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Week 2 - 20.04.20

Adults: Please remember you are not expected to 'teach' your children and we do not expect you to complete everything. These activities are here to help provide some structure for your children and some guidelines for you, so please only do what you can.


Read the story "Treasures in the Garden" (see link below). 

Discuss the story with a family member using the key questions below. Don't forget to use the sentence stems to help you speak in full sentences.


Key questions:

  • What did you like about the story?
  • What didn't you like about the story?
  • Did anything surprise you in the story?
  • Where is the story set?
  • What happens at the beginning, middle and end?
  • How do you think Jake felt when he lost his teddy?
  • How do you think he felt when he found his teddy?
  • Who was your favourite character in the story and why?
  • Where was your favourite place that the characters 'visited' in the story?
  • Did Jake and Holly really travel to all of those places? Explain your answer.


Sentence Stems:

  • I think that...
  • I liked.........because
  • I enjoyed.........because
  • I disliked.........because
  • I was surprised when...
  • My favourite part/place/character was.........because
  • In the beginning/middle/end....


Challenge: Can you have a go at retelling the story to a family member? You can use the pictures in the story to help you if you need to. Try to use some time connectives, for example: first, next, then, after that, suddenly, so, eventually, finally.

Additional activity: Get your grown up to hide a toy or teddy somewhere in the house/garden. Play "hot and cold" to see if you can find it! The closer you get, the "hotter" you will be and the further away you are, the "colder" you will be. Then swap around and get your family member to search for your toy. Can you use your oracy (communication) skills to guide them towards the hiding place?


Re-read the "Treasures in the Garden" story (link above).


Can you make your own story map to retell the story? Draw 6-8 pictures to show the key events in the story. Think about how the story started, the places the characters visited and how the story ended.


Here are some pictures from the story to help you think of some ideas of what to draw.



Challenge: Can you write a sentence to go with each picture to explain what happens in the story? Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops, and don't forget to use time connectives (first, next, then, after that, suddenly, so, eventually, finally). Here is a word mat to help you with spellings:



Adults: If you have access to a printer you may download the template sheets below. However if you are unable to download the story map templates, you could draw your children some medium sized squares on plain paper to draw their pictures in, like this.




If you are unable to download/print the sheets and your children are going to attempt the challenge to write sentences to go with their pictures, they can just write the sentences on the back/on a separate sheet of paper.



Imagine you are Jake or Holly from the "Treasures in the Garden" story, and you have just visited the underwater world of the mermaids. Can you write a description of this magical place, using some interesting adjectives.


  • Think about what you might see, touch, hear. 
  • You could describe the mermaids or the sea creatures.
  • Think about the bright and vibrant colours.




Here are some sentence stems and key vocabulary to help you:

  • At the bottom of the ocean...
  • In the underwater world...
  • I saw...
  • I heard...
  • I touched...
  • I felt...
  • I wondered...
  • It made me feel...
  • It was amazing to see/hear/touch...



Challenge: Use some interesting adjectives to describe the things you might see/hear/touch (for example: I saw mermaids with shimmering scales on their tails)


Additional activity: With a grown up to help you, can you find out what these words/phrases from the story mean? You could ask your grown up to explain them, or use google/a dictionary to find out.


  • surrounded
  • deepest depths
  • shimmering
  • scrumptious
  • enchanted
  • worn out


Then you can test yourself by re-reading the story to see if you can recognise the words and explain what they mean back to your grown up.



Think about the "Treasures in the Garden" story. In the story, Jake and Holly used their imagination to pretend they were visiting lots of magical places, all whilst they played in their garden.


Can you remember some of the places/characters they visited? That's right...they visited:

  • Mermaids in the deepest depths of the sea.
  • A bushy, black bearded pirate on a huge pirate ship.
  • Strange aliens on the moon.
  • They had tea with a red dragon that lived in a tree.
  • A wizard in a dark, creepy wood.
  • Dancing fairies in an enchanted forest.


Can you use your imagination to draw a magical place that you would like to visit? It could be in the deep, dark jungle, an ancient dinosaur land, a castle in the clouds or flying through the sky on a unicorn..anything you can think of!


This short video might help you think of some ideas too:

Additional activity: Build a den either in your garden, or indoors using your blankets and duvets and imagine you are in a magical world! Talk about what you can see, hear, smell, feel in your imaginary world. What adventure are you going to have with your family? Will you need to bring any special equipment inside your den or wear a special uniform? Be as creative as you like and most importantly...have FUN! 



Think about a time you went to the seaside. What could you see, hear, smell, taste, touch/ feel? Your task today is to write a poem about the seaside using your five senses.


Brainstorm all of the things you might see, hear, smell, taste and touch/feel at the seaside. You can use the pictures below to help remind you of some of the things associated with the seaside.








Once you have a list of ideas, use this frame to help you write your poem:

I went on a trip to the seaside.

I saw...

I heard...

I smelt...

I tasted...

I felt...


Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Use Fred Fingers to help you with spelling words out!


Challenge: Can you use alliteration (e.g. beach balls bouncing) and/or a simile. A simile is when you compare two things using the words 'as' or 'like' (for example: 'I saw sand that was golden like the sun' or 'I tasted a delicious, vanilla ice cream that was as cold as snow').


Here is an example of a seaside senses poem for you:


I went on a trip to the seaside.

I saw beach balls bouncing.

I heard waves crashing and splashing.

I smelt salt and vinegar on fresh fish and chips.

I tasted a delicious, vanilla ice cream that was as cold as snow.

I felt the water from the sea tickling my toes.


Finally, you can draw a wonderful picture to go with your poem!

Additional activity: Imagine you are having a fun day at the beach. If the weather is warm enough get in to your swimming costumes and wear your sunglasses. If you're lucky enough to have some at home, have an ice-cream/lolly and relax! Listen to this:

Imagine you can you hear the waves crashing down on to the sand and the birds chirping in the sky. Imagine you can feel the warm sun beaming down and water tickling your toes. Imagine you can feel the soft sand, the firm pebbles and smooth sea shells under your feet as you walk across the beach.


RELAX and enjoy the weekend!