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Week Beginning 13.7.20 - F1


Last week we started to explore flowers, plants and growing. We had lots of fun dissecting flowers and using them to make our own collages. We learnt about a sun flower life cycle and even grew our own cress plants.


Here are some of the activities we did. Can you have a go at home?

The story we used to learn about growing and plants - Jasper's Beanstalk

We planted cress seeds and watched them grow.

Can you follow the instructions and plant your own cress seeds?

What happens to them?

What do you need to do each day to help them grow?




Click PDF below for instructions.


We learnt about sunflowers and their life cycle. 

Watch the video below. 

Life Cycle of a Sunflower Time Lapse

This is a time lapse video of a dwarf sunflower growing from seed to full flower, then wilting. Music composed, performed and owned by Benjamin McMillan (htt...

Can you draw a sunflower?

What colours will you use?

What shape will you use to draw the stem? Leaves? Petals?




Can you use items such as a fork to create your own sunflower painting?


Can you complete this sunflower life cycle activity?

What happens first?

Can you put the pictures in the correct order?


Click the PDF below if you would like to print this activity.

We learnt about the different parts of a flower.

Can you use different resources to make your own collage?

What could you use for the stem? 

What could you use for the roots?

Where are the petals?



Can you label the different parts of a flower?

Do you know why each part is important and what job they do?


Click the document below if you would like to print this activity. 

Can you dissect a flower?

What can you see?

What does it feel like?

What does it smell like?


Can you use the flower parts to make your own real flower collage?

Where will you put the petals?

What will you use to stick the materials to your paper?

Where will the stem go?


Week Beginning 6.7.20 - F1


Last week continued our mini beast topic and learnt about ladybirds. We discovered that there are over 5000 different species of ladybirds and these are all different colours. We learnt about the ladybird life cycle and realised it was very similar to the life cycle of a bee. 


Here are some activities for you to complete at home. 


We chose to read the story 'What the Ladybird Heard Next' by Julia Donaldson and remembered the animals and characters from one of our favourite stories 'What the Ladybird Heard' also written by Julia Donaldson.

What the Ladybird Heard NEXT by Julia Donaldson

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What the Ladybird Heard | What the Labybug Heard | stories read aloud

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson. Children's picture book and sound effects made by my little girl. Check out

Can you join in with the animal sounds in the story?

Can you tell a grown up what is happening in the story?

What did the animals do to trick Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len?

Can you find some words that rhyme?

Can you spot the ladybird on the different pages?


Can you use lines and shapes to draw a ladybird?

What colours will you use to draw a ladybird?

What shape will you draw the ladybirds body?

What shape will you use to draw the spots?

How many spots will you draw on your ladybird?


Click the PDF if you would like to print a copy of the ladybird border paper.

Can you paint your own ladybird?

What colours will you need?

Can you paint a leaf and use different objects to print a ladybird onto your leaf?



Click the documents below if you would like to print out the ladybird and leaf outline.

Can you use different materials to make a ladybird?

What colours will you use?

Can you use materials with different textures?

Can you make a ladybird collage?


The Stunning Life Cycle Of A Ladybug | The Dodo

This will change everything you thought you knew about ladybugs. Special thanks to TDtangents for sharing this amazing video with us:

Watch the ladybird life cycle video.


Can you tell a grown up about the ladybird life cycle?

What happens first?

What happens second?

When happens next?

What is the final stage?

Can you complete the ladybird life cycle activity?


Click the PDF to print this activity.

If you do not have a printer you could draw the different stages of the ladybird life cycle.

Week Beginning 29.6.20 - F1


As part of our learning last week we learnt all about bees. We learnt about the life cycle of a bee and how bees make honey. Here are some activities for you to complete at home. 


The story we read last week is The Very Greedy Bee. Watch the video of this story below.

The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman and Jack Tickle

Can you tell a grown up what is happening in this story?

What do bees eat?

Why can't the bee get home?

Who helps the greedy bee go back to his bee hive?

What do the ants use the leaf for in the story?


Can you use yellow and black paint to paint your own bee?



Can you use different materials and resources to make a collage or paper plate bee? 

What colours will you use?

What will you need to stick your materials down?
Can you use materials that are different textures? What do they feel like?




Can you use lines and shapes to draw a bee? 

What colours will you use? 

What shape will you draw the bee's body?


Click the PDF if you would like to print a copy of the bee border paper.

Life Cycle of a Honey Bee Video

A short presentation of the life cycle of a honey bee. Made for educational use for kids! Video is made from pictures and a video clip I found on the interne...

Watch the video and look at the different stages of the bee's life cycle. 

Can you tell a grown up about the bee life cycle? 

Can you draw pictures of the life cycle?










If you have a printer you can print of the PDF to do this life cycle of a bee activity:


Buzzy Bee Counting Song

Week Beginning 22.6.20 - F1


As part of our learning last week we decided to focus on ourselves and our families in the run up to Father's day. We talked about people who are special to us and painted, drew and used creative resources to make collages of ourselves and our families. 


Here is a template you could use to help you draw a picture of yourself.

What shape is your face?

What features do you need to add?

What colour is your hair?

What colour are your eyes?

Do your parents have the same colour eyes and hair?


Can you add your body, arms and legs to your drawing, painting or collage?



Here are 6 practical activities to complete this week.

Can you complete them all?


Remember to take photos during these activities or save the pictures. I am looking forward to seeing what you have created when we meet again.



Week Beginning 15.6.20 - F1 


Last week we focussed our learning on caterpillars and butterflies. We learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly and did a variety of creative activities making caterpillars and butterflies. We even went outside and searched for them. 


Can you find any caterpillars or butterflies outside?


Watch the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' 


The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats...and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry ...

Can you remember what the caterpillar ate first?

How many of each fruit did the caterpillar eat?

What happened to the caterpillar when he had eaten too much food?

What does a caterpillar build around itself before turning into a butterfly?


Watch this video of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. 

Metamorphosis: Caterpillar to Butterfly for Children

These are some of the activities we did last week. 


Can you draw the life cycle of a butterfly?


Can you use different creative resources to make a butterfly life cycle collage?


Can you print a repeating pattern using paint to make a caterpillar?




Can you paint a butterfly or use different resources such as paper plates to make a butterfly?




There are lots of other activities that you could do as you learn about caterpillars and butterflies. 

The page below has some other fantastic activities that you could try. They are all linked to the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' 

Week Beginning 8.6.20 - F1


Can you complete all of these practical activities this week?

There are 6 activities for you to complete.


Remember to take photos during these activities or save any pictures you have drawn.





8.6.20 - Super Soap's Handwashing Song


As we all know it is really important to wash our hands regularly throughout the day for 20 seconds. 

At school we have been learning a new song to help us wash our hands. 


Can you learn the song and sing along at home too?

Super Soap's Handwashing Song - Sing Along at Home

Get hands-on with your new favourite superhero, Super Soap, and find out how you can get rid of germs! This song for kids is perfect for teaching little ones...

5.6.20 - All Foundation Children


Can you find everything on the indoor scavenger hunt?

What have you found?

Can you tell someone in your family what the objects you have found look like? 

Are they big or small?

What do they feel like? Are they hard? Soft? Bumpy? Smooth? Rough?

Can you find everything on the list?

Which item did you find first?

How quickly can you find all of the items on the list?



21.5.20 - All Foundation Children


Nature Scavenger Hunt

Let's go outside and enjoy the lovely sunshine!


Can you find everything on the scavenger hunt checklist?

How many of each item can you find?

Can you find anything else that is not on the checklist?

Can you take some of the items such as leaves and flowers home and make a creative collage with them?



19.5.20 - Lockdown Keepsake Activity (All Foundation Children)


Can you use salt dough to make a lockdown 2020 keepsake with your family?


You will need:

2 cups of plain flour

1 cup of table salt

1 cup of water


Mix all the ingredients together until you have a dough. 

Place your lockdown keepsake on some grease proof paper.

Bake at 100C for 4 hours or until dry and rock hard. (You may need to turn it over in order for the bottom to dry out)

Paining may need a couple of coats.



What do you think will happen to the ingredients when they are mixed together?

What does the dough feel like?

Is it hard, soft, sticky, lumpy, smooth, soft, squishy? (Think of different texture words to describe the dough)

What do you think will happen to the dough when it goes in the oven?

What does your keepsake feel like now? 

Does it feel the same? Why not?

What texture is it now?



All week 11.5.20 - 15.5.20 - (All foundation children can complete these activities)


Can you complete at least 5 of the activities on the Bingo card below?


How many activities can you complete?

What were your favourite activities?

Don't stop at 5 activities. Can you complete the whole Bingo board?


If you have access to a printer and would like to print a copy of this bingo card and colour the squares in, click the PDF link below. 

All week - 4.5.20 - 8.5.20 - (All children in foundation can complete activities on this page)


This week we will be learning about VE day.


There are different activities below for you to complete. There are some activities that you may need to print, however if you do not have access to a printer, have a go at copying the templates on some plain paper - parents you may need to help your children with this)


Enjoy celebrating VE Day on Friday 8th May!


Find out about VE Day - Take a look at the information PowerPoint below:

Here are some VE Day activities you could complete and display outside your home on Friday 8th May.

Can you make a Spitfire Glider? (You will need to print this, however if you do not have access to a printer you could follow the paper aeroplane instructions and design your own air transport)

Wartime Recipe Booklet 

All week - beginning 4.5.20 - F2

All Week - beginning 27.4.20 - F2

Fine Motor Development - 28.4.20 - F1 


Pencil Grip

How should we hold our pen or pencil?

Follow the pencil rhyme and then check to see if you are holding your pencil in the tripod grasp?



Does your pencil look like this in your hand?


If it does then you're ready!


Can you carefully copy each of these different patterns on your own paper?

Follow the patterns from left to right.

Can you copy each pattern more than once? 

Can you think of your own shapes and patterns to draw?

Start (left) >>>>>>>>>>>> Finish (right)


Don't forget to practice writing your name everyday too smiley






Day 5 Supertato activities

20.4.20 - all foundation children 


Can you spell your name by doing the activity for each letter? Perhaps writing your name down first will be helpful for you to see the letters!

Learning on Supertato!

Day 1 Supertato activities (please note that these are the same as what is contained in the video)

Day 2 Supertato Activities

Day 3 Supertato Activities

Day 4 Supertato activities

Easter Weekend Activities - All Children


Can you use a variety of different materials to decorate a boiled egg? 


- Use any materials you can find; paint, glue, stickers, sequins, ribbon, paper, card, foil etc.

- Think about what you want your egg to look like.

- Take photos.

- Have an EGG-CELLENT time designing and decorating your egg.


There are some great ideas on the website below:
Click the link - 


Here are a few ideas!

1.4.20 - all foundation children


Can you design your own Easter egg?

Think about:

  • what colours you would like to use
  • what patterns you would like to draw on it - perhaps a repeating pattern?
  • what media/materials you would like to use - pens, coloured pencils, crayons, paint, perhaps making it out of play dough, using beads or pipe cleaners for the pattern?
  • what textures you are going to create - do you want to add feathers to make it fluffy, beads/rice/pasta to make it bumpy, paint to make it smooth?


Have fun with your creations!

31.3.20 - Fine Motor Development - DOUGH DISCO 


To take part in this fun activity you will need to make some playdough, and this is really easy to do.


2 cups plain flour

1 cup salt

1 cup oil

1 cup cold water 

2 drops liquid food colouring


1. Mix the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl.

2. Add the cold water, oil and drops of food colouring and mix together.

3. When your ingredients are well mixed, take them out of your bowl and place your dough onto a flat surface, such as greaseproof paper.

4. Knead vigorously for a few minutes, until your dough feels like playdough and all of the stickiness has gone.


Now its time to join the dough disco! 
Watch the video below. Enjoy!

Fine motor development | Playdough song | If you're happy and you know it

A fun playdough song to develop fine motor control and coordination - get your kids ready for writing! Easy to follow playdough routine which is 3 minutes lo...

30.3.20 - F2 (though all foundation children can do this activity)


Can you make an Easter card for somebody in your family?


You can choose your own design for the front or use one of the ideas below to inspire you.

Can you write an Easter message inside? Don’t forget to write your name inside so that they know who it is from!


PE - Cosmic Kids Yoga

Our children love taking part in these yoga sessions. They are a great way to get our bodies moving whilst practicing mindfulness too. 


We're Going on a Bear Hunt is one of our favourites. 

Follow the link - 


F1 have had great fun participating in the different cosmic yoga stories throughout the year, so after you have completed 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt',  type 'Cosmic Kids Yoga' into the YoutTube search engine and ask your children to choose another one.


PE - Joe Wicks 9am Monday-Friday

The 'Body Coach', Joe Wicks, will be uploading daily PE lessons to his YouTube channel. These are great workouts for the whole family. You will be able to access them via this link. There is also a playlist of existing workouts.

25.3.20 - F2


Draw a picture (in your yellow home learning book) of what it would have looked like outside your window when dinosaurs were alive. Watch Andy's Adventures to help you picture this if you need to:


Then draw a picture of what it looks like outside your window today!


Can you talk about the differences and how it has changed?