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Week 5

Commotion in the Ocean - The Shark

This week we will be investigating the sharks. What do we actually know about sharks and how many different kinds are there. Does the shark in our story sound friendly or unfriendly? What do you think he eats?

I would like you to use up some of those boxes that your parents might have and make your very own shark box head. Please see below for ideas. You will need black and white paint, glue and some scissors and card for the teeth. 


Today we are going to be finding out some shark facts. Are they really the most scary creatures in the Ocean? Watch the video below to find out more. You don’t have to watch the whole video but it may help you learn about different types of shark and what they look like? 

Shark Dive | What Sam Sees

More than 400 shark species live in oceans around the world. Find out how sharks help keep marine ecosystems healthy in this episode of "What Sam Sees." ➡ Su...

Feeding your shark 

One of my favourite games to play with the children is feeding animals / fish, numbers or phonic sounds. You can choose how you do this but you will need to paint shark on a cereal box or use the box head you may have made earlier in the week. You will need to make sure his mouth is cut out like below. Cut out some paper fish and write the phonic sounds you are learning this week on them. You can add other sounds or the whole alphabet if you wish. Start by feeding the shark sounds, you can then build up to feeding the shark words. Sound out the words and blend them with your child. Have fun everyone! 

Make a phonics sensory bottle 

This is a really exciting way to get your child writing words. If you have lots of small items and figures lying round the house get a big bottle and put them in. Add coloured rice or lentils, you can add blue for the Ocean or your child’s favourite colour. Make sure the lid is taped on so they can’t pour it all out. Shake the bottle and talk about what you can see. ‘I can see a fish - what sound does fish begin with? Ok let’s write that.’ Encourage your child to have a go at writing the objects they can see by sounding out.