Go for a walk with your grown up and take a carrier bag with you. Collect different natural objects. You could collect different leaves, stones, sticks, petals. Then when you get home arrange your objects to create different pictures. Remember to take some photos and email them to us. There are lots of ideas on the internet of how to use different natural objects to create pictures and sculptures so get creative!
Watch the YouTube clip to give you some ideas
Miss Pooley's Challenge
20 May 2020
Months of the Year
Can you name all of the months of the year in order? How many are there altogether?
Try writing them down. What do you notice? (Look at the letters at the beginning of each word).
Can you think of something you celebrate each month with your families?
Find out when it's people's birthdays. Which month is the most popular for celebrating?
Which month is you favourite?
Spell out some of your Year groups Common Exception Words (use the list to help your spelling if needed). Use the Scrabble letters to see what the value of each letter is worth, add these together to see how many points each word is worth.
- Which word has the most points?
- Which has the least?
- Can you try to spell out a word using the letters Q, X or Z?
- Can you compete with another member of your family to see who can find the biggest value words from the Common Exception Word list?
- How much would your name be worth?
- What about the names of other members of your family?
Have a great day!
Floating and Sinking
Today’s challenge is about floating and sinking and more! In my house we have been watching ‘Let’s go Live’ with Maddie and Gregg. There are themed weeks, which include Oceans Week, Garden Week and Dino Week. Each programme is full of facts and things to make and do. They are really good fun and have kept my family busy!
Miss Pooley's Challenge
13 May, 2020
It has been lovely speaking to lots of you on the phone this week to hear about all the fun things you have been doing. Don’t worry, if you have not spoken to your teacher yet, they will be trying hard to chat to you by the end of this week.
One of the things that lots of you have done while you have had so much time at home is gardening. Today’s challenge is all about seeds.
First, you will need to log in to Espresso :
Then, try this quiz to see how many questions can you answer: https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item1237476/grade1/module1197183/index.html
After that, read this e book: https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/book/item1237170/grade1/module1197183/index.html
Finally, can you find a seed to plant? Cress seeds can be purchased at most supermarkets and are grown really quickly and easily. Runner beans, French beans or Broad beans are also good choices. One of my favourites is Sunflowers, there are lots of varieties to choose from. Follow the instructions on the packet and then make a plant diary to record what happens every few days. Here is one you can look at to help you:
Have fun completing this gardening challenge and please send your teachers any photos of what you have done.
Miss Marchent's Umbrella Problem
The other day it was raining so I needed to use my umbrella to walk to the shops but my umbrella has holes in it! So I got very wet!
I love this umbrella and really want to fix the holes. Can you help me find waterproof materials so that I can patch up my umbrella?
Watch this clip to find out about waterproof materials - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nd42ISTOJI&t=89s
Can you help me and test some materials in your home to see if they are waterproof or not. You might want to test paper, kitchen roll, foil, cling film, fabric, bin bag, cotton, cardboard etc.
Before you begin your test can you predict which materials may be more or less waterproof?
Think about how you can make your tests fair. The materials need to be able to cover a small plastic pot and be able to be attached to the pot using an elastic band so that you can pour water on top to see if the water passes through the material or not.
Don't forget to record your results! Which materials did or did not allow water to pass through?
Which material would you suggest I use to patch up my umbrella? Why is that material most suitable to fix my umbrella?
Can you list the properties of each material tested? Are they soft, hard, bendy, smooth, rough, rigid, thin, thick?
Could you design you're own umbrella, thinking about which material would be best to use?
Please send your teachers your results so that I can fix my umbrella before the rain comes again!
Good morning children. I hope you enjoyed the bank holiday with your family.
Today's Literacy challenge!
Write the word "s-p-r-i-n-g" on a piece of paper and cut up the individual letters.
Move around the 6 pieces of paper, how many different words can you make? I have found 12!
(Focus on 2 or 3 words initially).
Repeat with a different/harder word, for example: "g-o-l-d-i-l-o-c-k-s"
or even use your name!
Challenge someone in your family. Who can find the most words? Who can find the longest word?
Miss Pooley's Challenge
Wholes, Halves and Quarters
Good Morning Everyone,
Todays challenge is to find halves and quarters of different shapes.
Watch the clip to find out about wholes, halves and quarters
Can you find different shapes at home to draw around. You could draw around a cup, tin or cereal box. Can you split those shapes into halves and quarters. Remember all the parts have to be equal!
Next draw other shapes. triangles, pentagons and hexagons. Can you split those shapes into halves and quarters?
Can you cut your sandwich or piece of toast into halves and quarters or your fishfingers. We would love to see some photos or drawings to show your halves and quarters.
Paper Playground Challenge
5th May 2020
Listen and read the story Max Goes to the Playground - https://readon.myon.co.uk/reader/index.html?a=uk_rr_mplay_f07
How did it make you feel?
Can you remember/list all of the different play equipment's in the story?
It's a shame we can't play at our local playgrounds at the moment but we can make our own mini paper playgrounds using materials at home! Here are some examples below I can't wait to see what playgrounds you can design and make at home!
Listen and read The Summer Playground - https://readon.myon.co.uk/reader/index.html?a=uk_cr_summe_f08
How did it make you feel?
What should you do if you are outside and its too hot?
How can you cool down when its hot?
Can you make a poster on safety in the sun drawing and labelling all the important things to keep you cool and safe.
Hope your all staying safe and happy at home.
Good morning children. I hope you had a lovely weekend.
Your challenge today is to think about your favourite story.
What is your favourite story?
Perhaps you have a favourite fairy tale?
Try retelling your story using your teddies and toys to play the characters!
Remember to try using different voices for each character.
You could practise it and even put on a play to perform for people at home!
How about designing some tickets for people to use to come and watch?
We would love to see your work so perhaps you could video your play and send it to us via your class email or send us some photos of your performance.
Let’s go shopping!
Good morning everyone.
Today’s challenge is all about shopping.
First make your own shop. It could be a toy shop, supermarket or even a garden centre. Remember to ask your grown up to help you.
Next make some labels. You could write a little description about each item in your shop. Can you use an adjective? Don’t forget to write the price!
If you are in Year 1 try and use numbers up to 20
If you are in Year 2 try and use numbers up to 50
Then add two items together. You can use coins to help you or even make your own pretend coins out of paper.
How can you work out the answer?
24p + 12p =
Add the 10s first
20p + 10p = 30p
Then add the ones
4p + 2p = 6p
Finally add it all together
30p + 6p = 36p
You could try drawing out your own number line.
If you want to challenge yourself you could add three items together.
For another challenge you could add two items together and then work out the change from £1.00
Have fun shopping and I can’t wait to see what types of shops you have all made.
Miss Pooley's Challenge
29 April 2020
Create a Time Capsule
While you are at home can you make a memory box? Find an old shoebox, large tin or container and decorate it. You could cut out pictures from your favourite comic, draw pictures or paint it. Maybe you will cover it in rainbows to remind you of how everyone displayed rainbows in their windows. It needs to be large enough to hold a few special things. You can store it somewhere safe and in 10, 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years time, you can open it up and look at all of the things you did during your time at home in 2020. It could be a history lesson for your children.
Some ideas of things to include:
- a handprint of everyone in your family
- your address
- drawings of your favourite toys
- photos of your pets with their names
- a list of your best friends and what you love about them
- a diary of the things you have been doing at home
- a rainbow painted on a pebble
- a newspaper
- a fact file about your favourite hobby.
Put it somewhere safe and enjoy looking at it when you are older.
Have a great day!
Wonderful Word Searches
Use words from either the year 1 or 2 Common Exception Words (below) to create your own word searches for your family to have a go at!
YOU WILL NEED:
- Your Year Groups Common Exception Words:
- Start by creating a grid by drawing lines down and across. If you have lined paper you only need to draw the lines down!
- Then choose words to go in your word search. Remember to write which words are in the word search underneath!
- When you've got enough words in your word search, fill the gaps with random letters until you have no gaps left.
- You should now have a complete word search ready for someone to complete!
Can you have a go at creating a crossword using the Common Exception Words?
Are there any other games you can create using your Common Exception Words?
Good morning children and welcome to your daily challenge.
Today we are thinking about poetry which I know you all love.
I would like you to write an Acrostic poem today.
In an acrostic poem the first letter of each line creates a word when you read from top to bottom.
I have written one for you as an example:
My acrostic poem is called Spring.
Sweet smelling bluebells that are hiding in the woods.
Perfume of the newly budding flowers.
Running through the newly mowed grass.
Insects that come out to play.
New born lambs jumping around the fresh fields.
Green lush leaves filling the sky.
Can you write your own acrostic poem. Perhaps you can write one called Spring as well, or you can choose your own word (perhaps your name)!
You can even add some drawings to your poem if you like.
Remember to send them to your teachers as we would love to see and read your poems.
Who is your superhero? Why?
If you have been participating in the Joe Wicks PE sessions you will know that on a Friday its dress up day. Can you dress up as your superhero today?
What makes a superhero?
Can you write a list of their special powers?
Can you draw what your superhero looks like? Do they have any special equipment?
How does your superhero travel?
Can you design your superhero’s vehicle? Remember to add labels!
Once you have designed your vehicle can you make it? Look around your house with your grown up for any recycling that you can use.
Can you write about a new adventure that your superhero goes on? Could you write a wanted poster for your superhero? Remember to add descriptive words.
I can’t wait to see your photo’s, pictures and writing about your superhero. Have fun!
Good Afternoon Children.
Your challenge is to go for a 3D shape hunt!
How many different 3D shapes can you see in your home environment?
Here are a list of some 3D shapes you can look out for:
- Triangular prism
I would love to see pictures of the different 3D shapes you have spotted at home!
Take care and stay safe. We miss you all.
22nd April 2020
Don’t tip the ship!
It's Mrs Howick here with today's challenge. It is inspired by the photo I took on one of my daily walks down to the water to see the ships. Cargo ships have been around for thousands of years, transporting goods around the world. The Cutty Sark was built in 1869 to bring tea from China to London. If you walk down to Eling with your family and follow the footpath to Goatee Beach, you will see lots of containers and maybe a Container ship if there is one docked today. In this activity, you will build boats and investigate how much weight can be added to the boats before they sink.
Ice cream tub, or any tub or tank
Small weights, Lego bricks or coins
Cloth to mop up spills quickly
Optional extra materials for boat building e.g. foam, foil, plasticine, cardboard boxes.
Time: 1 hour
Quickly mop up any water that you spill – wet floors are slippery and can cause accidents
- Fill a tub or tank with water. Place it on a mat or tray so your surfaces don’t get slippery with spilled water.
- Take a piece of squared paper. Create a rectangle of 6 x 7 squares. Cut this out as shown below.
- Fold up the four sides (shown in green). Tape the corners together to make it watertight.
- Count the number of squares in the base of the boat.
- Gently place the boat in the tub of water - it will float!
- Add weights one after the other until the boat sinks. For best results, place the weights equally and in a balanced way around the boat. On a real ship the weight is carefully spread across it to prevent it from tipping.
- Repeat the experiment and compare your results.
- Now try different designs. Does the size or shape of the boat change how many weights it can hold? The only limit is the size of the tub!
- Discuss your results with your family.
Why not use different materials to make and test your boats?
Find out more about the Cutty Sark and at rmg.co.uk/cuttysark
Welcome to our daily challenge page . When you have completed the challenge take a picture and email your teacher to show them your wonderful work.
Stay Active at Home!
Hope you all had a restful Easter break! It is important that we all keep active at this time even if we can’t go to our sports clubs or to the park. Therefore, I challenge you to have a go at my activity circuit below then create your own circuit for you and your family to take part in!
All you need is a little bit of space, a timer, water and your energetic selves! You can use a timer on a phone, tablet or watch to time 30 seconds for each movement.
Each movement must be 30 seconds with short breaks in between this circuit can repeated as many times as desired but as a family we did it three times before trying a new circuit.
- Star Jumps
Stand tall and then explosively jump into the air, expanding your legs and your arms so that you look like a large “X” in the air. At the height of the jump, be sure to exclaim, “I’m a STAR!”
Step forward and bend your front knee to a 90-degree angle. The goal is to have your back knee touch the ground without letting your front knee extend past your toes.
Elbows on the floor and balanced on your tiptoes.
- Butterfly Kicks
Lay flat on your back, and extend your legs straight out. Imagine a swimmer, and begin to flutter kick your legs without bending at the knee.
- Mountain Climbers
Get into a push-up position and then alternate bringing your knee to your elbow. You can do same side connections or crisscross.
- Bear Crawls
Palms and feet flat on the floor, arch your back so that you look like a momma bear. Add some fun by having a competition! Who can "roar" the loudest?
See who can get the deepest squat or the most squats in 30 seconds. To do this one, stand with your feet shoulder’s width apart, and do deep knee bends. Make sure keep your knees behind your toes and your arms out straight.
- Leg Raises
Lay on your side or on your back and with lift your legs without bending at the knee. Try to hold at the top. This works your lower abdominals, but be careful to not let your lower back arch.
I hope you enjoy keeping active at home and you can carry it on! There are many online resources to keep you and your family active and healthy!
For 10 minute shake ups: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities/indoor-activities
Daily PE session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGYXh_G8X6A
Fast Blast 5 minute HIIT: https://www.southamptonfc.com/news/2020-03-24/home-school-support
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Here is a picture of our household taking part in our family circuits in our garden!
Good Morning Children.
I hope you all had a lovely Easter and hopefully could get out for your daily exercise in the wonderful sunshine.
First you need to get a piece of paper and a pencil or a pen.
Down the side you need to write the alphabet, like this...
all the way to z.
You will then go searching around your home or garden for items beginning with these letters.
a = apple
b = ball
c = cookery book
Once you have completed all of the alphabet like this then try the challenge!
This time you have to find something ending with the letters of the alphabet.
a = tea
b = lightbulb
c = mac
This is much harder!!
Can you do them all?
Happy hunting everyone.
Create your own board game.
Design and make your own board game
Paper Aeroplane Challenge 2nd April 2020
Good morning everyone!
For today’s challenge you will need at least two people to participate as you are going to be designing, making and flying paper aeroplanes to measure how far they travelled.
- First you will need to design your paper aeroplane. Think carefully about what you want it to look like and perhaps you could do some research to see how you can maximise its flying potential.
- Make your paper aeroplane.
- Estimate how far you think your paper aeroplane will go. You could use a stone or object to mark how far you think it might go.
- Fly your planes and see if your plane lands near your estimated markings.
- Measure how far your planes went and decide whose plane travelled the furthest and shortest distance. You can measure the distance in a variety of ways such as through steps, shoes or a measuring tape. It’s up to you!
Can you create a table to record each plane’s distance?
Can you then order the distances from the shortest to longest distance?
Can you make another paper aeroplane that might fly further?
Good luck! I can’t wait to see your photos!
1st April 2020
Capital letter challenge.
Good morning everyone!
Today’s challenge can be done inside or outside.
Can you write down the names of all the people you live with?
Choose one name and make the first letter using objects around your home or garden.
Please check with an adult which items you are allowed to use.
Here are some letters I made with items from my kitchen:
To make this activity even more challenging, could you make the letters using objects which begin with the sound of the letter you are making?
Here are some ideas: A- Apples, B- biscuits, C- crayons, D- dolls, E- envelopes
I look forward to seeing your wonderfully creative ideas. Your letters can be as large as you like. If you have a garden you could spell out your name in giant letters.
Another option is to use items which give a clue about the things the person likes. For instance if you love sports you could collect all the trainers in the house and make the first letter in your name. If your dad likes gardening, could you collect up leaves and make the first letter in his name with them?
Can you put the names of the people you live with in alphabetical order?
If you would like to share your ideas then please ask the adult who is caring for you to take a photo of your capital letters and email them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I wonder if anyone can make the whole alphabet? That would be amazing!
How many letters use only straight lines?
How many letters are curved?
How many have straight and curved lines?
Don't forget that you can log into our Espresso account at:
There are some great games you could play. Try this one: https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item910245/grade1/module910313/collection910411/section912013/index.html
Have fun with the challenge.
31st March 2020
For today’s challenge, I would like you to be creative and think of something yummy to cook using what you have at home! It can be either sweet or savoury but you must get help from an adult when cooking!
First you’ll need to decide what you would like to cook and what you might need.
Use a recipe that your family might know or a recipe you can find online and make something yummy! Ensure you are carefully measuring out ingredients and following instructions. Make sure that an adult is helping!
We would love to see what you made and how you made it so after can you take or draw a picture of your creation. Then can you write a recipe for what you have made. Your recipe must include the ingredients with measurements and then the method of how to make it, laid out in the example below.
Alternatively, you can make and write your own recipe for these Easter Decorations, which are not edible! However, just as fun to make!
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup of flour
- ½ - 1 cup of water
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix the salt and flour. Give it a good mix together to combine those two ingredients.
- Simply add 1/2 cup – 1 cup of water gradually to the dry ingredients and carefully mix it in. The mixture will appear quite wet at first, however, should combine and create a dough after a few minutes of good kneading.
- Roll out the dough to approx. 5mm.
- Using an egg cookie cutter or an egg shaped piece of card or paper cut out egg shapes for your salt dough ornament.
- Using a skewer make a hole in the top for where you want to hang your salt dough ornament.
- Bake for 1-2 hours. If your ornaments are still doughy, put back in for another hour. (It will depend on your thickness how long you need to bake for.
- Once they are baked hard as a rock and cooled, your child is ready to paint them! You can decorate by painting with acrylic or kids paint.
Can't wait to see what you make! Have fun!
30th March 2020
For todays challenge I would like you to design and build your very own den!
- What materials might you need?
- Where will you put it?
- What will it look like?
- Choose somewhere sensible and safe to build your den.
- Use materials in your home.
- Get parents and careers or brothers and sisters to help!
- Once built are there any improvements you can make? Can you add anything to make it extra special?
Take or draw a picture of your den once you've built it!
Afterwards can you write who you would invite to your den and why?
Can you write a list of materials that worked well to build a den and which materials didn't.
Can you explain why certain materials worked better and other materials did not?
Good Luck! Can't wait to see all of your amazing dens!