This Week's Book
While we have been off school, I been busy in my garden planting lots of different fruit and vegetables. Some of my strawberries are now ready to pick and I've also been lucky enough to have some fresh rhubarb, spinach and lettuce. There is a lot more to come but they are not ready to pick yet. I thought that the book Oliver's Fruit Salad by Vivian French would be a good story to base our learning on this week.
Your first task is to read or listen to the story (see link below) and talk to a grown up about what happened in the story. Have you ever tried growing any fruit?
Describing Fruit - Literacy
What is your favourite type of fruit? Why do you like it so much? Fruit is really healthy for our body. Can you choose a fruit and describe it using different adjectives (describing words)? Here are some examples:
The banana is yellow, soft and sweet.
The strawberry is red, juicy and delicious.
Maybe you can draw the fruits you have described? You can try and write some of the adjectives yourself by writing some familiar sounds or ask a grown up to write them down for you.
Writing a shopping list - literacy
I made a fruit salad earlier in the week with Efan and Maia. If you were going to make one, what fruit would you put in it? You may want to think about which fruits were most popular when you completed your tally chart.
Whenever I go shopping, I need to write a list of items that I need to buy as I always forget some! Can you write a shopping list for your fruit salad to make sure you don't forget anything? You can use the template below or simply write it up on paper. Remember each new item needs to be on a new line when writing a list.
This week we are going to be focusing on the sound 'w'. Introduce this sound to your child by using the videos below. Can you find objects around the house that contain a 'w' sound? Practice writing the sound and identifying the letter. Draw a large watermelon on a piece of paper and encourage your child to draw or stick some pictures of items that begin with a 'w' on the watermelon. Your child could also practice writing the sound 'w' around it.
What fruit do you like the best?
What fruit do you like the best? What about other people in your family? Can you complete the tally chart to show which fruit people in your family like the best by writing in 5 different fruits and filling in the tally? Maybe you could ask other family members over the telephone. The more the better! You can either use the tally chart below, or simply draw one out on paper.
Which one is the most / least popular fruit?
Ordering fruit for size - maths
For this activity you can either use real fruit, use the pictures on the document below or simply draw your own and cut them out. Show your child a selection of different sized fruit (could be real or on paper). Are they all the same / different? How are they the same / different? Discuss the size of the fruit using words such as big, small, biggest, smallest, bigger, smaller. Ask your child to order the fruits in terms of their size, starting with the smallest to the biggest.
What do plants need to grow - Knowledge & Understanding
All fruit and vegetables are grown. Some underground, some above ground and some on plants, bushes or tress. What do plants need to grow? For this experiment we are going to learn that plants need water to grow and hopefully your child will be able to see the water travelling through the plant.
You will need:
Some stalks of celery
Clear jar / jars or containers
Food colouring (you can do the experiment with just one colour or you can use more colours if you have them).
Before the experiment, discuss with your child what they think plants need to grow. Explain that we are going to see if the celery sucks up the water. Put some water along with the food colouring in a jar and place a piece of celery in it (with the bottom few centimeters cut off). Ask your child to predict what they think will happen to the celery over the next few days. Observe the changes that take place and talk about why they are happening. At the end of the experiment look at the bottom of the celery or even cut it in half. What do you see? You could take some photos to show the celery changing each day.
Where does fruit come from? - Knowledge & Understanding
In our country, we are very lucky to have a large selection of fruit to choose from. How many fruits can you name? Not all of this fruit comes from this country. Can you look at the fruit you have at home and see if you can find out where it has come from. You will find this information on the sticker or on the packaging. Using the world map, can you find where each of the fruits have travelled from. Discuss with your child the term 'food miles' and explain how it is always better for the environment to buy fruit that has been grown locally if you can. You can watch the video below which will help to explain what 'food miles' are.
Why do are some fruits grown so far away? (because it is hotter). Which fruit has travelled the shortest / furthest distance?
Oliver's Fruit Salad Challenges
Here are some fun challenges for you to do over the week based on the story 'Oliver's Fruit Salad'. Please feel free to suggest any other ideas on Facebook if you think of something fun that your friends may enjoy doing.
1. Can you make a picture by printing with different fruits? Below are some ideas of what you could do.
2. Can you find some apple pips inside an apple and plant them? You will have to wait a little while before they start growing, but be patient. Remember they will need soil, lots of light and don't forget to water them regularly.
3. Can you make a delicious fruit salad? What fruit would you like to put in it? Remember to ask a grown up to help you when peeling or cutting up the fruit.
4. Making salt dough fruit. Follow the simple recipe below for making salt dough. Your child can then make different pieces of fruit using the salt dough. Once you have made the fruit, cook the dough in microwave (1 minute at a time). Keep checking it until the dough has gone hard or you can place it in the oven on a low heat. This can then be painted to make it look like real fruit. It is a good idea to apply a coat of PVA glue over the paint once it has dried.