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Sometimes our friends and family don’t call us by our real name but they give us a nickname or pet-name instead

(eg ‘Chatterbox’ for someone who talks a lot!).

Do you know anyone who is called by a pet name? 

Do you have any pet names?


Today, you are going to think about a girl whose real name was Matoaka. She was a real Native American princess who lived a very long time ago.

Here is Disney's version of where she lived:


Disney's Pocahontas

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Matoaka loved to dance and be happy and so was given a pet name which was ‘Pocahontas’ which in her language means ‘little playful one’.

Play the video below and listen to the Native American Round Music.


Dance along in a playful, happy way, as Pocahontas would have done!


Native American Round Dance Music

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While Pocahontas was dancing, the most amazing thing happened. A group of Englishmen led by Captain John Smith landed in America near where she lived.

Pocahontas had never seen anyone with such pale skin, dressed in strange clothes with heavy boots on their feet and hats on their heads. Pocahontas and her people could not speak a single word of English and Captain John Smith and his sailors could not speak a single word of her language.

Here they are teaching each other how to say hello. Can you copy them?


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With your family try and greet your each other without speaking to show what it must have been like when Pocahontas met the captain. Try to make ‘friends’ but you cannot use any words – you will have to use mime and hand signals to get to know one another and make friends.

Look back at the first video of Pocahontas - how did they get people's attention? What did one Native American use a large shell for? What were they doing with the smoke from the fire? 


All: Can you write a list of the words and/or actions we use to say welcome or say hello to one another (any language). Use your phonic knowledge to write each word. You could create a greetings poster and write in colourful pens. Have a look at some greetings in other languages. You could pick your favourites to write down. You could also video your self greeting a member of your family. 


Today, let's pretend that we are Native Americans. Re-watch the first video from yesterday and look carefully at where Pocahontas and her tribe lived. Can you see their special homes? 

Here are some photographs of real Native American homes.

Look at the patterns on them. Beautiful they have used some natural materials too. 

Reception children: Begin to set up your own Native American Camp. Once ou have created your very own home, recreate life in your new tribe. Here are some ideas;

1. Bead Threading: make a pattern for the Native American jewellery.

2. In your teepee: use feathers and beads to create art: Sit peacefully and make a pattern on the feathers for the Native American art.

3.Recreate the first meeting

4. Have a 'camp fire' with your toys and sing songs, dance and play music. 


Year One Children: listen to the following song: 'Colours of the Wind'. As you are listening, think of adjectives (describing words) to describe what you can see, hear, smell, touch, taste. We are going to use these adjectives to create a simple poem.

Colours of the Wind

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Complete the following sentences to write your poem. You could ask an adult to write the sentence starters or write them yourself or you could print out the worksheet below.

Remember to use adjectives to describe what you can see, hear, taste and touch. (For example; Come see the sparkling silver moon. Come smell the sweet nectar in the flowers).

Come see….

Come smell…

Come gaze at…

Come touch…

Come taste…


Extended Writing

Native American Facts

In extended writing today we are going to write about Native Americans and how they live.  In order to do that we are going to watch the video below and learn information and find out more about them.

When we start to find out about something new, with your adult, think of a sub heading for you to use in your writing later.

E.g. Homes and Dwellings, Clothes, Food, Art.

Native American Facts

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Look back at the sub headings and if you are Reception; choose one or two that you would like to write about. If you are in Year One choose three to write about and aim to write at least 2 or 3 sentences under each sub heading.




Can you write an explanation about the way Native Americans live?

Remember to;

· use your neatest handwriting, forming each letter in the correct orientation. 

· use your sound knowledge to hear sounds in words.

· write about at least two facts.


Year One:

Can you write facts about the way Native Americans live? Imagine you are writing a page for a non-fiction text.

Remember to;

· use sub-headings before writing your facts.

· use new topic words you have learnt.

· use your phonic knowledge to write words independently.


Here is some extra information adults just in case you would like it written down. smiley


No Tech Friday! And most importantly...

World Book Day!

heart We're going to have pyjama day! heart

We love books! Fiction, Non-Fiction, we love them all! Story Time is one of our favourite times in the day.

And I bet you love a bedtime story at home! 

For today's lesson we would like you to create your very own reading den! It could be inside, outside, Native American themed, what ever you would like! Think about how you would like to feel in it. do you need something soft so you can get comfy? Has it got good light so you can read your book? Have you got somewhere to store your favourite books? Is there room for anyone else in our family to share in your space. Does it need a name? Can you make a poster to label it? 

We'd love to see what you come up with so don't forget to send in a picture! And most importantly...don't forget to use it! Snuggle up and enjoy for favourite books! 

Mrs Banfield's Reading Den

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