However, out of all of this muddle a few things for the kids have stayed with me which I thought I'd share below:
- At 9am Monday -Friday, body coach Joe Wicks will be doing a 30minute live PE lesson from his YouTube channel. Link to Joe's YouTube channel
- Phonicsplay have made all their games and resources free. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/. This is a really fun phonics website used in classrooms and offer a range of online games for practising phonics.
- Someone on a facebook support group posted some awesome messy play ideas: Link to making playdough, Taste safe blocks, Taste safe paint,slime, fizzy blocks
- Many children, especially in deprived areas, were not starting school with sufficiently developed language skills.
- Many did not know key nursery rhymes or traditional tales.
- If they do not have the language skills to tell a story then how can they be expected to write one.
- Oral storytelling increases vocabulary, develops knowledge and structure of story and makes them familiar with key storytelling language. It is performed in a group and so is inclusive and unthreatening with no pressure to perform on an individual level.
- It is BRILLIANT for many children with special needs, especially those who love books but can't read the text. It is repetitive, rhythmic and memorable.
- As well as being fantastic for small children, it can be used effectively for older children too.
Keywords and actions
The Enormous Turnip
(Video on way.)
Activities to spin off 'The Enormous Turnip'
- Measuring - all the characters in the story decrease in height. Get out and about and compare the height of different objects. Taller than.. shorter than... How many lego cubes/stones/shells tall is a cup, a doll, an action man? If you have a ruler get measuring.
- Play around with the story. Change the characters but keep the height order. Change the vegetable eg The Colossal Carrot or change the setting and set it in space! Draw your own storyboard.
- Write some speech bubbles/act out to show how the characters react when they are asked to help. Think about changing moods and emotions. For example, if the cat is in a happy mood he might be happy to help but if he's a lazy, grumpy cat he may say something like "Turnips, yuck! I'd rather eat mice!"
- Challenge the adjectives in the story. The son is strong and muscly but can we make the daughter strong and muscly instead? Let's smash those stereotypes!!!
- Planting vegetable seeds including turnips. What conditions do they need to grow?
- Costing vegetables/seeds using online supermarkets and money.
- Can you name all the vegetables in your fridge?
- Explore recipes that have turnip as an ingredient - turnip soup anyone?
- Make character masks or stick puppets to help act out the story.