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Book of the Week

Key Stage 1
Oliver's Vegetables

Authors – Vivian French
Illustrator – Alison Bartlett
Publisher – Hachette Children’s Group
Paperback – 9780340634790
eBook – Available on Kindle

Do you like chips? Oliver does. In fact, he won’t eat anything else – until he plays a game with this grandpa. Whatever vegetable Oliver finds in the garden, he must eat.

On Monday he pulls up a carrot, on Tuesday it’s spinach. What other vegetables will Oliver eat?

Key Stage 2
The Boy Who Grew Dragons

Author – Andy Shepherd
Illustrator – Sara Ogilvie
Publisher – Piccadilly Press
Paperback – 9781848126497
EPUB – Available on Kindle

Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he doesn’t think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back to the house and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches.

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019 and longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 this book is fun and enchanting.

Website of the Week

Eden Project Website

Eden at Home
(Eden Project)

  • build a den
  • turn a milk carton into a plane
  • make vegetable Lego
  • Select ‘All Categories‘ for even more ideas!
Create Eden wherever you are!

Artefact of the Week

Carpet Beater

Carpet Beater

In the days before fitted carpets, floors were covered with woollen rugs. This beater is made from the branches of the willow tree. It was used to beat carpets and rugs clean and to chase away rats!

As well as drinking it what other use did Victorian households have for tea?

Answer: Tea leaves were squeezed almost dry and then sprinkled onto the carpets to “lay down the dust” before putting the carpet over a line and beating.

Cleaning in working class houses in the 1900s

In what famous book does the “whomping willow tree” appear?

Answer: The “whomping willow” tree can be found in the grounds of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter stories by JK Rowling.

Interesting facts about willows

Picture/Clip of the Week

Top of the Beanstalk

Which story does this picture remind you of?

What do you think is going through Jack’s mind at this point – and the giant’s?

As suggested, draw a picture of the inside of the giant’s house and include Jack in the picture. You may want to try some of the other suggested activities as well.

Top of the Beanstalk
Top of the Beanstalk

Challenge of the Week

A to Z of Plants and Trees

Can you write an alphabetical list of plants and trees?


With permission pick a few flowers and leaves from your garden. Then press them and make a card to give or send to someone special.

Go to RedTedArt for some ideas on pressing flowers – for the best effect you will need to leave them pressing for 2–4 weeks.