Week 6- 6/7/20
Snail and the Whale
2 more weeks left! Where has the time gone!
I am so proud of you all and would love to thank you parents/carers for your support throughout this. Remember to do only what you can
This is a lovely book about a little snail that goes on an adventure on the whales tale. Its called Snail and the whale by Julia Donaldson. Watch and listen below.
Talk about the book-
What are the two main characters in the story? Where did the snail live? Who did he hitch a lift of? Where did the snail sail to- what did the snail see? Name some of the weather conditions in the story? How did the whale feel when he was on the shore? Why can’t the whale move on land? What did the snail do to help the whale? Why did the children throw buckets of water on the whale? How did the snail feel about his adventure? The snail told his adventure to the rest of the snails and how did the story end- what did the rest of the snails do?
The snail wanted to go on an adventure. If you were a snail where would you want the whale to take you…. Write your sentence on a piece of paper. Here is an example below:
I would like to go on holiday to Spain because it is hot; I can eat an ice cream and visit the beach everyday.
Reading comprehension- you can read this online and draw your own pictures on a piece of paper/ or print it off and complete it.
There are a lot of rhyming words in this book- listen to the story again and see if you can find them. You can also complete this rhyming activity worksheet- match the pictures up with another picture that rhymes.
Maths:Complete the maths sums below either online or print them off.
At the seaside it is nice to eat a yummy ice cream. However, you have to pay for these.
Lets learn some different coin names. I would love if you could learn 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p confidently.
Why not try and find these coins in your house below.
Watch this singing youtube video below about different types of whales- beluga whale, blue whale, orca and sperm whale. Also why not learn some simple facts about sea creatures, see more clips below.
Over the past months we have been learning about different types of animals. Lets recap this and see if you can categorise these animals into their right heading- sea creatures, minibeasts, farm animals and zoo animals.
see if you can remember their names/ write their names down/ can you remember what each farmyard animals young are called? Eg A baby pig is a piglet.
make a seaside picture by painting/sticking things/ drawing/ colouring in.
Can you remember to add a lighthouse/ sand/sea/ship/ sea creatures.
Watch the story below of the Rainbow Fish and then try drawing a picture of the rainbow fish and make a rainbow fish collage.
Week 5- 29.6.2020
WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD AT THE SEASIDE
It is the return of Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len and they still are up to no good!
This time they are at the seaside and want to steal the mermaid’s lovely long hair! Read the story of What the Ladybird at the seaside by Julia Donaldson or listen below.
Talk about the book - Where are all the animals? Where has Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len decided to go today? Why? What did Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len want to steal? Why? Who heard Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len’s cunning plan? What was the ladybird’s brilliant plan? Did it work?
Literacy- In literacy it is great to learn new words and use describing words this helps us in our writing further up the school.
Can you match up the animal with the noise/action. Why not try to act out the noises and actions too?
Never said a word.
Writing/ Phonics – Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are robbers and have done lots of bad things. In the other stories, they have tried to steal the fine prize cow, Monkey Joe and now the mermaid’s hair. Do you remember?
Try making a wanted poster to help the police catch Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len.
Remember to use your phonics! Below are some ideas:
Looking for Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len for trighing to steel the mermaids hair.
They are nortee.
Larst seen at the see sighd/sId.
They are wering swimming trunks.
Wun is short. One is torll.
Has a green hat and a red hat.
Maths and Science- Water Play Fun
Maths- Talking about capacity- this means how much of something.
Get a water tray/bucket/big pan/washing up bowl and fill it with water. Find different containers to use in your household- small cup/jug/tall cup/empty containers e.g. milk bottle/washing up liquid. Experiment first filling up the different size containers.
Now, have a go at making the capacities below I want you to learn these key mathematical terms:
Challenge- try making the nearly full and nearly empty capacity and learn them mathematical terms:
Science: Using your bucket of water you already have for your maths activities.
I want you to find in your house items that float and sink.
Then record your answers on a table similar to mine below. Can you find anymore?
Finding out what household items float and sink?
Foil- if laid flat
Challenge: Why not try and make your own boat and see if it floats or sinks?
If you want your boat to float think carefully what materials will be best to make your boat out of.
DT: Also we have been learning about sinking and floating and you may have made your own boat. Do you know what helps boats float safely into shore? A lighthouse.
A lighthouse is a tall tower, normally red and white, and it has a light, which flashes at night to help sailors find their way.
Challenge: Why not try to make your own lighthouse from recycled materials- cups/kitchen roll.
Then you can do some role-play with your boat and the lighthouse in your water play.
Week 4 22.06.2020 – Splash! Anna Hibiscus
It is finally summer and if we had all been at school we would have gone to the seaside. Hopefully we will next year.
In the meantime we’re going to look at one of my favourite books. It’s called ‘Splash! Anna Hibiscus’ and is written by Atinuke and illustrated by Lauren Tobia.
The whole family is at the beach and Anna is desperate ‘to splash in the laughing waves’. She wants to share this experience but everyone is busy and none of her family responds to her repeated entreaties to join her. At last, irrepressible Anna takes matters into her own hands and soon the whole family is rushing to join in the fun.
Talk Time: How does Anna feel at the beginning of the story. Can you remember a time when you wne tot the beach? What did you hear and see? What do you like doing? What do you take with you? What does it feel like walking on the sand and splashing in the sea? What’s fun about playing in the waves?
Writing & Phonics: Can you make a list of things you would take to the beach. Can you write a postcard to someone in your family about your time at the beach. Can you write 3 words to rhyme with shell or fish.
Imagination Time: Play the sound of the sea washing up on the beach
Listen carefully perhaps with your eyes closed. Can you draw what you hear.
Create a beach in your house. Get out your towel, put on your swimming costume and sunglasses, have something good to read or listen to and lie back and pretend you’re on your favourite beach.
Time to make things:
To make the set of egg carton ice cream cones you will need:
The egg carton cones make perfect ice cream cones, so all you need to do is pick your ice cream colours and glue the pom poms or cotton wool onto the inside of the cone to create scoops of ice cream.
You can then add more detail by adding smaller pom poms on top to act as cherries or sprinkles.
Create a miniature beach scene on a paper plate with clay, sand, and a jelly ocean! Add other elements that you love about the beach like beach umbrellas, fishes, sea creatures and sand castles.
You will need
Draw a line to mark the shoreline.
Paint the ocean portion of the paper plate blue.
Build the base for your beach with homemade salt dough and paint it yellow.
Create lots of fun details for your beach. Below are some examples but you can always come up with more creative ideas.
Palm or coconut tree - create a palm tree out of paper.
Form salt dough into little details like a beach ball, a starfish, a sand bucket, a pair of flip-flops and even some beach-goers.
Let’s get moving: Try this yoga adventure about Mimi the Mermaid.
Finally here are 2 more stories about the seaside.
Week 3 15.06.2020
This week we’re sticking with zoo animals but looking at them in their natural habitats.
We’re going to start off with a song called
Walking Through the Jungle
Writing & Phonics:
Gather together toy animals or pictures of animals and put them in a bag or a bowl.
Take out an animal but keep it hidden. You say the initial sound? The other person has to guess the animal. Swap over.
Pretend you are on safari. What will you need to take with you to spot the animals? Binoculars, a notebook and pen, lunch! Make sure you keep out of sight so that the animals don’t see you.
Time to make things
Not everyone has a pair of binoculars so here is a video of how to make some from toilet rolls or plastic bottles.
Of course you’ll need a notebook when you are on safari. Here is how to make a notebook without glue or staples. You just need a piece of paper.
Let’s get moving
Here are some ideas for how you could move like the animals in the song.
Chimpanzee – pretend to swing through trees .
Lion – prowl slowly on hands and feet.
Elephant – large stomping movements.
Zebra – galloping movements.
Snake – slither along floor.
Giraffe – stretch up tall and walk around slowly on tiptoes.
Hippopotamus – crouch or lie or the floor.
Crocodile – move quickly making large snapping movements with hands.
Rhinoceros – run in straight lines stopping to change direction.
Gazelle – large strides and jumps.
Gorilla – stand still and (gently!) beat chest.
Tiger – crouch and pounce around.
Leopard – run around avoiding obstacles.
Maths: Repeating Patterns
Draw a snake and decorate it with a repeating pattern by drawing shapes on the snake – you could use 2 shapes and 2 colours.
Here are some more maths activities for you to try:
Finally here is Giles Andreae (author of Giraffes Can’t Dance) reading his book Elephant Me
Once again have a lovely week. Look after each other and stay safe.
WEEK 2- 8.6.20
This week we are continuing to learn about zoo animals. You may have already read ‘What the lady bird heard’. Well this is a sequel book and this is called ‘What the lady bird heard on holiday’ by Julia Donaldson.
Watch the youtube story below.
Watch out for Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len!
Talk about the book- The ladybird has gone on holiday to London. London is the capital of England- where we live. Have you been to London? What have you seen? Where did all the animals live? (At the zoo) Can you name the animals? What did Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len want to steal? How did the monkey and the dogs trick them?
Some imagining: Can you match up the animal with the noise/action. Why not try and act it out too? (You must be getting good at this now!)
Trumpeted- trump trump trump
Never said a word
Drawing and Phonics: Design your own zoo map with your own chosen zoo animals. Then have a go at labelling your animals using your sounds.
Maths- Make up your own favourite zoo animal table. Ask family members; what is their favourite zoo animal? Then record their answer-using tally. You could call/facetime/zoom other people who don’t live in your house and ask them too.
You could make a table like this:
What is your favourite zoo animal?
Challenge: Understanding your tables’ data. Ask your child: which animal is the most popular? Which animal is the least popular?
Art- step by step instructions on how to draw a lion or monkey youtube video. You may want to draw a different zoo animal. Type in on youtube Art for kids hub how to draw ( INSERT ZOO ANIMAL NAME) and they may have it.
Cooking- Monkeys like bananas- why not try and make your own frozen banana chocolate pop. Click on the pdf for the recipe.
Science- If you got facebook why not follow the link and check out live videos from London Zoo. Alternatively, click on the link below to see other videos of animals that have been filmed at a zoo.
Summer Term- 2nd Half
I cannot believe we are in our last term of reception! I hope you had a lovely half term and I am missing you all so much.
For the first three weeks of this term we will be learning about ZOO ANIMALS this is
a chance to learn what a zoo is, new animal names and also recap old learning about farm animals and mini-beasts.
After the 3 weeks we will then be learning about the seaside.
Let’s start by firstly watching or if you have the book, reading, the story called ‘ Dear Zoo’ written by Campbell
Can you remember what animals were in the book? Why do you think the puppy was perfect? A puppy is a pet. Do you know what a pet it? It is an animal that lives with you and you help look after it. Can you name any other pets?
Encourage some imagining: Can you make the sound of the animals in the book? Can you make the sounds of some pets? Can you act out how an animal would move? Could play a game: I spy an animal that makes the sound…….
Literacy: There are lots of adjectives ( these are describing words) in this story.
Can you match up the right animal with the right describing word they used in the story. E.g. the elephant was too big.
Phonics- can you write a letter to the zoo keeper and draw a picture saying what animal you would like?
Plees can I hav a cat.
Luv Miss Hedington
(That is me using my phonics- remember it doesn’t matter if it isn’t spelt correctly)
Challenge: Can you be a story teller and make up your own Dear Zoo book? Or can you be an author and write your own dear zoo book?
e.g. I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet. But they sent me a gorilla he was too noisy so I sent him back. So they sent me a crocodile but he was too snappy so I sent him back. So they sent me a hippo but he was too heavy so I sent him back. So they sent me a zebra but he was stripy. So they sent me a kitten. It was perfect.
Maths: In the book it talks about sizes and weight. To recap on last weeks learning I want you to find something that is taller then you? Something that is shorter then you? Can you find something that is the same height as you?
Some of the animals in the story are heavy and some of the animals in the story are light. Can you compare objects around your house and say what is heavy and what is light. You could make a table like this and write/draw the objects under the right heading.
Challenge: Can you make your own balance scales, all you need is a hanger, string/rope, two cups/buckets. Put a toy in each of your buckets and see which is lighter or heavier. Experiment with lots of different objects that can fit in. Remember whatever side is down means it is heavier.
Cooking: Make your own zoo animal snack using food. Or you can make you own bumble bear biscuits (recipe attached below). This will help you to weigh ingredients accurately using a kitchen scale.
It’s hard to believe we have had a whole half term of lockdown. We are so proud of all our children and how hard they have been working. Although it is not normal times it is still important to take a break from school work.
We have made a list of activities for indoors and outdoors. Have a look at the list with your children. Let them pick something each day or assign them something. Whatever works for your family.
Set up any number of “pins” using empty cardboard rolls or empty plastic bottles (mix and match, if necessary). Set up a “lane” in an area with a long, clear space and use balled up socks as the bowling “ball.”
DIY Milk Jug Catcher
Roll up a pair of socks into a ball shape or if you have a garden fill a balloon with water. Toss the sock or balloon into the air and pass back and forth between jugs. This makes a wonderful catching challenge – how many times can you toss it back and forth without dropping the ball or balloon?
Another ideas is to tie a piece of yarn or string to the jug handle. Tie a pom pom or a rolled up pair of socks to the other end of the string. Toss the pom pom or rolled-up socks into the air and try to catch with the jug.
This is a great way to keep your children active while you stay in one place! Be sure to give them tasks according to whether or not you want them to settle down, “Simon says close your eyes and count to ten silently;” or burn off some energy, “Simon says do 10 jumping jacks.”
Here is a really easy recipe for cupcakes.
120g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
120g self-raising flour
Remember to apply social distancing rules and stay 2m from anyone you meet.
Don’t forget there are lots more sports ideas here
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The end of the day can be exhausting and getting food on the table sometimes seems impossible.
There is no magic solution that will allow you to cook dinner in peace. You have children, it is the end of the day… let’s be real.
All the usual advice says, “have the children help you make dinner!”
But having your children help in the kitchen is not the solution you want. Here are some ideas that might help
Balance a lemon or a potato on a spoon. Siblings can see who can hold it the longest. Can they hold it still for as long as it takes you to cook dinner?
Have the children design and write a menu. Ask your children to write or draw pictures of what you’re cooking.
QUIET TIME ACTIVITIES
Every parent needs lots of quiet time activity ideas for their children. While children are great at coming up with their own rowdy, noisy games, they don’t always excel at settling down into a quiet routine. These activities might help when you need five minutes peace and quiet.
Build a cosy reading den: Using blankets, pillows, chairs, etc. children will use their imaginations to build a cosy getaway.
Map making: Draw a map of an imaginary land, either of their own invention or from a favourite story.
Film night: Snuggle up and watch a film together
Play sleeping lions: Who can keep still the longest
Trained dancer Sarah Du-Feu has been hosting perfect live-streamed ballet classes here aimed at children aged 5-7. Virtual Ballet lessons are great if your children are missing their normal dance classes, or if they just want to try something new. So, during the lockdown, she is teaching children fundamental ballet moves as well as doing some imaginative play at the same time. So, if you're looking to get your children active indoors or outdoors, these sessions are the perfect opportunity to get them dancing again.
Rob Biddulph, award-winning author of, and many others, is hosting #DrawWithRob sessions online every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am GMT. The videos are here and a must for any child who's ever wanted to draw a dinosaur or a sausage dog...
If you have a library card you can register here and borrow e-books or audiobooks. They have a wide range of adult and children’s books available.
Finally don’t feel guilty if you all flop down in front of the TV and have a pyjama day.
Have a restful half term. We miss you all loads.
Week 5 - 18.05.2020: The Tiny Seed
One more week and it’s half-term. So we’re finishing off with a lovely story by Eric Carle called The Tiny Seed.
Talking together about the book:
PE: We know that bees love flowers. Try this yoga video by Cosmic Kids Yoga which tells the story of Enzo the Bee.
Writing: Ask your child to draw a picture of a flower and then have a go at writing labels for the different parts.
Art: If you’ve got some paint at home try making a flower using a potato to stamp the leaves and petals.
Investigate foods which have seeds and those which don’t.
Sugar Snap Peas
Talk about the fruits and vegetables that have seeds we do not eat (fruits with pits, apples, oranges, peppers, etc). Ask why some are ok to eat while others are not!
Ask your child to draw fruits and vegetables which have seeds and label them.
Don’t forget to taste everything you eat.
This a lovely little song from ‘Out of the Ark’ about a seed growing.
Can you and your child make up some actions to this song If I Were a Minibeast
It’s a Spring Thing – With longer, warmer days and signs of spring everywhere around us, this is the perfect song to learn.
You and your child might enjoy this story about gardening.
Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
Jasper hopes to grow a beanstalk, but becomes discouraged when the bean he plants doesn't grow after a week. A funny story of patience and reward.
I hope you have fun with these activities. Please continue to send me your photos and videos. You’re all doing an amazing job. Please stay safe.
Week 4 - 11.05.2020: Yucky Worms
This week it’s the turn of the worm!!
This week’s book is called Yucky Worms. It is written by Vivian French and illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg. It tells the story of a little boy who goes to stay with his Grandma and learns a lot about worms. At the end there are lots of activities to try so you can become a wormologist.
Talking together about the book:
You could try drawing a table like this & get your child to ask everyone in the family to talk about it. You could write in the ideas for your child or let them have a go.
We like worms because….
We don’t like worms because….
Encourage some imagining: Children could pretend to be scientists and presenters on nature programmes as well as being birds and the underground animals and worms themselves.
Writing: Write friendly messages or thank-you notes to a worm for all the good things they do for our gardens.
Phonics: there are lots of words in the book that your child could have a go at reading and writing. You could copy them out and ask your child to read them. Why not hide them around your home and have a word hunt. You could say the words and your child has to write them – you could challenge them by asking them to write as many as possible in 5 minutes.
If you have access to a printer you could print out this word mat and keep it handy.
Maths: You try some measuring. In reception we learn about comparing lengths. You could cut some string into different lengths and ask your child to order them.
Or find different objects around your home and put them in order of length.
String painted pasta to make a worm necklace. Who can make the longest necklace?
Art: create worm tracks with string, wool or cooked spaghetti dipped in paint and trailed or wriggled along paper.
If you have playdough or the ingredients for salt dough you could make worms and decorate them.
This is the recipe for salt dough.
Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.
If you want to keep your models you can bake them. Put the oven on its lowest setting and bake for about 3 hours. When they are hard you can paint them.
These two videos are all about worms.
Minibeast Adventure with Jess - Worm – CBeebies
If you’re feeling really adventurous and you’re lucky to have an outside space you might want to try making a wormery. Instructions are on this link. Remember though that worms are living creatures and we need to show then respect by letting them live freely in their natural environment.
Here are 2 silly songs about worms. Try learning them. Can your child put on a performance? You could send me the video!
Today I saw a little worm
Today I saw a little worm
wriggling on its belly
perhaps he’d like to come inside
and see what’s on the telly?
by Spike Milligan
Other stories about worms:
I hope you have fun with these activities. Please send me your photos and videos.
Remember you do not have to do them all.
A long time ago there was a war ( this means fighting) between lots of countries. Today (8th May- Victory in Europe day) is when the Second World War finished in Europe. To celebrate this day children could try and try a Union Jack Flag.
Have a great bank holiday weekend!
4.5.20- Week 3: The Bad Tempered Ladybird
We are still learning minibeasts. Let’s learn more about ladybirds by firstly watching or if you have the book reading the story of The Bad Tempered Ladybird. It is written by Eric Carle- the same person who wrote the Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider-Enjoy!
After you are finished the story have a go at the activities below- remember choose activities that suit you and try to do one a day J
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When you have finished the story you can try some of these activities below. Remember try one a day:
Literacy: Talk about the book ask questions: What did the bad tempered ladybird say to each of the animals? ( Want a fight) Do you think the bad tempered ladybird is nice fighting other animals? Why? Do you think you will make friends that way? What makes a good friend? What animals did you see in the story? What happened to the bad tempered ladybird at the end of the story? Why was he friendly at the end of the story? – He asked to share the aphids.
Challenge: Why don’t you try to be a friendly ladybird and do three kind things to someone in your house?
Phonics: Write and draw all the animals in the story using your phonics- remember these animals shouldn’t be spelt correctly, the children should be using their sounds to be independent.
Challenge: Choose an animal in the story- draw it. Then can you write about what it looks like. Remember to write the sounds you hear for example a child may write: ladee burd- red, blac, smoll, fligh, spots, six legs, wings. This is perfect as they have used their sounds to write.
Maths: In the story it talked about time. Tell someone about what you do in a day from when you wake up to when you go to sleep. See how many activities you can do in a day. E.g. Ms Davies’s day- In the morning, I woke up at 8 o clock and got dressed. I had some breakfast- some cereal with a tea. Then I cleaned my teeth. I did a morning run then I watched some tv and did some work. At lunch time, I was hungry so I made some tomato soup with bread and had some water. Next, I read the Bad tempered Ladybird book and made a ladybird out of a watermelon slice. Then I made some cupcakes. At 6 o’clock I made dinner for my family. Then I had a shower and brushed my teeth. I got into my pyjamas and watched some tv. I then read a book. At night time, 10 o’clock, I went to bed.
Challenge: To learn how to read the time. First, open the powerpoint (BELOW) to learn about time, there are some interactive questions to answer on it. When you have finished the powerpoint have a go at telling the time on the clocks below.
Encourage some role-play: Explain emotions are something we feel and we can show how we feel from our facial expressions. In the story the bad tempered ladybird is feeling what…….very grumpy. Can you show me a grumpy face. What other feelings can we show using our faces? Happy/Sad/Cross/Excited/Tired/Furious/Worried/Nervous- can you show these faces using your face.
Cooking: Make a ladybird out of tomatos, raisins, olives, lettuce, cucumber, or use strawberries or watermelon and melt some chocolate for the dots or use blueberries.
Arts and crafts: Make a ladybird out of junk modelling materials- toilet roll, pipe cleaners, sticks, egg cartons, cardboard box, paper plates etc.
Or you could use paint/chalk/colour pencils to make a ladybird. Or you could find a rock and paint it into a ladybird.
Play what’s the time Mr Wolf- in your house, garden or at the park when you go for exercising. What's the time Mr. Wolf?" is a chasing game for a group of children that involves a bit of counting and talk of time of day.
1) A child/ adult stands at one end with their back to the other children/adults.
2) The other children/adult stands at the opposite end and shouts "What's the time Mr. Wolf?"
3) Mr. Wolf answers with different times - "one o'clock" or "eight o'clock" for instance.
4) They take that number of steps toward Mr. Wolf - eight steps for eight o'clock, 1 step for 1 o’clock and so on.
5) They ask again, "What's the time Mr. Wolf?" and take the right number of steps again, always getting closer to Mr. Wolf.
6) When Mr. Wolf feels like it, he (or she) answers "dinnertime" and starts chasing the other children.
7) The first to be caught becomes the next Mr. Wolf.
Challenge: See if you can move like the animals in the story:
Can you flutter like a lady bird? Dance like a praying mantis? Slide like a boa constrictor? Scurry like a stag beetle? Charge like a rhino? Walk backwards like a lobster? Jump like a gorilla? Stomp like an elephant? Swim like a whale?
Science: The bad tempered ladybird meets lots of animals in the book. Can you think of an animal that has 0 legs? 2 legs? 4 legs? 6 legs? 8 legs? An animal that lives in the sea? An animal that flies? An animal that stings? An animal you will find in the jungle/zoo?
Watch the youtube videos and tell someone in your family some new facts about ladybirds.
27.4.20- Week 2: The Very Busy Spider
We are still learning about minibeasts. Everyone thinks a spider is an insect but it’s not because it has 8 legs. A spider is part of the arachnid family. That is a big word isn’t it J. Let’s learn more about spiders by firstly watching the story of The Very Busy Spider. It is written by Eric Carle- the same person who wrote the Hungry Caterpillar! Enjoy!
After you are finished the story have some fun trying the activities below- remember choose activities that suit you and try to do one a day J
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When you have finished the story you can try some of these activities below. Remember try one a day:
Literacy: talk about the book ask questions: What animals did you see in the story? Where do lots of these animals live? (This is a chance to recap farm animals from their learning a few weeks ago- what sound does the animals make/where do they live on a farm/what are their young called?) Did the spider answer the animals? Why didn’t the spider answer? Do you like spiders? Why?
Phonics: draw or write a list of all the animals in the book- remember to use your sounds and write the sounds you hear. E.g. hors- horse, duc- duck
Maths: a spider has 8 legs. Can you draw a spider and add 8 legs to it?
A spider has more than 2 eyes- it has lots of eyes. They have an even number of eyes. Can you draw a spider and draw either 4, 6 or 8 eyes on it.
Challenge: Can you find all the ways to make 8 using adding?
Just like our number bonds work up in order starting with 0. E.g. 0+8=8 1+7=8 2+6=8
Encourage some imagining: spiders home is a web. Can you try and make a home for you and your family- try to make a den. You can use the table, covers, blankets, pillows, boxes, bed etc..
Cooking: Make a spider out of an oreo. Or ice some biscuits and make a web on it.
Arts and crafts: Make a spider out of junk modelling materials- toilet roll, pipe cleaners, sticks, paper, egg cartons, cardboard box etc…
Or you can make a web out of wool and paper plate/cardboard box. Make holes and thread the wool/string through.
Or you can paint a spider- You could make a spider using your hand print- remember to use 4 fingers only on each hand. 4+4=?
Pe: Spider webs are very tricky to get through. Make up an obstacle course in your house/flat, garden, bed room, living room and see how long it takes you to get through it. E.g.
Slide under the table- jump over the pots and pans- crawl under the chairs, climb on the sofa, move like a spider to the finish line etc..Have a go at making playdough and then make lots of spiders out of your playdough.
Science: Watch the youtube videos. Tell someone in your family some new facts about spiders. You could make a fact file book about spiders. Remember a spider isn’t an insect because ……… it doesn’t have 6 legs. It has 8!
Can you go on a spider hunt in your house and see if you can find one? If you are quick enough you could take a picture of one and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Singing: sing incy wincy spider and copy the actions. Challenge: Try to make up your own actions to the song
SUMMER TERM FIRST HALF - MINIBEASTS
20.04.2020 Week one - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
I hope you’ve all had a good Easter break. This is a challenging time for us all and I appreciate how hard it is for you and your children at home.
If we were at school we would have been learning about insects so here a few fun activities for you to try at home. Remember you do not have to do them all.
Let’s begin with the book, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. It is written and beautifully illustrated by Eric Carle. If you are lucky enough to have the book that could be your week’s reading together with your child. If you don’t this video is great to watch together.
When you have finished you could try these activities. Remember only try ONE per day.
Talking together about the book: how might the caterpillar feel when he pops out of the egg? When he’s eaten all that food? When he’s inside his cocoon? When he emerges as a butterfly?
Encourage some imagining: if the children could change into any kind of animal, what would they like to be? How would they move? What would they eat? Maybe they could draw themselves as this creature, with a photograph of their face added on?
Writing: draw or write a list of the foods that the Very Hungry Caterpillar eats. In the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats something different every day of the week. Write a sentence or draw a picture for something you do each day of the week.
Phonics: using the letters in the word ‘caterpillar’ how many words can you make?
Maths: draw a butterfly and make a symmetrical pattern on its wings.
PE: act out the life cycle of a butterfly with these movements.
Try a bit of yoga with Cosmic Kids Yoga
Cooking: make The Very Hungry Caterpillar with tomato and cucumber and peppers.
Food tasting with eyes closed taste some of the foods that the Very Hungry Caterpillar eats and identify them.
Art: make a painting of the Very Hungry Caterpillar using fingerprints.
Science: learn about caterpillars and butterfly by watching these videos.
Make a picture or a model of the life cycle of a butterfly
Singing: practise the Tiny Caterpillar Song. Make up some actions to go with it?
Finally for some relaxation watch this rhyming story about a caterpillar and his many shoes.
Paddington’s Adventures with UNICEF.
I have signed up to receive a postcard from Paddington whilst supporting the work of UNICEF. Unicef is a charity which helps children around the world. Each month Paddington sends us a postcard from a different country so that we can learn a bit more about other children and families around the world.
I hope you enjoy exploring with your child.
I’ll update as soon as I receive the next postcard.
Hi Star Class
We’ve received a new postcard from Paddington. This time he is in Brazil.
Here is his postcard:
He has got lots of fun facts about Brazil for you to learn:
Why don’t you look up plants from the Amazon and have a go at drawing them. I’d love to see your pictures. Don’t forget you can email them to me here email@example.com and then I can put them on our class web page.
I’ll update our Travel Journal so that’s ready for when we can go back to school.
Hope you’re all well and safe!
From Miss Davies.
Week commencing 6.4.20
EASTER HOLIDAYS- RELAX YOU DESERVE IT- we won't be posting any new learning activities in this time.
Thanks parents for all your hard work and support at this time.
Below is an attachment from the Easter Bunny if you would like some ideas to do in the 2 week break.
Also the NHS need our support again. The new Nightingale Hospital is opening however, the walls are very bare and it doesn't look nice.
They would like children to draw/paint a picture of doctors/nurses. You then take a picture of their art and upload it to the app. More details on the link below:
I am missing all the children and I would love to see or hear about what they have been up to. Please send photos to me and I will keep in touch with you and your child.
I am looking forward to celebrating your child's work on our class page!
Thank you for your fabulous commitment and support.
from Miss Davies
Welcome to Star Class.
HOME LEARNING ACTIVITES AND IDEAS
Below are ideas of what you can do at home to support your child's learning. How you learn about them is up to you through- printing the documents off/drawing/writing/talking about them/making things.
You also have Maths Beat that sums with the timed Jingle below and you also have Bug Club you can access at home to carry on supporting your child's reading.
Keep checking back as we will be uploading more activities.
To show support for NHS workers lots of people are displaying rainbows in their windows with the message 'Thank you NHS'. Why don't you have a go with your children and then send us a picture of your efforts to display on our website and a prize for the most creative. Send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Rainbows in windows.
I would love to see your rainbows too and send them to the Residential Care Home we go and visit so they can print them off and put it in their windows. Please also send your rainbows to our email address email@example.com
There are lots of fun interactive games for maths online (See topmarks).
There are lots of mathematical talking opportunities that can happen at home with your child
e.g. when baking- using the scales- talking about heavy and light.
Compare sizes in your house- whose taller? shortest?
Talk about your daily routine- to help sequencing/ time
Play games e.g. snakes and ladders/ puzzles
Talk about numbers you may see around the house- on bank cards/remote controls
When you go to the supermarket look at the price of things together.
Remember to carry on reading through bug club ( where you all have a username and password). Share a book with your child or you can watch cbeebies bedtime stories. Talk about the book together- ask questions to them to help your child's understanding.
For writing opportunities you can support your child by letting them write a shopping list, a recipe, a card, describing a model they may have made etc.
We will be learning about Spring and Farm animals
By the end we would like children to know about....
The signs of spring: sun, rain, rainbow, flowers grow (they need water and sun) animals have their babies e.g. sheep and chickens, frogs and insects like bees start to come out. Extension: parts of a flower
Farm animals- what animals live on a farm and what is their young (baby) called e.g. pig/piglet, sheep/lamb, horse/foal, chicken/chick, goat/kid, cow/calf, duck/duckling. What an animal may produce e.g. chicken- eggs cow- milk sheep- wool. Extension: where an animal may live on a farm pig- sty, horse- stable, duck- pond
WEBSITES TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING
Highlights of last of half term was Children’s Mental Health week. We continued the children’s interest in wrapping with wool and made Worry Dolls.
I would highly recommend 2 books to share with children to help them learn to cope with worries.
Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first it's not such a big worry, and that's all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again?
and Silly Billy.
Billy is a bit of a worrier. He worries about hats and shoes. He worries about clouds and rain and giant birds. Most of all he worries about staying at other people's houses. His mum and dad try to help, but still Billy worries ... until a visit to his grandma's shows him how to overcome his fears with the aid of his imagination – and some tiny worry dolls.
I have both books in class and I would be happy to lend them to parents and carers.
Children also enjoyed the visit from the dental nurse. We followed it up in class with a lesson about how to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Everyone took their own toothbrush and toothpaste home.
Please help your child to have healthy teeth by avoiding food and drinks with high sugar content such as sweets and fizzy drinks. Also by booking a regular check-up with a dentist. It’s free!!
Use this link to find a dentist near you.
The children have very much enjoyed their cooking sessions. Cooking is an excellent way of teaching your child mathematical skills. If you need any of our recipes please ask.
Children in Need
Today was Pyjama Day at Athelney to raise money for Children in Need. Everyone looked really cosy. Perfect end to a busy week!
Beckenham Place Park
We had a great trip on Wednesday. I am so proud of how sensibly the children walked to and from the park. We were lucky with such great weather and the sun was shining while we went on our nature hunt. We found autumn leaves, feathers and mushrooms. We all spotted squirrels and birds and saw lots of dogs enjoying the park. We had a lovely picnic lunch and then made a leaf teddy bear. After lunch we played in the playground and as the sun went behind the clouds we made our way back to school. We were very tired but what lovely day.
All About Me Boxes – 8.11.19
Well done to everyone who managed to make a box. We have enjoyed talking to the children about their favourite toys and their photos of family and holidays. It is great for the children’s speaking skills to be able to talk about things which are important to them. They have all had a go at talking to the whole class about their box and this week they all wrote a sentence to go with their photos. This was a chance to practise everything they have learnt in phonics. We are so proud of all them.
STAY AND PLAY – 18.10.19
A big thank-you to everyone who came to the Stay and Play last half-term. The children really enjoyed sharing their play with you and it has helped their confidence grow knowing that you value their learning at school.
We will organise another opportunity for you to come into school soon.
The Learning Journey has begun!
Wow! I am so proud of all the children in Star Class. What a great start to the year. They have come into class quietly and played beautifully.
They are learning the routines of our day, how to line up to go for lunch and how to sit on the carpet so that they are ready for our group learning.
We have been particularly busy:
making tea, dabbing, smiling, cycling, making jigsaws, painting, creating small worlds, writing our names, building, being proud, jumping, squeezing, being kind, dressing up, playing tennis and climbing.