs the following things:


Who it is to - i.e. Dear …
The reason why you are writing - 'please can you send me a pet ...'
The reason why you want that animal - use the word because. 
Who the letter is from. 


I have written one as an example:


Dear Zoo,

Please can you send me a penguin because I really like the way they walk. 


Thank you.

From Ms. Loveluck


You can use your phonic knowledge to try and write some of the simple words. 

Phonics - 'y'


This week in phonics we are going to be focusing on the sound 'y'. Introduce this sound to your child and use the Jolly Phonics song below to consolidate the sound. Can you think of anything that begins with the sound 'y'? Practice forming the letter correctly. Maybe you could use yoghurt to mark make and write the sound using your finger. 

Jolly Phonics y


How many legs? - Maths


For this activity we will be practicing our counting skills and number recognition. You can either use the pictures and number cards below or simply make your own if you don't have access to a printer. Show your child the pictures of the animals and ask them if they can find an animal with 4 legs. Repeat this with other animals and encourage your child to count the legs using one to one correspondence. 


Lay all the pictures on the floor along with the number cards. Can your child match the numbers to the correct picture to show the number of legs each animal has got? 

Heavy & Light - Maths


This week we are going to be focusing on weight. Select 5 random objects from your home of different weights. Place them in front of your child and ask them to predict (without feeling them) which one they think will be the heaviest / lightest. Allow your child to explore the objects and ask them to order them according to weight, starting with the lightest going to the heaviest. Use the words heavy, light, heavier, lighter, heaviest and lightest. 


You can use the PowerPoint presentation to consolidate these skills. 

Zoo webcams - knowledge & Understanding


Have you ever visited a zoo before? What animals did you see? Sadly, all the zoo's are closed at the moment but we can still have a sneaky peak at what is going on in some of the animal enclosures. Click on the link below to look at Folly Farm's live webcams. What animals can you see? What are they doing? Do the different animals behave differently? Maybe you could find out some information about some of the animals and what the zoo keepers need to do to look after them. 

Zoo animal crafts - creative development


Can you remember what animals are in the story of Dear Zoo? Choose your favourite animal and see if you can make one using art materials. You can be as creative as you like but below are some ideas to help you get started. 

Dear Zoo Yoga - Wellbeing


To finish our week we are going to be doing some yoga which I know you all enjoy. I have managed to find a yoga session linked to our book 'Dear Zoo'. See if you can pretend to be the different animals in the story.

Episode 1 - Dear Zoo | Kids Yoga designed for Children by Little Yoga Stars

Little Yoga Stars brings you the Dear Zoo yoga story. In this episode we bring the Dear Zoo story to life through yoga poses. This yoga episode is designed f...

Dear Zoo Challenges


Here are some fun challenges you can do throughout the week based on the story 'Dear Zoo'.


1. Can you create and build your own zoo? You could use any Lego, construction equipment, blocks, animals or even recycled materials. The more creative the better!


2. Can you make up your own version of the story Dear Zoo? Using the same language, simply change the animal and add in a word to  describe what is wrong with it. You could use your ideas from the first literacy activity this week. You could turn your story into a simple book and add a new page each day or even use the computer to type it up. 


3. Together decide on 6 different animals and discuss how they move. On a square piece of paper write 'move like a ...' and write in the name of the animal. You could ask your child to draw a picture of the animal is you wanted. Once you have make 6 cards, you can either put these in a basket or stick them to a large dice. Your child will then either pull one out of the basket or roll the dice to see which animal they have to move like. You could repeat this game but with different animals. 


4. Can you do some animal related cooking? We will be focusing on weight in maths later in the week so a cooking activity will be good to help develop your child's understanding of measuring weight. Discuss what a weighing scale is and why it is important to put the correct about of ingredients in. Below are some ideas of animal related ideas that you could make.