Dear Robin Class,
I hope you are continuing to enjoy time with your families and have had fun completing the activities and tasks set last week. Remember it is really important to keep practising the skills we have been learning in class but also to enjoy participating in activities with your families e.g. playing board games, going on a daily walk and talking about what you can see, sharing a bedtime story and playing games such as eye spy.
This week the focus text is 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. (click the link below to access the story)
Introducing the text:
Share the text with your family highlighting the main characters and plot. Talk about how the characters feel at different points in the text and discuss reasons why.
Retelling the story:
Act out the story with members of your family, you could even make masks for you all to wear.
Make a story board.
Make a story map.
Use lego to create 'The very hungry Caterpillar' and a setting to use this to retell the story.
Discuss with an adult how the caterpillar is feeling at each point in the text. Can you give reasons why?
Please find below a reading response map to support in assessing the children's understanding of the text.
Mark Making/Writing task:
Can you complete a diary for the foods The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats?
Use the book to help you produce a diary for 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. Draw pictures of the food he eats n the correct order and label them. Use the phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs you have been learning in class to write a sentence for each day. e.g. On Monday he ate one apple.
The Very hungry Caterpillar has written you a letter asking for your help, read the letter below:
Dear Robin Class,
I am writing to you in search of your help. I have heard that you are very knowledgeable about eating a healthy balanced diet and know about the different food groups that we should eat and their benefits.
I am a very greedy caterpillar and will eat anything I see! This week I have eaten 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries, 5 oranges, a piece of chocolate cake, an ice cream, 1 pickle, some swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, a slice of cherry pie, a sausage, a muffin and a piece of watermelon. This gave me an horrendous stomach ache and made me feel extremely miserable. I didn’t know how to make it better. I spotted a luscious green leaf which looked appetising so I ate it! Do you know? It made me feel better and my stomach ache did subside. I have decided I don’t want to keep suffering pains in my stomach anymore but am unsure about the types of food I should be eating to keep me healthy.
Do you think you would be able to help me?
I would need you to create a menu plan for me to follow so I am eating a variety of nutritional foods.
Please write to me to inform me whether you are able to help.
Thank you Robin Class,
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
P.S. my address is:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar,
The Big Green leaf,
Do you think you will be able to help?
Talk to an adult about foods that are healthy providing reasons why. Highlight the foods you think you should include in your menu and how these would help The Very Hungry Caterpillar to stay healthy.
Now begin to create your menu.
Remember to include the day and the foods to consume for that day e.g. Monday, 1 carrot and 2 lettuce leaves etc.
Take a photograph of your menu and post it on our Twitter page.
Now can you reply to The Very Hungry Caterpillar informing him what you intend to do for him? When you write a letter remember to open with the vocabulary 'Dear'.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is very greedy and enjoys eating anything in sight. This has caused a problem as the other Caterpillars in the habitat are becoming increasingly hungry as they are not able to source the food they require. The Hungry Caterpillar needs to learn to share. Can you help him share a number of healthy foods between himself and the other Caterpillars? Then can you record your work?
Days of The Week:
Days of the week are an important feature within the text. Can the children order the days of the week correctly?
Here is a link to a song the children know, this will support the children in reinforcing their knowledge.
Here are some activities linked to the text to support learning of the days of the week.
At the end of the text The Hungry Caterpillar changes in to a Butterfly. What do you know about a butterfly's wings?
Yes, they are symmetrical. Can you remember what a symmetrical pattern is? Think back to when we made Rangoli patterns.
Can you create a symmetrical butterfly? You could use a range of media to achieve this. Here are some ideas..........
The focus text highlights the life cycle of a Butterfly
Click the link to find out about the life cycle of a Butterfly.
Now you have knowledge of life cycle why not complete one of the activities below.
Paper plate life cycle: Use a paper plate, leaves, rice, twigs and pasta shells to create a life cycle of a Butterfly. Don't forget to label it!
Cut and Stick: Download and complete this cut and stick life cycle.
Home Challenge activities:
Paper Chain Caterpillar: use coloured paper to create a paper chain representation of The Very Hungry Catrpillar
Egg Carton Caterpillar: Paint an old egg carton to represent The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Pasta Necklace Caterpillar: Paint pasta and thread on to some string to create a Hungry Caterpillar necklace.
We are missing our weekly baking activities at the moment so why don't you try some baking at home? Baking supports lots of our areas of learning as it requires you to follow instructions, weigh ingredients and observe change through the baking process. Here is an example of something you could bake linked to this weeks text:
Make Caterpillar fruit pizza's.
Roll out cookie dough
red and green food colouring
1. Roll out the cookie dough and use the cookie cutter to make 6 circle cookies for each caterpillar. Bake the cookies and set aside to cool. Meanwhile chop up the fruit into small pieces.
2.decorate the cookies spread red frosting on one cookie. To make the caterpillars face break a pretzel stick in half and put the pieces on the top of the caterpillars head to make the antennas.
3. Use green frosting to decorate the cookies for the body adding fruit to the top.
Here is another text about the life cycle of a Butterfly which I encourage you to read:
Click on the link below to access an online version:
Please remember it is really important to share a book each day. This could be a book from home, a text on rising stars or your school reading book.
I hope to see you all soon,I am missing you all, stay safe
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