This week's story
This week we are going music mad! I love music and we've been doing lots of singing and dancing in my house to keep us occupied. I thought you would really enjoy this story. I am going to apologies to all the Mum's and Dad's in advance as this week it could get rather noisy!
Your first task is to listen to the story 'Giraffes Don't Dance' by Giles Andreae using the link below. I have a feeling you will all be dancing along to the music.
Abc game - literacy
We are going to play a little game. Look carefully at the image below taken from the story 'Giraffes Can't Dance'. Challenge your child to find something you describe i.e. can you find a small, green leaf?
You can use the abc grid below or simply write out the letters of the alphabet on a piece of paper. Can you see if you can find something in the picture that begins with each of the letters? Don't worry if you can't find every letter, just see how many you can do. You can be as creative as you like with your answers. You can either try and write some of the words yourself or ask a grown up to help you.
Rhyming words - literacy
In the story 'Giraffes Can't Dance' there are lots of rhyming words. Did you hear any when you were listening to it? Words that rhyme sound very similar and often it's only the first letter of the word that is different. Listen again to the story and see if you can hear any rhyming words in the story. You could try to write some of these words with help or ask an adult to write them down for you.
To extend your learning, you could choose one of the rhyming words from your list and think of other words tat rhyme with it?
This week we are going to be focusing on the sound 'v'. Introduce this sound to your child by using the Jolly Phonics sound and practice writing the sound 'v'. Can you make some simple words using flash cards and putting the sounds together. You could make the words vet, vest, Vic, vat, van.
Go outside with some chalks and write different sounds on the floor or wall. Can your child find all the 'v' sounds? Using a washing up liquid bottle, your child can squirt each 'v' sound.
Ordering snakes - Maths
The story Giraffes Can't Dance is set in the jungle. In the jungle there are lots of snakes which are all different lengths. Can you make some snakes at home using wither paper, wool or playdough? Ask your child to order them according to their size. Start with the shortest and work up to the longest. While doing so, use the words long, short, longer, shorter, longest and shortest.
To extend this learning, once you have finished ask your child to make their own snake which is longer or shorter than one you have made.
Addition Picture - maths
For this activity you are going to draw a jungle picture by following the instructions. You have to solve the addition and subtraction questions to find out the number of each items you need to draw.
In your picture you need...
2 + 1 trees
3 - 1 birds
3 + 1 snakes
2 - 1 sun
1 + 1 elephants
4 + 1 flowers
Finding out about Kenya - Knowledge & Understanding
The author of 'Giraffes Can't Dance' Giles Andreae wrote the story after visiting a place called Kenya. Kenya is a very different place to where we live. Ask a grown up if you can find it on a map and see how far it is from where we live. Can you find out some information about Kenya and how it is different from here? You could watch the video below or ask a grown up to help you research it. After finding out about Kenya, you could divide a piece of paper in half and write the word 'Wales' on one side and 'Kenya' on the other. Underneath each heading you could write things that are different between the two places. These could include weather, animals, food, land, money, homes, schools etc... You could even colour in your own flag of Kenya. The author of 'Giraffes Can't Dance' Giles Andreae wrote the story after visiting a place called Kenya. Kenya is a very different place to where we live. Ask a grown up if you can find it on a map and see how far it is from where we live. Can you find out some information about Kenya and how it is different from here? You could watch the video below or ask a grown up to help you research it. After finding out about Kenya, you could divide a piece of paper in half and write the word 'Wales' on one side and 'Kenya' on the other. Underneath each heading you could write things that are different between the two places. These could include weather, animals, food, land, money, homes, schools etc... You could even colour in your own flag of Kenya.
Making Musical Instruments - Creative Development
This week we are focusing on music and dance. For this activity you are going to making your own musical instrument. You can use any materials you have at home including recyclable material. Below are some pictures to give you some ideas. You could make a shaker, drum, tambourine, guitar and the list goes on. Keep this instrument safe as you may want to use it for another activity later in the week.
Let's Sing & Dance - Wellbeing
We're going to end this week with a good sing and a dance. Click on the links below and have fun dancing and singing along. We would love to see some videos of you all dancing!
Giraffes Don't Dance - Challenges
Here are some fun challenges you can do throughout the week based on the story 'Giraffes Can't Dance'.
1. The story is set in a place called Kenya which is in Africa. Can you make your own African necklace? You could use either the outside edge of a paper plate and decorate it or paint some pasta tubes and thread them on some string. See the pictures below for some ideas.
2. The main character in the story was a giraffe. Can you find out some facts about giraffes? You could find out things such as where do they live? How tall are they? What do they eat? Can they really dance? or any other interesting facts. I have included some useful videos below you may find interesting. You can record the information in any way you like. Maybe make a poster, mind map or a simple fact sheet.
3. Can you make up your own Jungle Dance? I have included a song that I'm sure your Mums and Dads know from a long time ago. You could use this song or find one of your own. It would be great if you could post a video of you dancing on here for us all to see!
4. Can you make a giraffe of your own? I have included some pictures for ideas. You could print one using your hand, paint one, make one from a cardboard tube, the ideas are endless. Can you give your giraffe a name? I would love to see some pictures of your creations.