Working from home
Our topic this half term is called Wriggle and Crawl. Here are some fun science activities for you to do at home.
Visit the Natural History Museum website to find out information about minibeasts and nature: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature.html
Going on a minibeast hunt!!
Visit a local woodland or grassland to observe and identify minibeasts in their natural habitat. Before the trip, talk about what you might expect to see and encourage your child/children to come up with questions about different minibeasts and the environments they live in.
Take a little mirror so that you can take a sneaky peek into holes and crevices and nets to sweep beneath the surface of ponds and muddy puddles, then lift stones and logs and clear away leaf litter to see what you can find. Collect specimens using pooters (or little tubs/yoghurt pots), spoons and nets, then observe the creatures closely using magnifying glasses or digital microscopes/cameras.
Finally, the children should use recording sheets, digital photography and video footage to record their experience. They can also draw the minibeasts and make notes on how they move, the creatures they were found with and other observations.
Make sure the children return all minibeasts to their natural habitat.
I have attached recording sheets below and a link to various videos about minibeasts in their habitats and a range of activities.
Minibeast Hunt Recording Sheet
Lockdown Positives Activity
Please read through this activity and have a go at filling in the stars and bubbles. Think about what new skills, talents and special qualities you have discovered during lockdown. This is a very difficult time, but we need to remember it won't last forever and think about all of the positive things you have done over the last few months.
See my ideas for new skills below...
This is a lovely way for the family to stay occupied over the next few weeks! Pete McKee is a Sheffield based artist who is sharing videos of drawing tutorials. For art this afternoon, please watch and follow the Pete McKee art video on drawing robots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmxsnMmGAYs
Wriggle and Crawl Art:
For a Wriggle and Crawl based art lesson, watch how to draw a butterfly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocKI-ACvpc4 You can paint your butterfly afterwards by observing a monarch butterfly carefully to make sure you use realistic colours.
Fun screen-free activities to keep you busy at home!
Out of the Ark Music is a lovely website with lots of songs to sing at home. They are offering free resources for you to access. https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/
Please watch the daily phonics lessons here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ?app=desktop
Reception: please watch the set 1 and set 2 videos.
Years 1 and 2: please alternate between watching the set 2 and set 3 videos.