Book of the Week
Key Stage 1
Authors – Victoria Turnbull
Illustrator – Victoria Turnbull
Publisher – Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd.
Paperback – 9781847807502
eBook – 9781328809636
Pandora lives alone in a world of broken things. Then one day, something falls from the sky… a bird with a broken wing. As the bird heals and their friendship grows, the bird begins to fly again and always comes back bringing seeds and flowers which begin to grow.
This lovely story accompanied by delicate illustrations is short and sweet with a beautiful ending.
Key Stage 2
Where the River Runs Gold
Author – Sita Brahmachari
Publisher – Hachette Children’s Group
Paperback – 9781510105416
EPUB – 9781510105461
Kairos City was beautiful once, before the storm.
Now the flowerbeds are built over with brick, the bees are long gone, and children are sent to the freedom fields to pollinate crops by hand for the good of the nation. But Shifa and her twin Themba uncover an impossible secret that could change everything.
A dystopian story for Upper Key Stage 2 that addresses environmental issues.
Website of the Week
Watch the short videos of the Tropical Nursery and the Palm House.
- How many species of plant can be found in the Tropical Nursery?
- How many climatic zones are there in the nursery?
- Which animal could the carnivorous plant eat?
- How many different species of plant are there in the Palm House?
- How many pieces of glass make up the Palm House?
- What colour are the bananas in the Palm House?
Video: Kew with a view
Artefact of the Week
Plants and seeds are often used to make musical instruments. These shakers have been made from the fruit of the baobab tree which grows in Africa. The fruits have been peeled and dried, leaving a hard nut with seeds inside which makes an interesting percussion instrument.
Answer: A baobab tree trunk can have a circumference of more than 25 metres and a diameter of 9 metres. Sometimes it is hollow and as many as 50 people can shelter inside.
Answer: In the winter the trees lose their leaves and the branches look like roots that grow in the air.
Picture/Clip of the Week
Challenge of the Week
Next time you are out for a walk collect some leaves and take some photographs of flowers – then look them up in a book or on line to find the name of the tree or flower
- Activity Area – Week 1 – Chocolate
- Activity Area – Week 2 – Animals
- Activity Area – Week 3 – Reaching for the Moon
- Activity Area – Week 4 – Space
- Activity Area – Week 5 – The Body
- Activity Area – Week 6 – The Human Body
- Activity Area – Week 7 – Castles
- Activity Area – Week 8 – Castles II
- Parent Timetables for KS1 and KS2