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This week we are going to be focusing on how we listen to others in our personal and social topic. 

Ask your children, why it is important to listen. 

Ask your child to tell you when they need to listen to other people (e.g. with family, with friends, in class, with their teacher, with teachers in the school.)


Talk about how a bad listener may behave. 

eg - Does not look at the speaker, fidgets, look bored and talk about something completely different at the end of the conversation. Give an example of bad listening. (Maybe with another family member)


Ask you child how they feel if they think that they are not listened to? How do they think others may feel?


Talk about a good listener.

Give an example of good listening. (Maybe with another family member)

A good listener should:

  • Sit still
  • Look at the speaker
  • Look interested


Share a story, or some news with your child. Encourage your child to listen carefully. Ask your child a question at the end of the story. 


The ask your child to tell your some news. How do they feel when you listen well to there news?

Can your child ask you a question? 

Year 1



Ask your child if they can think of one of their toys?

What is it made from?

What colour is it?

How does it work?

Does it move?

Does it need batteries?

How are your toys different from the toys of the past?

Is it a favourite toy? Why> 


Share - How are our toys different from those of the past?

Discuss the information with your child. 


  • How can we find out about toys from the past?
  • What were the toys like in the past?
  • What are the differences between old toys and new toys?
  • Which toys are modern and which toys are old?
  • Compare the old toy car and the new toy car.


Lesson 2

     Discuss with your child how toys have changed over the years. 

          How toys from the past were made from different materials to toys from today.

  • How natural material were used for toys from the past and the materials used for toys from today are mainly man- made.
  • How safety is an important factor in toys of today.
  • How attitudes towards toys for girls and boys have changed.
  • How children do not play as much in the outside environment.
  • How technology has changed how toys are bought and made.


Encourage your child to describe how toys have changed over time.

Consider the following key words:-

  • material
  • natural
  • man-made
  • safety
  • attitude - (toys for boys and girls)
  • outside
  • technology




Lesson 1


Invite your child to  compared and sort toys for their materials.

Can your child identify and name the material that a chosen toy is made from. 

  • Paper/card/cardboard
  • Wood
  • Wool
  • Fabric
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Plastic

Encourage your child to choose 3 toys and discuss their different materials. 


*If 2 or more toys are found of the same material, then your child is to sort the toys until they have 3 toys with different types of materials. 

eg - wood, plastic, fabric. 

If more materials are found, then another group can be made. 


  • Identify the materials that the toys are made from.
  • Discuss the materials that the toys are made from.

Encourage your child to write a label for the materials that the toys are made from. 

What can you find in your home that is made from wood, glass, metal, plastic, fabric and wool. 


Working scientifically

  • Explore and describe the materials.
  • Discuss the similarities and differences of the materials.


Lesson 2

Discuss the difference between natural and man-made materials. 


Working Scientifically

  • Compare and sort materials.
  • Explore and describe materials.
  • Discuss the similarities or differences of the materials.