Story Focus: Dear Zoo
Can you find some objects in your home that start with the same sound?
Listen to the story Dear Zoo.
Draw a picture of the pet you would like. Don't forget to write your name at the bottom. Send us a picture of your lovely drawing.
Collect toy animals from around your home. Find two different sized boxes.
Count the animals as you put them in the box.
How many toy animals can you fit in the box?
Can you find that number in the environment?
Can you show that many fingers?
Repeat for the second box.
Which box can hold the most animals? Why?
Play Voice Sounds. Show children how they can make sounds with their voices.
Can you make the noise of these animals from the Dear Zoo story?
Play this communication and language game. Can you guess what's in the box?
Have a go at this comparison activity. Within this activity, children are invited to compare the different quantities of zoo animals, using the language of 'fewer', 'more' and 'the same'.
Listen to the story Dear Zoo.
Talk about our core story this week. What animal did the zoo send at the end of the story?
Watch as the letters of the alphabet make words using phonics. In this episode entitled Dog. Can you segment and blend the word dog? Use sound talk... d-o-g dog.
Have a go at Hide and Seek.
Help expand sentences by repeating back and adding a word to what they say e.g. if they say “elephant” you could say “I found the blue elephant.”.
Have a go at this counting challenge. Children will practise their 1:1 correspondence to 10, or beyond, as they take a handful of zoo animals, line them up and carefully count them. You could use other household objects if you do not have lots toy animals.
Teddy is lost in the jungle. Your child (the rescuer) is taken aside/closes their eyes while a teddy bear is hidden somewhere in the room. Guide the rescuer to the teddy by singing louder as the rescuer gets closer to, or quietly as the rescuer moves further away from the teddy. Have another go but switch roles.
Turn an area of your home into a zoo! Engage in zoo themed role-play with your child. Use toys as animals and take on the role of zookeeper. Model language such as animal names and language of size during your play. You may wish to write lists of the animals you need to look after. Make sure the animals have food; they may even perform in a show at a set time which your visitors must watch. Perhaps you could use building blocks to create enclosures. You may want to take photos of the animals as you travel around the zoo or visit a cafe for lunch! You could use pieces of paper as tickets and sell them to your family as they come to visit. Maybe create a map to follow. Have fun and let your imagination blossom! Send us some photos.
Can you point to the picture that is the same size as the first picture?
Which is the smallest in each line?
Which is the biggest in each line?
Visit the website PhonicsPlay. Have a go at some of the Phase 1 interactive games such as Welcome To The Zoo or Sound Starters.
The link to this website can be found under ‘Useful Websites’ on our class page of the school website.
Match the animals to their young. Talk about the different word we call young animals. Perhaps you could research an animal of particular interest and look at the life cycle of that animal.
Count the number of legs of each animal and sort them into the different categories. You may which to draw these animals or use toy animals you have at home.