This week we would like you to share the story ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French on the link below. Then you might like to try some of these activities.
In the story, Oliver visits his Grandpa and his vegetable patch in the garden. When Oliver tells Grandpa that he doesn’t eat vegetables, only chips, Grandpa makes him a deal. Oliver can have chips but he has to find the potatoes as well as eat everything else that he discovers first. Do you have a favourite food? What is it? Why do you like it so much? Can you write a sentence or draw a picture of it? Do you think your favourite food is healthy? Why? Why not? Talk to a grown up about being healthy. What does this mean?
You could also make a list of all the different vegetables you know about. How many vegetables can you remember? Think about the ones in the story. Have you heard of them before? Tried them? Perhaps have a look in your fridge or cupboard at home. Do you have a favourite vegetable? Why? How many have you tried? Can you find out about some more vegetables? Would you like to try something new? What do you think it would be like? How do you feel about trying new things? You could write a list or draw a picture of your vegetables, both familiar and not! Feel free to tell us if you manage to try a new vegetable! There are some word cards linked below for inspiration.
If you would like to, make a list of all the different vegetables you eat during a day or this week. You could even tell us whether you like it or and why.
Can you measure some different vegetables by length? What would you use? Where do you start when measuring? Chose some veg – whatever you have in the house or you could go and buy some (eg carrot, cucumber, celery, courgette, radish, parsnip, broccoli, spring onions etc) to measure. Once you have done that, can you order them by size? Which is the longest, shortest, medium sized? Maybe line them in size order – make some labels if you can for longest and shortest, then take a picture! You could also do this with weight! Weigh the different vegetables using some scales and order.
Select a few items from a grown up’s shopping this week. Can you count out the shopping – how many items do you have? Can you record it? Make a tally chart or draw pictures and write the number. You might like to add them together to find your total. There are some sheets below for inspiration.
You might even like to make your own vegetable shop! Select some items you’d like to sell. Make some price tags for your vegetables. Do you know what money you would need if you were paying for this in your shop? Is there another way to pay for your items? Can you match the money to the price tags?
- Pretend you work at a supermarket; can you sort the items from a grown up’s shopping? What are they? Do you know? Fruit or vegetables? Are they something else? What do they feel like? What do you think they’ll taste like? Why? Where do they belong? In the fridge, freezer, or the cupboard?
- Vegetables around the world – what different ones are there around the world? Use the internet to help you. Is there any you would like to try? Or some you would not? Why? Can you tell us about them? Record in any way you want, print pictures and label, draw, and write a sentence about it. You could even include different foods, not just vegetables!
- Healthy plate – what is your favourite healthy snack. Make up a healthy plate. Include some fruit or vegetables. Do you know what is healthy for you and what should be had in moderation? You could also do this by making a meal with a grown-up – what is healthy in your meal? Are there some new things in the recipe that you have not seen before? Would you try it? If you are feeling brave, have a go! There’s a recipe for soup linked below which you might like to use.
- Where does food come from? Have a think about your favourite fruit or vegetable… See if you can find out where it comes from. Does it grow on a tree? In the soil? From a plant? Does that surprise you? You could also look at how different vegetables are presented. Some are fresh, frozen, tinned etc. but all are vegetables!
- Make a fruit or veg themed picture. You could colour this in or college it! You could print or draw some picture of vegetables and arrange them in a pattern or make a funny face. You might like to chop some vegetables in half (peppers, potatoes, carrots, onions) and print with them. Use a paintbrush to add a little paint to your chosen item and push it onto paper.
- How do plants grow? Do you know? What do you think Oliver and his grandpa had to do to help his vegetable patch? Can you find out? What do plants need to grow? You might like to record your findings. Can you do some planting of your own? There’s some instructions linked down below for inspiration. If you do, you might like to write or draw some instructions about how you did it! Cress seeds grow quite quickly, or you might like to try growing flowers.
- Take a walk with a grown up around a garden or a park. Look carefully at the things you see growing. What are they? Plants? Flowers? Are they the same or different? How? You could take some photos or draw some pictures of what you see.
- You could draw or paint a picture of a plant that grows. Flowers or maybe a tree! You might even want to create a model instead of drawing or painting. Remember to include all the different parts of your chosen plant. You might like to label it once you are finished!
- Listen to the nursery rhyme ‘Mary Mary Quite Contrary’. What plants can you remember from the song? What do they look like? Can you think of any describing words for them?
- You might like to make a sensory vegetable patch to explore some different vegetables, like the one in Grandpa’s garden. See the instructions linked below to give you some ideas.
Watch the daily Read Write Inc lessons online and then complete the reading and letter formation activity sheet that goes with each lesson. Click on the link below.
From 1st June:
All lessons will be available at 9.30 am.
Set 1, 2 and 3 Speed Sounds lessons will restart.
Set 2 and 3 Speed Sounds lessons will include new words for reading and spelling.
The Read Write Inc Lesson schedule for the next few weeks can be found here:
Accompanying activities, worksheets and speed sound books can be found here as well as home reading books and free Read Write Inc E-books.
We hope you enjoy trying out some of these ideas this week. We would like to see your photos on Tapestry, or you can email us at: [email protected].
Miss Hawley and Miss Bradshaw.