Learning and Growing Together

Home Schooling WB 8.6.20

Week Beginning 8.6.2020

This week, following on from our Jungle and Tree themes we are going to look at:

Zoos and Animals


Activity 1

Joining circles worksheet. This is a problem solving activity. Children are to use the numbers once to make the numbers inside each circle add to 6 and in the second problem, make the numbers add to 10.

Activity 2

Fill in the missing numbers on the African animals missing number sheet.

Activity 3

Count the number of jungle and rainforest animals (to 10) or complete the Rainforest Subtraction (within 20) sheet.

Activity 4

Look at the All About Number 9 home schooling challenges sheet.

Activity 5

Complete the Number of the Week 9 work sheet.


This week the literacy work is based on the story Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. If you haven’t got the book, listen to it by following this link:


Read the Interactive PowerPoint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyIV_xYi0as

and click on the right animal and fruit.

Make stick puppets of the different characters in the story. Re-enact the story with them.

Children write a short letter to Handa explaining what happened to the fruit she placed in her basket. E.g. Dear Handa, The animals took the fruit. The goat banged into the tree. The tangerines fell in the basket.  Advanced writers could add the word because or and to expand simple sentences. 

Talk about the describing words used in the story and challenge the children to think of some other descriptive words to describe some real fruit that they can see and touch. They could write their ideas based on what the fruit looks like, feels like and smells like. Bananas are… they feel… they smell… etc.


Activity 1

Revisit long oo as in moon. Have a go at the work sheet.

Activity 2

Revisit short oo as in look. Have a go at the work sheet.

Activity 3

Revisit the phase 3 tricky words and play the snakes and ladders game.


See the worksheets Parts of Animals. Choose one.  Read the labels, cut them out and stick them in the correct places.

Have a go at ‘The Zoo Vet’ comprehension. There are three versions of the questions, They become more challenging on each section. Chose the questions to match your child’s level.  Most children can do this comprehension activity if the story and questions are read to them. This is a valuable comprehension activity.

The most able readers should have a go at reading both the story and questions independently before answering them.  (This will be the first time doing this and will be tricky for even the best of readers. Let me know how you got on!)

Topic Work:

Zoos and Animals:  These are possible activities you might like to do with your child.

Activity 1


Play ‘The Carnival of Animals’ PowerPoint and one of the YouTube links at the same time. Each piece of music represents an animal, try to guess the animal before finding out what the composer was thinking. Try to explain the reasons why you chose the animal you did.

Activity 2


Understanding the World

Watch the four African animal short videos. Play What’s Through the Binoculars?

Activity 3

Physical Development

Have a go at African Animal Yoga. Follow the script for about a 15 minute work-out.

Activity 4

Read The Zoo Vet PowerPoint.

Play ‘What Am I’ animal riddle game.

Activity 5

Visit a virtual Zoo: https://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/virtual-london-zoo

Or maybe https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/  or even https://www.chesterzoo.org/virtual-zoo-2/

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