Hello Reception! Welcome to Summer Term 2!
We hope you are all well and found lots of lovely things to do with your family over the half term. Now that you are well rested, we have prepared lots of nice activities for you to enjoy over the summer term. We have planned a week's worth of activities linked to different animal habitats around the world. For each place, there will be a story for you to read linked to the animals you would find there, lots of activities linked to that habitats, and links to videos/resources online that will help you learn lots of interesting facts. In place of Phonics and Maths sections, you will find reading, writing and number activities linked to each weeks planning, so you can apply your skills. you go on your animal adventure!! we hope you have fun exploring the wonderful world of the wild. 
Below are some general links which will help across the weeks' topics;

Follow Andy from CBeebies on his animal adventures around the world -

Enjoy some breath taking videos from David Attenborough –

Learn about the different habitats around the world from these BBC bitesize clips -

Find fun facts, information and videos about your favourite animals -

Watch live videos of these animals in San Diego Zoo -

 Overarching this term's topic of animals, this is a really good opportunity to talk to your children about conservation, pollution and the threats our animals and environments are facing in today's world. 
There is a lovely story called Lottie's Letters which is a good introduction for children about some of the difficulties animals face. There are lots of other good stories which will spark some conversations too;

Lottie’s Letters online story -

10 Things I can do to Help my World online story –

 My Green Day online story –

There is also a great website (link below), which will be an interesting read to help you discuss some of these issues with the children. There are lots of games, quizes and online activities to help develop your understanding. Perhaps over the weeks you could make some pledges as a family as to how you can help make a difference with some simple changes to your daily life. 
A Wonderful Story
Here is a link to a wonderful story to start your journey into jungles and rainforests. It is a wonderful tale called 'Rainforest Explorers' by Marnie Willow. The story follows two young explorers as they journey into the depths of the rainforest in search of orangutans. 
Some Fascinating Videos
Below are the links to a few factual videos about jungles and rainforests

 1. Explore the rainforest – ecology for kids

2. This is a slightly longer video. This is a link to an episode from an amazing series called Our Planet, narrated by David Attenborough. It is a wonderful and immersive way to see the variety of life foun in rainforests and jungles. 

  • Can you make a paper chain pythons. All you need are strips of paper and some glue.
  1. Take the first strip of paper and put a little glue on the end, joining it together to make a hoop.
  2. Take the next strip and feed it through the middle of your hoop, joining it together with glue.
  3. Repeat until you have a long python!
  4. Don't forget to give your python 2 eyes and a tongue
Maybe you could number each chain, have you made more than 20? Maybe your odd and even numbers could be a different colour? Or if you feel like a challenge you could mark each chain in 2s or 5s? Have fun! 
  • How well do you know your number bonds? Test your knowledge and skill in this interactive game found on Twinkl. You have to get as many number bonds to 10 as you can before the time runs out. Good luck!

  • Why don’t you create an animal profile for one or more of your favourite jungle or rainforest animals? The following link will take you to a video detailing some animals that can be found in the jungle and rainforest. 

Meet the animals of the Amazon rainforest - Lonely Planet Kids:

After you have chosen which animal you would like to learn more about you could start by researching what the animal has, eats and can do, similar to the following examples.

 Why not also research which rainforest the animal lives in? Which country or countries is the rainforest located in? Which layer of the rainforest does the animal live in? 

  • It is a sad fact that many animals found in jungles and rainforests are endangered. However, there are ways in which we can help. Why don’t you create a poster to help educate others on an endangered species found in the jungle or rainforest?

The following video is a short song describing some of the endangered animals found in jungles and rainforests around the world.

 When working on your poster think about why they are going endangered? What can we do to help? Why are they important to the ecosystem? 

Art and Design
  • Can you make a rain stick? 

    All you need to make this instrument are:

- A cardboard tube (like the middle of a kitchen roll or a pringles tube)

- Dried rice, lentils or pasta (for the filling)

- Sellotape or duct tape

- Whatever you would like to decorate your rain stick 

  1.  Seal one end of your cardboard tube with sellotape of duct tape, you don’t want the inside spilling out!
  2.  Fill your tube about a ¼ of the way full with your chosen filling. (You could try putting in a thin crinkled piece of tinfoil to help with the sound). 
  3. Seal the top of your tube with more sellotape or duct tape
  4. Decorate your rain stick and enjoy turning it over to hear the sound of rain! 
  • Why not explore the different levels of the rainforest? The following video briefly explains the 4 different levels of the rainforest. The emergent layer, the canopy, the understory and the forest floor.

    Maybe you could create a collage showing the different levels and what live there? 

  • Or perhaps if you’re feeling super creative you could create a 3D model of the rainforest like the following. Have fun! 
Cosmic Kids Yoga
The following link will take you to a short yoga session by Cosmic Kids inspired by the rainforest. Have fun! 

Art for Kids 

Below are the links to a few videos showing you how to draw some exciting animals found in this habitat.

- A sloth

- A monkey

- A red eyed tree frog 

- A rattlesnake

- A parrot


Do leaves breathe? 

A fun experiment! Whilst you are outside pull a leaf from a tree. Fill up a clear cup with water and place the leaf into the cup, pushing it under the water. Place the cup in a sunny window and wait for at least an hour before checking. What can you see? Is there any evidence that the leaf is breathing? (There should be some bubbles of forming on the leaf). 

Some Fantastic Stories
From polar bears to penguins, there are some lovely stories to featuring animals that live in the Polar regions. They can all be accessed using the following links.
A Dot in the Snow by Corrinne Averiss -
Penguin Problems by Jory John -
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers -
The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins -
Visit the Polar Regions
A good starting point to finding out more about some of the animals that live in the polar regions is to see them up close (albeit virtually!) Lucky for us there are many Zoos which have created opportunities for us to visit their animals online.  Check out the website for Chester Zoo which has its own YouTube channel where you can even watch feeding time with the Penguins! - Chester Zoo YouTube Channel
The San Diego Zoo also has a fantastic website just for kids which features live webcam videos featuring all of their animals. A virtual way of getting up close to a range of different animals; they even have Polar Bears which are so interesting to watch!
  • Can you make your own polar bear footprints and use them to do some measuring? How many footprints long is your bed? You could even do some estimating! Could you estimate how many footprints long your kitchen is? Were you right? Here is a handy template to get you started. 
  • Maybe you could practise making some addition number sentences? Here is a fun 'I Spy' activity where you can try and spot the different polar animals and then create your own addition number sentences using the frame to help you. 
  • You could do some active Maths too. Why don't you create your own number line and do the penguin waddle! Can you pretend to be a penguin and waddle down the line saying the numbers? Can you waddle backwards down the line? Can you waddle down the numbers in twos? Happy penguin waddling!
A really fun reading game to play is 'Feed the Penguin'. You can create your own penguin using an old box - which is a lovely craft to do together. Then make you could make some little fish with some Phase 4 words on. Read the word and then feed the fish to the penguin. Here are some templates you could use if you like. 
There are lots of exciting writing opportunities when investigating the polar habitat and you could do some writing linked to our stories too! 
  • You could pretend to be Miki from the story 'A Dot in the Snow' and write a postcard to the 'little red dot' telling her all about what you have been doing.
  • You could pretend to be the penguin from 'Lost and Found' and write a list of the things you would take on your journey to the South Pole.
  • There are also some lovely writing templates about the things that you might see in the Arctic which are linked below. 
  • Maybe you could pick one of your favourite polar animals and label them too. 
Art and Design
  •  Can you make a winter den for an Arctic animal?
All you need are some marshmallows (if you can resist them for long enough!) and some toothpicks. What different shapes can you make? 
  • Maybe you could recreate your favourite polar animal using recycled materials like newspaper, cotton wool, shredding or toilet roll tubes. 
Let's Get Active
Staying active is so important so here are some lovely polar themed ways of keeping fit and having fun all at the same time!  
Cosmic Yoga - Pedro the Penguin -
The polar habitat is full of fun science to investigate. Have a think about some of the questions below and try the matching experiments; guaranteed to fill you with excitement!
  • How do polar animals stay warm in icy water? Check out the link below to the Blubber Gloves experiment to investigate how animals that live in the polar regions keep warm. This is such a fun experiment, albeit a little messy!
  • Is ice sticky? - all you need is ice, string and salt. 
  • Can you make ice grow? 
  • There is also a recipe here for Arctic Foam Cloud Dough - just for fun!
Commotion in the Ocean
There's a curious commotion
At the bottom of the ocean
I think we ought to go and take a look....
You'll find every sort of creature
That lives beneath the sea
Swimming through the pages of this book ....