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It's 'Take One Book' week at Hilton Primary School and we will be looking at Every Child a Song. 


Before you listen to the book again, talk to your helper and see if you can answer these questions:

1. What's the difference between something you want and something you need?

2. Can you name some things that you need to stay healthy?

3. Can you name some things that you want? These are things that it would be really nice to have but, if you didn't get them, life would still be fine!

Let's think about the title.

What could it mean - every child is a song...? Can we really be a song?

The author, Nicola Davies, is using the idea of a song to represent something important in the book.

What do you know about songs? 

Are they all the same?

Look at this picture from the book.

What can you see at the windows?

What do you think the words tiny and fragile tell us about the children in this picture?


Now look at this picture.

How do you think the baby is feeling?

How do you know?

Do you think the baby would feel the same if he was outside by himself? Why?

Children who have a safe place to live and enough food to eat to be healthy can grow and make choices.


Unique is an interesting word. Do you know what it means?

Is it ok to be different? Are we all different?

How should we treat other people who are different?

What is unique and special about you?

Can you make a colourful bird from paper to represent your song?

Write on your bird's wings to show everyone what is unique and special about you!

How to make a Paper bird (Easy origami)


This book was written to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which sounds very complicated!

The United Nations is a club that almost all the countries in the world belong to. People come from each country to meet up at the headquarters of the United Nations to talk about big problems like war and hunger and to try and find solutions that will make the world a better place for everybody. One of the things the United Nations try to do is to make the world a better place for children to grow up in. They made a list of the things they think every child should have - things like the right to be looked after properly and the right to have an education, no matter where in the world you live. This list has a special name, it is called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Unfortunately there are still many children in parts of the world who don't have all the things on the list. The United Nations are still trying to find ways to make things better for these children.

The next book we will be using this week is called Here We Are - Notes for Living on Planet Earth. It is by Oliver Jeffers who wrote the books we enjoyed about the boy and his friend the penguin, Lost and Found and Up and Down.


This book links to our learning in our wider curriculum lessons about conservation and respecting our environment, but it also matches really well with our book, Every Child a Song. 


Before we start working on this book, we would like you to watch a video called - What a Wonderful World.

David Attenborough - What a Wonderful World - BBC

The words on this video are from a song by a man called Louis Armstrong.

Here are the words. Can you find the rhyming words?


I see trees of green, red roses too

I see them bloom, for me and you

And I think to myself... what a wonderful world.


I see skies of blue and clouds of white

The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night

And I think to myself... what a wonderful world.


The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky

Also on the faces of people going by

I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do

They're only saying, I love you.


I see babies crying, I watch them grow 

They'll learn so much more than I'll ever know

Then I think to myself... what a wonderful world.


You can listen to the song here.

Louis Armstrong - What a wonderful world ( 1967 )

Now have a look at the book Here We Are. You can find it on this week's main page.


Let's think about this page in the book. 

How is this page similar to the message in Every Child a Song?


Do you think having enough to eat is something you need or something you want?


Do you think having clean water to drink is something you need or something you want?


Do you think having clothes and shelter to stay warm is something you need or something you want?

Oliver Jeffers says,

People come in many shapes, sizes and colours. We may all look different, act different and sound different… …but don’t be fooled, we are all people.


Everybody is different and unique. We found that out when we read Every Child a Song and you wrote about what made you special on the wings of your bird.


Watch this video from cBeebies about how exciting it is to find out about what makes us different, but how we are all connected because we share our planet.

One World Together | Everyone's Welcome

Oliver Jeffers also writes about animals.  He says, 

They can’t speak, though that’s no reason not to be nice to them.

If you look very closely, there is a dodo on this page and he is saying 'I'm not supposed to be here.'

The dodo is actually extinct now. Do you know what that means?

It means there are no more dodos left on our planet.

Now we will look at our final book for the week which is all about another animal that needs our help.


Our final book is There's a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom by James Sellick. 

It tells the story of a girl who finds an orangutan in her bedroom who causes a bit of chaos! He tries to take her chocolate and shouts at her shampoo, but why?


We find out about deforestation in the orangutan's home in Indonesia. You can find out more about that on our wider curriculum pages this week. Why not take a look now if you haven't already seen this information. It will help you to understand the story.

Now read the story. You can find it on the main page for this week's learning.

Read these statements from the story and talk about them with your helper.

Which statement in each pair is true?


  • Orangutans have plates for faces. / Orangutans’ faces are plate-shaped.
  • Orangutans can speak to humans. / Orangutans look like they could speak to humans.
  • Orangutans live in rainforests in Indonesia. / They live in the clouds.
  • Orangutans’ habitats are being destroyed by big companies planting palm trees. / Orangutans can live in palm trees.
  • Palm oil is in chocolate and shampoo. / Orangutans use shampoo.
  • We should ignore the problem. / We can make a change by speaking up.

What are all the naughty things Rang-tan has done in the girl’s bedroom?

Can you make a list with your helper?

On the final page, what does the expression on Rang-tan’s face tell you about what she is feeling?

What do you think Rang-tan would want to tell the girl if she could talk?


Ask your helper to draw a big speech bubble for you to write in.

Write down what you think Rang-tan would say.

Here's one to have a look at to give you some ideas, but remember, don't copy it, we want to read your ideas.

Now talk about the answers to these questions with your helper.


How was the girl feeling at first when Rang-tan was in her bedroom?

How was the girl feeling after hearing Rang-tan’s story?

What do you think the girl would say to Rang-tan now?

This is called a Venn diagram. It is a way of sorting and grouping information.

Ask your helper to write these statements onto some strips of paper and sort them into the sections of the Venn diagram.


• wants to change what is happening in the rainforests

• doesn’t know what to do

• knows what to do

• lives in the rainforest

• lives in a house

• happy about what is happening in the rainforests

If you think the statement is about the girl, you can put it in the girl's circle on the diagram.

If you think the statement is about Rang-tan you can put it in the Rang-tan circle on the diagram.

If you think the statement is about both characters, you should put it in the middle where the circles overlap.

What do you think the author wants us to understand when we have finished reading the book?

What are the most important things we could tell others?

We are going to practice our letter writing skills again this week and we are going to write a letter to try and encourage people to use sustainable palm oil, or no palm oil if they can!

You can choose to write to a supermarket to ask them not to sell products with palm oil that is not sustainable, or you could choose to write to our council to see if we can make Hilton the second sustainable palm oil location in the UK.

Chester is the UK's first sustainable palm oil city - you can find out more at the Chester Zoo website below.

If you need some help to remember how to set out a letter, here is a template you can use.