Home Learning Activities
Over the next two weeks most of the team from Freesia Class will be taking their Easter holiday.
Whilst we are away perhaps you might like to try some of these Easter themed ideas with your family.
Can you share the Easter story together?
During the final week of the Spring term we should have been sharing the Easter story as part of R.E. week.
Here is a sensory story from Twinkl, which suggests some sensory elements that you could use to help tell the story.
The story is quite long, you may want to tell parts on different days, or build it up so that you add a little bit more over the weeks.
You can also view a version of the Easter story with your children if you would prefer:
Can you create and play with an Easter themed sensory tray?
You will need:
A deep baking tray or shallow plastic box
Easter themed loose parts (available at most supermarkets as part of your weekly shop)
What to do:
Together with your child dye the rice with the food colouring, this is a nice activity for noticing changes, mix the food colouring and the rice together with your hands or a spoon (depending on how messy you want to get!).
You will then need to leave the rice to dry for a couple of days otherwise the food colouring will stain your hands.
Place the rice and the loose parts into the tray, arrange attractively and allow your child to explore.
There are various opportunities to explore size, shape, texture, sorting by size and colour etc
Can you have an Easter egg hunt?
Hide chocolate eggs or a selection of eggs that have been cut out of paper around your home and garden, and encourage your child to look for the eggs.
Can you create some Easter/spring themed art?
If you have paint or other crafting materials at home, try creating something with your child. They love to explore crafting materials.
There are lots of ideas on the internet, here's a link to a few that could be appropriate for the pupils in Freesia class to try.
Can you plant some seeds?
People often talk about new life at Easter, because Christians believe that Jesus died and rose again, but also because it is spring time and we see signs of new life, in new animals, and plants which begin to grow.
Seeds that will grow quickly include cress and grass seeds. You could make a grass head, and watch your characters head grow.
Alternatively get out in the garden and try planting some pots.
Can you create an Easter garden?
At Easter some people enjoy creating a special garden to help them remember the Easter story.
Maybe this might be something you would like to try?
This website will tell you how. https://www.mybaba.com/nanny-anitas-easter-garden/
As you make it, you could use some of the sensory story above to explain why you are making a garden.
We miss you, and we hope that you have a good break.
You can contact us at: email@example.com
We would love to see what you have been up to whilst we have been away from each other.
Donna and the Freesia Class team
Home learning Activities
Please look at the powerpoint for visual representations where I have mentioned ideas:
Can you make some playdoh with someone at home?
Silky soft playdoh
You will need: 8 tbsp plain flour, 2 tbsp table salt, 60ml warm water, food colouring, 1 tbsp vegetable oil
1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.
3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh
For lots more sensory playdoh ideas and recipes take a look at the twinkl website
Free access can be acquired using the offer code: twinklhelps
Once you've made your playdoh perhaps you can make some items related to the hungry caterpillar - see powerpoint for ideas.
Read or listen to a story with someone at home
Try to find a book that has lots of repetition, actions and excitement to it.
In class we really enjoy repeating a story over and over again so that we can begin to understand it and anticipate what is going to happen next
Incorporate lots of actions, signs and maybe even props to help engage us and keep us focused.
Stories we have been enjoying at school recently include: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Rosie's Walk, The Gruffalo and A Squash and A Squeeze
Can you make a craft activity at home?
In class we enjoy making different craft items to be proud of. At home if you have access to craft materials, then any kind of craft work will be enjoyed by your child. For ideas linked to our theme please look at the powerpoint, but if you have anything else in mind, please use your own ideas.
Can you explore outside?
If you have access to an outside space, and following Government advice regarding social distancing, it is good to get outside and explore.
Here are some ideas for outside learning:
- Collect natural objects and create a collage
- What can you see? Look around your garden, see what you can find - take some photos on a camera or a tablet if you have one
- Practise your ball skills - throwing and catching, kicking and tracking a ball
- Talk about the weather, notice the changing weather. Take photos or talk about it using your communication aid
- Go for a walk and enjoy being outside
Can you make something delicious?
Cooking provides a huge range of opportunities to explore new and different foods as well as supporting us with learning some valuable life skills in self help and independence.
We have been enjoying creating a range of dishes using foods that the hungry caterpillar ate in our story. There are some ideas in the powerpoint.
If you would like to keep in touch, or show us what you have been doing whilst you are learning from home please use the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna and Freesia Class team