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Night Monkey Day Monkey

This week’s story is Night Monkey Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson.  Click on the video as often as you like to listen to Miss Brown reading it then have a go at the activities below.  Remember you only need to do one activity every school day. 

Activity 1 

  • To hear words that rhyme. 

When you listen to the story can you hear words in it that rhyme?  That means words that sound the same.  Here are some that you might have heard… tree/me, bark/dark, bright/night. 

Have a look at the picture below where you will see some objects from the story.  Can you say the names of all the things?  Do you notice anything about them?  If you listen to them very carefully some of the words rhyme with each other.  Can you point to the objects that rhyme with each other? 

Parents you can support your child with this by saying the rhyming words and encouraging them to point to them as you say them.  Once they are secure with the words ask them the question “Can you point to the object that rhymes with…?”  As a challenge see if your child can ask you the same question.  To check their understanding try giving them a wrong answer and see if they can correct you! 

Activity 2 

  • To learn about nocturnal animals. 

Listen to the story again with your child and talk to them about the different animals that are mentioned in it.  See how many you can remember together.  Here’s the list so you can check your answers – monkeys, bats, rats, fireflies, frogs, butterflies, chimpanzees, owls and parrots. 

Some of these animals were animals that Night Monkey sees.  Can you remember which ones were the night animals?  (Bats, fireflies and frogs). There are lots of animals that only come out at night and these are called nocturnal animals.  Click on this link to watch a short video about nocturnal animals. 

Cbeebies Nocturnal Animals 

After watching the video talk with your child about the animals they have seen.  Some questions you might like to ask them are – 

  • How many animals can you remember? 
  • Which is your favourite animal?  Why? 
  • Was there an animal that you didn’t like?  Why? 
  • What do you think the animals might feel like? 
  • What noise do you think the animals might make? 

To develop this activity further why not have a go at drawing, painting or making a collage of your child’s favourite animal.  You could search on Google for more pictures or information on the animals too.  We often do this in Nursery and the children are fascinated to watch the animals in action, or just to have a closer look at them. 

Activity 3 

  • To have the experience of baking. 

Listen to the story again and this time see if your child can join in with any of the words or phrases. 

After listening to the story ask your child the question “Which fruit do the monkeys eat at the end of the story?”  I’m sure they will all remember “bananas”! 

I have found a simple recipe for banana muffins that you might like to try.  It’s nice and easy to do with children so why not have a go.  Please email some pictures of your finished muffins if you are able to make some and let me know whether you liked them or not. 

Banana Muffins 

These simple, quick to make muffins are perfect for baking with young children, deliciously moist and make a yummy treat or a breakfast on the go. 


  •  100 g Unsalted butter 
  •  150 g Caster sugar 
  •  3 Medium eggs 
  •  150 g Self raising flour 
  •  3 Very ripe peeled and mashed bananas 


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. 
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 
  1. Add the eggs, flour and mashed bananas and beat until combined. 
  1. Scoop the banana muffins into 12 cupcake liners in a muffin tray. 
  1. Bake for 20 minutes until golden and springy. 
  1. Enjoy! 

Activity 4 

  • To count to 5 and then 10 on your fingers. 
  • To count a set of objects up to 5. 
  • To recognise that a set of objects gets smaller when one is taken away. 

Click on the video to listen to the number rhyme “Five Little Monkeys”.  Encourage your child to join in with it if they can. 

Ask your child to choose five of their own toys.  Can you say the rhyme together and count the toys that are left each time one falls?  In case you’re not sure of the words to the rhyme, here they are, changed slightly because you’re using toys. 

Five little toys jumping on the bed, 

One fell off and bumped its head. 

Mummy phoned the Doctor and the Doctor said, 

“No more toys jumping on the bed!” 

Four little toys jumping on the bed… 

Three little toys jumping on the bed… 

Two little toys jumping on the bed… 

One little toy jumping on the bed 

It fell off and bumped its head… 

Activity 5 

  • To count to 5 and then 10 on your fingers. 
  • To count a set of objects up to 5. 
  • To recognise that a set of objects gets smaller when one is taken away. 

Click on the video again to listen to the number rhyme “Five Little Monkeys”.  Encourage your child to join in using their fingers to represent the monkeys. 

Today can you have a go at making your own monkeys to use when saying the number rhyme?  Have a look at mine if you want an idea for how to make them, or you could make finger puppets.  If you’re able to please email me a video of your child saying the rhyme either with their toys or their monkeys – Hubble@southbankprimary.co.uk  

Let’s Get Active!

One of the biggest challenges we all have during lockdown is how to keep fit and active when we can’t really leave the house other than for certain reasons. I have put some activities here that you will be able to do during this lockdown which will help keep the children fit and active. They are suitable for everyone if you would all like a bit of exercise!

Activity 1 

Can you do this Jumping Challenge at least once a day –  

10 star jumps (jump with your arms and legs out to the side) 

10 pencil jumps (jump with your arms straight up in the air) 

10 frog jumps (jump up in the air then crouch down as you land) 

Activity 2 

Wrap up warm and go for a family walk.  This week see if you can hear different things as you are walking.  You might listen out for traffic, birds singing, people talking, footsteps, dogs barking, music.  Try and go out for a walk at least twice a week. 

Activity 3 

Click on this link to do a “Jungle Safari” Yoga Time.  

Thank you for doing the activities again this week, we hope you have enjoyed them. We look forward to seeing what you have been doing either on Teams or by emailing us – Hubble@southbankprimary.co.uk

Stay safe and we hope to see you soon.

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