As we haven’t been able to enjoy Sports Day this year, here are some alternative ideas that you could try at home, in the garden or even during a visit to the park!
Task 1 Design and create a timetable of different races . . .
10 am Running races.
10:20 am Egg and spoon.
10:20 am Three legged race! (Warning: This should give you the giggles!)
3:00pm Assault Course – using furniture you have at home; climb under tables, in and out of chairs, jump on cushion stepping stones etc.
Put on your sports kit and get competitive with your family!
Task 2 Timed challenges
Use a timer on your phone to see how long it takes you to . . .
Run around the garden 5 times.
Skip around the garden.
Do an assault course.
Compare your time against your family. Who was the fastest/ quickest?
Write down the times in a table to keep a record.
Task 3 Design and make medals and trophies.
Use junk modelling materials like these . . .
Or a simple salt dough recipe . . .
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
3/4 of a cup of water
(Some food colouring if you would like to change the colour.)
Mix together these ingredients so that they create a dough. Shape, press into and mark the dough. Leave to dry out or bake on a very low temperature for two hours until hard to touch. Thread a piece of string or ribbon into the hole and wear your medal with pride!
Or even edible medals! These would go down a treat!
The recipe is here – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/medal-cookies
Task 4 – Research an athlete of your choice.
If you are feeling motivated – create a fact sheet or book about them!
Task 5 – Watch clips from the Olympics on YouTube alongside your child. Discuss the equipment, flags and nationalities, who came first, second etc.
You could write a report about a race that you found very exciting! First do a commentary for the video, so you know what to write. You could record this on your phone for your child.
Look at our earlier posts for other active home challenges, including paper plate tennis, dancing on newspaper stages, balloon fun and calming yoga!
Print out or copy this board. Write the words on pieces of paper and place them on the area of the board.
On your turn, the other player will read you a spelling on a word card. You can spell the word out loud or write it down. If you’re correct, roll a dice and move ahead! (If you haven’t got a dice then just move one space ahead.) If you get it wrong, you will need to stay where you are! The first to the finish wins the game.
Hunt for minibeasts. Use minibeast keys in order to identify them.
Play a game of beetle drive.
Draw a beetle of another type of insect. Remember the key parts of the insect that you have learnt, for example the thorax.
Cut the beetle up into different parts so that it’s like a jigsaw.
Get a dice and take it in turns to roll it. If you roll a
1 . . . you can collect the legs.
2 . . . collect a wing.
3 . . . collect the abdomen.
4 . . . collect the thorax
5 . . . collect the antennae
6 . . . collect the head.
You could also hide these parts in your garden if you want to make it trickier!
Watch and listen to some stories by the author Eric Carle.
Here are some online versions:
Can you write a recall of the story?
If you are feeling really creative – change the insect . . . The bad tempered worm!
(These stories are fab because they have repetitive language in.)
Create a collage like Eric Carle
Choose which insect you would like to create so that you know which colours to use.
Paint or use pencils to shade areas of paper. Once dry, tear them up and arrange them to create the insect.
Create a natural collage of a minibeast.
Make minibeast stones.
Find out about minibeast microhabitats here . . .
and make a minibeast hotel using old plastic bottles packed with sticks, stones and cones.
Enjoy walks with your family and write a forest school diary about what you have done outdoors this week!
Use your knowledge of measurement and length from last week to create minibeast wings that are 2 metres long!Use anything you have in your recycling to make the wings! Straws joined together, tubes, cardboard, paper, boxes, napkins, tissue.
Use a metre stick or tape measure to measure the wings to 2m.
Draw a plan on squared paper before you begin! Your design may change.
Can you believe in something if you have not seen it / them?
Do dreams ever come true?
Vocabulary to discuss pigtails, spire, supper, fir cones, tall stories, lull her to sleep
Little Red Riding Hood loves red…red clothes and red food.
Choose a colour (maybe your favourite colour) and draw and write a list of food that you’d buy or put in your basket. Use red if you find it hard to imagine a new colour.
If you are feeling creative . . .
There is a lot of conversation in this episode so children may benefit from some hot-seating activities.
Hot-seating is when one person acts as a character from the story and other people ask them questions. They have to answer as if they were that character (in role!)
So one of you could dress up as Little Red Riding Hood! A red tea-towel over your head would be enough!
The other thinks of questions to ask her such as . . .
Why do you like red so much? (Make up the answers in character – “Because it’s my favourite colour! It’s so bright and striking and everyone can see me coming!”
Who do you live with?
What do you think about Mrs Midgley’s wolf story?
Then you could swap over and change characters! Could one of you be Mrs Midgley? The wolf? Ma?
Maths- Measurement! Social distancing.
This week we are focusing on length.
Length can be the distance between two points.
In order to keep ourselves safe, the government have given us special rules.
Look at the pictures below and discuss them. Which rule is being shown? What can you see? What do you notice? What is it showing? Do you have any experience of doing this? Have your parents? PSHE considerations – how did it feel?
(We anticipate that some of the words the children use may be – “a part, gaps, room, moved away, spread out, not touching, a long way, queues, lines, waiting, arrows.” These are non-standard words for length and distance. They might use some standard words such as metres, centimetres, miles etc.)
You better be safe! You better be smart!
Jump on the broom but stay two metres a part!
So what does 2 metres mean? What does it look like? What could you use to show me?
Use a tape measure or metre stick (you could create a metre stick by measuring out a stick 1 m long or some string) to measure out two metres on the floor.
Problem solve using a 1 metre stick to measure 2 metres by doubling the length!
Collect a pile of you child’s toys.
We need to make social distanced queues using the toys. Each toy must be two metres apart!
Have different amount of toys in each pile. Which queue is the longest? Which is the shortest? Compare them; using the language of shorter and longer. How long is each queue – count in twos. This queue is 14 metres long.
Record their queues on a piece of paper. How can you illustrate that there is two metres between each toy? (Arrows and labelling 2 metres.)
Remember to count and order numbers with your child every day too! Write numbers on small pieces of paper or use the number pebbles we made a few weeks ago!
Listen to and join in with counting songs to 100.
If your child enjoyed role-playing in Task 1 why not act out the whole story!
This is a great way to retell, remember and discuss the characters.
Watch the second episode of Little Red Riding Hood
Pick 2 sight words one for you and one for your child. Take turns writing the word until someone has 3 in a row.
Set up queues outside of your child’s toys – some 2 metres apart and some not!
We need to check that they are socially distancing appropriately!
Children to practise measuring out 2 metres in between each toy.
Use language such as, “This is further than 2 metres. This is shorter than 2 metres. This is only a 1 metre distance.”
Use chalk on the ground to mark 2 metre intervals.
Remember to keep playing lots of mathematical board games!
Use ones you have at home or print them off . . .
A really good learning activity would be to make your own snakes and ladders board as it involves writing numbers in order to 100. If you are feeling really clever start at 100 and write backwards to 1!
Our eyes work together to allow us to see. To test how they work together you will need:
a paper cup
Drop the penny. Do this again with one eye covered and then with both eyes open. Which way is easier? Your eyes work together for proper depth perception. Using both eyes should be easier to determine when the penny was above the cup.
Set the paper cup on a table about 2 feet in front of your subject who should be sitting in a chair at the table. Have the person cover one eye. Hold a penny in your hand about 1.5 feet above the table. Slowly move your hand in front of, in back of and to the sides of the paper cup. When, the person thinks you are above the cup, have them say “Drop”.
Write numbers on different paper plates. Scatter the paper plates around the yard. Call out a number. Have the players run to find that number and bring it back to the start. Score a point for every correct number you find.
The sense of taste comes from taste receptors on your tongue. However, your taste is, also, influenced by your sense of smell. To test this you will need skittles or fruity sweets of various flavours and a partner. Have your partner hold his or her nose. Give the skittles one at a time to your partner. Don’t let them see what colour it is. Have them try to guess the flavour. Record the answers. Do the experiment again but not holding your nose! Which way made it easier to determine the flavour?
We hope that these activities will help your learning and give you some fun and giggles along the way!
Later in the week a balloon and some paper plates might come in handy!
This weeks spellings are all related to our body. You now know lots of games to help you remember them because you did them last week. Just take a look at our earlier posts.
This week we will be focussing on the story you learnt last week – Pippety Skycap!
Here it is to remind you . . .
Pippety Skycap – A tale of mischief!
Once upon a time, there was a pixie called Pippety Skycap who lived in the corner cupboard in a room just like yours. Pippety loved to have fun and loved to giggle, but most of all he loved to play tricks. One cloudy morning, he woke up feeling full of mischief. So, he put on his best blue jacket, squeezed into his spotty boots and set off to find some fun – hoppity skip, hoppity skip, hoppity skip.
Soon, he came to the old stone bridge where a grumpy troll was sleeping. “Now for some fun!” giggled Pippety and he pulled a soft feather from his pocket. Nearer and nearer he crept to the troll until he could tickle his warty nose with the feather. “A-A-A-CHOO!” The poor old troll woke up with a huge sneeze and tried to grab the tricky pixie. Luckily, Pippety was a tiny pixie, a teeny pixie and he slipped through the troll’s fat fingers. Off he sped – hoppity skip, hoppity skip, hoppity skip.
Next, he came to a prickly bush where a ginger cat was watching the birds. “Now for some fun!” giggled Pippety and he snapped off a sharp thorn from the bush. Nearer and nearer he crept to the cat until he could prick her tail with the thorn. “OUCH! OUCH! OUCH!” The poor cat spun round with a yowl and a howl and swiped at the tricky pixie. Luckily, Pippety was a tiny pixie, a teeny pixie and he dodged the long, sharp claws. Off he sped, hoppity skip, hoppity skip, hoppity skip.
Soon, he came to riverbank where an old toad was dozing on a shiny lily pad. “Now for some fun!” giggled Pippety and he pulled a bright blue balloon from his pocket. Nearer and nearer he crept to the toad until he was right beside his ear. He blew and he blew and he blew until – BANG! “My poor ears!” croaked the toad and he wibbled and wobbled and finally fell into the river with a gigantic splash.
Unfortunately, Pippety had not seen that on the next lily pad was the King Toad. It looked at him with mean, beady eyes, flicked out an enormous tongue and covered him in a thick, sticky goo! “YUCK!” cried Pippety and he ran off, squishing and squelching and squelching and squishing all the way home. That evening, Pippety Skycap had a long, hot bath, snuggled up with a mug of hot chocolate and thought about his day. He remembered the sticky, oozy goo that had covered him head to foot and frowned. “I’ll just have to be a careful tricky pixie tomorrow,” he mumbled and settled down to plan some more mischief!
Experiment – Think about the shape of bones. Some of the strongest bones are found in our arms and legs. Using a piece of paper can you make it into the strongest shape possible? Compare them to the shape of the bones in your skeleton.
Your shape must be able to hold a weight off the table. (Like a small bag of sugar, a book or a stone.)
Here are some ways . . . (don’t show your child until the end! So that they can get creative!)
Stack words! Build with words! Write some of the words onto cups or toilet roll tubes! Read them as you stack them! Read them as they fall down!
Egg carton number bonds! Or ice trays! Or anything with 10 holes in!
You will need two sets of objects. This could be pasta and blueberries. It could be white marshmallow and pink marshmallows.
Start using 10 holes – this could be an egg carton – or one made out of two chopped up!
Your child can fill in in anyway they like using their two sets of objects. Then make statements about it. I have 2 blueberries and 8 pieces of pasta. 2+8=10. Why does it always equal 10? Because there are ten holes.
Progress to 20 holes and repeat. You could even use one set of objects like above – 14 red counters and 6 empty; 14+6=20.
If you’d like a further challenge here’s images to work out what the number bonds are! You could draw some too!
Need to relax – maybe be try this guided meditation
Your skeleton is hard and strong, providing the perfect protection for your soft internal organs. A good example of part of the skeleton with an important protective role is your skull, which helps keep your brain safe if you bang your head. Can you think which part of the skeleton protects your heart and lungs?
Can you sketch one of these parts? A skull of the ribs? These ones are particularly effective using chalk and black paper.
Listen to the story of Jim and the Beanstalk again. Talk about the similarities and differences between this story and the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Compare the characters , where the story is set and some of the plot. What happens that is similar? Which part is different?
You could draw and write some of them in a table like this.
Here’s a game to play with an adult! This is a basic form of the ancient game of Nim.
How do you play? You’ll need an adult to play with.
You will also need seven objects, such as counters, blocks, toys, pasta, stones.
Place the 7 counters in a pile and starting with the adult, take turns to take away either one or two counters.
The person who takes the last counter wins.
Swap who goes first, and keep playing until you work out a winning strategy.
Does it matter who has the first turn?
What happens when there are three counters left?
How can you win at this game?
What happens when you start the game with more counters?
Link this to subtraction – 7-1=6 then I took away 2. 6-2=4 and so on . . .
Start with a different amount of counters in the middle. Record what happens in a number sentence and by crossing out images.
Try some mindfulness meditation.
We know that this is a really tough and stressful time. We hope that this activity might make you feel calm and positive. It focusses on breathing.