Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers is a lovely book which celebrates our world and reminds us to be kind to one another. Use our PowerPoint to think about some of the messages in the book- there are also some activity suggestions that you may want to do.
We also have a couple of activities to help you show your love and support for the world in creating a greener, cleaner and brighter future.
These resources has been inspired by The Climate Coalition and ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers
The Secret Sky Garden
This is a fantastic story with lots to talk about with children. Funni, the main character in this well loved book, Secret Sky Garden quietly takes a lot of initiative which inspires us. This PowerPoint includes links to videos of the story and lots of practical ideas that are fun activities to do at home. From growing the ends of vegetables on a windowsill to making a sun catcher from an unwanted CD or making a bird feeder from a milk carton! There is even an activity for making paper kite- these are are all small ways to look after our world. It’s a well loved schoolslinking box inspiring #socialaction in the summer term and we hope it will inspire you at home.
This is a thoughtful book discussing the numerous ways we can be kind to one another. One of the ways the book describes to be kind is to listen to people’e stories ‘especially when they are sad.’ Nothing could be truer in the world right now. Click the link below to open our powerpoint and hear the story.
While We Can't Hug by Eoin McLaughlin
This is a lovely story to help explain social distancing. to young children.
Only One You by Linda Kranz
“There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place…”
This beautiful little book is full of simple yet powerful wisdom relevant for us all. This is a great story that can be enjoyed together as a family, if you’d like to get creative and would like to create your own Only One You fish look no further! We have an idea for a shadow puppet, which you may want to try out.
How to be a Lion
This is a great book for exploring identity and the different ways to be truly who you are. One of our favourite lines in this book is ‘You don’t have to roar to be heard’. The unlikely friendship between Marianne the Duck and Leonard the Lion is strong and a role model for us all. As a team, we love reading this book with children so we are just delighted that Ed Vere has just shared a video below of himself reading the book for us all while we are #HomeLinking- thank you Ed!
You may just want to enjoy listening to the story – but if you would like to do something additional, we’ve made a PowerPoint with some things you might talk about the book and some ideas on ways to make yourself a lion out of materials at home.
Create A Spoken Poem
This is an empowering drama activity that encourages children to think about what is important to them and what makes a good friend. So why not write a poem and create a performance piece for others to enjoy?
This piece was inspired by How to be a Lion by Ed Vere
The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
This is a beautifully illustrated book that tells a gentle tale of tolerance and kindness towards others. Sue, who normally leads on our Special and Mainstream Linking, is also a marvellous storyteller. Gather round and enjoy as Sue reads The Suitcase!
Sometimes I Feel Sunny
A lovely book by Gillian Shields that allows children to explore the emotions that naturally occur in a child’s life.
Design Your Own Huey
If you could design your own Huey, what would it look like? What would make your Huey stand out from the crowd? Use this Home Learning Activity to design your very own Huey- you could even give it a name!
Design A Huey Jumper
Rupert wears a new jumper and, without meaning to, causes an uproar! Though soon, this trend catches on. Help the Hueys be unique with their jumper choices, by designing a jumper that they could wear. This activity creates a chance to help children think about how everyone has different preferences and that this is something that is perfectly ok. In fact, this is something that we can all enjoy together!
Design A Huey Hat
The Hueys have decided that they would love a new hat. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to design one that you think they might like and wear! Again, this activity gives a chance to talk about the wonderful fact that we all have different preferences and that this is to be celebrated. You could make newspaper hats and if you connect on video calls with others maybe everyone could make a hat to wear?
Elmer is a great story to enjoy and reminds us all that people’s differences are a strength. This PowerPoint includes some videos of the stories, things to talk about and some ideas of fun Elmer-related activities that you could do at home including an old favourite of ours – reusing milk cartons, which, very wonderfully, make a good elephant design!
Here’s an activity that shows you how to make Elmer The Elephant by reusing empty milk bottles. It’s a way to have fun and care for the environment. We love this photo of a family enjoying making Elmer at home. #SocialAction #homelinking
The idea for this activity has been inspired by Primrose Hope C of E Primary- thank you!
The Wonder by Faye Hanson
The Wonder tells the story of a young boy whose head is filled with wonder! As he journeys from home to school, everything that he sees inspires a new wonder- from wondering who made the clouds in the sky to wondering whether the lollipop lady’s sign tastes as orange as it looks! Eventually, he uses all of his wonders to create a magnificent piece of artwork. Use our PowerPoint, to enjoy listening to the story and then perhaps have a go at creating your own ‘Wonder’ masterpiece at home! Your wonders could be inspired by things you see during your daily walk.
Julia Donaldson and Friends
The Gruffalo Mouse
Create the mouse from The Gruffalo by reusing food packaging and other household items. Simply click on the link for your step by step instructions. #SocialAction #HomeLinking
The idea for this activity has been inspired by Darrell Wakelam- thank you!
This resource is inspired by the book You Choose but if you don’t have the book still take a look! The PowerPoint includes lots of ideas of things to talk about to family members in your house and anyone you ring or video call or talk to who is not in your house. There are ideas of games to play and activities to do in here #HomeLinking
This beautiful book explores the wide variety of feelings that children may have. Use this PowerPoint to discuss the book with children and have a go at the crafty activities.
Audible have released a number of free audiobooks for children. There is a large selection of Audible originals as well as well some much-loved classics such as Winnie the Pooh, Beatrix Potter, Harry Potter and many more!
Simply click here and choose!
World Stories is a free online interactive resource which hosts a library of over 150 children’s stories. All of the stories feature in English as well as over 30 additional languages, such as Gujarati, Hindi and Polish. It is completely free to access to everyone, at home and in the classroom, and you can read stories on desktops, tablets and mobiles.
Click here to view!
Mantra Lingua is an online library of colourful, engaging dual language e-books suitable for all ages of children.
Stay at Home Storytime with Oliver Jeffers
Every weekday, Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books and talking about some of the things that went into making it. We are all at home, but none of us are alone.
Coronavirus: A Book for Children
This book, written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts and illustrated by the talented Axel Scheffler, helps children to understand Coronavirus in a simple and supportive way. You can download the free PDF of the book below and then use our Home Learning Activity to explore with children that we are all in this together. Children can choose to design their own poster to help others who are worried about Coronavirus.
Under the Same Sky
Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup is a beautiful and heart-warming peek-through picture book. It is a celebration of all the things that bring us together and is dedicated to the united world. This PowerPoint, including reading of the story, is jam-packed with activities based on the book. Children are invited to create games, explore where they live and consider their own hopes and dreams. You can also watch a video of the author talking about the inspiration behind the book.
Time To Reflect On Our Feelings
We’ve created a PowerPoint all about our feelings inspired by the wonderful book ‘Only One You’ by Linda Kranz. Adri the fish listens to the wise words of his parents who tell him that it’s important to ‘set aside some quiet time to relax and reflect everyday.’ We couldn’t agree more. This PowerPoint will help your child think about what they’re feeling during this difficult time and encourage them to discuss their emotions with those around them they trust.