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Hi Larch Class 


Here is your English learning for this week. We are going to continue to learn about poetry. This week will focus on animals. Please complete the learning in order as we will be adding to our poems each day. There will be powerpoints and worksheets to help you and activities to complete. 

For your fine motor practise, please complete the activities where you can but don't worry if you don't have the resources at home. We can always provide anything you need. 

You will find general English resources in the 'Subject overviews' folder. These will help you with your letter formation and spelling.


As always, please feel free to email or give us a ring and we will do what we can to support you.


Mrs Rawles 

Tapestry: Please upload a minimum of 1 writing piece of work per day to Tapestry. Logins have been sent out, please let us know if you have any difficulties. 

Monday 18th January 

Handwriting and fine motor skills 


Either: Write at least 2 sentences describing what you did at the weekend.

Or: Write at least 2 sentences describing what you would have liked to have done at the weekend. You can be as creative as you like! 

Try to use a variety of sentence starters relating to time such as, ‘That morning’ or ‘In the afternoon.’

Draw a picture to illustrate your writing. 

Tuesday 19th January 

Handwriting and fine motor skills 

1. Letter formation practise - letter 'g' 'go round the goat's tummy, down and round his tail.' How many words can you think of beginning with the letter 'g?' Can you write them in sand? 


2. Draw around your hand on a piece of paper - want an extra challenge? Draw around the hand you write with. Cut out your hand. On each finger, write something that makes you happy. For example, Dad, hover board, ice cream, friends and Nanny. You could draw around someone else's hand too. What makes them happy? 


1. Play the 'what can you see?' powerpoint game. How many animals did you guess correctly. Without looking, write down as many animals as you can remember as a list. Remember to number your list as this saves time counting. 


2. Find the picture of the polar bear on the powerpoint. Where do polar bears live? See if you can find the Arctic on a globe or a map. 


3. This week, you will be writing a poem about a polar boar. Mrs Rawles has written a poem about a penguin. The first 3 lines describe what a penguin looks like. Read the first 3 lines of the 'Penguin poem' below. 


4. Complete the polar bear labelling activity 


5. Use your polar bear to come up with the first 3 lines of your poem and write them on your poem planning sheet below. 



Wednesday 20th January 

Handwriting and fine motor skills 

1. Letter formation practise 'q' 'go round the queen's head and down her lovely long hair.' Find as many words as you can beginning with 'q.' Use a children's dictionary to help you. 

2. Cut out the arctic animals in 'Arctic animal size ordering' and put them in order of size. Which animal do you think is the biggest and the smallest in real life? You could use the internet to find out how big they are. 



1. Watch this clip about polar bears.  

The polar bear is swimming. Swimming tells us what the polar bear is doing. This is also known as a verb which tells us about an action. For example, running, jumping. sleeping and crawling...can you think of any more action words?  


2. Read the next line of Mrs Rawles' penguin poem. Here I have used verbs to describe what penguins like to do. Can you think of any more? 


3. Go to your poem planning sheet. Write down as many action words as you can to describe the polar bear. 

All About Polar Bears

Thursday 21st January 

Handwriting and fine motor skills 

1. Letter formation practise 'l' 'go straight down the lolly stick and flick.' How many words can you think of starting with 'l?' Can you write the words on someone's back? Can they guess what you are writing? 

2. Complete the dot to dot animal pictures. 



1. You are going to pretend to be a polar bear. Listen to the 'Polar bear story.' See if you can act out each scene. Perhaps you could show your family and ask them to guess what you are doing? 


2. Go to your polar bear template and remind yourself of your ideas so far. You are now going to come up with some ideas to describe your polar bear. A describing word is also called an adjective. It gives us more information about the object, person or animal we are talking about. 


5. Have a look at Mrs Rawles' penguin poem to give you some ideas. There is also a word mat to help you. 

Friday 22nd January 

Handwriting and fine motor skills 

1.Sprinkle salt over a tray. Practise forming the letter 't' 'go down the tiger's back, curl round his tail and put his arms on.' Can you write some words beginning with 't' in the salt too? 

2. Pea challenge. Using tweezes, transfer peas from one bowl into another. Set a timer and see how many you can transfer in 1 minute. 




1. We are now going to write the final line of our poem. Read the last line of Mrs Rawles' penguin poem, 'as soft as the snow.' I have chosen the word 'soft' and thought about what other things are soft. For example, cotton wool, feathers and snow. Have a look at the describing words you came up with yesterday. Now see if you can think of an object, person or animal which links to your word. How about, 'as fierce as a tiger?'


2. Now that you have all your ideas on your panning sheet, it is time to put your poem together. Use the 'poem template' to write your poem. Remember to look at my poem to help you to put your ideas together. We can't wait to hear them! 


3. Enjoy watching this video about polar bear cubs! 

Polar bear cub is surprised by a seal - Snow Bears: Preview - BBC One