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Week 5 - 29th June

Oliver's Vegetables 


This week's activities are based around the story 'Oliver's Vegetables' by Vivian French. Have a look below at the tasks we would like you to try this week. Don't forget to check the maths section for the White Rose daily math tasks linked to this text too.


If you do this weeks tasks don't forget to send a picture to your teacher. We would love to see the things you are doing.

Task 1

Can you help Oliver?

Oliver needs your help! He has sent you this letter below. 


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Can you remember which vegetables Oliver ate in the story?

Have you ever tried those vegetables before?


Write a list of the seeds that Oliver needs to buy to grow more of the vegetables that he ate from his Grandpa's garden. Remember to use Fred talk and Fred fingers to help you hear the sounds. Don’t worry if you don’t know all of the sounds in the word, just write down the sounds you do know.

Task 2

How to plant seeds

Oliver is so happy that you helped him to buy the right seeds. Now he needs your help again.

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Click on this link to watch a video all about how to plant seeds to grow carrots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXYHZcfwcro


Before watching the video, explain to your child that you can plant seeds this way to grow all sorts of vegetables and plants, not just carrots and you can also plant the seeds in soil outside in your garden too. 

Whilst you watch the video encourage your child to talk about these things:

  • Get them to talk about and explain what is happening at each stage
  • What is happening to the seeds as they grow?
  • What changes do you see happening?
  • What do the seeds need to grow?


Now you have watched the video and talked about how to plant seeds, write Oliver a simple set of instructions so he knows what he needs to do. Remember that instructions tell you how to do something. 


Draw a picture to show Oliver what to do and either:

  •  write a short caption e.g. get pot, put seeds in


  •  write a short sentence e.g. get a plant pot.


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Task 3

It is really important that we keep ourselves healthy. What do you think we have to do to be healthy?

  • Eat a healthy balanced diet
  • Drink water
  • Stay active 


At the beginning of the story, Oliver says he only likes to eat chips. Talk to your grown up about why this isn't a healthy diet. What do you need to eat and drink to make sure you have a healthy diet?


To be healthy we need to have a balanced diet. This means that we eat lots of different foods. Have a look at the plate below, this shows us the different food groups we can eat and how much we should be eating them. Can you spot any food that you eat?

Each of these groups give us important things

  • Fruit and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy and fight off illnesses.
  • Carbohydrates such as bread and pasta give us energy to keep us full of beans during the day.
  • Dairy such as milk and cheese helps keep our bones and teeth strong.
  • Protein such as meat and eggs help us to grow 
  • Sugars and fats that are high in things like chocolate, sweets and crisps are ok to have every so often, but if we eat too many it can make us feel tired and not very good.



This week with your grown ups have a go at making something healthy and yummy to eat. 

What vegetables do you like to eat?

Which is your favourite?

Is there a vegetable that you would like to try?


Have a go at making vegetable soup with your favourite veggies in, a salad to go with your dinner or like Oliver make homemade oven chips- you might like to try sweet potato chips. Perhaps you have your own healthy recipe that you like to cook and eat at home. Don't forget to send us a photo. We would love to see what you have made!


Below is a basic vegetable soup recipe that you could follow. You could change the recipe and put in your favourite vegetables instead and season to taste.


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