Have you been enjoying the lovely sunshine? In my garden although all the summer flowers are still in bud, there are tiny clues of what colour they will be.I think the insects are excited I have seen shield beetles and an orange tipped butterfly so far.It is also lovely to hear the birds singing their choruses.
Why not look around your garden or a natural area near you for mini beasts? Can you count how many legs they have? What colours are they.Why not have a go at drawing one?
Did you notice flags, red, white and blue bunting and other decorations on houses on Friday?That was because it was VE day. That was the day that everyone celebrated Victory in Europe and the end of the Second World War.There were streetparties, dancing, and lots of party food.This year it is 75 years since the end of the war.
Why not paint your own bunting red,white and blue? Have a look online for an image of the Union Jack. What can you find out about it? Can you have a go at copying it?
There was lots of cake at the celebration, especially Victoria Sponge Cake or Fairy Cakes.If you can get the ingredients why, not make some?Flapjack always goes down well at tea parties. Here is a great recipe
3oz(75grams)slightly crushed cornflakes.
1.Melt the butterand syrup together gently.
2.Mix the dry ingredients pour on wet mixture and mix well
3.Spread evenly in a greased swiss roll tin and press down firmly.
4.Bake in a moderate oven 190c 375f.Gas mark 5 for 20mins.
5.Cut into fingers while still warm.
Talking of food,did you know that it is National Doughnut Week this week? Here’s a challenge for you.Can you eat a cream doughnut without licking your lips?Have a go.Take photos for us to share if you can.
When you look up into the sky,you will see different things, depending on whether it is day or night.Can you think of all the things you might see? Maybe you could keep a diary of them over a week.I will do the same.Let’s see if we spot the same things!
On Wednesday it is‘National Numeracy Day’.This day was created to promote mathematical understanding and confidence in number skills.There are numbers all around us, on clocks, machines, posters and in songs and stories.There is number in nature, in flowers, leaves and trees...Become a number investigator and look out for number in patterns and pictures
Here are some activities you could have a go at this week.
Pick up and Order
You will need a set of numerals1-10 per player(write each numeral on a small piece ofpaper)
1straw per player
Spread the numeral srandomly, face up, on a table or floor. Someoneshouts “Go!” Use the straw to suck up the numerals and place them in order in front of you.
You can adapt the game by having more or fewer numerals.Use a number line to help the younger children. Have a go without it, as confidence grows.
Be a Shopkeeper
Set up a shop in the living room.Together makes ome price tags 1p -20p to put on some household items.Have a purse of pennies to buy with.Practise saying 1 number name for each penny as you count them out.
If you do go to a real shop, have a look around for all the numerals and numbers.Look at the posters and price labels? Can you count how many tins, bottles, oranges there are?
Can you design your own poster for your shop?
Why not have a birthday party for one of your teddies or dolls?Make them a birthday card with candles.Layout a celebration party for your toys.How many cups, plates and spoons will you need?
Here isa fun story about counting.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4fmPIXb0v8
Can you find some more stories?http://www.mathematicshed.com/maths-story-shed.html
It is cooler this week.Have a look out of the window to see what the weather is like.What is happening to the plants and trees?Can you draw or paint a picture of what you see?
Have a good week everyone.