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Communication and Language




Listen to “Somebody Swallowed Stanley” and answer the following questions:

  1. Stanley was not an animal. What was he?

  2. Can you remember any of the animals that swallowed Stanley?

  3. What did the little boy make Stanley into at the end of the story?

  4. How do you think Stanley ended up in the sea?

  5. What could we do to stop more rubbish getting into the sea?


What am I?


Here are some descriptions of animals you might find in the sea. Ask your grown up to read them to you and use your listening, language and talking skills to tell your grown-up which under the sea animal they are talking about from the pictures below


           starfish                                     dolphin                                           crab                                     octopus


1. I can swim in the water and walk on the sand. I have a very hard body and two sharp pincer claws. When I walk I look like I am scuttling sideways. What am I?


2. I float in the water and have eight long legs. My legs are called tentacles and they are covered in little suckers. I have three hearts and when I am in danger I can squirt ink at the creature who is attacking me, to make them leave me alone. What am I?


3. I cling to rocks and I have 5 pointy arms. I feel rough if you touch me. I actually have no brain but I can move using lots of little tube feet attached the underside of my body. What am I?


4. I am quite a big animal and I am usually grey or greyish-blue. I make clicking and squeaking noises to talk to my friends and I can jump high up above the water, twisting and turning before I go back underneath again. What am I?





Keep exploring the Phase 1 games on Phonics Play (

(username: march 20    password: home)


Here is an ‘I Spy’ game you might like to play together to practise initial sounds:

Which instrument? Tuning into sounds


If you have any instruments at home, you can use them or work with your child to have some fun and make your own, e.g:

  • A wooden spoon and a cake tin which you can bang
  • Rice in a tub with a lid or a Pringles tube which you can shake
  • Wrap elastic bands around a tissue box which you can pluck
  • A wooden spoon and a cheese-grater or ridged tin which you can drag/scrape



Play each instrument together and talk about the sounds you can hear, using sound words like “bang,” “scrape,” “tinny,” “twang,” “shake” etc.


Next ask one person to turn around or put on a blindfold. The other person should choose one of the instruments to play. The person who cannot see needs to guess which instrument was being played and explain how they know. “You played the drum because I heard a banging sound.” Take turns to be the player and the guesser.


Once this activity is over, you could keep the instruments and use them to make your own band or orchestra as a family, playing along to our ‘Rhyme of the Week’ or to other music that you like in your house.