This is where we will set activities for you to complete at home, together with providing the necessary support and guidance you may require.
Here is a writing activity which might inspire your children. If you click on the link below it gives ideas for children to write letters to people during lockdown and includes letter templates.
Reception - please see your class pages, Starfish, Seahorse and Jellyfish, where new activities are added each week.
Year 1 - please look below for the new weekly plans, which will be added after the lessons have been taught in school. HOWEVER, there are art ideas for all age groups to try!
Year 2 - please see your class pages, Kittiwakes, Puffins and Dolphins, where new activities will be added each Friday.
All Year Groups remember to keep using NumBots. Please contact school if you have lost your login details. Another Maths resource worth having a look at is Carol Vorderman's Maths Factor site which is currently offering free membership. This has a range of videos, games and challenges. See https://www.themathsfactor.com/
Within this zone you will see;
A Video Centre where you will find videos of activities and guidance on how to approach tasks.
Scroll through the page to find the following ....
Science and STEM activities for everyone
Outdoor Challenges for everyone
Mrs Harper's Art and cross-curricular activities for everyone
Ideas for keeping active for everyone
Phonics planning lessons for Year 1 & 2 linked to Mrs Ingham's videos
***RNLI Water Safety - important message for all to read***
As a school, we received the below message and links from the RNLI in regards to keeping you and your children safe this summer. We felt it incredibly important to share it with you, due to the potential changes in our home town -
As you are a school in a coastal county I wanted to get in touch on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Water Safety Team.
This summer, our Lifeguards can’t be on every beach, meaning a heightened water safety risk to beach goers. We are asking you to help us share some important messages to children and their families.
It is anticipated that once restrictions further ease and the summer weather is here, people will head to the beaches and coastline to enjoy the sun, sea and time with friends and family. In a normal year, the RNLI helps thousands of people who end up getting into difficulty in or close to the water when doing these types of activities.
Throughout the summer term, our local team of trained volunteers and Lifeguards do their best to visit as many of the schools, colleges and youth groups in our region as possible. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak we have not been able to engage with school communities as we normally would. Below, you will find out ways in which you can help at this time.
Together, we really can make a lifesaving difference.
Lead Lifeguard Supervisor – North Devon & Somerset
I am back, now to share our weekly lessons we are providing the Year 1's in class. We have been recapping on skills covered earlier in the year, and it has been wonderful to see how much the children have remembered!
We have also been having daily PSHE and forest school lessons, and trying to find ways of having social distancing PE lessons - creativity is key!
Mrs Harper x
Hasn't the weather been beautiful this week?! It has certainly assisted our budding photographers to take some beautiful photographs for the competition I will be in touch in due course to let you know the winners...
Stay safe, everyone, and take care x
Look at what the Haines family - especially Poppy have been up to!
I hope you all enjoyed the VE Day celebrations last Friday? What did you all get up?
Just a reminder that the closing date for the Nature Photography competition is THIS SUNDAY NIGHT! I have received some really creative images and I have enjoyed looking at them all; thank you to those you have already submitted.
Take care and stay safe x
Kitchen Science - Bridges
This term we finding out about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He is famous for the many different things he designed and built including bridges.
Using just one sheet of paper can you make a bridge strong enough to hold a toy car - I could only find a fire engine at home!.
You can use any paper you like - I used a page torn from a magazine. In the picture I have folded and rolled the paper to make three different bridges, try them out! Which one will hold the car?
To test which is strongest try balancing weights on them - you could try coins, cars, play people, stones or anything else you can find at home. Which bridge held the most?
Try different types of paper - which one do you think makes the best bridge. Why?
Can you find out some facts about Brunel and what he designed and built?
Why not get your grown up to send me a picture of your bridge? Email email@example.com
Above you will find the resources we used during our windy day at school.
We used the kite template to decorate and added sticks to the back in a T shape using masking tape. We folded the sides and taped to the back. We then added string long enough for flying and cut crepe paper for the tail.
The next two documents are for our experiment we carried out- testing whether the wind could move the objects. There are two different versions of our recording so please select the one most suitable for your child if you wanted to do the experiment too!
We had so much fun today!
Somehow I am on Week 7 of these ideas. 7 weeks?! I do hope you are all well, still smiling, and enjoying the return of the beautiful sunshine!
Stay safe and take care x
I hope I find you all fit and healthy
Due to the weather being a little unkind at the beginning of the week, there are few ideas which are home-based. Always useful when you're in lockdown, anyway!
I hope to hear from you and see what you've been up to; I've received some emails this week (and replied) and they've certainly brightened up my days. Thank you!
Brent Knoll Primary School are organising a photography competition and the focus is ‘Spring’. They have suggested capturing an aspect of its beauty - animal or plant. You can use a camera, phone or an iPad to photograph something beautiful whilst out on your daily walk. You can be as creative as you like; you can change your picture and use black and white, colour, add an effect, take it whilst lying down, from up above or zooming in.
We have been asked if we want to take part, which is very kind indeed. We will take them up on their offer but we will have our own competition first. These will be our categories:
You need to give your photograph a title, tell me what year you are in and your class, along with the type of camera/device you used.
There will be one winner and one runner up for each category; all will receive a prize and all photographs will be displayed in school for when you return.
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS >>>>Thursday 21st May
Once these names have been announced for our school, I will send the photographs (along with hopefully another 8 entrants for each of our four categories) to Brent Knoll Primary School to re-enter.
I look forward to receiving all the entrants, and I hope you have lots of fun looking for your inspiration! My email is JHarper@educ.somerset.gov.uk
Mrs Harper x
Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and enjoying the range of activities we have on our home learning page. Below is a few new writing tasks for you to have a go at, all about boats and ships.
Wednesday 29th April - Kitchen Science
Floating and Sinking
Collect ten - or more objects from around the house and predict if they will float or sink. Record your decisions in your book - use a table, like the one in the picture. Then test your objects - in a bowl, bath or sink, and then record your results.
Were there any that surprised you? Could you make something that floated sink? Can you make an object that sunk, float?
I hope you are managing to enjoy the sunshine, still! More ideas for you to try this coming week; please let me know how you are getting on
Mrs Harper x
See how many physical activities you can complete from the bingo board. Remember these activities are meant to be fun and not meant to cause stress. If they do, please do not do them. Have fun, be active and stay safe.
Tuesday 21st April - Kitchen Science
Did you gets lots of chocolate or eggs for Easter? If you have any left, why not try this yummy investigation? This will be great to do over the next few days whilst we have lovely sunny weather!
Put your egg or 100g of chocolate into a bowl and put it in the sun (don't forget to cover it up)
Can you predict how long it will take to melt?
What is happening to the chocolate egg?
Can you use science words to describe what is happening?
After it has melted, add 50g of breakfast cereal and mix together.
I used rice crispies in mine.
Share the mixture between 12 cake cases or into a bun tin. You can decorate with sweeties or more chocolate! Put them in the fridge.
What happens to the chocolate now?
Can you write some instructions on how to make these in your book.
Don't forget to write how much chocolate and breakfast cereal you used. You can use smaller quantities if your grown up wants you to.
Can you predict how long it will take to eat them!
I had a lovely couple of days in school, it was wonderful to catch up with children and teachers I am missing everyone a great deal, so if you want to send me some pictures of the art and cross-curricular activities you have been completing, my email address is part of my Week 4 document. I would love to see it all!
Mrs Harper x
30 Days Wild is a fabulous, free activity run by the Wildlife Trusts. We do this every year in school, so sign up for lots of great, free resources and activities.
Hi everyone, I hope you all are all enjoying the sunshine and had a happy Easter. Here are some new writing activities linked to rock pools. Hope you enjoy having a go at them.
In the garden Science - Tuesday 14th April
The weather has been lovely and I hope you have been lucky enough to be playing in your garden. We have been thinking about habitats in science, so why not make a mini habitat of your own? It can be any habitat you like.
Can you draw it and label it , in your book?
Why not get a grown up to post a picture on the Facebook parent's page or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope I find you all well, safe and enjoying the sun! I have collated some more art and cross-curricular ideas to try out for the next week, I hope you enjoy them!
I will be in school next week and I cannot wait to see those who are in
Take care, everyone x
Tuesday 7th April Kitchen STEM Challenge
Can you make an egg launcher - use a spoon, fat felt tip pen and a pipe cleaner or rubber band to make a catapult to launch a plastic egg?
Can you make a landing pad or container for your egg?
How far or high can you send it?
Other projectiles can be used! For example ping pong balls, Kinder eggs, little objects.
I hope you all enjoyed last week's activities? Here are some more to keep you going until next Friday. Again, there are lots of cross-curricular ideas, which you can adapt to suit you and your family.
Mrs Harper x
Hi everyone, hope you are all managing to enjoy the sunshine either on your daily exercise or out in your gardens. It's lovey to see signs of spring beginning to appear, and I have included a short writing task linked to this on the attached sheet. Also I have added two photos and included some questions to help you write a short story about them.
Tuesday 31st March Kitchen STEM
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths and is all about using your skills and knowledge to solve problems and answer questions. Today's question is ....
What is the tallest tower you can build using cups?
Ask your grown up to find you some plastic and paper cups - any size or design.
How tall is your tallest tower ? Unsupported - that means you can't hold it or prop it up with anything!
Can you make a pyramid?
How can you measure your tower?
And can you use your cups to make a bowling game? How can you score your bowling game?
Record your findings in your home books or get your grown up to post a picture on the parent's page on Facebook or email email@example.com and I'll try and post them on here!
Can you make a bridge?
Mr Topham's Superhero Training!
Mr Sonny Topham, our PE expert at school, has set up a Superhero Training section on his personal coaching page. It is for all children to access during this difficult period we are facing. So far, there have been three episodes, and the opportunity for children to share their superhero personas drawings.
We are sure the children will have told you about Mr Topham (he is quite a popular character!) and will relish the opportunity to join him on this new and exciting quest. Please find attached some images from his page, and his link.
We hope you can all enjoy this as a family
Kitchen STEM challenge - Tuesday 24th March
This weeks STEM challenge uses cardboard tubes, scissors and sticky tape - can you build a playground?
Tubes can be cut and joined using slits or sticky tape.
How many different ways of moving can you make?
Can you put play people on your playground?
Get a grown up to post a picture of your playground on the parent's page on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post them on here.
Science - Wednesday 25th March
This term we have been finding out about animals! Go into your garden and see what animals you can find in your habitat. Record in your book as a simple table (look at the picture for idea) all the animals you can find. You could also make a pictogram or bar graph of how many of each animal you find.
Don't forget the title and date!
As a parent during this strange time, I am very aware of the pressures of feeling we need to keep our children occupied from the moment they wake until they close their eyes! Just to say, it really isn't possible without exhausting yourself in every which way. The teachers at Burnham are not expecting you to continue the teaching where we stopped abruptly.
I am hoping the ideas I have given you on the attachment will give you some food for thought. Please have fun with your children; these are worrying times for us all so let's enjoy the extra time we have with our precious families.
I'll be in touch this time next week with some more ideas. Take care for now x
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