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Week 6

Hello Preschool,


 I hope you had a lovely weekend. For the next two weeks I will be uploading Pick 'N' Mix activities to support your learning from home.

Each week I will upload: 2 literacy activities, 2 maths activities, 2 topic activities and 2 PE activities.


Please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact page if you have any queries or concerns. 

Weekly ‘Pick and Mix’ Activities

This is a selection of learning activities that you can choose to do at any point during the week. Further down the page there is a more detailed explanation of each activity.


Literacy Activity 1

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz.

Listen to the story presentation and join in with the yoga poses to bring the rhymes to life.

Literacy Activity 2

Listen to Commotion in the Ocean choose different rhymes and complete the activity.

Maths Activity 1

Sing the song 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive:  Can you make up another verse? Which Creature would you catch?

Maths Activity 2

Sing the song 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive again and then play Flap the Fish.

Topic Activity EAD 1

EAD: Create your own commotion in the ocean scene.

Topic Activity 2

UW: Make an ocean in a bottle.

PE Activity 1

Play Sock Wars:

PE Activity 2

Do the Sid Shuffle from Ice Age: :

Literacy Activity 1: Reading and C&L

Commotion in the Ocean


Look at the story presentation; dip in and out of the story there are different rhymes to read about lots of ocean creatures and a yoga pose to match each one. You don’t need to read it all in one go! Let your child choose which creature they would like to read about.


Ask different questions about the ocean animals for example: 

What creatures did you see?

Which was your favourite?

Which do you think would be the noisiest?

Are there any you wouldn’t like to meet and why?


Enjoy reading the rhymes and encourage the children to join in. Perhaps adding actions.


You could use the yoga moves to tell your own  story:

One day a shark swam to the Arctic and met a polar bear, the polar bear called his friend penguin to say hello, but the penguin was riding away on the back of a whale…  and the children transition from one move to another to tell the story. They can be as silly and whacky as you like.


Broomwood Preschool CommotionInTheOcean PresentationAudio

Listen to the story and become the creature in the ocean by creating the yoga move to match.

Literacy Activity 2: Reading and C&L

Commotion in the Ocean


Choose  a rhyme to read, look through the presentation naming the different animals.


Use the pictures of the animals or draw your own with the children and lay them out on the floor.

Call out an animal and your child finds the correct animal.


Ask questions about the animal where the information was given in the poem. To start perhaps just have 3 or 4 animals to choose from so the children are not overwhelmed.


For example:

Find the biggest animal on the planet.

Which one walks sideways?

Where is the animal with the tusks?

Who swims with a grin?

Why don’t you shake hands with a lobster?


Sea Creature Pictures

Activity 1: Maths & EAD

Number Songs

 Sing along with the number song Once I caught a fish alive

Can you make up another verse? Which Creature would you catch?

Draw circles outside with chalk with the numbers written inside. In the fifth circle draw a fish, so the children know where to pause.  As you sing the song jump along into the circles.


Activity 2: Maths & PD

Flap the Fish Game

What you need  for each player:

· 1 fish shape

· 1 x rolled-up newspaper

A long hall or clear floor space


Each player creates their own fish to race.

Cut a fish shape out of newspaper (which is actually best because the thinner the paper, the more your fish will flap).

Put your name on it so you'll be sure who won.

Mark the starting line.

Then count along 10 steps — count carefully saying the numbers in order and mark the finish line. Are you going to take big giant steps or little fairy foot steps?


Place your paper fish at the starting line.


Don’t forget to say 1, 2, 3, GO! You can’t start before you’ve counted!


Now use the rolled-up newspaper to flap your fish along by smacking the floor behind it.

The first fish over the finish line wins. Give the winner a cheer for coming first!


Topic Activity 1: EAD Commotion in the Ocean Scene


You will need:

· egg cartons

· a range of blue paints and glitter glues

· small shells and pebbles

· coloured card/paper

· plastic gems

· glue and scissors



Paint the insides of the egg box.

Then spread glitter glue over the top to make it sparkle.

While the paint dries draw and cut out some little fish and other sea creatures from the story. 

Then assemble the scenes, sticking fish and sea creatures on the back and bottom of the egg carton along with seaweed and sparkly gems if you have them. 


There are a range of craft activities to make different sea creatures if your child enjoys crafts and painting.


Topic Activity 2: UW

Ocean in a Bottle


What you need:

· water

· cooking oil (a darker coloured oil works best)

· blue food colouring

· large clear, plastic bottle (2 litre pop bottle, shampoo bottle, mouthwash bottle etc.)

· Funnel or jug to pour carefully

TIP: a mouthwash bottle is perfect, as it has a child-proof lid which prevents the children from opening it when playing with it. If you’re using a bottle that’s not child-safe, you might want to run a little hot-glue around the inside of the bottle lid.



1. Fill approximately 1/3 of your bottle with water.

2. Add several drops of food colouring.

3. Have your child shake the bottle to disperse the food colouring.

4. Now, top up the bottle with oil and put the lid on.

Tip the bottle upside down and watch your ocean come to life.

The more you agitate the bottle, the bubblier the ocean becomes.

Set your bottle down occasionally to let the bubbles settle, and then start all over again.


Discuss with your children that oil is lighter than water and it floats to the top.



This could be extended another day to support understanding of heavy and light with a floating and sinking activity:

You will need:

· Objects of varying density/weight

· Large bowl of Water


Have your child place  the objects into the water one at a time, trying to guess if they will sink or float before they hit the water.

Then sort into things that float and things which sink.

 Discuss the different objects and results; were there any which surprised you?