Acorns' Activities

Good morning everyone

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. On Sunday (the one just gone) it was...

National Children’s Day.

This year the organisers promoted the slogan 'Small Steps, Big Learnings' to get across two messages. The first is the small steps we can take together to look after and care for our planet. By caring for our planet, we are protecting children now and in the future. The second message is:- ‘What have we learnt as we look after this world, it’s nature and its people?’ There is a lot of information on the following website:-

https://www.nationalchildrensdayuk.com/

National Children’s Day is also all about promoting and protecting the well-being ofallchildren. In the Early Years Curriculum an early learning goal is to know about the similarities and differences of themselves and others, and among families, communities, and traditions. I would add the word ‘acceptance’ into that mix. Another goal is to show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings...

Why not make paper chain people from around the world? Ask an adult or older sibling to help you with the tricky bits if need be.

  

What you need

pencil

paper

scissors

crayons

Activity

Fold paper, accordion-fashion.

The number of folds in the paper determines the number of people in the chain.

On the top piece of the folded paper, draw a person whose hands extend to touch the folds of the paper on each side.

Carefully cut around the person, making sure not to cut where the hands meet the folds.

Open up the paper and your child will have a chain of several people holding hands.

Colour them in with crayons, make different expressions on each face, or create a themed group.

You could make your family or your friends. How about talking with each other about how you are the same in some ways, but different in others.

Make sure you have enough folds to include whoever you would like in the family group.

You could also look on the web to find pictures and information about all the children who live in different countries around the world.

Here are some useful sites to inspire...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nYjGy_ZUG8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ah_Yf7ey1Q

http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2016/11/outright-primary-pack.pdf

On Wednesday, this week it is World Bee Day.

Bees have been living on this planet for more than 100 million years (another very very very big number!). They do a very very very important job. They are essential to the growth of our food crops as they help plants to pollinate and produce seeds to grow more plants. Here is a fun stop motion video that explains a little more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy3r1zlC_IU

The bees also collect ‘nectar’ from the plants which they turn into honey. Nectar is a sweet sugary drink that flowers produce to encourage bees to come to them so they can collect pollen to help plants pollinate. Bees store the honey in hexagon (6 sided) shaped cells. Leaving enough for the bees,(and Pooh Bear!), people collect the honey to use in different ways.

How about making your own finger or stick puppet bee and flowers to act out your own bee story? Use your own creativity and imagination to create your own unique bee. There are lots of sites on the internet for inspiration if you need such as this one:-

https://www.diys.com/cute-bumblebee-crafts/

Or try out some of these activities:-

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/569ec99b841abaccb7c7e74c/t/5c420d7f0e2e72f2a34e0c59/1547832723435/Bee+and+Pollinator+Activities+for+Kids.pdf

Did you know that bees are SO clever that they worked out that lots of hexagons fitted together in the best way to store the most honey? Ask a grown-up or older brother or sister to find a regular hexagon shape for you to look at. Maybe you could cut some out to see how they can fit together.

On Saturday 23rd May, it is World Turtle Day.

Turtles have been on this planet for over 200 million years, yet they are disappearing through people’s actions such as destroying their habitats, eating them, and catching them for pets. Supported by American Tortoise Rescue, the reason for this day is to cultivate our knowledge of turtles and tortoises in order to help them survive and thrive. It is observed around the world by dressing up as one, saving them from getting run over by traffic, and learning more about them.

Why not wear something green on that day and make a turtle or a tortoise from household junk. Watch these sites together to find out more about turtles:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vc3VShWTfc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSPppmnTrWE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-KmQ6pGxg4

Have you heard the story about a tortoise and the hare? It is a famous fable by a Greek storyteller called Aesop. A fable is a story, often with animals as the main characters, which teach us a ‘morals’ or good values of how to live our lives. The moral of the Hare and the Tortoise is that the quickest is not always successful, sometimes by being careful and keep on going, you can achieve your goals.

Here is the story.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUngzUtFr7Q

Can you retell the story with different characters? What other Aesop tales can you find? Can you draw a picture of your favourite Aesop character?

And finally, as it’s British Sandwich Week. Why not think about what your favourite sandwich would have in it. Have a go at drawing and creating your own sandwich. You could make a pretend one from the materials in the house. A book is like a sandwich. Lots of exciting and delightful stories between two inviting covers.

With all our fond thoughts to you and your families

Mrs. Vasconcelos, Mrs. Loseby, and Mrs. Adderley.

 

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Saturday, 04 July 2020