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Week 6

Reading tasks:  (one or two tasks require the internet to watch/listen to a story, but children just choose to do the activities they prefer)

Monday Select a book and imagine you are reading it in space. Try reading it with a flashlight just before bedtime.
Tuesday Today you should listen to Look Up! read by the author and then take part in a drawing session with the book’s illustrator.
Wednesday Take a look at these facts about space and read them together with an adult.  Do you have any further questions about space that you could investigate? Ask an adult to help you know where to look.
Thursday Make a list of any space related words from the books you have read or listened to this week. Can you write the meanings of each word?

Listen to Beegu here or look at the picture of Beegu here. 

Can you write a description about Beegu? Remember to use adjective and noun phrases if you can. E.g. Beegu's ears are long, yellow and droopy. 

If you have listened to the story you can add some detail and description about the events from the story. 













You could practice by tracing them on your parent’s back with your finger and asking them to guess which word you are writing. Why not do some rainbow writing? Make sure you are always using your neatest writing!


Writing Tasks:  (one or two tasks require the internet to watch/listen to a story, but children just choose to do the activities they prefer)


Today we would like you to design your own rocket. Then you should create a bank of adjectives to describe it and verbs to describe how it moves. Think carefully about your word choices just like an author does. Research what a real rocket looks like – what are the features of a rocket? Would your rocket need those things too or will it be different?


Tuesday Now that you have designed your rocket, you should create an advertisement of the rocket launch. How much will it cost? What time will it launch? Is there anything else on offer? Remember writing our invitations to the Nativity – what information does an invitation need to have? What makes a successful invitation? Make sure your invitation is clear – sentences might not be the best way to lay it out. Think about birthday invitations you might have had – what did they look like?
Wednesday Today you need to plan your own trip to space – what will you take and what will you do there? Write a list of what you will bring using commas to separate the items or write a list with bullet points. Write in sentences about what you will do and how it would feel. You might feel excited and nervous when your rocket is launching. You will be checking all the controls in the rocket, making sure you have everything you need.
Thursday Read the Planets Powerpoint to research facts about a planet and then create a fact file about their chosen planet. You should choose the planet you would like to research - this could be Earth if you prefer. You might like to ask an adult to help you do more research about your chosen planet. Your fact file should have a heading and subheadings for each section.
Friday Watch the Disney short “La Luna” here. Then you should write a short diary entry about the star crashing into the moon. You will be writing in the past tense as this is a recount. You should also make sure you are writing in chronological or time order so it makes sense. Using words such as First, Then, Next, After that and Finally will help you to show the order of the story. Try to use exciting and interesting words you might have come across this week!


Maths tasks:
Monday Find any book in your house. Can you find three items which are longer than the book and three items which are shorter? Order the items from longest to shortest. Measure the items to work out the difference in lengths.
Tuesday Can you write down the name of each family in order from tallest to shortest? Is the tallest person the oldest person or not? Discuss why this might not be true. You could measure family members using a measuring tape and record the differences between them.
Wednesday Write a list of rules and handy hints for using a ruler e.g. start at 0. How can you make sure measurements are accurate? Draw lines of exactly 10cm on a page, crisscrossing to make a pattern. When you have done, colour all the shapes with 3 sides in one colour ie green; all the shapes with 4 sides in another colour and so on.

Look outside, in your garden or on your walk, can you find things that are taller than you are and things that are shorter than you are?  Make a tally chart of the number of things you find. Remember how to write a tally – 1,2,3,4 are sticks and 5 closes the gate!         Count in 5s to find the total for each category when you have finished.

Friday  Can you design a logo for your rocket? You must include the following 2D shapes: rectangle, triangle, hexagon and heptagon. Use a ruler, if possible, to make the lines straight. The shapes can be regular or irregular.


The project this week aims to provide opportunities for to learn more about space. Learning may focus on our Solar System, the Sun and the Moon. It could look at life in outer space from the view of an astronaut and travelling through space.   (one or two tasks require the internet to watch/listen to a story, but children just choose to do the activities they prefer)

Our Solar System

Think about what you already know about space and create a mind map. Can you name the planets in our solar system? Create a diagram showing the order of the planets. Or make real ones using balloons and paper mache. (You can use the Solar System Song if you like.)

Astronaut Aerobics Astronauts have to be fit and agile for their missions into space. Design a home workout and put your agility to the test! Then, you can plan a day of healthy eating for the aspiring astronauts thinking carefully about each food group.
What are Day and Night? Can you create a poster about day and night explaining why we have day and night. There is a video here to help should you need it ( day and night )
Rocket Creation As part of your writing tasks, you have designed a rocket. Now you could create their rocket using objects you can find in the home such as cardboard boxes, newspapers and tin foil. Can you write a set of instructions to share with a family member or friend? Share with your class teacher!
Is There Anything out There?  Tim Peake is a famous British astronaut. We would like you to record the questions you would ask him if you could interview him. Can you answer the questions as if you were him? Why not design a new space suit for him? What would make a good space suit?  What materials might you need?


Coronavirus and Wellbeing- Looking Forward

The change that Covid-19 has caused to our lives has been difficult and has provided countless challenges. For many children, the uncertainty and disruption to everyday life has caused worry and anxiety. These tasks are designed to help children process the current situation, begin to make sense of it and plan for returning to a different normal.


Reading or being read to offers hope and positivity. The Book of Hopes aims to comfort and encourage children during these unusual times.


Talk to your child about what they are looking forward to most when things begin to return to normal. Who are they looking forward to seeing at school? What places are they excited about visiting with the family? What will they miss about being at home?


Write the headings ‘Things I’ve enjoyed being at home’ and ‘What I am looking forward to most’ on paper. Ask your child to draw and/or list all of the positive experiences they have had over the last few weeks and those to come.


If your child is struggling to adapt to the ‘new normal’, offers safe and reliable advice on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. If you scroll down there are a number of lovely activities and resources available free.