Learning Project W/C 8th June 2020 - Rainforest
Age Range: KS1
Weekly Reading Tasks
Weekly Phonics Tasks
- Monday- - Create a sock puppet based on a favourite story character. Show your child how to use the puppet to retell the story the character appears in.
- Monday - Can your child think of an animal or plant that begins with each letter of the alphabet. How many of these can be found in a rainforest?
- Tuesday - The tree frog, spider monkey and boa constrictor are just some of the animals that can be found living in a rainforest. Ask your child to list verbs (action words) to describe how each animal moves. How many can they think of?
Wednesday - Ask your child to go and read in a sunny spot in the garden. How did it make them feel reading outside?
- Thursday - Some of our everyday food comes from the rainforest. Your child can look in the kitchen cupboards and identify foods with the ‘Rainforest Alliance’ logo
- Friday - Help your child to look through cookery books for a recipe involving chocolate. Ask them to use decoding skills to read some of the ingredients. They can learn about where chocolate derives here.
- Friday - The word ‘rain’ contains the sound ‘ai’. Ask your child to list as many words as they can containing the ‘ai’ sound. Your child might identify words that contain an alternative spelling for ‘ai’ such as ay/a-e.
Weekly Writing Tasks
Weekly Maths Tasks
- Monday - Your child could start a nature diary. At the same time each day, they could record the animals that they can see in the garden or from their window and describe the weather and plants. What differences do they notice over the week? Or a month?
- Monday - Cut pieces of paper into different shapes or food that can be sliced, then work with your child to find half by cutting or drawing on the shapes or by slicing the food. Make sure both sides are equal and if they aren't, talk about why it is not half. Repeat for finding a quarter.
- Tuesday - Can your child create a fact file about a spider monkey or a tree frog? Describe the animal’s appearance, habitat, diet and any other facts.
- Wednesday - Get a chocolate bar and work with your child on how it could be split into half, quarters and thirds. You could investigate whether the size of the chocolate bar affects how much they get. Does ½ always look the same?
- Thursday - Many trees in the rainforest are chopped down to use for paper. Ask your child to create a poster about saving and reusing paper at home.
- Thursday - our child could estimate and count the number of different plant types or insects that they can see/find in the garden. Record in a table.
- Friday - Select an even number of some of your children’s toys (e.g. toy cars, marbles). Work with your child on splitting the total amount in half by sharing out into 2 piles. Repeat this to find a quarter but share the amount into four piles.
Learning Project - to be done throughout the week
The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about the world’s rainforests. Learning may focus on the plants, animals and insects that inhabit the rainforest, food that originates there and weather patterns. It could look at plants and animals that can be found in the garden too.
Fascinating Forest Floor- Can your child create their own replica forest floor? Task them with collecting materials from the garden or during your daily exercise. Why not share a photograph of your child’s creations online using Dojo’s.
The Sounds of the Rainforests- There are many wonderful and intriguing sounds that can be heard in the rainforest. You can listen and watch real footage from a rainforest here or watch this BBC Our Planet clip. Which animal makes the most noise in the rainforest?. Ask your child to record what sounds they can hear and to predict what animals the sounds have come from. Can your child replicate these sounds using objects from around the home?
Where in the World are the Rainforests?- Using an atlas or online map, can your child locate the continents (Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America and South America) where rainforests can be found? If this is too challenging, can your child locate one country with a rainforest, and then locate the UK. Ask them to describe the similarities and differences between the UK and the country they have located.
The Big Garden Tidy Up- Why not work together as a family and have a Big Garden Tidy Up? Task your child with pulling out weeds, raking up the leaves or just having a general tidy. Take before and after photographs.
Sketch a Spider Monkey or a Tree Frog- Can your child create a detailed sketch of an animal that inhabits the rainforest? Using pencils, crayons or whatever else you have, ask your child to copy an image of a rainforest animal, thinking carefully about the patterns and tones.
There are lots of insects/mini-beasts in the rain forest. You can see some pictures of them here.
Look for mini-beasts living in the garden or on a walk. What are these mini beasts called? Which one do you like the best and why?
Try drawing pictures of the mini-beasts you find.