Below are the Planning sheets for the next two weeks. Underneath these you will find the activities and suggestions that are added throughout the week and which can also be found on our Facebook page.
We'd love to see which activities you've tried and what you've been up to - don't forget to upload your photos and videos to Tapestry!
Piranha have wonderful glittery skin that makes them tricky to spot in the water! I wonder if you will use glitter in your own art work today? You could find things like old cd’s (check nobody wants them first!) and make shiny, sparkly fish! Have a lovely day!
Fascinating fish found in the Amazon rainforest.
The Pirarucu (also known as the arapaima or paiche) eats other fish and can grow to nearly 3m long! It has teeth on the roof of its mouth and on its tongue!
Most Piranha are vegetarian; Eating mainly fruits, nuts and seeds that fall from the trees into the water.
Catfish get their name from the barbels which look like whiskers on their face. These are covered in taste buds helping them to seek out food.
Electric eel, is actually a Knifefish. They get their name from how they create an electrical charge to stun prey.
We looked at lots of different fish that live in the oceans a few weeks ago. Lots of the tropical fish we see in tanks come from rivers around the rainforests. Which are the biggest fish you can spot? What shapes are the fish? Look at their colours and patterns. Are there any fish you have seen before?
Sloth art and craft ideas? Perhaps you might like to collage a picture of a sloth or make your own model? Think about how you might make the furry body and the long hard toes! What textures can you add to your creations? Don’t forget to share your work on tapestry!
Fun facts: Sloths like being alone. They are slow, sleepy and solitary. The only time a sloth ever leaves its tree is to poo or swim. Sloths can cope with only having a poo and wee once a week!! Sloths are usually found in trees, but are surprisingly good swimmers. They can hold their breath underwater for up to 40 minutes!
Today we are learning about sloths! Sloths are folivores, which means they just eat leaves. This diet doesn’t give them much nutrition or energy, which is why sloths are slow. Even their digestion is slow, taking up to 30 days to digest a meal. What do you notice about a Sloth? How many toes does it have? Does it have fur? Is it like any of the other animals we have seen? Sloths are related to the anteaters we looked at a little while ago.
You might want to think about the work we did previously on colours and Elmer the elephant? I wonder what sort of elephant you would like to make? Will it be a big elephant or a small elephant? Will you use lots of colours like Elmer or grey like Elmer's friends?
There is a lovely video of David McKee reading Elmer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFrD18XLmlM
Fun facts. Did you know the African elephant is the largest living land mammal? Elephants have 150,000 muscles in their trunk and can use their trunk to suck up water to drink or even to shell a peanut to eat! When they swim elephants can use their trunks like a snorkel!
I wonder what else you can find out?
Today we are looking at elephants!
Did you know elephants say hello by linking their trunks together!
What do you notice about elephants? How are they the same or different to other animals we have been looking at?
The centipede is a carnivore, this means it eats meat. Its first pair of legs give out a poison. Centipedes eat insects, spiders and earthworms. Large centipedes which live in rainforests even feed on lizards. The millipede is vegetarian, which means it eats vegetable material. A millipede produces poison on the sides of its body. A large tropical millipede squirts the poison into the air where it makes a fine mist. Both the centipede and millipede like to live in damp places in the rainforest.
Have a look at photographs of centipedes and millipedes, can you tell which are centipedes and which are millipedes? How many legs can you count?
Some centipede and millipede art ideas to inspire you! I wonder how long you can roll out playdough for a giant model? Don’t forget to make lots of legs!!
Please do share your work on tapestry for us to see.
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are ready continue our rainforest theme for one last week! Today we are focusing on Centipedes and Millipedes. Both centipedes and millipedes have lots and lots of legs! The key way to tell them apart is to know that millipedes have two pairs of legs on each of their body segments. Centipedes have only one pair of legs per segment.
Fun facts: Spiders are from the arachnid family, they are not insects. Spiders have 8 legs while insects have 6. Spiders don't have antennae while insects do. Spiders are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
Why do spiders spin webs? What do spiders eat?How many eyes do spiders have? What else can you find out about spiders?
Here are some super spider craft ideas for you! I wonder what your spider will look like? Perhaps you can make your spider and then try singing the song “incy wincy spider?”
Today we are focusing on rainforest spiders! There are about 3,600 species of spiders in the Amazon rainforest. Tarantulas have lived on Earth since the time of dinosaurs, and can live up to 30 years. The Goliath Birdeater is the biggest spider and comes from the Tarantula family. They can be up to 30 cm long! The Tarantula could give you a nasty sting (like a bee sting) and its hairs could irritate your skin, but the most venomous spider in the rainforest is the Brazilian Wandering Spider!
Why not try some relaxing yoga this morning with a rainforest inspired story from cosmic kids?
Fun frog facts: Frogs have been on the earth for 200 million years! Like crocodiles they lived through the time of the dinosaurs! Frogs can drink and breathe through their skin! Not all frogs start out life outside of their eggs as tadpoles – some develop into frogs before leaving their eggs! I wonder what facts you can find out about frogs?
Some ideas of frog fun activities and crafts for you! Perhaps you can make a frog roll for your lunch or frog cakes to share with your family! If you have some toy frogs why not try a sensory tray? You could collect leaves and sticks and interesting things from outside and add your own frog creations?
Don’t forget to show us what you are doing at home on your tapestry account!
Happy Thursday everyone! Today we are looking at the fun fancy frogs in the rainforest!
Yesterday we looked at big cats and how they have wonderful patterned coats – some with spots and some with stripes. What do you notice about our frog pictures today? Can you see any frogs with spots or stripes?
Poison dart frogs are really colourful. This warns other animals that they are not good to eat as they contain toxins. Mummy poison dart frogs will lay their eggs in a big leaf in the rainforest and leave the daddy frog to look after the eggs.
Zoe has been for a walk in the woods and found lots of twigs on the floor. I wonder if you can sort the twigs you find by size like Zoe? Perhaps you can use twigs and other things you find to make a picture? Your picture could be really big or very small, it is up to you! Don't forget to take a photograph of your work before you come home!
Jaguars are the largest of the South American cats, and can live anywhere from 11-15 years. They measure 5 to 6 feet from head to rear, with their tail being around two and a half to three feet long. Ocelots are the smallest of the big cats and are 70-90cm long. Did you know in some cultures people worship the Jaguar!
I wonder what you can find out about rainforest cats? Are they like the cats we see at home? Where can we find them in the rainforest? What do they eat?
Spots and stripes!! What sort of cat will you make??
Don't forget to show us your work on tapestry.
Happy Wednesday everyone! Today we are looking at the big cats living in the rainforests. Look at the photographs and discuss what you notice. What colour is the cat’s coat? Are there any patterns on its coat? Does it have any markings on its face?
Emma has found this lovely idea for you to try when you are out on your walks! Why not try making your own flower vase and practice your threading skills by threading in interesting weeds or leaves you find on your trip!
Some great snake art ideas for you! There are lots of ideas below or perhaps you might prefer to make some playdough and roll out some long snakes! Don’t forget to add patterns to the snake skins! Show us your wonderful sssss snake creations on tapestry!
Fun facts about snakes in the rainforest: Snakes are cold blooded and like the warmth of the rainforest. Snakes can climb trees and can live in the branches of the rainforest trees. Some snakes can glide from one branch to the next by fanning their ribs! There is a lovely video clip you might enjoy of the flying snakes
Today we are going to focus on sssssssss snakes! The most common snakes found in the rainforest are pythons and boa constrictors. The Green Anaconda (water boa) is the heaviest snake in the world and also one of the longest. Snakes come in lots of different colours and sizes! I wonder which sort you like best?
A group of monkeys is known as a 'tribe', 'troop' or a 'mission'.
Monkeys have prehensile tails that help them grab onto food and branches....
Some monkeys live on the ground, while others live in trees.
I wonder what you can find out about monkeys?
Why not try making 5 little monkeys of your own to sing our monkey rhyme? If you made a crocodile on Friday you could use this too! Here are some ideas for monkey art and craft. Don’t forget to upload your work to tapestry for us to see!
There are lots of different types of monkey in the rainforests across the world. Monkeys eat a range of food including meat, fruit and vegetables. All primates live in trees, with the exception of baboons that prefer to live on the ground. The pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey in the rainforest. I wonder if you can find out who is the largest monkey? Use some pictures of monkeys and play “guess who?” Can you describe a monkey for others to guess?
This week our focus story is Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. This is a great story with lots of rhyming words – I wonder how many you can spot? In the story the baby monkey cannot find his mum
and asks a butterfly to help him. This could be a good opportunity to talk about how they could feel if they were lost eg ‘worried’, ‘anxious’, ‘nervous’ and ‘scared’. You might want to talk about
what you might do if you are lost and how to keep safe.
There are extra activities you might like to try by following this link https://buff.ly/2AY0TW2
Why not have a go at making your own crocodile with big sharp teeth and a snappy mouth! Don't forget to show us your creations on tapestry! We love seeing your work!
Fun facts: Crocodiles can live up to 100 years!
Crocodiles can hold their breath under water for up to 1 and a half hours!
Their brain is only the size of a walnut!...
I wonder what else you can find out? Don’t forget to add your work to tapestry.
I hope you have been enjoying learning about the rainforests this week. Today we are going to think about one of the oldest animals to still be roaming the earth! We are looking at crocodiles. Crocodilians have been around for about 240 million years – there were around at the time of the dinosaurs! What do you notice about how a crocodile looks? How do you think he moves around? Have fun finding out!
Here are some ant art ideas to get you started today. Have a think about what sort of shapes you can use to make up the body of an ant?
Fun facts. A queen ant can lay up to 100 million eggs a day!
Army ants are clever enough to cross rivers using their bodies to form bridges.
Bullet ants have a very nasty sting....
Gigantiops has massive eyes which helps it to see really well on the forest floor.
Tamanduas live in rainforest trees and are basically the ant eaters of the Amazon Rainforest.
Perhaps you could try building bridges with things you can find at home? If you are outside enjoying water play perhaps you could see if you can find things that can float on water like the fireants do when they make a raft?
Enjoy the hot weather and remember to stay safe in the sun!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A042J0IDQK4 shows fireants making a raft to get around the amazon rainforest
Today we are continuing our learning about rainforests with thinking about ants and ant eaters. Ants help to keep rainforest floors clean by picking up all the natural rubbish on the forest floor, like leaves, plants or dead animals. Ants are one of the strongest creatures in relation to their size. An ant can carry 50 times its own body weight and ants will work together as a team to get jobs done!
The giant anteater or antbear lives in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. The antbear can be seven feet in length from its long narrow snout to its bushy tail. It has an extremely long sticky tongue which darts from its snout as it licks up ants, but it is careful to leave some ants so the colony will rebuild.
Here are some art ideas to get you inspired for the day! Its going to be a lovely hot day today, perhaps you can chalk or paint caterpillars and butterflies outside on the ground? Don't worry if you don't have paint, you could use a large tub of water and brushes to paint, then watch your water picture disappear when the water evaporates!
Have a lovely day and please stay safe in the sun!
Fun facts about butterflies in the rainforest. Did you know there are thousands of different butterflies living in the rainforests? One of the largest is the blue morpho with wings spanning from five to eight inches! I wonder if you can remember the lifecycle of the butterfly?
Today we are going to revisit our friends the butterflies. It is really good as part of our spiral learning to return to things we have seen in past topics and see what the children have remembered before adding new information. The rainforest butterflies, moths and caterpillars are fascinating. Did you know that the larvae of the Sphinx Hawk Moth likes to pretend it is a snake! See if you can spot it in the pictures I have added!
Fun facts about rainforest birds.
The bee humming bird is the smallest bird in the world measuring 5 to 6.5 cm long. The Harpy Eagle is the biggest rainforest bird with a wingspan measuring 224 cm and measuring about 1 metre tall!
I wonder if you can find things in your house that are smaller than a bee humming bird or larger than a Harpy Eagle? You might want to measure out 6.5 cm on card first to compare sizes or carry a 1 metre ruler?
Ellie has sent over some fun parrot craft ideas you might like to try at home.
Parrots are the most colourful birds in the rainforest. The parrot family also includes cockatoos, Lorikeets, Rosellas, parakeets, macaws and lovebirds.
Don't forget to show us your work. We love to see what you have been doing on tapestry!
Good morning everyone! Today we are going to focus on the birds that live in the rainforest. Tropical rainforests are home to lots of different kinds of birds. This includes colourful parrots, hornbills, toucans, and raptors like eagles, hawks, and vultures. Some of the birds are migratory, which means that they stay during the winter and fly to cooler regions during the spring and summer.
I found a nice relaxing rainforest video on You Tube to share with you. It shows lots ...of the wonderful colourful birds for you to talk about. I wonder which is your favourite? Look at the similarities and differences between the birds. What colours can you see? Which birds have really long beaks? What else do you notice?
Have a lovely day
Rainforests produce between 30 and 40 percent of the global oxygen we use. The rainforests are the “lungs of the earth” as they convert a large about of the carbon dioxide we produce into oxygen. In the emergent layer Trees can grow in up to 81 metres high! Rainforests are home to over half the world’s species and tribes of people also live in the rainforest. Why not try making some rainforest pictures and models as you think about rainforests today? Here are some art ideas to get you started.
Fun facts about the rainforest.
The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. It covers over 1.4 billion acres!
Rainforests are being cut down which is really sad. They used to cover about 14% of the Earth’s surface but now that they’re disappearing they only cover around 6%...
Tropical rainforests are divided into 4 layers called the emergent, canopy, understory and the forest floor.
I wonder what animals and insects you can find on the different layers of the rainforest? Can you find out where rainforests are located on a map? Why are they called rainforests?
Happy Monday everyone! Today we are moving from our learning about the oceans to thinking about the rainforests. Rainforests are found in warm places in the world. They are full of tall, tall trees and lots of leafy plants. It is a kind of forest habitat, similar to our trips to the woods, only with bigger trees and lots of wild animals! They are called 'rainforests' because they get an awful lot of rain every year, which helps all the plants to grow. The trees are so tall that it can take 10 whole minutes for a raindrop to travel from a rainforest's thick canopy to the floor!