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This week’s learning is based on the story Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. Click the link below for a video of the story:




Day One

Before watching the video, ask your child what they think a ‘tiddler’ is but don’t tell them the definition. Explain that they will be able to use the story to work it out. When you get to the page where the fishermen throw Tiddler back because he’s ‘just a tiddler’ you could again discuss the meaning of the word.

After watching the video or reading the book, again discuss what the word ‘tiddler’ means and why they think Tiddler is called this. In the story Tiddler tells ‘tall tales’. Ask your child what they think tall tales are. You could prompt them by asking if all of the stories Tiddler tells are true.


Day Two

Watch the video or read the story again and focus on Tiddler's tall tales. What stories did he tell to explain why he was late? After your discussion, ask your child to make up a tall tale for Tiddler and draw a picture of their idea. Once they have drawn their picture ask them to imagine they are Tiddler in order to tell you a 'tall tale' about what happened. For example:

Sorry I'm late, I was swimming with a seahorse. 

If they find this tricky, they could use one of the ideas from the story to draw their own picture of and then explain to you what happened to make Tiddler late in the story. 


Day Three

Watch the video again and ask your child to recall some of the different creatures or characters from the story that they can remember. Make a list of these creatures. Ask your child how they could find out more information about these sea creatures. Use the internet or books to find pictures of the different sea creatures and ask your child to choose a favourite. 


Day Four 

Draw a picture of their favourite sea creature and practise writing some words about it. Don't forget to use a sound mat to help.


Day Five

Practise some letters they found tricky yesterday using this game. Make sure 'cursive' is ticked. They might like to try writing the letters in different ways:

  1. Use fingers to write in shaving cream.
  2.  Put paint in a ziplock plastic bag and write on the bag.
  3. Use water and a paintbrush to write letters on the driveway or brick walls.
  4. Make letters out of Lego bricks.
  5. Trace letters on a partner's back and guess what it is.
  6. Write letters in lemon juice on paper with a cotton swab. Use an iron or hair dryer to make the letters appear.
  7. Use a stick to trace letters in dirt or mud.
  8. Make letters out of pipe cleaners.
  9. Write with chalk and then paint over it with water.
  10. Use toys to make letter shapes on the floor.