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Week 10

Dear all,
I hope you are well.

Now that some of our class are in school, home learning will be a little bit different. You will be doing some of the activities that we have completed too. Please still send your work into our work email address: . Each week a Friday challenge will be uploaded to be completed on that day.

The book that we have looked at this week was ‘Handa’s Surprise’. 


On Monday we responded to the story ‘Handa’s Surprise. Can you look at the front cover of the text and write a prediction about what you think the Handa's surprise might be? We then read the story. After that we did some ‘hot seating’ which is where you are on the role of a character and somebody asks you questions for you to then answer, for example: Why did you steal the fruit? 

On Tuesday we looked at different pictures of each animal in the story and matched them to the fruit which they took from Handa’s basket. Using the roll and fruit template which I have added below, we then rolled a dice and wrote down different noun phrases about the fruit that we landed on. We had to make sure we put two adjectives before the noun, for example: ‘green, creamy avocado’ and ‘tiny, purple passion fruit’. To check we used appropriate adjectives, we played a game where one child had to say their adjectives and we had to guess and draw which fruit we thought they were describing.

On Wednesday we planned our own story of ‘Handa’s Surprise’ using our own names. For example ‘Miss Todd’s Surprise’. Using the story map below to help us, we changed the animals and fruit to make it our own version. Have a go at planning your own version of this story.

On Thursday we then wrote our own versions of ‘Handa’s Surprise’, just like the story in the link above. Next to each question we asked, we drew a picture of the animal that took it from the basket. I can't wait to see yours! Here is an example of mine below:

Miss Todd’s Surprise

Once upon a time Miss Todd put seven delicious fruits into a basket for her friend Nama. I wonder which fruit they will like the most...

Will it be the sour, bitter lemon? 
Will it be the huge, tasty watermelon?
Will it be the shiny, red cherries?    

In Maths this week we have been adding and subtracting. We have had to look very carefully at the symbol and work out whether we are jumping forwards on our number line to add or jumping backwards to take away. I have added an activity below where your job is to solve the addition and subtraction problems to find out which fruit is Handa’s favourite. Let me know your answer!! smiley
In Art, we created Handa’s basket. You will need to get a piece of card for the basket and cut straight lines across the basket. You then need to weave some strips of paper in and out of the gaps. You should now be ready to paint your paper plate or piece of card and paint Handa's fruits to stick onto it. I have added a picture as an example. 

Can you create a piece of music based on the fruit in Handa's basket just like the examples below?


- Sing the names of the fruit from the basket in different voices 

- How does the rhythm change for different fruit e.g. apple vs banana

- Do you have an instrument or something in the kitchen that you can shake to the same rhythm of your song?

- Create your own repeating fruit pattern to perform. 


Can you carry out the animal investigation we did at home?


You will need to place different animal sweets into four different liquids and predict what might happen to them. We used a variety of liquids including water, salt water, coke and oil. We discussed many questions including... Will it float or sink? Will the colours change? How might they feel? What might they look like? Will each animal look different? After we drew the cups and wrote our prediction, we left them over night and waited to see what would happen! 


What happened to your animals?