Derwent

Washing Your Hands song

Washing your hands is very important. Sing along with Evie to help you wash your hands properly.

Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/washing-your-hands-song

6th July 2020 - Forces

Forces are everywhere and in all that we do. In Derwent, we have explored how we can push and pull objects to move them; how we can move ourselves by pushing and pulling with our arms and legs and have made streamers to move through the air.

Download Activities Overview – Forces

This is the song we listen to at the start of our forces lesson. Some of us are very good at acting out the movements on the video.

Have a go at some of the activities to explore different forces at home.

 

2nd July 2020 - Number

Download Activities Overview – Number

We are excellent at counting in Derwent! Ask us to find 3 leaves, 5 stones or 7 sticks – we can count like champions! Can you do a treasure hunt at home to find different numbers of items? 3 balls, 4 forks or 6 shoes? Can anyone add them together or take them away? Happy hunting!

Have a look at the other number challenges and see how many you can complete. Pick the challenges that are right for your child.

Have a look through some of the online number activities. There are lots of different levels, so find the one that’s right for your child. To know they are working at the right level, they should have lots of success with only a few errors.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/ordering 

29th June - Music

Music is all around us! In Derwent we have been making music from the things we find in nature as well as re-using old items. For example, music sticks for drumming, stones in plastic bottles for shaking and simply listening to the sounds around us.

Create some of your own musical instruments listed here, and then have a go at some of these activities;

Music Stick

  • Tap it on different surfaces to hear the different sounds. How does the sofa sound compared to the wall? Can you run it along some railings?
  • Take it in turns to make and copy different rhythms. Everyone in Derwent loves having a go at being the leader.
  • Fill glass bottles with different levels of water to create different notes. Make a tune. Make it harder by asking your child to make a simple sequence then try to repeat it. Please support closely when using glass bottles.

Guitar

  • Create a tune! Make it harder by helping your child create a song or vocalise along with the sounds.
  • Once you have put your elastic bands on, you can go wild creating a custom designed work of art. Add an empty kitchen paper roll for the neck and colour, paint or add stickers.
  • Put on your favourite tunes and play along.

Shaker

  • Shake your shaker to your favourite song. Stop the music at various points and see if your child can pause their shaking. Swap over and let your child take control of the music!
  • Count to 10 while your child hides with the shaker. They need to shake the shaker so you can follow the sound to find them. Swap over and see if they can find you.
  • Can you follow the instructions in the song?

Of course, if you already have musical instruments at home, use these too!

Use the symbols to support your child as needed by either printing or drawing them out yourself.

Activities can be done inside or outside. If you choose to carryout some of these activities in a public outdoor space, remember to observe safe social distancing, keeping at least 2m away from other members of the public. 

25th June 2020 - Position and direction

In Derwent we have been practising giving and following instructions using the language of position and direction. Here are some activities you can do at home, to build on what we’ve been learning in school.

Download Position and Direction activities

Need to get moving? Give this a go! Can you keep up with Hip Hop Granny?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/supermovers/42626760

Help Peg find the treasure by following the instructions: up, down, left and right. The game uses arrows to support your child and it can be played on a laptop, computer or tablet.
https://pbskids.org/peg/games/hungry-pirates

Watch and sing the song together. Using a box and any object, see if your child can put the item in the same place as monkey is hiding. If you have a toy monkey, even better!

 

You can use the symbols to support your child by either printing them or drawing them out yourself. You can also demonstrate the language either by using objects or positioning yourself (e.g. behind the sofa). If your child is struggling with the number of different instructions, try using two at a time. We have done lots of work on ‘over’ and ‘under’.

22nd June 2020 - Stanley's Stick

We have been reading Stanley’s Stick in Derwent. Stanley’s stick can be a saxophone, fishing rod, telescope…in fact it can be anything he wants it to be!

Click on the link to watch the story together. You can pause each page and copy what Stanley does.

 

stanleystick imageFind a stick at home and see what it can be.

Can it be a dinosaur with a loud raw?

Can it be a whistle on which to play a tune?

Can you make it into a fishing rod to catch a big fish?

Let your imagination run wild with your child!

Can you find more sticks and count them together?

How about lining them up in order of size?

Can you put them together to make the different letters in your name?

If the sun comes out, try planting it in the garden and watch how the shadow moves over the day.

15th June 2020 - Anansi the spider Continued...

Here are a second set of activities linked to the story of Anansi the Spider.

Start by listening to the song about Anansi:

 

Read the second version of the story together. Which one did you prefer?

Download – Anansi the Spider Story

Have a go at the activities.

Download – Activities

Here are some links to recipes to try together. Can you guess which animals might like the different recipes?

Banana bread – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/brilliant-banana-loaf

Carrot soup – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/carrot-coriander-soup

Vegetable salad – https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chunky-vegetable-salad

11th June 2020 - Anansi the spider

Download – Activities

Today’s activities are all linked to Anansi the spider. Begin by listening to the story and then having a go at some of the activities over the next few days.

Here is a great spider song for counting, singing or just having a dance!

 

 

8th June 2020 - Taking turns

In Derwent we have worked hard on the concept of waiting and taking turns. We take turns when choosing, answering questions, playing games and during free-play activities.

Download – Taking Turns Activities

Try some simple turn taking activities together at home. Start by watching and singing along to the turn taking song. The Makaton signs are detailed below to support.

Have a go at some simple turn taking games:

  • Simon Says
  • I went to the shops
  • Noughts and Crosses
  • Hop Scotch

Get the board games out and play your favourites! If you are low on games at home, have a look at the downloadable activities for some you can easily make yourself.

4th June 2020 - Capacity

In Numeracy we have been learning about capacity. We have explored containers of different sizes by pouring, filling, emptying and dropping in stones to see what happens.

Some of us have been learning the terms: ‘full’, ’empty’ and ‘half-full’. We have then been putting containers in order of size from ‘most’ to ‘least’.

Download – Sensory Capacity Activities

Download – Capacity Investigations

Have a go at some of the activities at home. They have been split into sensory activities and more challenging investigations.

 

 

 

 

1st June 2020 - A Busy Day for Birds

We have enjoyed spotting birds at Leighton Moss and making bird feeders in school. We have learnt the names of some birds such as duck, pheasant and blue tit.

Watch the story about the Busy Birds together. Pause after each bird and make the same actions and noises.

Have a go at the activities linked to the story.

Download – A busy day for Birds activities

Here is a song we like to sing and move along to. We especially like ‘a leap!’

 

 

21st May 2020 - Art and Design

We love getting creative in Derwent! We have used objects found in the woodland to print and make patterns in clay, pressed leaves and flowers to use in our art work, made no-cook playdough for modelling and used natural items to create our very own mini-gardens.

Have a go at some of the activities listed and use our class photographs to give you some inspiration at home. The page of activities and ideas contains a link to the recipe and ingredients for no-cook playdough.

If you choose to carryout some of these activities in a public outdoor space, remember to observe safe social distancing, keeping at least 2m away from other members of the public.

Download – Activities

 

18th May 2020 - The Roll-Away Pumpkin

The Roll-Away Pumpkin is a story we thoroughly enjoyed in Derwent. Each week, we took it in turns to be the roll-away pumpkin as the rest of the class followed to all of the destinations in the book.

Share the story with your child. Ask questions such as ‘Where is the pumpkin?’ ‘What happens next?’ and encourage them to join in with actions and repeated phrases.

Have a go at the activities linked to the story.

Download – The Roll Away Pumpkin story

Download – Activities

 

14th May 2020 - Forces

Forces are everywhere and in all that we do. In Derwent, we have explored how we can push and pull objects to move them; how we can move ourselves by pushing and pulling with our arms and legs and have made streamers to move through the air.

Download Activities Overview – Forces

This is the song we listen to at the start of our forces lesson. Some of us are very good at acting out the movements on the video.

Have a go at some of the activities to explore different forces at home.

 

11th May 2020 - Money

In Derwent, we have been learning about money. Have a go at some of the activities, picking the ones that are suitable for your child.

Download Activities Overview – Money

Here is the song we use to start our lessons on money. Have a sing along together. Use coins to see if your child can select the correct one. If coins are too small for your child, you could print enlarged versions or draw the number and shape of the coin onto a larger piece of paper.

Work with your child through some of the online money games. To know you have the right level, they should get most of the answers correct with only a few errors.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/money 

7th May 2020 - Movement Activities

Download Activities Overview – Movement Activities

Being the Green Curriculum, much of what we do involves movement! We have made and followed stick trails; learnt to do fiddly things like fasten zips, buttons and laces; taken turns in different outdoor games and developed core muscles through using wheelie boards, swimming and even learning to sit up properly. Have a go at some of the different activities to get you moving at home.

Need inspiration for different animal movements? Have a look at this video together. Although not strictly an animal movement, in Derwent we do particularly enjoy doing the robot!

 

Here is the music we use in class for pass the beanbag. Make sure you are listening carefully! (We tend to just listen rather that watch the video, as it can be very distracting!)

 

4th May 2020 - Number

Download Activities Overview – Number

We are excellent at counting in Derwent! Ask us to find 3 leaves, 5 stones or 7 sticks – we can count like champions! Can you do a treasure hunt at home to find different numbers of items? 3 balls, 4 forks or 6 shoes? Can anyone add them together or take them away? Happy hunting!

Have a look at the other number challenges and see how many you can complete. Pick the challenges that are right for your child.

Have a look through some of the online number activities. There are lots of different levels, so find the one that’s right for your child. To know they are working at the right level, they should have lots of success with only a few errors.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/ordering 

30th April 2020 - Looking After Your Environment

Download Activities Overview – Looking After Your Environment

As part of our topic on environment, Derwent have been looking after their surroundings at Leighton Moss and at school. We have swept, cleaned windows, wiped tables, sorted recycling and tidied up. What can you do to help look after your environment at home? Have a go at some of the attached activities.

Watch and sing along to the video together before starting any of the tasks, to help key your child into the activity.

Here is a lovely story about a Badger called Pete, who was a little too tidy! Watch it together:

27th April 2020 - Environment

Download Activities Overview – Environment 

In Derwent, we have been looking at how our environment is changing. Before school closed, some of the trees and plants had just started to grow buds, but everything already looks very different!

Go outside or have a look outside each day this week.

What is changing?   How does the air feel?    Can you name any of the plants that are growing?

Are you growing any plants in your house? How are you helping to look after them?

Can you name or match any of the colours you can see in your environment? Create your own colour wheel or print a version here:

https://mothernatured.com/printables/nature-color-wheel-printable/

Try collecting a variety of items the same colour to make a collage.

Can you draw what you can see, or use a wax crayon and a piece of paper to take a rubbing?

Can you play a grass trumpet?

Are there any new birds or animals coming to visit? Can you create a house for them, like the one in the picture?

If you choose to carryout some of these activities in a public outdoor space, remember to observe safe social distancing, keeping at least 2m away from other members of the public.

23rd April 2020 - Stanley's Stick Writing Messages

Stanley’s stick is brilliant for writing secret messages in the sand. Before Stanley writes his messages, it’s a good idea to warm up his fingers! Have a go at the fine motor skills activities to get your hands ready for writing.

Now have a go at writing your own secret messages with sticks in different materials at home. You could try mud, sand, flour, porridge oats or lentils.

Can you draw a picture to go with your writing?

Can you write or trace the letters of your name?

Can you make marks in different ways? Try side to side, up and down, corner to corner and round in a circle.

Can you create a repeating pattern using dots, lines, shapes etc?

Easter Activities

Happy Easter! Here are some Easter themed activities for you to have fun with over the next two weeks!

Download Easter Activities

Use the Makaton signs to sing and sign along with the musical story. Get active and see if you can hop in time with the animals.

Here is the link to make your easy no-sew sock bunny. It involves lots of practise of those important motor skills while creating a fabulous Easter decoration or toy.

 

Activities can be done inside or outside. If you choose to carryout some of these activities in a public outdoor space, remember to observe safe social distancing, keeping at least 2m away from other members of the public.

2nd April - Music

Music is all around us! In Derwent we have been making music from the things we find in nature as well as re-using old items. For example, music sticks for drumming, stones in plastic bottles for shaking and simply listening to the sounds around us.

Create some of your own musical instruments listed here, and then have a go at some of these activities;

Music Stick

  • Tap it on different surfaces to hear the different sounds. How does the sofa sound compared to the wall? Can you run it along some railings?
  • Take it in turns to make and copy different rhythms. Everyone in Derwent loves having a go at being the leader.
  • Fill glass bottles with different levels of water to create different notes. Make a tune. Make it harder by asking your child to make a simple sequence then try to repeat it. Please support closely when using glass bottles.

Guitar

  • Create a tune! Make it harder by helping your child create a song or vocalise along with the sounds.
  • Once you have put your elastic bands on, you can go wild creating a custom designed work of art. Add an empty kitchen paper roll for the neck and colour, paint or add stickers.
  • Put on your favourite tunes and play along.

Shaker

  • Shake your shaker to your favourite song. Stop the music at various points and see if your child can pause their shaking. Swap over and let your child take control of the music!
  • Count to 10 while your child hides with the shaker. They need to shake the shaker so you can follow the sound to find them. Swap over and see if they can find you.
  • Can you follow the instructions in the song?

Of course, if you already have musical instruments at home, use these too!

Use the symbols to support your child as needed by either printing or drawing them out yourself.

Activities can be done inside or outside. If you choose to carryout some of these activities in a public outdoor space, remember to observe safe social distancing, keeping at least 2m away from other members of the public. 

 

30th March 2020 - Position and direction

In Derwent we have been practising giving and following instructions using the language of position and direction. Here are some activities you can do at home, to build on what we’ve been learning in school.

Download Position and Direction activities

Need to get moving? Give this a go! Can you keep up with Hip Hop Granny?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/supermovers/42626760

Help Peg find the treasure by following the instructions: up, down, left and right. The game uses arrows to support your child and it can be played on a laptop, computer or tablet.
https://pbskids.org/peg/games/hungry-pirates

Watch and sing the song together. Using a box and any object, see if your child can put the item in the same place as monkey is hiding. If you have a toy monkey, even better!

 

You can use the symbols to support your child by either printing them or drawing them out yourself. You can also demonstrate the language either by using objects or positioning yourself (e.g. behind the sofa). If your child is struggling with the number of different instructions, try using two at a time. We have done lots of work on ‘over’ and ‘under’.

 

26th March 2020 - Mini Beasts

Derwent have been searching for minibeasts around school and while at Leighton Moss. We have counted worms and slugs a plenty and have even spotted a snail, centipede and millipede.

Have a go at these activities with your child at home. If you have a garden, pop out to see what you can find. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to an outside space, you can use the photographs on this page or try these online activities where you can look at and explore a whole host of different minibeasts:

Find out about and look at different minibeasts with Jess:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/mini-beast-adventure-with-jess-minibeast-spotter 

Build your own minibeasts:
http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/minbeasts/eng/Introduction/InterActiveWhiteBoardActivity.htm

 

Watch the story together and pause each time caterpillar meets a new insect. Help your child copy the actions of each one.

  • Tap your feet, like woodlouse in his clogs.
  • Squeeze your feet, to make them as warm as spider’s.
  • Wiggle like the worms.
  • Jump like grasshopper. Can you do both little AND big jumps?
  • Polish your shoes with a cloth, to make them nice and shiny like beetle’s.
  • Hide like the stick insects.
  • Run like snail (or a bit faster if you can!)
  • Fly like butterfly, once he has his wings.

Download further activities

Get creative when making your minibeast environment. You could make it in a shoe box to go outside later or you could even create a den with cushions and sheets and pretend to be the minibeasts living inside!

If you choose to carryout some of these activities in a public outdoor space, remember to observe safe social distancing, keeping at least 2m away from other members of the public.

 

 

 

23rd March 2020 - Stanley's Stick

We have been reading Stanley’s Stick in Derwent. Stanley’s stick can be a saxophone, fishing rod, telescope…in fact it can be anything he wants it to be!

Click on the link to watch the story together. You can pause each page and copy what Stanley does.

 

stanleystick imageFind a stick at home and see what it can be.

Can it be a dinosaur with a loud raw?

Can it be a whistle on which to play a tune?

Can you make it into a fishing rod to catch a big fish?

Let your imagination run wild with your child!

Can you find more sticks and count them together?

How about lining them up in order of size?

Can you put them together to make the different letters in your name?

If the sun comes out, try planting it in the garden and watch how the shadow moves over the day.

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Phone: 01524 645 43

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