You're Called What?!
This week's learning is based on the story You're Called What?! by Kes Gray and Nikki Dyson. Click the link below to listen to the story being read.
Watch the video of ‘You’re Called What?!’ being read in the Story Time section of the Year One page.
Scroll down below the video to look at the fact page at the end of the story. Read it to your child and talk about the animals.
Ask questions such as:
How is this page different from the rest of the story?
Why do you think photographs are used as well as illustrations on this page?
Which is the funniest animal and why?
You could extend your child’s learning by encouraging them to write a sentence using the word ‘because’. E.g. The bone-eating snot flower worm is my favourite because...
Click here and scroll down to the reviews section of the You’re Called What?! page on the Scholastic website. Read the reviews and write one with your child.
Play the animal guessing game. This could be done whilst engaged in other activities such as walking, driving, drawing etc. Take turns to think of an animal and then answer questions about that animal.
E.g. Where does it live?
If you have an Alexa, she will play this game if you ask her to play ‘the animal game’. She will play a variation of this game if you ask her to play ‘the animal guessing game’.
Read the riddles in the document above and discuss which animals they could be describing. Answers are at the bottom of the page! Ask your child to notice how the riddles give clues about the animal but don’t tell you what it is. Ask them to give you some clues about an animal. You could choose one from the story. For example, they might tell you the blob fish ‘looks like a blob’.
Now ask your child to write their own riddle sentence. You could write one or two together so that they develop confidence. Children often find it easier to pretend they are the animal and use the word ‘I’ to begin their sentences...
I say woof.
I have a tail.
Ask your child to say the sentence aloud several times before writing it down. Count the words with your child and then draw lines on the page to represent the words. Say the words several times as you point to the lines they need to go on. HERE is a video to show this technique.
For tips on how to support and challenge your child during writing tasks, see the ‘Key Skills and Resources’ section of the Year One pages.