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Week 5 - 11.05.20

Chat Challenges


Each week we will share a new activity with you from ‘Communicate’. These are fun activities which will support children with speech, language and communication. Please watch the video and read the attached document for further information.



Today we would like you to learn a new skill. It could be...


  • Learning how to make a sandwich (with an adult to help you)
  • Learning how to make a drink (with an adult to help you)
  • Learning how to tie your shoe laces
  • Learning how to make your bed in the morning
  • Learning how to fold your clothes
  • Learning how to wash the dishes (with an adult to help you)
  • Learning how to plait hair


...or anything else you can think of. Then write some instructions to explain the steps you took to learn the new skill using these sentence stems:


  • First
  • Next
  • Then
  • After that
  • Finally


Here is an example of instructions for making a cup of tea:


First I put a table spoon of sugar into my cup.

Next I put a tea bag in to my cup.

Then I filled the kettle up with water from the tap and I boiled the water.

When the water had boiled, I carefully poured some in to my cup.

After that I left the tea bag in the cup of hot water for a minute.

Then I used a spoon to take the tea bag out of the cup and I added a little bit of milk.

Finally I stirred the cup of tea and let it cool down and then I sipped it.


Try to add as much detail in to your instructions as you can, just like I have. If you find this tricky, then it’s ok to keep it simple.




Can you write a ‘step’ poem about a sea creature? Here’s what you need to do...


First, choose which sea creature you would like to write a poem about. Here are some you could choose from:


  • Shark
  • Jellyfish
  • Octopus
  • Seahorse
  • Starfish
  • Whale
  • Dolphin
  • Fish



Once you have chosen your sea creature, see how many words you can think of to describe it and write them down. You will need at least 4 adjectives. Then you can plan your poem by making a template like this one (remember step poems look like steps):



When you are writing a step poem, you have to move each word over to the next box each time you start a new step, to make space for your new adjective, just like my example below. I have used colours to show you each time I have moved the word over. Can you see how my new adjective always goes in the first box and the other words move across to the next box:


Once you’re happy with your plan, you can write it up nice and neatly and draw a lovely picture to go with it. Remember the poem should still look like ‘steps’ when you write it up, just like my one:



Slimy fish.

Slippery, slimy fish.

Silver, slippery, slimy fish.

Shimmering, silver, slippery, slimy fish.


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


Challenge: Try to use alliteration, just like I have in my poem (can you see...lots of my words start with the same letter - ‘s’).




Can you make your own kitchen roll characters like these?



You could create a unicorn, a fairy, a monster, an alien, a mermaid or even a character from a story like the Gruffalo or the Three Little Pigs.


Challenge: Create a Punch and Judy style puppet theatre using a medium/large cardboard box or a piece of fabric (ask a grown up). Cut a big hole out of the bottom of the box and decorate it, or in the middle of the fabric and hang it up somewhere (you must ask a grown up to hang this). Then you can put a puppet show on to your family using your new kitchen roll characters.





Can you research the answers to these geography quiz questions?


  • Name the four countries that make up the United Kingdom (UK)...
  • What country do you live in?
  • What is the name of the town you live in?
  • What is the capital city of the UK?
  • What is the name of the famous river that runs through London?
  • Which river runs through Ipswich?
  • Which beach is closest to Ipswich?
  • Name the five oceans of the world...


Once you find out the answers, perhaps you could get your family to do the quiz. Read out the questions and let them guess and write down the answers. Then you can be the teacher and mark their quizzes - see who gets the most answers right!!




Make a personal or family time capsule.



First choose a jar, container, plastic bottle or shoe box and decorate it how you wish. Next add some ‘things’ to your time capsule. You might decide to add...


  • One of your toys
  • A book that you have enjoyed
  • A photo of yourself and/or your family
  • Some pressed flowers/leaves or something from nature
  • A 2020 coin or postage stamp
  • Your painted hand/foot prints
  • A picture that you have drawn
  • A picture of your family tree
  • A message from your family members


...and anything else you would like to add (don’t choose anything that is really expensive or special to you as you might miss it). 


Then write a letter to your future self. In your letter, you might write about some of these things:


  • What year it is (2020)...
  • How old you are...
  • How tall you are...
  • What size shoe you have...
  • Who your teacher is...
  • Who your best friend is...
  • What your favourite book/film/food/toy/game/colour is...
  • Why you cannot go to school at the moment
  • What you want to achieve when you get back to school...
  • One thing you hope to do/learn before you open your time capsule...
  • Any advice you might give your future self...


Finally choose a date to open your time capsule and then bury it in your garden or hide it somewhere safe - your grown up will be able to help you with this. Remember to make a note of where you have hidden your time capsule and the date you have decided to open it, so you don’t forget all about it!