Please find below a range of resources for you to use and explore different English based activities. We have compiled different frames, symbols , and resources to offer choice-making and creative approaches to exploring different books, mark-making, and creative writing opportunities.
These resources can be used in a range of ways to support your child to discover different stories and ways to create their own.
Differentiation for all of these activities can be completed through errorless learning, meaning matching the correct option to the correct option or having only the correct option available, this allows for your child to be introduced to the language, symbols, and expectations of the activity. To increase the difficulty children can be offered an increased number of choices and asked to identify their own ideas.
These are ideas to spark creativity and are not set activities so please do use the resources to play, explore and discover the range of different books and love for creative writing and mark making…. Where will the story take you??
Please share all of your adventures on tapestry, we would love to see where the stories take you.
What the ladybird heard
Please listen to me reading ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ on Tapestry and then look at the activities below.
Have fun delving into the story by completing the activities.
- What the ladybird heard activity pack
- What the ladybird heard addition sheet
- What the ladybird heard counting sheet
- What the ladybird heard number bonds
Creating a story
Here are some resources you can use to create your own story at home using toys, props, food, recycling etc. Below are two videos, one for parents talking about how you can do this at home using the story template attached. The other video is an example of a creative story made up using props from the template.
You could even illustrate your story as well by drawing what happens and creating your own book. Below are also some examples of how you can create your own story map based on the story you create.
Have fun and enjoy creating your own story.
Thank you so much
Here are a selection photos sent in for the Reading challenge.
Comprehension to go with Live Reads
Please Mr Panda – Listen to Emma reading the story ‘Please Mr Panda’:
Look at the document below for some fun activities to go along with this story.
‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’- Can you create your own version of the Hungry Caterpillar? What food would he eat each day? Would it be the same as you? Use the pictures provided, your own pictures, wrappers and packaging from food or draw the food into each day and then read your new story.
Can you answer questions about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’? Use the presentation below to see what you can remember or use it as you listen to the story.
‘Winnie the Witch’- Read the letter from Winnie and mix the colours needed to colour in her cat Wilbur.
Peepo – Look at the pictures from the book ‘Peepo’, can you find all the named items?
Dear Zoo – Please listen to Linzi Hawkins reading ‘Dear Zoo’ and then see if you can answer the questions on the PowerPoint below. Was the Lion too scary? or was he too jumpy? Click on each slide to find a fun interactive song to enjoy about each animal.
Fine and gross motor activities
The pack and links below include pictures, printable activity cards, sensory bag recipes, a gross motor bingo board, gross motor activity ideas and some pictures of home made fine motor activities. Lots of the pupils had been developing these skills at school in their Writing lessons and across the curriculum so they will be familiar with lots of these activities. We also thought that they may be fun to do as a family or with siblings, especially the gross motor activities.
Sensory stories are a great way to make story telling interactive and fun for all involved. Please see below for some simple sensory story ideas you may like to try from home.
Throughout the year English as a subject, has remained a hugely important part of the daily timetable across all Key Stages.
Each class timetable offers weekly reading, writing and phonics sessions as well as regular opportunities for pupils to communicate, develop their play skills and socialise with the peers in their groups.
English skills continue to be taught both in these discrete lessons and embedded within the curriculum across a multitude of exciting events and topics.
The Library continues to be monitored and books replenished when needed and it remains a well-used resource throughout the school.
We recently held a parent volunteer reading day as part of World Book Day celebrations and this was very well received. We continue to welcome new volunteer parent readers and are grateful to all those parents who regularly support reading development in school. .
Drama is also a timetabled lesson that classes use to promote and teach a variety of performance and speaking and listening skills within curriculum topics..
Handwriting will continue to be taught in a multitude of sensory ways in classes next year but will also be the focus of some further booster sessions across the school to promote increased fine motor control and support the development of formal writing..
We continue to offer pupils opportunities to be involved in theatre trips, with the Lower school enjoying a local performance of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ this year and Upper school pupils engaging in visits further afield. .
As English is such an adaptable subject, we are looking forward to some exciting joint projects involving other curriculum areas in the coming year.
Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College
Mrs J. S. Liversage B. ED., Dip., B. Phil. (MSI)