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Week 3 - 27.04.20



Watch this Magic Grandad video about what the seaside was like in the past. Think about the seaside now and compare it to what it was like then.




Have an Oracy discussion with your family and talk about:

  • What is the same?

  • What is different?

  • How has it changed?

  • What activities were there before/are there now?

  • What do you like/dislike about seaside’s now and in the past?

  • Do you prefer seasides now or did you like what you saw of seasides in the past?


Use these sentence stems to help you speak in full sentences:

  • I think that...

  • The seaside is the same because...

  • The seaside is different because...

  • The seaside has changed because...

  • A long time ago...

  • In the past...

  • Nowadays...

  • I prefer...

  • I like...

  • I dislike...


Challenge - Can you make a holiday brochure to encourage people to visit the seaside? You can make up your own seaside place - it could be like a modern seaside (that you might visit today) or like a more traditional seaside (from the past).


Fold a piece of A4 paper in half to make a booklet. Draw a picture of a seaside on the front page – make it look exciting and colourful. You might want to give your seaside place a name and add a fun caption on the front too like “Sunnyside Beach...the place to be this summer!”


On the inside pages, write about the reasons why people should visit your seaside place. You might create some headers for your booklet to write about, like:

  • Things to see

  • Food and drink

  • Activities and attractions (rides/fairgrounds/amusements)

  • Shops


On the back page, you could draw a map of where to find things at your seaside.


Here is an example of a brochure template:





Can you design and make your own waterproof boat that can float in water?


First of all, with a grown up, see what materials you have around your home that you could use, for example: empty plastic bottles, milk cartons, kitchen roll tubes, bubble wrap, cardboard boxes, tin foil trays, butter tubs, sellotape/masking tape, etc. Not all of these materials are waterproof or will float – so you will need to think carefully about what you choose to use.


Next draw a picture of what you want your boat to look like and label the different parts of your boat to show what materials you are going to use. Once you have designed it, you can then use the materials you’ve chosen to make the boat.



When you have finished making the boat, you can then ask a grown up to help you test your boat to see if it can float in water.


Did it work?! Send us your pictures smiley


Challenge - Write about whether or not you managed to get your boat to float. If you did, write about why you think it worked and how you might improve it if you were to make it again. If you didn’t, write about why you don’t think it floated and what you would do to change your boat if you were to make it again.


Sentence stems:

  • I think my boat floated because...
  • I think my boat sunk because...
  • Next time, I would improve my boat by...
  • Next time, I would change my boat by...     




Listen to the story “A snail and a whale”. You can stop the video at 5m50s.




Imagine you are the snail and that you have travelled on the whale’s tail, to a faraway place. Can you make a postcard to tell all of your snail friends about your journey? Think about what you might want to tell them:


  • Where you have been...?
  • What you have seen...?
  • What you have done...?
  • Where you are going to next...?


On the front of your postcard, you can draw a picture of one of the places you might have travelled to (this can be a place from the story, or a place you have imagined). On the back of your postcard you can write a message.


Here is an example of what a postcard should look like (you can either make one, or download the template below if you have a printer):



Here is a written structure for your postcard if you are not sure what to write:


Dear ______________,

You will never believe where I have been! I have been travelling the world on a whale’s tail...

First I travelled to...

Next I visited...

Then I went to...

After that I saw...

The next place we are going to is....

I can’t wait to tell you more when I get home. See you soon!

Love from _________________


Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in your writing.


ChallengeTry to use some interesting adjectives to describe your adventures. Also, try to use conjunctions in your writing too (and, because, but, so)!



Pick a sea creature of your choice and create a fact file. You might choose a whale, a dolphin, a shark or a type of fish. You should have around 5-7 facts in your fact file.


You could find out some of the following facts:

  • What type of animal are they? (Mammal, fish, amphibian...)
  • What do they eat?
  • Are they herbivores, carnivores or omnivores?
  • What makes them unique or special?
  • An interesting/strange fact that people might not know.


Here are some examples of fact files:



Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in your writing.


Challenge – Try to use some interesting sentence openers in your fact file, for example:

  • Did you know...?
  • Interestingly...
  • Amazingly...
  • Also...
  • For example...



Get creative and make an underwater themed shoe box habitat like these ones.



If you don’t have a shoe box, you could try a cereal box or an Easter egg box.


If you don’t have any sea creature toys or other arts and crafts resources, try making your own by drawing them, colouring them and cutting them out to stick into your shoe box like this one...



Send us your pictures smiley