Next week is when we were supposed to be holding our Sports Day. During next week, I would like all of you to complete a set of challenges - these can be done at home or in school (if you come to childcare or our Outdoor Learning hour). It would be amazing if you could then send me any videos and photos to share on the PE page and your results.
For details of the events please head over to the PE section of the website. This can be accessed via the link below. You will also find an at home score card below.
Wriggle and Crawl and the Scented Garden
For the Summer term, our topic is 'Wriggle and Crawl and the Scented Garden'. Take a look at some of the home learning activities that you can be having a go at, linked to our topic.
Have a go at some of these engage activities, to hook you into the topic!
Take a walk around the local community, park or meadow to see what plants and flowers are growing there. Capture interesting images using cameras or tablets. Make a list of the plants and flowers seen, recording their findings in a simple table. Make maps and plans of the walk, recalling and sequencing what was seen, using the images as a reference. Include a key, identifying geographical features, such as the school, shops, post office, road, park and woodland.
Growing a pizza garden
Plant fast growing seeds and bulbs to grow a pizza garden. Include a range of ingredients used to make a pizza, including tomatoes, basil, onions, rocket, spinach, peppers and oregano. Listen to and follow simple instructions (verbal or written) throughout the planting task. Discuss what the seeds and bulbs need in order to grow and make a list of daily jobs that will need to be done to care for the plants.
Sowing sweet peas
Plant sweet pea seeds in eco-friendly plant pots made from newspaper and tape. Soak seeds for a few hours before planting to help them germinate. Carefully fill pots with compost, making a 3cm deep planting hole in each pot using fingers and dropping a seed into each. Care for the seeds, placing them in a sunny spot in the classroom and watering them daily.
Visit a local woodland, grassland, heathland, wetland or fen to observe and identify minibeasts in their natural habitat. Before the trip, talk to the children about what they might expect to see and encourage them to come up with questions about different minibeasts and the environments they live in.
Explore small trees and bushes in their local environment to discover what’s hiding in them. Work in groups to hold a white cotton sheet under a bush or small tree. Shake the tree or bush over the white sheet and work quickly to catch minibeasts with spoons, pooters and fingers. Use simple classification (identification) keys or pictures to identify species found and create a tally chart to record the different types and frequency. Back in the classroom, transfer their data to a simple data handling program, calculating the total number of each creature found in the sample area. Use the information to produce a computer generated or hand drawn pictogram or block graph.
These lessons are designed to develop the children's knowledge, skills and understanding of the topic area. This fortnight's focuses are Plants and Senses.
Activity 1 - New Discovery!
Imagine they have just discovered a completely new weird and wonderful plant or flower. Draw it and label it, talking through their ideas with a partner. Answer questions, such as: ‘What colour, shape or texture are its petals and leaves? Does it have a perfume? Is any part of it safe to eat? Where does it grow?’ Give the plant an exciting, appropriate name.
Try and use lots of interesting adjectives to describe the features of the plant.
Activity 2 - My fantasy plant
Write a non-chronological report about the new plant that they have discovered, ensuring they include the key features of the genre. Present their report to the class and explain their plant’s most interesting features. Answer press conference style questions from the other children.
Note: When writing their reports, children should use their labelled diagrams to help them decide what information to include. Encourage children to take the information, record it in sentences and think carefully about which pieces of information need to be grouped together. Children could write on a given template with provided subheadings. Some children will enjoy the challenge of coming up with their own subheadings. Once complete, compile the reports on the imagined plants to create an exciting handbook of fantasy plants.
Activity 3 - Using your senses - Smell
Explore a range of smells, both pleasant and unpleasant, using items from around the house. What can they smell? What might be inside? Sort smells into those they like and those they don’t like. Do the smells remind them of anything?
Smell has a strong link to memory and emotion. Explore what memories are evoked by the smells, encouraging children to record their memories in drawing and writing activities. Smells to include could be burned toast, vinegar, fresh bread, coffee, perfume, orange peel, freshly cut grass, manure, tree bark, sweets, soil, mint and an old smelly sock. Use your imagination. The possibilities are endless.
Activity 4 - The importance of senses
Match the five senses to images of body parts that we use for each sense. Imagine what it might be like to lose one or more of their senses by wearing a blindfold and trying to eat cereal, blocking their ears and trying to follow an instruction or holding their nose and eating an apple or onion. Talk about what it feels like to lose a sense.
Note: This could also be linked to the story of Helen Keller and the importance of smell to her. ‘Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived’ – Helen Keller.
Find out more about Helen Keller by clicking on the links below.
Activity 5 - Observational Drawings
Make detailed observational drawings of scented flowers, using hand lenses to look closely at colours, shapes and patterns. Choose from a range of drawing materials, such as chalks, felt pens, wax and pencil crayons and pastels, to record their ideas. Try smelly pens to add a sensory dimension to artwork.
Note: Tulips, roses and sweet peas are very colourful and fragrant, as well as having an interesting form for drawing work. Inspire the children with with the opportunity of looking at paintings by different artists. The work of artist Georgia O'Keeffe is an excellent starting point for flower work. Click on the link below to find out more.
Activity 6 - Helping out local environment
Help to tidy up the school’s garden or another community site. Wear gloves to pick up litter, pull out weeds and dig over borders and small patches of earth. Perhaps plant seeds and bulbs that will flower in the spring so that others may enjoy them.
Practical resources you may need:
- Sturdy gardening gloves
- Litter pickers
- Seeds and bulbs
- Gardening bags
Activity 7 - Cacti Characteristics
Explore a range of cacti of different shapes and sizes. Group them according to their features and talk about why they have sorted them in a particular way. Find out their different features, characteristics and the conditions they need to grow well. Use a range of information sources, such as books, leaflets and the web and record findings in different ways.
Note: Cacti come in a multitude of shapes and sizes and are divided into two main groups, desert cacti and forest cacti, each having different habitats and needs. Show children desert areas of the world on a map or globe and highlight how far away they are from the UK.
Activity 8 - Rainforest Flora
Find out about plants and flowers that grow in a non-European location, such as the Brazilian rainforest. Use books, video and pictures to gather information about different types of plants and flowers, including how the climate affects how and where plants grow. Locate the rainforests on a world map, particularly in relation to the equator.
A typical 10km square area of rainforest contains around 1500 kinds of flowering plants and 750 tree species. Children can learn about the wide variety of foliage that grows there – from the tall canopy trees, shrubs and the young trees of the under layer to the plants and flowers that hug the forest floor, including ferns, herbs and seedlings that need less sunlight than their tall relatives.
Activity 9 - Bee Colony Webcam
Watch webcam footage of bees in a bee colony as they come and go from the hive and perform their duties. Look closely at the bees returning to the hive to see if some appear different to others. Pick out bees that have full pollen baskets on their legs and observe their different colours, which change depending on where they have foraged. See how bees communicate in and around the hive and watch footage of the waggle dance they perform to tell other worker bees the direction and distance of flowers that contain lots of pollen and nectar.
Did you know that pollen baskets, or corbicula, are located on the hind legs of honey bees and bumblebees? Bees vary in their ability to pack pollen into their baskets and can take between three and 18 minutes to complete a full load. They primarily use pollen as a food source for growing larvae.
Activity 10 - Life Cycle of a Bee
Learn about the life cycle of a honey bee or bumblebee, including their egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages. Draw the bee’s life cycle as a diagram and label accordingly, adding short captions to explain each stage.
Activity 11 - Plant Alphabet
Make a plant alphabet frieze, take your time to draw and write the name of a plant (one for each letter of the alphabet), making the initial letter stand out clearly. Use non-fiction books and the web to research the plant names and images.
Activity 12 - Quiz time!
Write questions for a plant or gardening quiz. You could do this as a written quiz of you could even have a go at doing one on Kahoot and the class can have a go at it over Zoom!
Activity 13 - Pressing Flowers
Press a garden or wild flower between the pages of an old book and weigh down, leaving in a warm, dry place to dry out. Laminate pressed flowers when dry to create a bookmark or tag. Write a simple explanation or set of instructions on how they did it.
Note: Pressed flowers can be glued onto card and laminated. Create a hole using a hole punch, tying a ribbon through it to create simple mobiles, gift tags or bookmarks. Good flowers to press include pansies, daisies and roses.
Activity 14 - Floral Collages
Create floral collages using papers and fabrics. Represent colours and textures, explaining their intentions as they work.
Note: Inspire artwork by sharing a range of starting points such as Judith Leyster’s Tulip, Monet’s Blue Water Lilies, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Oriental Poppies, Manet’s Lilacs in a Vase, Andy Warhol’s Flowers, Hokusai’s Bullfinch on Weeping Cherry, Dürer’s Tuft of Cowslips, Jan Brueghel’s A Vase of Flowers, Henri Fantin-Latour’s Roses and Van Gogh’s Vase with Pink Roses. Encourage the children to talk about the artwork shown, considering how the pieces are similar, how are they different, what media has been used to create them, and which is their favourite and why?
Activity 15 - Making a Minibeast
Use your knowledge of camouflage and warning colours to design and make a 3-D model of a minibeast. Collect and use natural materials, such as leaves, twigs and bark, and a range of craft materials, including googly eyes, pipe cleaners and coloured pom-poms. Place your creature outside in their ‘natural habitat’ and take photos.
For the Innovate stage (where children recall and apply their knowledge independently). The Innovate lessons provides a scaffold for the children to record their thinking and present their learning as part of a project.
For the Innovate stage of our learning I would like you to have a go at making a gift with a gorgeous fragrance for someone very special.
You could make:
- a pot of aromatic herby butter
- a packet of luscious lavender and lemon biscuits
- a sachet of perfumed potpourri
- a sweet and stinky pomander
- a fragrant lavender bag