Week 1 - 20th April


 My Family


The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to gain a better understanding of their own family.

Learning may focus on the different makeup of families, what traditions your family has, stories linked to your family etc.

Each day choose one task from the relevant age range below


EYFS (Polar Bear, Koala, Panda)

Nursery and Reception



Look at a selection of family photographs and discuss the changes over time.

Show your child a photograph of them as a baby, a 1 year old, a 2 year old. What could they do at that age? What can they do now that they couldn’t do then?

Look at a picture of a family member as a baby (this could be parents, siblings). Discuss how everyone was a baby once.

Are there any black and white photographs? Why are these photographs black and white? Do they show older family members when they were younger? Talk about how life was different then.

Draw a family tree

How does your family link together? 

Can your child draw out their family members and link them together using lines?

Do a picture survey of the people in your house. 

How many family members have blonde/ brown/ black/ red hair?

Can you record this with pictures? 

How many people have blue/ brown/ green eyes?

Have a family picnic. Lay out a blanket in the living room or garden. 

Can children make sure everyone has a plate, fork, spoon, cup? 

How many do we need all together? 

Your child can help to make a picnic; what would everyone like to eat? They can then help to prepare the food. 

Give your child a selection of food and ask them to share it fairly between everyone? 

If there is one left over what could we do?

Sort out the clean clothes. 

Who do they belong to? 

Can they deliver them to the right place in the house? 

Pair up socks. Can they match the patterns/ colours? Can they count in twos to work out how many there are all together? 

Peg clothes on the airer (this will support children to develop hand strength which will impact on their writing)   

Put on a show or performance

 Perform a story or song to your family. Plan out costumes, props. 

Children could make a show program.

 Lay the table for your family for dinner

How many people are there? How many knives, forks, cups do you need? 

Write out name cards for everyone in your family to show them where to sit. 

Write/draw a menu to let them know what is for dinner that night. 

Roleplay as a waiter/ waitress. What would everyone like in their sandwiches for lunch? What drinks would everyone like to have with their dinner?

Make a birthday card for the next family birthday

How old are they going to be? 

Can they write the numerals to show the correct age? 

Write a message inside for your family member and sign it with your name.

What jobs do the people in your family do? 

Talk to your child about your job and what you do. 

What would they like to be when they grow up? 

Can they draw a picture of themselves in the job they would like to do?

Use play dough to make your family members

Use ready made play dough or make your own using this recipe:

2 cups of plain flour, one cup of salt, a tablespoon of oil, a cup of water (add gradually), a couple of drops of food colouring (optional), a teaspoon of cream of tartar (optional, but will make it last longer)

Play a board game all together

Talk about taking it in turns and playing fairly. 

Dice games will support your child’s number recognition. You could use a spinner with numerals on to help develop numeral recognition. If you don’t have a spinner you could make one using an old cereal box and a split pin.

Find out everyone’s favourite song in your family

Listen to each person’s favourite song and make up a dance to match. 

Do you like the same music? What is your favourite 











Key Stage One (Llama, Armadillo, Dolphin, Alpaca)

Y1 and Y2



- This is time to find out about their family and traditions they follow. Ask them to think about: Who they live with? How many adults? How many children? Can they sort their family members into height order? Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest? Is the tallest family member the eldest family member? If they drew around all their family members' hands; could they count in 5s? What if they drew around their feet? Could they count in 2s? Ask think about one family member they would love to interview. They could be a family member that lives with them or a family member that lives somewhere else. Can they write down some questions they would like to ask them? Have they got a pet? Can they draw or paint a picture of their family? Can they talk about their picture to a family member?

Self portrait:

- Ask your child to think about which materials they use to draw? Can they find different materials around the house to help? Ideas

Create a card:

-        Ask your child to design a card for someone in their family. It can be a birthday card, thank you card or a card to tell someone how much they love them!

Family tree:

-        Look at photographs of your family members and discuss where they would go on a family tree. Have you met everyone? Is there anyone you could interview and find out more about?

Design a personal coat of arms shield for the family:

 - Find out what a coat of arm shield means. Ask them to begin to think about their design. What could they draw? What does it mean to them ? Ask them to think about the colours and shapes. Maybe if they have some cardboard around the house they could make a shield to give to a family member.

Create a booklet all about the family:

-        Can they name the people in their family and write sentences about them? Who are they? What do they call them? What do they like or dislike? Why are they special to them? Maybe they could get a photograph or draw a family member before they write about them. 

News Reporter for half a day:

-Their challenge is to interview family members and find things they like and dislike? Can they write down things they like and dislike? Can they compare these to someone else in their family? In your interview they could create flashcards with words such as: colour, clothes, food, drinks, books, places, music and then ask a family member to pick a flash card and talk about their likes and dislikes.

Data detective 

Ask your child to look at people in the house. What colour is their hair ? Eye colour? Favourite colour? Favourite food? Ask them to collect this and place in a tally chart.


Interview a family member:

- interview a family member that doesn’t live at home with them. Allow your child to ask them about their childhood. Who did they live with? Who is in their family? Have they got any family traditions they follow and why.

Write an invitation to a family event

Ask your child to invite a family member to one of the following:  - (talent show, music show, magic tricks, jokest) In their invitation ask them to think about the time, date and place. How will they design the invitation? Who will deliver it?

Share the https://family.gonoodle.com/activities/milkshake  movement and mindfulness video with their family. Who was the best? Which part did they enjoy? Could you create a video of your own?









Lower Key Stage Two (Guinea Pig, Wolf, Dragonfly, Flamingo)

Y3 and Y4

Let’s Wonder:

Who is in your child’s immediate family? What other relatives do they have? How does their family link together? How many people do they have in their family? Why not spend time looking through old photos and talking about the people in their families.  What family stories can they tell? How is life different to their parents? grandparents?

Let’s Create:

Create a piece of artwork entitled ‘Family’. This could be a drawing, a self portrait, a sculpture or collage. Could they copy another artist's style? Which materials have they chosen to use and why? How do they feel about their piece of artwork? What would they change or not? Family portraits.

Be Active:

Go Noodle with the family or have a family workout.  Fancy a dance? There are lots of dance videos they could try. Dance. Maybe try some Yoga.

Recommendation at least 2 hours of exercise a week.

Time to Talk:

Perhaps they could play a board game, facetime a member of their family they have not seen this week, enjoy a family indoor picnic or have a family dinner.

Understanding Others and Appreciating Differences:

Discuss how their family is different to other people’s families. Discuss whether all families are the same? Does it matter? Do all families have the same faith? Do all families worship in the same way?


Find out what music their family members enjoy. Do they like the same music? What is their favourite song? They could listen to different pieces of music together with their family. Do they like/dislike any particular types of music and why? Can they Identify the instruments they can hear and describe how the music makes them feel? Why not get them to listen to some of the classics?







Upper Key Stage Two (Cheetah, Komodo Dragon, Whale Shark, Orca)

Y5 and Y6

Music from the Past - Your child can research music from the decade their parents, grandparents or other older family members were born. What were the most popular bands or singers during this time? Ask them to perform a song from this decade and create their very own dance routine. Encourage them to explain how they need to improve their performance in order to achieve their personal best.

Portraits and Photography- Direct your child to take portrait photographs of their family members considering light and textures. Following this, they can then use the photographs to draw portraits in pen considering light and tone.

Classification- Ask your child to design a classification key based on the simple physical features of their family. They can then test out the keys on each member of their family. Only use ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.

Nature vs Nurture- Speak to your child about their appearance, their personality and their dreams for the future. How much of this do they believe is determined by their genes? How much of this is determined by their family/upbringing? Ask them to decide which traits are due to nature and which traits are due to nurture e.g. hobbies and interests or sense of humour. Try this out on other family members.

Mapping Skills - Identify the countries or cities within the UK where their family members originate from or live. Children can then plot these on a map and then create a bar chart to show the number of family members who live/lived in each city/country.