Hopefully you will all have found the new video messages, from staff to children, nestled in amongst the Distance Learning.

We are just in the process of organising time slots for all teachers to call the children in their class. We will be in touch shortly with further details.

🌈 ☁️Fun cloud dough

This malleable material is a bit like kinetic sand. It holds its shape and can be squeezed and moulded. You could use it to build tiny sand castles or use moulds.

Here’s the recipe…remember this is a good opportunity to measure and count. You could halve the recipe if you need to.

You could add some food colour If you have some.

Now you can use kitchen utensils to play with your cloud dough

🌈 🌼 Dandelion life cycle

When I was outside I found lots more dandelions but some of them had changed. Have you noticed the dandelion clocks in the garden? They look like this

I wonder why they have changed? Why do you think it’s happened?

Have a look at the seed pod. Take it apart and examine it. Can you see that each dandelion clock is made up of lots of seeds that have their own β€œwings”. Why do you think they have wings? Have a look at this diagram and see if you can explain how the dandelion is changing.

Can you find a dandelion in each stage of its life and make your own dandelion life cycle?

First find some paper scissors glue and tape.

Then you need to cut the stems off and stick them down. Can you stick down the seeds. Have a close look and you might even draw what you can see.

Key words: Seed. Flower. Bud. Pod.

Here’s mine….

Afterwards you could chop up the stems using scissors and arrange them in a pattern or shorter to longer…. have you noticed that the stems are hollow like a straw?

🌈 Bicycles 🚲

Thinking a bit more about traffic. Did you do the traffic survey? I wonder whether there is more traffic on the road today? You could do it again and see how many more cars there are.

Lots of children have their own bike or scooter. Do you know why bikes are such a great way to get around?

Have a look at your bike. What different shapes can you see.

What shape are the wheels? What shape is the frame? How many triangles can you see on your bike? How many circles can you see?

Here’s my bike. I can see lots of circles. Can you find the pedals, the brakes, the saddle, the handle bars.

I’m going to look closely at my bike and draw a picture of it. You could draw a picture of my bike or you could draw your own bike. Look closely at the different shapes and how they connect to each other.

Can you write the word bike

🌈 Traffic jam! πŸš—πŸš™πŸšŽπŸš²πŸšπŸš›

There are lots of different ways to travel. What different ways can you think of to get about. What ways are good and want ways are not so good?

Let’s do a traffic survey. I’m going to look out of the window for ten minutes and see all the different vehicles that go past. I will keep a tally. You could use this sheet or make your own.

Here’s mine…

What did you see the most of. What did you see the least of?

Can you have a look at a parked car and find out more about it. What make is it? How many doors does it have? Can you draw a picture of it?

🌈 Ladybird Ladybird….🐞🐞

Some of you might remember when we found a black and red ladybird in the nursery garden. Well one of them landed on me when I was in my garden

He was quite wriggly but I had a good look. He was just like the harlequin ladybird that we saw at nursery

When I went out to find some more ladybirds I couldn’t find any but I did find some ladybird babies. They are called larvae and they look like this.

When you go outside today have a look along walls and you might see some ladybird larvae too.

I also saw this ladybird pupae. It was attached to the wall

If you want to find out more information about the lifecycle of a ladybird use this link

I’m going to have a go at making my own spotty ladybird using foam but you could use card or paper. You could use paper or toilet roll holder.

Gather your resources
Cut out a black body and two red wings
Now cut out your spots. Make sure you put the same number of spots on each wing
Did you find the googly eyes? Now is a good time to use them!

Here’s a link to what the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson. You could use your ladybird as a prop when you are listening to the story

This is the song sung by Julia Donaldson and her husband. I hope you enjoy it 🐞🐞

Stanley Bagshaw and the Short-Sighted Football Trainer

Miss Boxall reads “Stanley Bagshaw and the Short-Sighted Football Trainer” by Bob Wilson

It seems that nothing can save Huddersgate Albion from a terrible defeat on the home ground. Until Stanley Bagshaw finds his way on the pitch that is – after that anything can happen.

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher: Barn Owl Books (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190301526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903015261

The Egg

Mrs Mooney reads “The Egg” by M.P. Robertson.

George knows something isn’t right when he finds more than he bargained for under his mother’s favourite chicken….but when the egg hatches he finds himself looking after a baby dragon! George takes his job as a parent seriously, teaching the hatchling all sorts of ‘dragony’ ways, but the dragon begins to pine for his own kind, and one day he disappears…

  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books; Paperback Reissue edition (20 Nov. 2008)
  • ASIN: B00I63BV5Q

Author Biography

Mark (M.P) Robertson was born in Parsons green, London in 1965. He studied illustration at Kingston Polytechnic.

After he graduated in 1988 he worked as a freelance illustrator. He has illustrated over a hundred covers and has provided countless pen and ink illustrations for many titles by distinguished authors, such as Joan Aiken, Robert Bolt, Robert Swindells, Adele Geras and Brian Patten.

In 1997 he wrote and illustrated his first picture book Seven ways to catch the Moon. He followed this with The Egg a story about a boy and a foundling dragon. His latest book Frank n Stan is a heart warming retelling of Mary Shelley’s gothic classic.

Nobody Owns the Sky

Miss Rogations reads “Nobody Owns the Sky” by Reeve Lindbergh

The story of Bessie Coleman becoming the first licensed African American aviator is sure to inspire readers to follow their own dreams.

As a young black woman in the 1920s, Bessie Coleman’s chances of becoming a pilot were slim. But she never let her dream die and became the first licensed African-American aviator. Reeve Lindbergh honors her memory with a poem that sings of her accomplishment. With bold illustrations by Pamela Paparone, Nobody Owns the Sky will inspire readers to follow their dreams.

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What’s this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (January 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763603619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763603618

🌈 Drawing challenge

You are all so good at observational drawings and paintings so I thought I would set you a challenge.

Find an apple and really have a look at it. What colours do you see, what shape is it? Does it have any details that you can draw.

Then using pencils or pens have a go at drawing it. It will take you a while and you will have to keep looking carefully.

Have a think about how big the apple is compared to your hand and try to make it as close in size as you can.

I’m going to put my drawing in my scrap book! Maybe you could find some other fruit to draw too. πŸπŸŽπŸπŸŠπŸ‹πŸ₯­