Turtles Powerpoint

Suitable for key stages one and two

Focuses on sea turtles and links to literacy activities – letter writing and story writing

Nursery or reception age – discuss the turtle facts (with props) and read Follow the Moon Home by Philippe Cousteau, Deborough Hopkinson and Meilo So


Turtle facts


  • Turtles are reptiles. They are cold blooded.
  • Turtles have a hard shell that protects them like a shield.
  • Many turtles can hide their heads inside their shells.
  • Turtles have existed for around 215 million years.
  • The largest turtle is the leatherback sea turtle.
  • Turtles lay eggs. Some turtles lay eggs in the sand and leave them to hatch on their own. The young turtles make their way to the top of the sand and scramble to the water while trying to avoid predators.
  • Many turtle species are endangered.

Arthur Conan Doyle Powerpoint

Suitable for key stage 2

Focues on the life and work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

After viewing and discussing the powerpoint, Josh and I got all inspired and we’re creating a Conan Doyle board game.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Facts about Conan Doyle:

  • In his early life he trained as a surgeon. His first job was medic on-board a whaling ship to the Artic Circle. This unlocked a sense of adventure that stayed with him throughout his entire life.
  • He was a professional cricketer and he played soccer in goal for Portsmouth FC.
  • He created the famous character Sherlock Holmes.
  • Without Doyle there would be no Jurassic Park. When he wrote The Lost World, the term dinosaur hadn’t been around for two centuries. The book was hugely influential in bringing dinosaurs into fiction and inspired loads of novels and films, including Jurassic Park and King Kong.
  • He had a friendship with the famous magician Houdini.
  • He was an amateur detective. He took on a number of mysterious cases including the infamous hunt in Whitechapel for Jack the Ripper.
  • He believed in fairies. When a photograph emerged showing a young girl surrounded by fairies, Doyle hailed its authenticity, believing it was clear evidence of psychic phenomena. He wrote a book called The Coming of the Fairies and spent a million dollars promoting their validity. It wasn’t until long after Doyle’s death that the girl eventually admitted it was a hoax.

Mary Anning Powerpoint

Suitable for key stages one and two with adaption for nursery or reception (see below)

Focuses on the fossil hunter Mary Anning

Mary Anning powerpt

  • Mary Anning has been virtually erased from the history of science, despite the fact that she made a fundamentally important contribution to the developing field of paleontology in the 19th century. She was responsible for uncovering some of the most significant finds of the era, yet received little recognition in her own lifetime.

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For nursery or reception you could have some fun painting dinosaur footprints or creating fossils from playdoh – see simplified powerpoint

Mary Anning – for Eloise

Ladybird activity

Pre-school age

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Ladybird, Ladybird,
fly away home.
Your house is on fire,
And your children are gone.
All except one, and her name is Ann,
And she hid under the baking pan.


Facts about Ladybirds

Nearly all ladybirds have six legs and an oval shape body

Many ladybirds have seven spots, but the number of spots varies depending on the species

Ladybirds eat scale insects and aphids

In America they call them ladybugs.

Some people say if a ladybird lands on you, it will bring you luck.


Read the story – ‘The Bad-Tempered Ladybird’

(Give out the word-map for the story)

If you don’t have the book, you can find the story on YouTube


Read the story – ‘What the Ladybird Heard’

The story can be found on YouTube

Can you make a play-doh ladybird?


Give out lady bird colouring template. Colour for next time.


Bugs and bottle tops

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Sorting bugs and bottle tops. If you have some plastic insects (you can buy them on Amazon) you can play this sorting game:

Will need – bugs, bottle tops, tweezers or tongs

  • Use the tweezers to pick up the bugs and place them into the bottle top.
  • Turn the bottle tops over and place the different bugs sitting on top rather than inside the bottle top.
  • Have a variety of bottle top and plastic lids sizes.
  • Sort and match the bugs to the same colour bottle tops.
  • Introduce other items that children can place the bugs onto such as blocks.
  • Problem solving – what can we do with the bugs that are too big to fit into the bottle tops?

Spring Garden Activity

Ages 3-5 years

Prior to the session, send your toddler out to do a spring scavenger hunt in the garden.

Start with a ‘show and tell’ session talking about what they found – and what you found in your own garden.

Read the story – My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell.

If you don’t have the book, you can find versions on YouTube.



Read or play again, acting out the story using soft toys or handmade puppets.

Here are some of mine gathered from around my house (or put together using odds and ends)




Read these rhymes/poems and act out using toys:


Little Robin Redbreast

Nursery Rhyme

Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree,
Up went pussycat and down went he,
Down came pussycat, away Robin ran,
Says little Robin Redbreast, “Catch me if you can.”

Little Robin Redbreast jumped upon a wall,
Pussycat jumped after him, and almost had a fall.
Little Robin chirped and sang and what did pussy say?
Pussycat said “Meow”, and Robin flew away.


Wiggly Woo

Children’s Song

There’s a worm at the bottom of the garden
And his name is Wiggly Woo
There’s a worm at the bottom of the garden
And all that he can do
Is wiggle all night
And wiggle all day
Whatever else the people do say
There’s a worm at the bottom of the garden
And his name is Wiggly Woo.


Play the rhymes on YouTube and join in with some actions:

Little Robin Redbreast

Wiggly Woo



Hedgehog Activity – pre-school

Pre-school age 3 – 4 years

IMG_6380 (1)Here is my hedgehog. His name is Hector. The baby one is hoglet.

What is your hedgehog called?
Facts about Hedgehogs (only use a few for pre-schoolers)

Hedgehogs are insectivores, meaning they like to eat bugs.

They live in forests and woodlands.

Hedgehogs are covered with sharp spines. When frightened, they curl up in a prickly ball.

During the day, they sleep like this so they’re safe. They come out at night to hunt.

Hedgehogs make grunting noses, which is why they’re called “hedge-hogs.”

This is what they sound like:

These cute animals eat almost any insect, including worms, centipedes, snails, frogs, mice and even snakes.

Hedgehogs hibernate in the winter in cold areas. In the desert, they burrow under the ground during the day to stay cool.

Hedgehogs like to be alone. They don’t make cuddly pets.

Some pet hedgehogs carry diseases, such as Salmonella. They’re also very fragile and easily hurt.

Hedgehogs have more than 5000 spines (quills). The spines last about one year and are replaced by new spines.

There are 17 known species of hedgehogs around the world.

A hedgehog’s eyesight is not the best, but they have excellent hearing and smell.

A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet

Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant – not good with dairy products


Being a hedgehog

Can you curl up like a hedgehog?

Go to sleep in daytime

It’s night-time now. Can you find some food?

What noises are you making?

What are you looking for?

How will you find it?


What can you remember?

Where do hedgehogs live?

What do hedgehogs eat?

What do they do in winter?

What are their spines called?

What is a baby hedgehog called?


Read a story about hedgehogs

For example – Stories for five-year olds – Hedgehogs don’t eat Hamburgers

(Or any other hedgehog story)


Make a hedgehog from playdoh

Here are some ideas to get you started:

How to Write a Story

Suitable for KS2 but can be easily adapted for KS1

Lesson outline/crib sheet for adult supervising (my thanks to BBC Bitesize and Twinkl – who are offering free resources during Coronavirus home schooling period)

All stories need a beginning, a middle and an end. They need characters (the people in the story) and a setting (the place and the time that the story happens).

Most stories need something to happen to the main character. The main character is called the protagonist. This can be a problem for them to resolve. This is called conflict.

There will be someone or something causing the problem. In some stories this will be the ‘bad guy’, also called the antagonist, but it doesn’t have to be a person. It might be a something like a storm, an accident, an alien invasion…

Watch this:

  • Who were the characters?
  • What happened at the beginning?
  • What happened in the middle?
  • What happened at the end?

Watch this:

  • Where and when was the setting?


Think about what your story will be about. You could mind-map or jot down some ideas.

Think about the characters. What are their names?

If you are stuck, watch this:

  • Where does your story happen? What time is it? Night, day, long ago…
  • What will happen at the beginning, the middle and the end.
  • How you start your story is called your ‘story opener’.
  • You should try and ‘hook’ your reader, so they want to read on with your story.
  • What is the problem or conflict that your main character must resolve?
  • Will your story have a twist at the end?

You can use the story mapping sheet to help you.

Now write your story…

Poetry lesson two

Poetry Lesson Two (key stages 1 and 2)


What is a Haiku?

Say it like this – ‘Hi goo’

A haiku is a very short poem, just three lines and it doesn’t rhyme.

From what country did the haiku originate? Can you find out after this session?


How to write a Haiku

It is easy to learn to write a haiku, but it takes a lot of practice to learn how to do it well. You need to practice by writing a lot of them, so you get very good at it.

In the English version of a haiku, the first and last lines have five syllables each, and the middle line has seven syllables.


What is a syllable?

A syllable is a sound or beat in a word

Jim is 1 syllable – clap once

So is Ben – clap once

Poppy is 2 syllables – clap clap

Isobel is 3 syllables – clap clap clap

Joshua is also three syllables– clap clap clap


Now watch this


So a haiku has 17 syllables in total. The pattern looks like this:

Line 1: 5 syllables

Line 2: 7 syllables

Line 3: 5 syllables


Writing a Haiku

Hailu poems are often about seasons or nature, but you can write your own haiku about anything you like. If you don’t want to write about nature and want to write about sweeties, cats or football, that’s okay.

When you do it properly, the last line of the haiku usually makes an observation. That means it points out something about the subject you’re writing about.

To begin writing haiku poems, follow these steps:

  • Decide if you’re going to write about a season, nature or something else.
  • Select one specific thing you’re going to write about.
  • Think about your last line first. What observation do you want to make?
  • Start writing.
  • Count the syllables as you go to make sure you’ve got the right pattern – 5, 7, 5.
  • Draw a picture to go with your haiku (you could do this in one of your Art sessions)


Further examples and help

If you decide to write a haiku about nature, there are many subjects to choose from. You could write about animals, plants, the sky, the ocean, the wind. Start by selecting a topic, then deciding what you want to say.

Summer is coming.
Warm weather here very soon.
We will go outside.

If you count the syllables on your fingers (or clap them) as you read this poem, you’ll see the lines have five syllables, seven syllables, and five syllables.

I might write a haiku about my cat. She sleeps all night and all day. Here’s my haiku.

Nali sleeps all night.
She needs lots of rest for a
Day of cat napping.

Just because most haiku poems are about seasons or nature doesn’t mean you can’t write funny haiku poems. One way to make a haiku funny is to have an unexpected last line. For example, if the last line says the opposite of what the reader expects, it becomes like the punchline of a joke. If I decided to write a funny haiku excuse for why I‘m late for school, it might look like this.

I am late for school
My mum is a slow driver.
I love lifts to school.

See how the ending is unexpected. I’m not apologising but telling the reader something they don’t expect and that hopefully makes them smile.


Spellings to practise





Poetry lesson one

This lesson can be adapted to suit children aged 5 to 10 years.

Poetry Lesson One (key stages 1 and 2)

Celebrating World Poetry Day 21st March.

World Poetry Day began in 1999, with the aim of promoting poetry around the world.

It’s an opportunity to appreciate the power of poetry and how it captures the creative spirit.

Poetry is one of our most treasured forms of expression. It can be simple or complex, challenge traditional ideas or convey love and loss.

Two poems for children
Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

By Laura Elizabeth Richards

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one,
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one! 

By Gelett Burgess


Things to do:

What do you notice about the words in the poem about the elephant?

Is the poet ‘getting it right?’

Can you circle the rhyming words? (quite and right; cow and anyhow)

Draw a picture for one of these poems (you could do this in one of your Art sessions)



Limericks are funny and silly.

They’re made up of five lines.

Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme with each other.

Lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other.

D481B3EF-0C53-4146-B7D8-30810A4E7EA3 Edward Lear was born in 1812. That’s over 200 years ago.

He wrote a famous book called The Collected Nonsense Songs of Edward Lear.



I’m sure you recognise this poem?  Read – The Owl and The Pussy Cat


Draw a picture to illustrate The Owl and the Pussy Cat (you could do this in one of your Art sessions)

Edward Lear also wrote lots of limericks:

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’
There was a Young Lady whose chin,
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp,
And purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.

There was a Young Lady whose eyes,
Were unique as to colour and size;
When she opened them wide,
People all turned aside,
And started away in surprise.


There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, ‘Does it buzz?’
He replied, ‘Yes, it does!’
‘It’s a regular brute of a Bee!’


Which of Lear’s limericks do you like best? Why?

What do you notice about Lear’s rhyming words?

The limerick about the old man with a beard has been illustrated. Can you draw a picture to go with one of the others?

Watch this

Now have a go at writing your own limerick.