Number time

Hello Boys and Girls

I hope you all had an amazing bank holiday weekend, and that you are all safe and well.

You will all know from my previous blogs that I think it is really important to practise your number skills everyday. So I am once again going back to a previous blog to encourage you to participate in maths activities which enable you to practise your number skills.

Outdoor activities

The activity today can be done both indoors and outside in your garden, but it might be better outdoors so you have a little more space.

You will need equipment like balls, bean bags, buckets or containers, chalk, some A4 paper, pegs, string, paper plates, but because I’m not sure what you have at home you might have to be a little creative.

  1. Hide and seek –Ask your grown-up to help you fold up a piece of A4 paper into 10 squares, and write a number on each square from 1 to 10, then cut the squares up. Ask your grown-up to hide the number squares around the garden for you to find, while you close your eyes. Your job is to find each number and tell your grown-up which ones you have found ! You can hide them for your grown up too !
  2. Number splat – Spread the number squares out on the floor, make sure you can see them. Ask your grown-up to shout out one of the numbers, your job is to find the number and splat it with your hand. Make sure you find the right number each time you splat. Once you have played this game a few times, see if you can splat correctly faster. Swop over with your grown-up and ask them to number splat.
  3. Number washing line – Write some larger numbers 1-10 on to A4 paper. Spread the number squares out on the floor, can you recognise what number is on the squares ? Tie some string up in your garden to create a washing line. Your job is to peg the A4 numbers correctly onto a washing line in the correct order 1 to 10.   Once you have them in the correct order, ask your grown-up to takeaway some numbers from the  washing line while you close your eyes. Which numbers are missing ?
  4. Counting objects – Use some containers, baskets or buckets and put a number from 1 to 10 onto each one. Collect some small balls, bean bags, small teddies, etc together. The aim is for you to throw/aim the balls into the containers, making sure that you put the correct amount in. For example if your container has number 3 on it, you need to throw 3 balls in. Make sure you count correctly and aim well, if you lose any you will have to start again!
  5. Bouncing balls – How many times can you bounce a large ball ? Can you bounce it 5 times without stopping ? 6 times,7 times, 8 times, 9 times, 10 ?? Can you beat you record ?
  6. Skittles – This is the perfect time to play skittles, how many can you knock down in one go ? How many did you not manage to knock over ? Can you knock all of the skittles down ? How many times did you manage to knock all the skittles down ?     If you don’t have any skittles you can make some of your own with empty fizzy drink bottles or milk containers, you will just need to weigh them down with some soil or sand.
  7. Hopscotch – To help you practise writing numbers ask your grown up to help you create a hopscotch using chalks and learn how to use it.
  8. Shape jump – With your grown-up chalk some circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, stars and hearts onto the floor. Ask your grown-up to shout out a shape and you have to jump onto that shape. Make sure you jump onto the correct shape.

I hope you have lots of fun ! Remember you can send emails to school to let us all know how you are and what you have been doing. I can’t tell you how lovely is it to receive emails from you all, it really brightens up my day.

Take care and stay safe

Thinking of you all

Mrs Weedall

Make your own Minibeast hotel

Morning everyone

Thank you so much for your responses to the minibeast topic I have been planning. I love seeing all of your hard work.

The activity I have for you today is to make and create your very own Minibeast hotel.

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This might not be something you can do straight away, as you will need to collect a few things to make the hotel, so it could be a mini project for you to do over the next week or so. The hotel doesn’t have to be as big as the one above, the photo is just as an example for you to look at.

Resources

Some soil

Pieces of wood

Stones/pebbles/rocks/bricks

Fir cones/dry leaves/wood or sticks

Straw or hay

Some small flowering plants

How to make it

  1. Choose either an area in your outdoor area or a wooden container and place it on the ground.
  2.  If the container hasn’t already got holes in, make some holes in the bottom. That will create drainage and let Minibeasts crawl in.
  3. Fill the container with soil.
  4.  Use your resources to build various places for Minibeasts to live.
  5. Woodlice and beetles will like wood/sticks and if stacked, the Minibeasts can crawl
    through them.
  6. Plants will attract the crawling bugs like caterpillars, snails and spiders.
  7. Butterflies and bees will like nectar-rich flowering plants.
  8. It’s up to you how much you put in your bug hotel. Here are a few more examples of Minibeast hotels.
  9. Observe the hotel over time and see which Minibeasts it attracts.
  10. Can you find out which areas each kind of Minibeast like best                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Minibeasts might not come and stay in your hotel straight away. It may take some time so you will have to stay patient and watch for a while before you see any, but they will come and stay.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       When you have created your Minibeast hotel, please take a photo and email them to me and I will post them onto a blog for all you friends to see too.

 

Thinking of you all

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend

Mrs Weedall

 

 

What am I ?

Hello Boys and Girls

Another lovely sunny day for us all to enjoy. I hope you are all safe and well and having lots and lots of fun.

As a promised earlier in the week, today is my Minibeast quiz day ! From all the finding out you have been doing about minibeasts this week, I hope you are able to answer my questions. Well, here goes !

 

Hello, hope you managed to answer all of my questions, here are the answers

What am I ?

  • I have lots and lots of legs, a long body and like to eat lots of leaves so I can change into another Minibeast. What am I ? I am a caterpillar !
  • I am red, with black spots on my shiny shell and I can fly. What am I ?  I am a ladybird !
  • I have 8 legs, and I can spin webs. What am I ? I am a spider !
  • I leave a slimy trail when I move around, and I carry my home on my back ? What am I ? I am a snail !
  • I have beautiful coloured wings, and I used to be a caterpillar. What am I ? I am a buttterfly !
  • I have no legs, I am pink and I like to wiggle around in the soil. What am I ? I am a worm !
  • I am very busy, I have yellow and black stripes and I can make honey. What am I ? I am a bee !
  • I have long wings, and a long colourful body. I fly around ponds to catch flies for my dinner. What am I ? I am a dragonfly !
  • I have a black shiny shell on my body and I like to scurry around. What am I ? I am a beetle !                                                                                                                                        Some difficult questions
  • I am small and brown and I like to live in or under wooden logs. What am I ? I am a woodlouse !
  • I am really small, but I’m very strong, and I live in a colony. I like to eat really sweet things. What am I ? I am an ant !

 I hope you got most of the questions correct, you will have to send me an email and let me know how you got on. Thanks for joining in and taking part, well done to you. 

Thinking of you all

Mrs Weedall

My favourite Minibeast

Good morning everyone

What a lovely sunny day ! I hope you are all well and keeping safe.

I hope you all enjoyed your Minibeast hunt yesterday. Milly and I went hunting in our back garden too. We found a few spiders sitting very happily in the middle of their webs on our garden fence. We lifted a big plant pot and found some woodlice, and a some really small slugs. Milly noticed that on our flowers there were lots of bees and wasps. When we took Buddy for a walk, we saw quite a few butterflies fluttering around. I love looking for these little creatures. I think minibeasts are one of my favourite things !

With this in mind, today I would like you to draw a picture of your favourite Minibeast and write about why you chose that one.

My favourite Minibeast is a Bee.

I think Bees are just amazing ! I love their yellow and black stripy bodies, which if you look closely at photos of them, bees are also very furry too. Bees always make me smile. I know they can be noisy as they buzz around, but they make that noise because they have such tiny wings which have to carry around that big body, this means that  their wings have to work so fast it they create that loud buzzy noise. When Milly was little she thought they were scary because their loud buzz, but I’ve always told her that if you  leave bees alone they will leave her alone, so she’s not scared anymore and quite likes them just like me! Bees are the busiest Minibeast. They work all day visiting flowers, looking after them and  collecting pollen. Bees also work hard to make honey, which is delicious, you should try some on warm toast….ummm very yummy.

Bees are just the best.

Let me know which Minibeast is your favourite. I will look forward to seeing your drawing and writing.

Thinking of you all

Mrs Weedall

Lets go on a Minibeast hunt !

Morning Boys and Girls

I hope you are all well and staying safe.

Hopefully you all now know what a ‘Minibeast’ is, and you been have finding out lots of amazing information about them, what they look and how they live.

I have been busy getting my ‘Minibeast quiz’ ready for Thursday so you will be able to use all the information that you know to answer my questions.

Today I would like you to go on a Minibeast hunt, either in your garden or whilst your out on your daily walk, and find all these little creatures in the places where they live.

There are a few things I want you to remember while your on your Minibeast hunt. Firstly you need to be aware some Minibeasts can bite or sting so you need to be careful. Secondly Minibeasts are living creatures, it is better to just look at them, but if you do hold or touch them, you need to be very gentle and very careful. Finally always make sure that you leave Minibeasts in the place that you find them. Once you have been on your Minibeast hunt you must make sure that you wash your hands carefully.

Resources you will need : Paper and pencil, small bucket or container, maginfying glass and if possible a Minibeast checklist from the little owl resources, this will help you to identify which Minibeast you have found.

Look carefully all around your garden or on your walk as minibeasts are very small and could be anywhere. The main places to look are: on bushes and plants, on flowers, under stones/rocks, under garden ornaments, and on the top of the in the soil if you carefully dig around.

Once you have found a Minbeast I would like you to record what you have found by drawing a picture of it, try to include lots of the minibeasts features.  When you have finished, take a picture of your work and email it to me through the school email and let me see which Minibeasts you found on your hunt.

I hope you have lots of fun. Let me know how you get on.

Thinking of you all

Mrs Weedall

 

Minibeasts

Morning Boys and Girls

I hope you are all safe and well, and that you had a lovely weekend.

If we were in school the topic we would be learning about in the Nursery would be ‘Minibeasts’ which is one of my favourite topics. I love learning all about these fascinating little creatures !

With this in mind all this week I will be planning activities for you to participate in based on this topic.

With your grown-up I would like you to use the internet safely to do some research and find out: what the word ‘Minibeasts’ means, what creatures are Minibeasts, what their names are, what they look like, how they move and where they live.

If you have a printer at home, I have come across a lovely website that you can use  – Littleowlsresources.com/minibeasts – which has lots of nice activities for you to look at and print off.

Later in the week I will be posting a ‘Minibeast quiz’ so you will be able to use your information and fact finding to answer my questions.

I hope you love learning about Minibeasts as much as me.

Remember you can email school and let me know how you are all getting on.

Thinking of you all

Mrs Weedall

Junk models

Good morning Boys and Girls

I hope you are all well and having fun.

The activity today is a creative one. You will need to collect together empty cereal boxes, yoghurt pots, egg boxes empty toilet rolls, lids, boxes and containers of any nature. Also glue, sellotape or masking tape, scissors, paints, collage materials, glitter, etc.

The task is simply to make a junk model and decorate it as colourfully as you can. So what could you make ? Here are some ideas

  • A Robot
  • A monster
  • A person
  • A scarecrow
  • A rocket
  • A boat
  • A bus – a car – a train – you could make them big enough to put your toys in.
  • A house – You could make lots of small houses and create a road/street/village
  • A cat
  • A mouse
  • A dog
  • A giraffe
  • A dragon

Or anything else you can think of !

Make sure you take a photo so I can see what you made. Most of all have lots of junk modelling fun.

Take care and stay safe at home.

Thinking of you all, much love

Mrs Weedall