Dear parents and children,
I hope you are all well and ready for the week ahead.
Were you lucky enough to see the Red Arrow flight pass on VE day? Some of my friends got to and I was wishing that I had also – I was then hoping to see the Spitfires, however, I was hanging up balloons when they flew over so only got to hear them.
At that moment I felt another wave of emotion within me as I was so wishing to see them. I tried not to feel too disappointed.
This week I urge you to think about how the animals in the story of The Very Busy Spider may be feeling when the spider does not talk to them – can you imagine what waves of emotions they may experience as you go through the story?
Perhaps you feel a little wary of spiders? Will you become fascinated with them as you research more about them? I have always felt admiration for their ability to spin a web, each and every one unique – just like you!
Today, I feel hopeful that you will enjoy the activities and be like the ‘SAVS spider’ as you make connections and links in your learning as you work. I will be thinking of you all, as ever,
Much love, Selina.
So, as you may have already guessed, the maths and literacy activities this week are mainly themed around the story of The Very Busy Spider. I have attached an animated version for you to enjoy. Please share the story first before completing the activities you and your child wishes to embark upon.
The Very Busy Spider Eric Carle
MInibeast - i-spy
Minibeast - i-spy checklist
Literacy - Linked activities
Suggestions on how to use the attached materials - Literacy/cross curricular:
Can you read The Very Busy Spider? Then can you think of another way to describe the spider? For example, the very hard-working spider.
Can you use the story map to retell the story? What is your favourite part of the story? Can you make the sounds of the animals?
Story Map - The Very Busy Spider
How do you think the animals felt when the spider was too busy to play? Can you choose one of the animals and write a sentence about how they felt? Can you understand why the spider did not answer them?
Can you think of another animal that could join the story? What will they ask the very busy spider to do? Can you write a sentence for the story?
Can you use the beginning of the story sheet and fill in the gaps to complete the sentences?
Beginning of the story - fill in the gaps
Can you use the spider acrostic poem sheet to think of words to describe a spider and it behaviours? For example, S for silk spinning.
Can you use the spider powerpoint to investigate facts about spiders and their behaviours? You could make a poster to show your findings.
Can you use the parts of a spider sheet or draw the very busy spider and label the spider’s body parts?
Spider Body Parts - Labeling Activity
Can you create some spider art using the resources provided or think of your own ideas?
Paper Plate Spider
On your daily walk can you go on a mini beast hunt in your local area? What mini beasts can you find?
Mini beast hunt
Can you sort the mini beasts into those with legs and those without?
Mini beasts - Legs or no legs?
Spider themed songs
There is an animated version of the song, spider in the bath for you to sing along with.
Spider in The Bath
Incy Wincy Spider
Mini-beast themed movement
Can you use the mini-beast movement cards to move in different ways?
Mini beast action cards
Or join in with just dance kids performing actions to Itsy Bitsy Spider?
Itsy Bitsy Spider