Today at school, we visited the Secret Garden and made some bird feeders.
We threading 'cheerio' cereal pieces onto a pipe cleaner and then curled it into a spiral shape once done.
We then attached a ribbon and the children put them on the trees for the birds to find and eat!
Maybe you could have a try at making your own bird feeder at home too.
The theme this week in school is Healthy Eating.
We shared the story, 'Oliver's Vegetables' and talked about our favourite fruit and vegetables we like to eat.
We then looked at a pineapple and used adjectives to describe it (spiky, bumpy, green leaves etc.). We talked about observational means looking very closely at something.
We looked closely at the pineapple and then made our own fantastic observational drawings.
Perhaps you could talk about your favourite fruit and vegetables and create your own observational drawings of them.
The theme this week at school is exploring science and also looking at Minibeasts. As part of our science activity we looked at colour mixing. We talked about Primary Colours - RED YELLOW BLUE and discovered that when we mixed them together we can make Secondary Colours - ORANGE PURPLE GREEN.
We also looked at the artist Wassily Kandinsky, in particular his painting called 'Concentric Circles.' We talked about how he used primary and secondary colours in his work. We then created our own 'concentric circles' by painting different primary colours on a paper plate, which in turn created secondary colours where the two paint colours meet. We used our paintings to make a shell for our snails, adding a body and some eyes.
Maybe you could explore colour mixing in the style of Kandinsky by creating your own snail shells.
As part of the science - colour mixing theme at school this week, the children made their own colourful pinwheels (or windmills).
To make you will need...
a square of paper (or thin card)
colouring pencils or crayons
paper fastener (or split pin)
straw (or stick)
We started with a square of paper and coloured each section a different primary colour (red, yellow, blue) and also a secondary colour (green).
We then carefully cut towards the centre from each corner but stopping short of the middle of the square.
then we hole punched a hole in each corner and a also a hole in the middle. We then folded each each section towards the centre and fastened with a split pin (paper fastener). we then attached a straw (or stick). Then held them in the wind and watched them spin.
Perhaps you could have a go at making your own colourful windmill too.
Science Week - Colour Mixing
The theme this week is 'Exploring Science' so at school we have been 'colour mixing.' The children have been busy baking rainbow cupcakes.
Make the usual cake mixture then separate it into different bowls and add a few drops of food colour to each, mix well then add a dollop of each coloured mixture to a cupcake case. Repeat until all the cases are filled.
Bake in the oven (ask a grown-up to help with this bit). Leave to cool, then once cooled eat and enjoy!
Have fun baking!
If you would like some more ideas of activities you can challenge your children with during lockdown, I have found a really useful website which you can access by clicking on the link below.
Here you will find free homeschool learning packs for all year groups which are produced weekly.
There is absolutely no pressure for you do any of these with your children, but I am aware that some of you wanted more ideas. Our only expectation is that you all keep safe and well!
Mrs Hughes, one of the teachers from our Hearing Support Base (HSB), organised the following song for you to enjoy. We were each given a line to learn with the amazing assistance of Ms Emmanuel, which was quite tricky to remember! Mrs Jones then used her amazing technical skills to put this all together. I love the message of the song and hope you all enjoy it.
Next time you are out on your daily walk or in your garden, why not have a go at creating your own sky scanner? Write around your sky scanner with all of the things that you can see; can you describe them? I have included an example of a sky scanner below, so you know how to make one.
I'm going to try and make one when I go on my next daily walk!
The theme this week at school is Zoo animals. Yesterday, we read the book, ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell, which is about a child who wants a pet and writes to the zoo to ask him to send one. Unfortunately the animals they send back are not quite right (giraffe is too tall, elephant is too big) but in the end they send an animal that is ‘perfect.’
The children then created their own ‘lift the flap’ pictures in the style of the book, by drawing their favourite animal behind a flap and deciding why the animal wasn’t quite right (eg too tall, too big etc) then writing the story sentences, “They sent me a.....” “but it was too.....so I sent it back.”
Perhaps you could also have a go at making your own ‘lift the flap’ pictures in the style of Dear Zoo.
The theme at school this week is ‘zoo animals.’ Yesterday at school we shared the book, ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell. We then talked about and described the animals in the book. We looked closely at the animal features such as skin patterns, shape and size.
The children then went on a ‘Safari Hunt’ in the Secret Garden looking for ‘hidden’ wild animals. Once they’d each found an animal, they used them to complete an observational drawing of it. The children produced some fantastic art work, looking super closely at the animals and drawing all the details.
Maybe you could have a go at drawing your favourite animal, using either a toy animal, a picture from a book or the computer to help you. Remember to look closely at all the features and try to draw all the details.
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