Week Beginning 6.7.2020
Maths and Numeracy
Can you find lots of different textured materials to sort? Using sorting hoops or a table like the one below, allow children to use their senses to explore objects and sort them according to the criterion. You can ask children to come up with their own criteria to sort the objects and place in each box.
Feels rough Feels smooth
Tastes good Does not taste good
Problem Solving – Introduce children to Ella and the puzzle of the missing Teddy Bear – see resources. Tell children that they are going to use their five sense to discover which teddy bear is Ella’s!
Language, Literacy and Communication
Oracy – Discuss with children our bodies and animal bodies. Ask some simple questions: What do our bodies help us do? What is inside our bodies? Do we all have the same bodies? What happens if parts of our bodies do not work? Record your discussion.
Writing – Discuss the five senses with children. Can they name their five senses? What body part would we use to taste? To feel? Identify all of the body parts and the sense that is associated with them. Think of an activity that uses that sense. Draw a picture of that activity. Write a sentence to describe the activity eg. I use my ear for listening. I like listening to music and my favourite song is “Let it Go” from Frozen.
Reading – Access the free online reading library from Oxford Owl here, could you read “Incredible Animals”, “Animal Magic” “What’s inside me?” or “Your Body, Inside Out” together?
Cymraeg/Welsh – Children practise the names of parts of the body yn Gymraeg. there is a video to help here.
Health and Wellbeing
Carry out a tasty experiment! Covering your eyes, taste some food and guess what it is and describe the taste. If you want, explore whether or not holding your nose makes describing the taste easier or harder!
Try one of the ‘Mindfulness Challenges’ from the resources, there are lots of ideas using your senses.
Play ‘Senses: I Spy’!
I spy with my little eye...
I smell with my little nose...
I hear with my little ears...
Sing ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes’ to label parts of children’s own body. Can they make up other body parts we could sing in the bridge (eyes and ear and mouth and nose) eg. stomach, back, arm and fingers. Children could sing the song in Welsh/yn Gymraeg, the lyrics are as follows: Pen, Ysgwyddau, Coesau, Traed x 2 Llygaid, Clustiau, Trwyn a Ceg. For help with pronunciation visit the link where the song is sung by Booksmart here.
Science and Technology
Model drawing a large body outline picture to fill most of the page or if you have large paper, draw around the body outline of your child, or vice versa! Tell children they are going to label their body with the main parts. Demonstrate writing a label in the correct place, show the children how to join their labels to the picture by drawing a line. Allow children to label the body outline independently with the parts they know. Challenge – Do animals have the same body parts as humans? Could you label an animal of your choice? What is different and what is the same?
Sensory photographs – Go on a senses hunt taking photographs of things which can be smelt, heard, touched, tasted and seen. Could you make a sensory collage using these photographs?
With an adult, go somewhere different, like a park or the seaside, and create a senses map. You can embellish your map or stick things on that remind you of the things you could hear, see, smell, feel and taste.
Wait until night time, or use a dark room, space or cupboard. Ask children to enter. Ask them how they feel? What can they see? What happens at night time? You want children to realise that it gets dark at night time and that makes things more difficult to see! Question children about how drivers see in the dark. Of course there are street lights, but not on all roads. In 1934, Percy Shaw invented Cat’s eyes to help drivers ‘see’ in the dark! There is a short video clip here. Safely go for walk when it gets dark, and see if you can spot any!
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