We are going to have a geography theme to our English this week and learn all about an Island called Madagascar.
Here is where Madagascar is in the world.
Madagascar is an amazing island in Africa that wasn’t discovered by humans for hundreds of thousands of years (until 500AD).
There are lots of weird and wonderful creatures that can be found on the island of Madagascar that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
This week we are going to discover more about some of these incredible animals.
This is an Indri Lemur
Click here to find out some information.
What facts have you found out? Could you write down your favourite facts about the lemur? Why not draw or paint a picture of the lemur? How is a lemur the same/different from you?
Can you pretend to be a lemur and jump around your garden?
Which animal does this remind you of?
It looks like a hedgehog doesn’t it!
But it’s not, it is called a Tenrec.
It has a very special way of communicating with other Tenrecs.
Click here to find out what it is.
What have we found out? Can you create your own Tenrec? Could you use natural materials?
Can you find your own way of communicating with a family member? Perhaps you could find some objects to rub together, just like the quills on the Tenrec. What sounds can you make?
Here is another very strange looking animal.
It is a different type of lemur called an
Aye-Ayes are dark brown or black and have a bushy tail.
They have big eyes and slim fingers.
They have large ears.
They have pointed claws on the end of their fingers.
They are nocturnal and spend the day curled up in a ball like nest of leaves and branches.
They have a long middle finger that they use to tap the tree and then pick the bug out of the tree.
Click here to see how it can move and use it’s extra-long finger to find it’s food.
What have facts do you now know? Label a picture of an Aye Aye and/or write the most fascinating facts you have discovered.
Now for a smaller creature. This one is a mini-beast. A min-beast with a very long neck! It’s called a
It’s small just like a ladybird.
Click here to watch the very clever way the female makes her nest!
Could you bend and shape a leaf or a piece of paper like a weevil? Does it hold it's shape? Did you have to make any cuts in it to help you make the shape you needed? Can you put something in your nest like the weevil keeps an egg?
This week concentrate on the Year 1 Common Exception Words. How many can you now read? Work on the ones you are still unsure of. Read, write and spot them in books, the more you see and write the words the easier you will be able to learn them.
Here are lots of ‘Tricky word’ related activities for you to pick and choose from.
This week we are focusing on our 'tricky words'
Have a look at this song
There is also a tricky words song on BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvq9bdm/articles/zr728xs
Mr Thorne has done a short video too.
Have a go at writing out the tricky words using the look, cover, write and check method.
The tricky words are:
he, she, no, go, I, the to, we, me, be, was, my, you, they, her, all, are
Now can you write some sentences that include a tricky word?
Have a go at the resources below to help you.