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Literacy - Life boats


This week we are learning all about life boats and how they help us.


Mrs Rose is reading this week. It’s a little different from our usual books, this week it’s not a story it’s an information book.




You might like to look at this link to look at all the different parts of the lifeboat, the crew and, how they help us.




Monday 8th February


The RNLI flag adorns the side of every lifeboat and flies at every lifeboat station. The RNLI flag has been the symbol of saving lives at sea for over a century (100 years). What can you see on the flag?  Why do you think it is on the flag?

See downloads below for more information about the RNLI flag.


Draw and label your own flag.  What would you include? Why? What colours would you choose? Is it clear from a distance?  Don't forget to label the parts of your flag, don't forget to use your phonic skills to sound out the words.



Can you find out what the letters RNLI stand for?



Tuesday 9th February


RNLI also look after us when we are at the beach.


This short video shows us some of the things they do. You may have seen the beach lifeguards when you go to the beach.




When you are at the beach there are flags showing us important information. Have a look at these flags.


Have you seen these before?

Do you know what they mean?







Flags explained



Can you create your own safety flag?

Think about where it is for and who might look at it.

What colours could you use?


The beach flags use the colours red and yellow on some flags.

Red is used to show us danger and yellow is a visible colour to make sure it is seen.


What is your flag telling us?

Is it a flag showing us danger or a safe area?



Thursday 11th February


Life boats help us when we get into trouble. After an incident the life boat crew need to fill out an 'incident report'.


This report tells us all about the incident (what happened) and which equipment they needed.


Pretend to be a crew member and go on a 'shout' (call to the RNLI).

You could pretend a pillow is a life boat and rescue one of your toys.

Once you are all safe, you need to fill in an incident report

(see downloads, or you could make your own).


Remember you need to include details about:

  • Where the incident was
  • Which equipment was needed
  • Date and time it happened
  • Did you need any other emergency services? (Police, Ambulance or Fire brigade)   



Friday 12th February


Have a look and listen to at this week’s book again.


Can you see that it’s different from our usual stories?

How is different?

Can you explain your thoughts to a grownup?


Do you know the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book?

How can you see from the book if its fiction or non-fiction?




A non-fiction book may also have a contents page, glossary and index.  Mrs Rose talks a little about these in her video.


Look on your bookshelf and see if you can find a non-fiction book, or there are lots on 'Oxford Owl E-books' (link on first page of 'reception remote learning')