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Wednesday 25th November

Happy Wednesday!

Ms Paulson welcomes you to a new day of learning and fun!

Today's Favourite Five Story

Ms Paulson reads Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne

Talking Together

Can you remember...

  • How many fruits Handa put in her basket?
  • Where does Handa live?
  • Where was Handa going?
  • How did Handa carry her basket?
  • Which animal took the banana?
  • What did the giraffe take?


Have a think...

  • Do we see these kind of animals when we go for a walk?
  • Why was Handa surprised?
  • Was Akeyo surprised too?
  • Which is your favourite fruit in the story? Have you tasted any of these fruits before?
  • Which is your favourite animal in the story, why? I liked the goat because he made me laugh when he bumped into the tree! Without the goat, Handa wouldn't have had any fruit to give her friend, Akeyo!




Story Mark Making

You could draw a picture of your favourite part of the story. Or with a little help from your grown up, you could make a story map of Handa's journey to Akeyo's village. You could draw the pictures together. You'll need a large piece of paper or you could open out a cardboard box you have in your recycling. Think about where the story begins when Handa is in her village filling her basket with the 7 different fruits... 

Here are a couple of examples of story maps to give you some ideas.



Making Fruit Salad

I love fruit, do you? There are lots of different fruits - some grow in this country where we live and others need warmer weather to grow, like the fruits in Handa's Surprise. Can you remember the 7 different fruits from the story?


You could make a fruit salad using any fruit that you may have in your house. You'll need to ask your grown up to help you. Make sure you wash your hands before you begin.


Some fruits are easy to cut or peel by yourself like bananas and tangerines. You can wash grapes and pluck them from the bunch. Other fruits your grown up would need to help you prepare. They may need to peel them with a sharp knife and then you can chop them into pieces, like pineapples and apples. Helping to prepare the fruits for the fruit salad is really good for making your fingers strong!


Take this opportunity to compare the different peel on the fruits and talk about their different seeds. Talk about the size of the different fruits and feel how heavy they are in comparison to each other.


Fruit is also very healthy and makes the perfect pudding or snack! Enjoy!

Let's talk about our feelings

Handa had a big surprise when she saw her friend, Akeyo. I like surprises, they are usually something nice! Sometimes a surprise can make you jump too.  Can you think of a time when you have been surprised?

Here's one of my favourite stories and it's full of surprises!

Michael Rosen performs We're Going on a Bear Hunt

I hope you've enjoyed our activities today! See you again tomorrow!
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