Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Hello everyone,

This week we are revisiting  Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.  Children love to read familiar stories again and again and again.  It’s part of learning how stories are structured and will help them when they learn to write sentences.  Their memories are remarkable and they will point out if you missed a word!

Literacy  – As always, practise the Talk 4 Writing actions.   Can your child ‘read’ the story using their memory?  What do they remember?  Are the animals in the right order?  Imitate the story and make up one that is similar.  What animals could your child replace in the story?   Is it the zoo that they’d write to or maybe a farm or perhaps the Dinosaur Museum?   Your child could replace the fierce lion with a fierce T-Rex.  Could an Anklyosaurus be the grumpy dinosaur instead of the camel?  The sky and your imaginations are the limit!

Maths – Sort and categorise your small world animals or any of your child’s toys.  If you have zoo or farm animals,  sort them by how many legs they have or whether they walk, fly or swim.   Keep changing the criteria so your child sees that there are many different ways of sorting and categorising things.  It’s really important that they explain their reasoning and it’s amazing how their minds work.

If you have the opportunity go to the Natural History Museum.  They have some fabulous displays that bring dinosaurs to life.  There are a variety of dinosaur parks too you can visit.

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman,  Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence