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Week 4 - 04.05.20



Have a look at the pictures below. What is the link between these pictures? Use the sentence stems to discuss what you can see with your family.


Sentence stems

  • In these pictures I can see...
  • The link between these pictures is...
  • All of these pictures...



That's right...These pictures all show litter/rubbish! Now think about these questions:


  • How does it make you feel to see all of this rubbish thrown on the ground?
  • Do you think it is good to litter?
  • What do you think will happen to our planet if we keep doing this?


Next read the story below called 'The Messy Magpie'. Look at the front cover and talk about what you think this story might be about.

Once you've read the story, have an Oracy discussion with your family and answer these questions:


  • Morris the Magpie thought the humans were leaving him gifts, but what had they really left?
  • Where was Morris taking the rubbish that the humans had left behind?
  • What did Morris notice was happening to the flowers and plants as more rubbish was left?
  • How did the rubbish affect the animals in the forest?
  • How did the river change as more rubbish was thrown in it?
  • Why did Morris feel bad?
  • What did he decide to do?
  • What have we learnt from this story?


Thinking about the story, write 5 reasons why you think it is important to recycle and put your rubbish in the bin. 


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


Challenge - Find out which materials can be recycled such as: plastic, cardboard, metal, glass, paper etc and make a list of 'recyclable items' and 'non-recyclable items'. Think about whether you are putting your rubbish into the correct bins at home and talk with your grown ups about how you as a family can make some small changes for the environment (if you do not already recycle).




Watch this video and look at these pictures of our oceans and sea creatures -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFPoIU5iiYQ 


What is the problem? 




You're right...there is lots of plastic and rubbish in our oceans and the poor sea creatures are either getting stuck in it or swallowing it. If we don't recycle and we continue to drop our rubbish on our beaches, we will destroy our oceans and harm the animals so it is really important for us to make sure we are:


  • Putting our rubbish in the correct bins - remember some materials can be recycled and reused but some cannot.
  • Trying to limit the amount of plastic we use.
  • Keeping our streets, forests and beaches clean and tidy.
  • Thinking about what we are pouring down our sinks, toilets and drains, for example: harmful cleaning products - as these products may end up in our rivers and oceans.


Your activity for today is to do some research about protecting our oceans and then make a poster to encourage people to save our oceans by recycling their waste. Here are some examples to give you some ideas:





Challenge - Present your poster to your family. Use the poster to explain to them why it is important to look after our oceans. Remember to be like Dixie the Dolphin and use your Oracy skills to speak clearly and in full sentences.

Watch to this video from Britain's Got Talent for some inspiration!



Birds, bees and other insects are so important in preserving our natural environment. Why don't you encourage nature to visit your garden by making either a bird box or a bee house. Not only will you be reusing these materials, you will also be helping to provide shelter to lots of creatures in your garden.



You can make both of these by using household objects, such as milk cartons, tins, plastic bottles, rolled up kitchen roll tubes, cereal boxes etc. Be as creative as you can and decorate them too!



Can you reuse some of the materials in your home and make your own homemade musical instruments? You could use plastic bottles or kitchen rolls and fill them with rice or pasta. Or you could use cereal/tissue boxes or butter tubs with elastic bands over them.


Use your imagination and don't forget to send us your pictures and videos!





Your teachers would love to know what you have been getting up to at home. Can you write your teacher a letter about what you have been doing?


Use these sentence stems and time connectives to help you.


Sentence stems:

  • Dear Miss Manners/Miss Fountain/Miss Foreman
  • I have been feeling...
  • I have been so busy/bored/active/lazy at home...
  • In my time at home I have...
  • I have done lots of activities like...
  • I have been working hard doing...
  • I have learnt about...
  • I have got a new skill which is...
  • I have enjoyed...
  • I have not enjoyed...
  • My favourite home learning activity was...
  • I have missed seeing...
  • I can't wait to...
  • I am looking forward to going back to school because...
  • I am not looking forward to going back to school because...
  • When I get back to school, I am looking forward to...


Time connectives:

  • First
  • Next
  • Then 
  • After that
  • Finally


Don't forget your capital letters, finger spaces and full stops!


Challenge - Can you use some conjunctions in your writing too (and, but, because, so)?