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.
Creative Composting Challenge!
BDR Waste Treatment Facility
BDR are proud to launch their creative composting challenge!
This competition is open to all school aged children (ages 4-16) living in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.
Composting is an easy way to reduce our waste and help out our planet.
Did you know, composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months?
BDR want you to help them promote this and get more people to compost- and they want you to be as creative as possible.
It can be a drawing, a story, a poem, a play, a vlog, an animation, building a model….or wherever your imagination takes you.
There will be nine prizes available, each worth £100.
If you’re in Scouting or Guides the Creative Composting challenge could contribute to some of your badges such as:
• Beavers – skills challenge or creative activity badge
• Cubs – skills challenge or artist activity badge
• Scouts – creative challenge
• Explorers – creative arts activity badge
• Rainbows – Drawing, nature, recycling, storyteller
• Brownies – Painting, performing, zero waste
• Guides – Campaigning, photography, vlogging, upcycling
• Rangers – Animation, blogging, volunteering
**COMPETITION CLOSES 9TH OF MAY 2020**
PLEASE NOTE: The email address on the application form is incorrect. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org