Hello again everyone,
We hope you are well and enjoying the sunshine.
The following activities link to our story of Tiddler and this time there are activities relating to the seaside.
Let's go to the Seaside!
Make musical instruments to represent the sound of the sea.
Fill containers with dried food items such as pasta, rice, lentils and beans.
Roll, bang or shake the items.
Decorate your instrument with mark-making tools or stick on shiny paper.
Sing the song:
“Down in the ocean where nobody goes,
I see ‘x’ washing his/her clothes.
With a rub a dub here and a rub a dub there
That’s the way he/she washes his/her clothes”
What other songs do you know?
Why don't you join in with these:
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
The big ship sails on the Alley-Alley-Oh
Tiddler is always late to school in our story and it takes him a long time to get to school.
Let’s look at the letter ‘L’.
Make ‘long’ marks with writing tools.
Throw a ball a ‘long’ way in the park.
Look for ladybirds in the garden. How many do you find?
Message in a Bottle
Make marks on paper or write a short message with mum or dad.
Decorate your message and share a photo with us at school.
Decorate a milk, water or squash bottle and maybe slide your message inside.
Hide your bottle in the garden. Can you remember where it’s hidden?
Maybe mum or dad could hide the bottle and you could look for it.
Painting with Bubbles
Be like a fish and blow out some bubbles.
This is a very simple way of painting, and great fun.
Please remember to blow and not suck.
For Bubble Painting you will need:
Paper containers with wide tops (e.g. plastic cups, yoghurt pots)
Powder or liquid paint
What to do:
Put a squirt of paint and a squirt of washing-up liquid into one of the containers.
Add a little water and mix well until the mixture is runny enough to blow bubbles with.
Using the straw, blow into the mixture until the container is so full of bubbles that they rise above the top rim.
Quickly take a piece of paper and lightly touch it onto the bubbles.
As they touch the paper, the bubbles will burst and leave an imprint on it.
Have a look at the next two seaside pictures. Talk about what you see with mum or dad.
What clothes could you wear to go to the seaside?
There are more questions you can answer about the second seaside picture.
Do you have any play sand at home? Maybe you could pretend to be at the beach. How many sandcastles can you build?
What different containers could you use to build your sandcastles if you don’t have a bucket to use?
An activity for some of you.
You might need mum or dad’s help with these questions.
What can you see in the picture?
Work together to count the different items and find out how many there are.
We hope you have lots of fun with these activities.
Please remember to email any photos you have to:
From Nicola, Diana, Megan, Faz and Carlie
Here are few couple more activities to support you as we learn more about the story of Tiddler by Julia Donaldson.
Tiddler begins with the letter ‘t’.
Explore the letter ‘t’. Make the ‘t’ shape or the ‘T’ shape in different textures – flour, sand, cornflour mixed with water, paint. Can you make the ‘t’ shape using toothpaste and draw this onto a plate , table or tray? Can mum or dad trace the letter ‘t’ for you and then you copy over the top in a different coloured crayon of felt pen? What does if feel like if mum or dad trace the letter ‘t’ on your back or hands?
Have a look around your home/ What things can you see beginning with the letter ‘t’? Make a list of these and see how many you find. Have you found a Teddy? How many teddies do you have? Which is your favourite?
There’s a Treasure Chest in our story of Tiddler. Tiddler swims into the Treasure chest.
Can you make your own treasure chest? Why don’t you decorate a shoe box, cereal box or egg box with papers and sweet wrappers. How decorative can you make it? Maybe you can make it look really pretty just by colouring it in with felt pens. What special things can you find to put in your treasure chest?
'T' is for Turtle
Tiddler meets a turtle in our story. Here’s a picture of a turtle. Print it off if you can or ask mum or dad to copy it onto a piece of paper for you. Can you trace on your own letter ‘t’ - one ‘t’ for each section of the shell? Maybe colour in the picture. How many different colours can you use?
Think again about the toothpaste you may have used in the first task. Use it now for cleaning your teeth. How much help do you need from mum or dad to do this? Have a look at your teeth in a mirror when you’re finished and see your beautiful smile.
National Smile Month
National Smile Month will be taking place this year between 18th May – 18th June but it's important to think of oral hygiene every day.
Please visit www.nationalsmilemonth.org for information and activity ideas.
There’s a page of downloadable resources and activities for families related to teeth and healthy eating:
Have a look at the fish in the table. Can you point to the ones that are the same? Draw a line to link the matching fish if you’re able to print this sheet out.
Colour and Paint Fish
Maybe print out these images of fish and decorate them with aluminium foil. Can you hang them in the garden or near a window and watch them sparkle in the sunshine? If you’re unable to print them then maybe mum or dad could make you a fish shape to decorate with foil in the same way.
Odd Ones Out
Have a look at these animals. Which ones DON’T live in the sea? Where do the odd ones out live?
Biggest and Smallest
Now for a look at size. Which ones are the biggest and smallest in each of these pictures? How quickly can you spot them? What different things can you see in the pictures?
How well do you know your colours? Can you spot the red, blue, yellow and green fish? How many of each colour are there? Which colour has the most fish?
How many Red Fish?
How many blue fish?
How many green fish?
How many yellow fish?
Spots and Stripes
Look at the difference between these fish. Some of them have stripes and some have spots. Can you point to the fish with spots? How many fish have stripes?
These last pictures have been included as a reference, so you can see some different animals that live in the sea. Which one is you favourite? Maybe you could find out a little more about one of these with mum or dad. We’d love to know what you find out.
We'd love to hear about the work you are doing at home. Please do keep sending your photos in to share with us.
From all your teachers in Lily Class: Nicola, Diana, Megan, Faz and Carlie
This last half term of the year will be slightly different in terms of activities for the children. We are going to revisit the topic on Tiddler to support the children in school and at home. We hope this story will give families lots of opportunities for sand and water play in the garden and practical maths activities and creative tasks. We hope this story will give families lots of opportunities for sand and water play in the garden and practical maths activities and creative tasks.
Here is a link to the story of Tiddler by Julia Donaldson on YouTube:
First some fishy counting for the children to do. Download the image and print off if you can otherwise have the image available to help with your counting. How many different coloured scales on the fish can you see? Can you work with mum or dad and create your own fish to colour in or decorate with different papers and wrappers, sweet wrappers or crisp wrappers maybe.
Handprint Fish Puppets
What a wonderful idea. Have a go at making these.
What you will need:
- Lolly sticks/or card from cereal boxes etc
- Sequins or shiny paper if available
What you need to do:
- Draw around hand and cut out.
- Use fingertips to print scales onto fish/or edge of bottle tops.
- Stick on shiny paper or sequins if you have any
- Cut out eye shape and stick on or use finger or brush to make eye.
What can you do with your fish puppets now? Maybe you could use them to tell a story. Have you made one puppet? Could you make more? Maybe one for mum and dad too. What stories could you make up together? The fish puppets could help you tell the story of Tiddler couldn’t they.
Here is some more seaside counting. Those ice cream cones look very tempting don’t they? Maybe you could make your own. We just need the warmer weather to return don’t we!
More Fish Counting
There are different fish hiding in the next activity. Print the sheets off if you want to or sit with mum or dad and count the different fish you can see. Can you use your handprint fish puppets and say hello to the fish in the different pictures?
How many fish are behind the rocks?
How many crabs are on the rocks?
How many fish are in the net?
Could you make your own fish with things from around the home? Maybe use recyclable materials that you’ve finished with. Decorate these with newspaper, wrapping paper, sweet and crisp wrappers or old magazines. Can you hide them around the home and find them later? Maybe mum or dad could hide them for you. How quickly can you find them? How many are there?
Make a fish shape out of a piece of newspaper.
Now make it slide across the floor by wafting a rolled up newspaper behind it. How quickly can you get from one side of a room to another?
Get mum or dad to make one too and have a race. Who wins?
Under the Sea Addition
A counting activity to finish. This won’t be an activity for everyone to complete and some of you might need mum or dad’s help. How many different fish can you find? How many sea creatures have you got altogether?
As always, please do keep letting us know how you’re getting on. You can email Nicola on the Lily class email address or contact the school office with photos and videos of the children (email@example.com) We’d love to be able to share this information on the school’s facebook page.
Hello again everyone,
I hope you are all well.
I hope you’ve all have fun sharing the story about Flossie the Sheep in the story of Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers.
Below are some further activities you could try at home that are linked to the story:
1. Washing and water play – do you have toy animals at home that could be cleaned like Flossie the sheep. Make the most of the warmer weather and wash these in the garden.
2. Flossie the sheep was awarded a rosette for having the softest wool. Choose some of your favourite toys from home and line them up ready to award them prizes. How many toys have you got? How many prizes will you need?
3. Make some rosettes and certificates for your toys.
Ask an adult to print this out. You could decorate round it with colouring tools or decorate it with coloured paper, wool, pasta or rice. You could even design you own by drawing round a circular shape and attaching and dangling ribbon, string or paper. Remember, an adult can help you with this if you need it.
4. Make some bunting or paper chains and have a party to celebrate Flossie’s award.
What other activities could you do at home with your own family? Are there challenges you could do at home as a family? Could you award mum or dad or a brother or sister their own rosette for something they have done?
Here are some examples:
- Who can build the tallest lego tower in 2 minutes?
- Who can thread the most pieces of pasta onto string in 2 minutes and make the biggest necklace for Granny Mainland?
- Who can put their shoes and socks on the quickest?
What other challenges can you think of?
Maybe there’s something you’ve learned to do whilst you’ve been at home and not in school or maybe there’s something you’ve got better at. Why don’t you give yourself an award for each of these things.
Here’s a photograph of one of your friends.
He’s spent lots of time riding his bike whilst he’s been at home.
I wonder how far he could travel in 2 minutes. Maybe next week he could peddle faster and travel further in the same time.
Email the class or school office and let us know all the things you have been doing at home and what challenges you have set. We'd love to know who's been given a prize.
With fond wishes,
Nicola, Diana, Megan, Faz and Carlie
I hope you are well. We are now part way through the summer term and we would have been reading a story called 'Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers' by Mairi Hedderwick if we were in school together.
Katie Morag has two Grandmothers in this story. She lives on an island with Mummy and Granny Island. They are waiting for Granny Mainland to come and stay. Granny Mainland travels on a boat.
1. Use junk modelling materials to make your own boat. Maybe float plastic pots, lids and tubs in a bowl of water in the garden or wait until bath time and have even more fun in the bath.
2. Imagine loading the boat with Granny Mainland's luggage. How many small items can you fit in the plastic tubs and post for example, milk bottle lids or lego pieces?
3. Granny Mainland always looks very smart. Why don't you dress up as Granny Mainland and try on different shoes and jackets.
Granny Island works on a farm. One day Flossie the sheep gets lost.
4. Make a sheep using junk modelling materials.
5. Can you make a sheep by scrunching up newspaper for the body of the sheep? Maybe tear and stick newspaper onto a hand-drawn picture of a sheep.
Do you know the nursery rhyme 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'?
6. Why don't you sing this nursery rhyme at home with your family and have a go at copying the signing. There will either be a link saved on this page or emailed to Mummy or Daddy. Why don't you all join in.
Use this link and join in - https://youtu.be/rKMSx0-t6LE
7. You could add some of your own musical sounds to the rhyme. Practise keeping to the rhythm of the rhyme by banging on kitchen pots and pans or by just clapping your hands. Why don't you practise singing and playing faster and slower. Which speed do you prefer?
Katie Morag's sheep gets very dirty in the story and he needs a wash.
If the sun is shining then go in the garden and enjoy some water play. Pretend to wash your sheep or save this activity for later and have even more bath time fun.
There will be another link to the story of Katie Morag on here or it will be emailed to Mummy and Daddy. Click on the link to see a familiar face and enjoy.
The story of a very naughty sheep - https://youtu.be/ZKtim8vqvek
We do really like to see the photos of all the children having fun at home. Please email us and let us know what you have been doing. Maybe we can see some of you doing some of these activities.
From Nicola, Diana, Faz, Megan and Carlie
I hope you are all well.
The summer will soon be with us and I have some activities for the children to do to hopefully encourage the sun to keep shining!
Plant some sunflower seeds (these could hopefully be added to your weekly shop).
To plant sunflowers: Space seeds about 6 inches apart in a shallow trench between 1 and 2 inches deep. In sandy soil, 2 inches deep is better. Cover and keep watered until seeds sprout in 7 to 10 days.
They could also be planted in soil inside an egg carton and once the stems of the sunflower are strong enough they can be transported to a bigger pot (if available) and then planted in the ground. Sunflowers love sunny spots. Do take photos of this activity and email them to school. We’d love to see the children’s work.
Work you could do at home in relation to sunflowers:
- Make a sunny hand print picture with yellow painted hands.
- Draw a sunflower with paints, chalks, pencils or crayons.
- Some of you might be able to label parts of a sunflower.
- Make your own flower garden or have fun exploring soil.
- Paint/ decorate your own sunshine.
- Go for a walk on a sunny day. How many flowers can you see growing in gardens, fields and parks.
- Have a carpet or garden picnic in the sunshine.
- Learn some songs about sunshine:
- You are my Sunshine - https://youtu.be/ith3IBDkAJk , The sun has got his hat on -https://youtu.be/TTZcADVbTuc
- Share stories about summer and sunshine and sunflowers:
https://youtu.be/yLy_R9iUmMY - The Magnificent Sunflower
https://youtu.be/ls6wTeT2cKA - The Tiny Seed
Below are some images that may support you or give you other ideas of things to do.
We hope you have lots of fun doing these activities.
Spring and Easter Activities for Lily Class
I have had a look and found a number of activities you might be able to try at home over the next few weeks.
Make your own bouquet of flowers by painting hands and pressing them down onto paper.
The stems can be painted on afterwards.
More ways of making flowers, this time using paper plates and cake cases.
These can be decorated using sweet wrappers, felt pens, pomp oms or strips of coloured paper.
These could be made with paper plates, paper and cotton wool but the plates could be decorated with strips of white paper if you don’t have cotton wool at home.
The second rabbit is hiding in some grass. The children could decorate white paper with green felt pens, crayons of paint.
Another one requiring hand printing.
I love the idea of decorating an egg for your own Easter Chick. We hope you’ll have lots of fun doing this one.
Another Easter Egg. Maybe hang this one in a window. It’ll look really pretty when the sun shines through it.
Maybe you'll be able to take part in an Egg Hunt in your own home or garden.
Why not try making some biscuits shaped like eggs, chicks or rabbits.
Have you made Easter nests before? These can be made with Shredded Wheat, Cornflakes or rice Krispies.
We hope you have lots of fun doing these activities.
It would be lovely to see pictures of the work you do at home and we would be really happy to see these if you could send them in.
We hope you have lots of fun doing these activities.
Love from Nicola, Diana, Faz, Megan and Carlie
Home learning Activities
Hello everyone, I hope you are all well.
We are missing you all!
I have attached some ideas of things to do at home.
- 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 – some of the fruits, sweets or maybe the beautiful butterfly.
- 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, Farmer Duck, Room on a Broom and Tiddler. Some children have also shown an interest in Non-fiction book about numbers and Transport.
- 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. We’ve made lots of fruit crumbles and tarts and were going to make sandwiches and pizzas.
Nicola and Lily Class team