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Week Commencing Monday 13th July


Deciduous and Evergreen Trees


This week I'd like you to find out about deciduous and evergreen trees.  Use the information below to help you.  Then for each type of tree can you make a small fact sheet - maybe like a Top Trumps card?


Name of Tree


Type of Tree (deciduous or evergreen)


A fact about the tree


Please send me anything that you find out about trees this week.  Hopefully the weather will be better and you could look for trees on a walk with your grown ups.


I hope you pea plants are still growing - make sure you give them everything that they need.  Good soil, light and enough water - not too much.


Have fun.

Week Commencing Monday 6th July 2020


This week I'd like you to find out about the different parts of plants.  I've attached a photograph of the seed I planted when we were in school.  I'm going to plant it in a pot of compost so it can grow.  Can you let me know what I need to do so that my plant continues to grow?


Watch the video clip to find out about different parts of a plant.  Then draw and label a plant.  Look out for plants in your garden or on a walk.  If you know someone who is growing plants they might be able to show you the roots of the plant.  Remember social distancing rules though.


I'd love to see your labelled drawings of plants - for an extra challenge can you tell me what each part of the plant does?  Have fun.  







Week Commencing Monday 29th June 2020


This week I'd like you to see if you can identify some different plants either in your home, garden or other gardens you walk past with your grown up.  I've attached a link for a website that shows many different types of plants.  


Look at the different places we can see plants around us from the grass we can play on to the trees which can give us fruit.  


You could draw or paint pictures of of the different plants you find, I'd love to see them.    

Week Commencing Monday 15th June 2020


This week we are moving on to another topic area in science; growing.


In class we would watch the clips attached and discuss what we can see around us that is growing.


If you can get hold of any seeds to plant that would be brilliant, I know things are not straight forward at the moment.  At school we usually put a few pea or bean seeds in a clear bag with a little damp cotton wool or kitchen roll.  We do this so we can see the seed germinate, noting that not all seeds germinate, and then look for the root and shoot growing.  When the plants are a few cm tall we plant them out and watch them grow.


If you can't plant any seeds right now maybe you could design a garden center or design your own garden with different foods to eat and flowers.  You could look around you in your garden or when you are out walking at how things are growing.  Oliver's Garden is a lovely book about the different vegetables we can grow, I've attached a youtube link below of someone reading the book.


Please send me photographs - I would love to see your designs or if you have managed to give your plants everything they need to grow.





Week Commencing Monday 8th June 2020


This week I'd like you to investigate temperature.  


Go on the BBC weather website and type in your postcode to find the local weather forecast.  It will have the symbols on it that we looked at earlier.


Have a look on the BBC website at the temperature in different countries.  For example you could find out what the temperature is in Australia right now - type in Canberra - the capital of Australia - to find out what the temperature is like there.  Is it hotter or cooler than where you are right now?


Look up any other places that you would like to, maybe if you have friends or family that don't live locally you could see what the temperature is like where they are.


Here is my list of places where I'd like to know what the temperature is like.

London the capital city of England

Moscow the capital city of Russia

Paris the capital city of France

Washington the capital city of America

Wellington the capital city of New Zealand

New Delhi the capital city of India


If you have a thermometer at home you could compare the temperature throughout the day, morning, lunch time and evening or you could compare the temperature at the same time everyday for a week.


If only smartphones could tell the temperature!  You might have a thermometer in the fridge, garden or to check your own temperature in your home.  


I'd love to hear how you get on.  Where is the coldest place you have found?  Where is the hottest?  Have fun investigating.  



Week Commencing 1st June 2020

Well I don't think that there has been any rain since we looked at making rain collectors!  Our crops and gardens need some rain so hopefully there will be some soon so you can collect it in your rain collector.



This week I'd like you to look at the wind.  I've attached a link below that has some information about wind.  There is another link that shows you different ways to make a windsock.  You can make one easily with a toilet roll and something for streamers - which could be strips of paper or a carrier bag cut up into strips.  In year 1 we don't learn about the compass positions North, East, South and West but I would discuss it at this point because the wind comes from different directions and the children would hear this language when they watch a weather forecast.     


Have fun - please email me any photographs of your windsock. You could look at the wind clip on this site.  

Week Commencing Monday 18th May 2020

Rain Collector


This is how we usually do this activity at school.  


We make rain collectors and position them around the school grounds in places where we think will collect the most and least amount of rain.  We then gather them all together and compare the amount of rain collected from different areas and discuss the reasons why some areas collected more rain than others.


At home you could make two rain collectors (word document attached with instructions) and position them where you think you could collect the most and least amount of rain in your garden.   Discuss with your child where you should put them and why.  Discuss which container collected the most amount of rain and why.


Obviously this experiment is weather dependent, you might need to leave them for a while to get some noticeable results.  


* note - from experience! * Please put something in the bottom of the containers so they don't get blown or knocked over.  


Week Commencing 11th May 2020
This week we'd like you to look at the changes that happen in spring.  We have already looked at autumn and winter in class.  We've included a video that shows animals and nature during autumn, winter, spring and summer for you to watch.  Then go outside and look for clues that tell you we are now in springtime.  You could take some photographs of what you find.  Back inside, create a piece of art work to show the spring season.  You could draw, paint, make a collage or choose another way to show what spring looks like.  Have fun and we'd love to see your work.  
Week Commencing 27th April 2020

Week commencing 20.4.20

Everyday materials.  

When we do this lesson in class I have ice cubes already prepared for the children.

We talk about that water is a liquid and ice is solid but that the change is reversible - we can get the water back.  Discuss heat and cold.  What does water need to freeze?  What does ice need to melt?  What temperate does water boil?  What temperature does water freeze? 


I ask them to put a cube somewhere where they think the ice will melt the quickest and put the other cube somewhere it will melt the slowest.  We then discuss why the place they chose worked or didn't work.  They could do this in the garden or put the ice cube in a dish in your home!


The other activity we do is where I freeze something in the ice cube - like a piece of lego - and ask the children to get to the object inside as quickly as they can.  They can use whatever way they want to to get it out.  


We would then usually share our ideas and then I take large ice cubes, made from freezing water in ice-cream tubs with lots of different objects frozen inside, outside for playtime for the children to investigate further if they wish.


Take lots of pictures of your learning. We will look forward to receiving them. 

Week commencing 30th March 2020


Here is a lovely Easter themed activity to have a go at with your grown ups. I hope you enjoy it! 


Take some pictures, we would love to see how you are getting on!  

Week commencing 23rd March


Go on a material hunt around the house. How many materials can you find?

wood   plastic  rubber  glass  metal

Can you describe their properties?


If you have a printer there is a detective sheet that you can use to complete this task. If not, don't worry, you can talk about the materials that you find with your grown ups. 

Detective sheet