Foundation Subjects based on Celebrations
Party Preparation- Tell your child that they are going to become party planners. They can plan a party for a person of their choice. Ask them to write a guest list for the party, design an invitation and make a list of things that they will need (e.g. banners and balloons). They could even choose songs to play and write a shopping list for the buffet.
Let’s Celebrate- Gather the family and sing the song ‘Celebration’: Can you add actions to the dance? Could you have a concert and perform to your family and friends? Record the performance and watch it back as a family- what could be even better about the performance?
How I celebrate...
How I Celebrate- Your child can watch this video about celebrations. Following this, provide them with a list of the months of the year. Can they list celebrations from around the world and match the months in which they are celebrated? Then ask your child to list what, if anything, they celebrate each month in a different colour. Which celebration do they enjoy most? Why? They could also match the celebration to the season e.g.
Autumn: Diwali, Bonfire Night, Harvest Festival , Hanukkah
Winter: Christmas, New Year
Spring: Holi, Easter, Mother’s day
Summer: Father’s day, EID, Vesak
Foundation subjects based on Dinosaur
Can you move like a dinosaur?
Look at the cards below for some ideas.
Using papier mache cover a balloon and create your very own dinosaur egg. Once it is dry paint and decorate, you might even want to cut some of it away to look like the dinosaur is about to come out.
Watch this video https://safeYouTube.net/w/n8VM to find out more about fossils.
Use the powerpoint below to recap information about carnivores, omnivorse and herbivores. Can you sort the dinosaurs?
Follow the instructions below to make your very own dinosaur poo.
Where did they live? – In which continents did dinosaurs live? Record findings on a world map.
Create an acount with https://scratch.mit.edu/ or use the scratchjr app
to create an algorithm with a dinosaur.
Follow this link to watch videos and find out more about dinosaurs.
Foundation Subjects based on Transport
Transport through time! Create a timeline of transport from the past to the present. Find a selection of photographs and place them in the correct order. Take a look at these online resources from the transport museum to help you. Create a booklet about different forms of transport. Find out about the first aeroplanes. Who was the first person to fly in one? Who invented the first train? Look at pictures of the penny-farthing. Why do you think we don't ride them today? What makes racing bikes different from mountain bikes?
Moving Models - Find some junk modelling around the house and make a model car that moves or use Lego. Test it out in the garden or during a walk. Does the car move faster or slower on a ramp? Why/why not
Float your Boat!- Using a variety of materials, make boats out of junk e.g. wood, plastic , paper, polystyrene etc. Make a prediction about whether or not they will float and then test them to see which floats the longest. Can you summarise why this boat floated for the longest?
Transport Across Europe- Look at map of Europe (You can use Google Maps if you don’t have a paper one available). Research the different means of transport in France, Mexico and India. Compare them to see which means of transport we have in common. Why are some modes of transport more popular in some countries? Create an information report on one chosen mode of transport. Include the appearance, age and what it’s commonly used for.
Wacky Wheels- Cut out a circle from an old cardboard box. Create a wheel print using this template and paint. If you do not have paint, your child could draw around the circle and create a repeating pattern. Look at this Sonia Delaunay print for inspiration
- Use tinfoil to create a simple boat design. Try testing it by seeing how many coins it will hold.
- What shape makes the best boat?
Don’t forget to recycle the tinfoil after using it!
Foundation Subjects based on Chocolate
Listen to the story of Charlie and the Chocolate factory
Can you copy this oompa lumpa dance? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFxyUAjayyI
Or have a go at creating your own.
Take a trip to Cadbury's world by watching this virtual tour
Think about the characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Create a family tree for them. Can you create your own family tree?
Who brought chocolate to the UK? Can you research and find out?
Can you find those places on a world map?
Junk Modelling. Using old boxes, bottles etc.. can you create your own chocolate factory model?
Think about how you might join the materials together, how you'd decorate them (does it need covering first?).
Seperating Materials - Look at solid and liquid chocolate - describe the differences and similiarities. Investigate how you would seperate a solid from a liquid. You might want to use sand and water or pebbles and water for this instead of chocolate.
Logon to https://www.rotherhammusicserviceonline.co.uk/site/ (Charanga Music)
Click Charanga YUMU
Your username and password is the same as what you use for TTRockstars.
Once logged on you will find an 'assignment' click the assignment. Then select 'Chocolate' complete listening and appraising the song.
Foundation Subjects based on Robin Hood
Build a den outside. Can you use natural materials/resources?
Make a Merry Man's soup.
Follow the link to a recipe below to make a medieval soup
Go outside, what plants can you see?
Can you name the parts of a plant/tree?
Create a diagram to show all the parts of a plant/tree. (draw, paint, use natural resources)
Create your own Robin Hood timeline.
Foundation Subjects based on Florence Nightingale
Compare two pictures of nurses in the past and nurses nowadays. What do you notice?
Can you create an your own piece of art using both pictures?
Create a dance dipicting Florence and her nurses carrying out duties.
Compare hospital life in the time of Florence Nightingale to modern hospitals.
Use the resources below to help.
Logon to https://www.rotherhammusicserviceonline.co.uk/site/ (Charanga Music)
Click Charanga YUMU
Your username and password is the same as what you use for TTRockstars.
Once logged on you will find an 'assignment' click the assignment. Then select 'healthy living me and my body' complete the 6 little lessons.
Complete some research about Florence Nightingale. Who was she and why is she significant? Present your ideas however you choose. For example: poster, PowerPoint, list of facts....
See below some resources to help.
Discovery education login: student27320 whiston18
Or download the ppt information below.
Create a portrait of Florence Nightingale. What art materials could you use? BE CREATIVE.
(paints, pencils, pastels, nature, paper, 3D, playdough ..........)
Map out the places that Florence visited during her lifetime. Use the world map.
Can you find out information about those different places? Can you compare the places?
Create a word document. Insert a picture of Florence. Write facts/sentences about Florence. Have a go at changing the font style and size. Save you document.
Foundation Subjects based on Sports Week
Have a go at designing your own sports kit.
Time to think and be calm! For your positive mental wellbeing have a go at the mindful colouring sheet below.
Keep an exercise log of all the physical activities you complete this week. Template below.
On your daily walk or daily exercise collect some pieces of nature and then use these in order to create your own piece of Nature Art.
Have a look at the image of the Olympic flag. What does each of the colours represent?
Could you create your own Olympic flag? What does yours represent? You could research the different flags of the countries that take part in the Olympics and try to incorporate different aspects of these?
This interesting website is full of facts about what different flags mean:
Research as much information as you can about the Ancient Olympics. Some of the websites below might help you.
Compare and contrast this to the modern Olympics and present your findings in a creative way. This might be a poster, PowerPoint presentation, song, rap, A-Z.
Foundation Subjects based on 'The Gingerbread Man'
HELP! The Gingerbread man needs to cross the river. Can you test materials that would be suitable to float in water? Which materials stay dry?
Create a Gingerbread Man collage. What different textures can you create?
Gingerbread Man is in need of a new outfit!
Step 1: Plan a new outfit for him to wear. What will it be made out of? Why?
Step 2: Practice joining the material together. Will you glue, tape, sew....?
Step 3: Make your new outfit.
Step 4: Evaluate what you have done. What is good? What would you change?
Create a moving picture image for the Gingerbread man.
Can you use levers and sliders?
Look at the resources below for more guidance.
Plan the Gingerbread Man's walk/route.
Step 1: Create a map of your local area - you could use google maps to help
Step 2: Create a route that the Gingerbread Man could follow and have a go at walking that route yourself on your daily exercise.
(You could even take a Gingerbread Man with you and photograph him with important landmarks/street names)
Use Scratchjr. to create an algorithm to match the story of the Gingerbread Man. Can you make the characters chase each other? You may want to use different characters. Remember scratchjr is an app but can also be accessed online (both are free).
Design and make your own Gingerbread Man.
Download the recipe below.
Use the playscript below to act out the story of the Gingerbread Man with your family members.
Create a fact file for the animals in the story. Can you draw and label the animals?
Nocturnal Animals: Have a look at the fox in the story as well as other nocturnal animals and compare them to those that are not nocturnal. Look at why some animals are and some are not.
Foundation Subjects based on Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)
Have a go at creating some VE day bunting. Either use the template below or use plain/coloured paper/card. Be creative! What different tones, lines and textures can you use? Think back to when we create our flame images, can you use different lines to complete your bunting? Maybe think about the different resources you could use: paint, pencils, tissue paper etc.
Use the timeline cards below to create your own timeline of events. Remember a timeline must be in chronological order.
Use a world map (a blank one is avaliable below). Research the countries that were involved in WW2. Can you then locate them on a world map and label them. What continents are the countries in?
If you need reminding of the continents look at this song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE
For VE celebrations many people would have held street parties. At these parties people would have eaten party food. What part food would you take? First have a go at designing your party food, remember to label the ingredients you are going to use. Next have a go at making your party food. Finally have a go at evaluating it, what would you change? what is really good?
Create a piece of digital literacy. You might try using paint, word, or the comic life app to create a poster inviting people to your street party. Have a go at changing the font (size, colour, style), add in some pictures and include some text. Remember to safely story and save your work.
Think about what kindness means to you and how you can try and carry out a little act of kindness every day.
Download the kindness checklist below for some ideas.
Have a go at cracking the morse code messages. Download the resource below.
Foundation Subjects based on the Sea and Whales
Have a look at the powerpoint on food chains. Can you create your own food chain for sea animals?
Can you name all of the oceans?
Watch this clip and see if you can remember them? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6BE4VcYngQ
Then have a go at filling in the labels on the maps
Christopher Columbus was a great explorer. Can you find out more about him?
Use the powerpoint attached below or complete your own research and write down some facts that you could present to someone else in your family.
Extra: What experiences did Columbus and his sailors encounter? How would you be feeling? What would you see on your journey? What were the conditions on the ship? Explain the significance of Columbus using a message in a bottle, imagining the conditions on deck (e.g. ship letting in water, fear of dying in the storm, what they had discovered).
Materials, materials, materials!
What material would be best to make a boat out of so that you don't get wet?
Test different materials to see which is would be best and record your findings.
Can you have a go at using your chosen materials to design a boat? Can you have a go at making the boat? What went well? What would you change?
Robotics Drawing and Story Writing Competitions for Children
Two competitions inviting UK primary schoolchildren to share their creative works inspired by all things robotic. The competitions are hosted by the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network as part of UK Robotics Week (22nd – 28th June), a 7-day celebration of robotics science spanning hundreds of public events and activities up and down the country.
These competitions are designed for children to complete at home and we hope they will provide an opportunity for teachers to incorporate robotics into their remote lesson plans during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The “Once Upon A Robot” writing competition is open to all Key Stage 2 children (aged 7 - 11 years old), and challenges competition participants to write an 800-word story featuring any kind of robot their imagination can conjure. The story could take place on Earth, in space or even on another planet!
For the “Draw A Robot” competition, children in Key Stage 1 (aged 5 – 7 years old) have the chance to draw a robot that they’d like to see in the future. The robot could be designed to accomplish any task or job – the sky’s the limit! The children will be able to submit a robot drawing, up to 200-word description, and five key features (labelled on the drawing).
The two new competitions will be judged by robotics experts from the ESPRC UK-RAS Network, plus two very special invited literary and art & design judges. The drawing competition will be judged by Zoë Smith, Producer at Tate Kids, and the writing competition will be judged by award-winning writer AF Harrold, author of The Imaginary and the popular Greta Zargo series.
There are fabulous prizes on offer, including a Makeblock Programmable robot kit (courtesy of Pipebots), a Thames Komos Robotics Experiment kit (provided by Brains on Board), plus some unique and exclusive prizes courtesy of our guest judges.
The competitions close for entries on the 8th June 2020
For more information, details of prizes, judging criteria and to submit an entry, please visit https://www.ukras.org/school-
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These competitions are a new addition to our UK Robotics Week programme of events for 2020. They complement the established School Robot Challenge – an app and online-based robot design challenge open to school groups aged between 8 and 14 years old.
Foundation Subjects based on Angry Cat, Baba Yaga and Hansel and Gretel
Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HQIg3ZwAs0
Have a go at drawing anger. What does it look like?
Look at the powerpoint about managing anger can you create a poster?
Look at the top tips can you have a go at some of those activities?
Draw and label all the parts of a cat. What is a cat's offspring called? What is the same what is different? What does a cat need in order to survive?
Create an image of Baba Yaga's home using resources that you can find outside.
Can you create a song or rhyme to keep Baba Yaga away?
Try creating a piece of music using things around your house e.g. pots and pans OR sing a song to keep Baba Yaga away.
Design you own edible house. What will you use? Who will it be for?
Practice joining your chosen materials together. Would glue be a good idea? Can you eat sellotape?
Have a go at making your edible house. What went well? What would you change?
Food glorious food! Look at and discuss the foods that have been used to create the witches house. Is the house healthy or not?
Can you create your own healthy balanced plate of food. Can you create a meal plan for a whole day?
You could try making foods using playdough or use the real thing, you could draw a plate of food or create a digital image.
Geography:Make your own map. Can you create different routes to the same place. Can you use positional and directional language to describe where to go? Can you use compass directions?
Computing:Download the beebots app (free) - can you navigate your way through the mazes?
Can you complete these tasks on a larger scale? Create an obstacle course in your house/garden, can you navigate your family member or can you navigate you family through the obstacle course. Remembering to use clear positional/direction/compass directions/language.
Foundation Subject ideas based on Up!
Why don't you try creating a finger painting of the balloons taking Carl's house into the sky.
Use a paper mache technique to create your very own hot air balloon.
Create a balloon rocket. Predict who's rocket will win the race.
Does the size of the balloon make a difference? Why?
Use strips of paper to create a hot air balloon.
Up up and away, where would you travel to?
Use google maps to locate a country or place you'd love to visit. Can you write a little bit about that place? What continent is it in? What sea surronds it. Use the songs below to help you remember the seas and continents.
Think about transport over time. How has travel changed? Use the powerpoint and activity sheet below.
Have a go at learning one of the songs below. I have included the powerpoints and the music backing tracks too. Why not put some actions together for the songs too?
Cycle safety: Cyclying is a great form of exercise and travel. Can you create a safety poster for others to follow when cycling out of the roads/streets. Try to include the things in the activity sheet below on your poster.