Salt drawings

All you’ll need to do this is some table salt a tray and some chopsticks.

Sprinkle a little salt onto the tray to give it a fine layer. You really don’t need much.

Now you can start mark making ….

You can practise forming letters
You could even draw a picture of yourself…

And afterwards you just shake the tray and the image disappears. Have fun… 😀

Scissor activities

Adult supervision required.

Using scissors is one of the most effective ways of building up children’s hand muscles. All children are starting from a different place in terms of their scissor skills. One of the ways adults can help children is by holding the paper as the child controls the scissors.

The first activity that children enjoy will be snipping around the edge of the paper

The next step will be cutting lengths of paper into strips.

Children find it really difficult to cut out shapes but it’s a good way to develop scissor skills and to think about shapes.

Or if you’ve got a catalogue you could help your child to cut out objects that they like… but always tear the page out first.

Distance Working and Easter

Dear School Community,

Just to confirm that classwork will continue to be added for the rest of this week. If you are struggling to locate it then please read this post:

Or follow this link:

Although school will remain open for Key Workers’ children and those that need support, we will not be posting work for the duration of the holiday period. The last piece of class work will be posted this Friday 03.04.20. We will then resume the Distance Learning on Monday 20.04.20 and for the period that school remains closed.

We hope you are all staying well and keeping safe.


Edmund Waller Senior Leadership Team

Magic beans

Can you make a set of magic beans?

You need 10 beans and something to colour them with

Paint all ten the beans one colour on one side and then turn them over and paint the other side.

Now you should have ten beans that are all painted on both sides in two different colours.

Now… this game is all about counting and knowing that the total stays the same.

Toss the beans and see how many land blue side up and how many land orange side up. You could keep a tally to see which colour is the winner.

Most children will need to count all of them to understand the total doesn’t change.

This game will also help children begin to know their number bonds.


Speaking of buttons… you can have a lot of fun with buttons… sorting them is just one activity.

How would you sort these buttons?

Like this?

How have I sorted them?

Or like this…

Can you see how I’ve sorted them this time?

Can you work out where should I put these 4 buttons?

Did you solve it?

Developing fine motor skills

This activity is a great way to develop co-ordination and build hand strength.

All you need is some thread a large tapestry needle and some cardboard.

Parent supervision 😀 needed of course!

Start by asking your parent to thread the needle and then tie a knot at one end of the thread.

Now push the needle through the cardboard and pull the needle till the knot stops it from moving

Now turn the card over and push the needle back through to make a stitch

Keep going. See if you can make nice small stitches.

Notes for parents/carers.

Try and resist making the hole for your child… it might be that you need to help push the needle through initially as it’s harder than it looks.

Support your child to turn the cardboard over after each stitch otherwise you’ll end up with a knotty tangle! If you have some buttons you could sew them on too. Happy sewing