Encourage your child to read for enjoyment- can they locate a book about food e.g. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?
Ask your child to look at recipe books. Can they identify the features of a recipe? E.g. Subheadings, adverbs (slowly, carefully) and imperative verbs (slice).
Watch this BBC Bitesize clip on ‘A Healthy Diet’. Ask your child to summarise what they’ve learned by writing a small paragraph.
Your child could call or Facetime a relative (with supervision). Your child could then interview them about their favourite book or author.
Ask your child to read this extract from 100 Adventures to have Before you Grow Up. Talk to your child about adventures they’d like to have too.
Can your child list an adjective and food/drink item for every letter of the alphabet? E.g. crunchy carrot, creamy coffee.
Write an ideal shopping list that ensures their family will eat a balanced diet. List the items into alphabetical order using the first 2 or 3 letters of each word.
Choose 5 Common Exception words and practise spelling them using bubble letters.
Ask your child to practise their spellings from yesterday by cutting letters out of a magazine or newspaper to make each word.
Your child can find out the meanings of these words: poultry, aroma, appetizer, cuisine & tasteless. Use the words in a sentence.
Visit the Literacy Shed for this wonderful resource on A Cloudy Lesson.
Encourage your child to write a review about a meal they’ve eaten. They can describe what they had to eat, what they enjoyed most about the meal and why? Are there any improvements that should be made to improve it?
Choose a particular food and write an acrostic poem using the food name as a guide for the poem (an acrostic poem is a poem where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase). Think about where it comes from? What does it look like? What does it taste like? What is it eaten with? etc.
A new restaurant is opening in Portsmouth. Ask your child to create an advert for the restaurant. Consider what food the restaurant specialises in, opening times, prices and location. Are there any chef specials? What makes this restaurant better than other restaurants?
Can your child design packaging for a new, healthy cereal? Ask them to look at cereal boxes in the cupboard and create a criteria first. What do companies include e.g. a catchy slogan ‘They’re greeeaattt!’, a cartoon mascot, etc.
Give your child a three or four digit number and ask them to draw a poster showing all the ways that the given number could be represented.
Write the digits 0 - 9 on separate pieces of paper and place them spread out on the ground. Give your child 3 or 4 bean bags or teddies (or something soft) and ask them to throw each one on the digits on the floor. With these digits, how many different numbers can they make? Can they find them all?
Write a selection of 3 or 4 digit numbers and split them into pile A & pile B. Get your child to select a number from each pile and compare them using the symbols < (less than), > (greater than) and = (equal to) and justify how they know. E.g. 3421 < 3451 because the hundreds and thousands are the same but 4 tens is smaller than 5 tens.
Play ‘Place Value War’ using a pack of cards with your child (you can make digit cards on paper if you do not have real cards). Deal the cards into 2 (for playing with tens), 3 (for playing with hundreds) or 4 (for playing with thousands) piles per player. Each player turns the top card on each pile and makes a number. The player with the number wins the cards from everyone and puts them in a separate pile. Repeat.
Ask your child to collect a range of food/drink items in your home. Get them to read how many grams or millilitres there are by looking at the packages and write them down. Get them to order the numbers they have recorded from smallest to largest.
The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more food. Learning may focus on where different foods originate from, what makes a healthy meal, opportunities to cook etc.
Finding Facts about Food
What is a balanced diet? Encourage your child to find out about the different food groups. Make a poster or a PowerPoint/Google Slides presentation about the groups and what a healthy diet is. Here are some videos to support the learning: carbohydrates, protein, dairy and alternatives, fruits and vegetables and fats. As a challenge, your child could investigate where their food comes from. Which foods come from the UK? What would we eat if we could only source food from the UK?
The Great Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Look at the artwork of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. https://www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org/
Maybe recreate some of his paintings with real fruit and vegetables. If not, recreate one of his pieces using pencils, crayons or another material of choice. Alternatively, use fruit and vegetables to create some decorative prints e.g. potatoes, cauliflower or carrots. These could be repeated pattern prints.
Energy and Exercise
Food provides us with energy and we need energy to exercise; exercise keeps us fit. Ask your child to choose a dance from Supermoves. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
Following this, they can choreograph their own dance. They may want to plan the dance first by sketching ideas for their new routine. Ask them to perform it to the family. Recommendation at least 2 hours of exercise a week.
Planning and Preparation
As a family, design a healthy meal plan for the week. Discuss favourite foods and why they enjoy them? Talk about healthy and unhealthy foods and explain the importance of eating a balanced diet. Why not write the weekly shopping list together and ask your child to categorise each food item? Perhaps you could prepare some meals together? Task your child with measuring and weighing ingredients.
Lunch Around the World
Look at lunch around the world and investigate how people eat in other parts of the world.
Can your child locate the countries mentioned on a world map? Ask your child to create a fact file or mini book about their findings. Which country is most similar to the UK? Which is most different? Why? Why not find out about people who choose alternative diets such a vegetarian, vegan or somebody who eats Kosher food?