Whale in the Bath Learning Time

Resource type: 
Learning Time













Whale in the Bath by Kylie Westaway and Tom Jellet 

Theme: Our Oceans 
Feb 2015 
Imagine finding a whale in your bath and no one believes you! This bubbly tale, with its witty and wonderful illustrations, makes perfect reading and has a wonderful wet surprise at the end! 

Key Message for Parents- Children Learn Through Being Engaged and Doing 

  • The most powerful way young children can learn is through play 
  • Take time to play with your child as playing together is learning together 
  • Open a book together and discover something new!  

Learning Outcomes Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing 

We can promote by: 
  • Modeling healthy routines and practices 
  • Offering physical activities such as dance and drama as part of story time 
  • Show genuine affection and respect for all children 
Before Reading 
This is a story about a little boy who wants to take a bath, but can’t because something is IN his bath! 
Can you guess what it is? A whale!! Oh no! What would you do if you found a whale in your bath? 
Let’s find out what happens in this story…
During Reading 
The text alternates between the voices of the rather grumpy and demanding whale and the 
Boy and his disbelieving family. Have fun using different voices to bring the story to life. As the little boy’s dilemma escalates, you might like to pause and ask – what would you if you found a whale in your bath? Share some ideas and possible solutions.
After Reading 
This story provides a great opportunity to talk about the importance of keeping clean. Ask children, why do we need to have baths or showers? What happens if we don’t have them? Talk about why looking after our bodies is very important! You might like to record who likes showers and who likes baths.
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