Thursday, 21 September 2017

Autumn activities for home and outdoors!

Saw this on the Forestry Commission website and thought you guys would be interested!

'Sign up to bring forest learning to life with our FREE autumn activity pack! Full of seasonal things to engage your senses, you'll have hours of forest fun.

What's inside?
You'll find some great activities to bring sights, sounds and smells of the forests to life for your children:
  • Forage for forest fruits to taste and make into blackberry art
  • Explore the spectrum of autumn colours and create leaf fireworks
  • Hunt for seeds, conduct a helicopter race and make a bookmark
  • Reflect on how autumn makes you feel with Mind, the mental health charity 
  • ...and much more!
Sign up here:
https://www.forestry.gov.uk/autumn-activities




Amazing animal migrations

Certain animals travel for miles and miles every year. Why? Sometimes for food, sometimes to escape the cold, sometimes to breed. Learn why some animals set off on their migrations journeys each year.

Today we are using the Military Mutual website which has created an awesome interactive infographic showing some of the biggest and best animal journeys! 

http://www.themilitarymutual.com/strength-in-numbers/

Other useful websites:

http://wildlifewatch.org.uk/three-amazing-animal-migrations

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/online-games-for-kids/migration-route-map

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/online-games-for-kids/dangers-of-migration




This week's Home Education library meet

We look forward to our Home Ed meet each week. There's usually a story and craft activity for the younger ones and a quiz around the library for the older ones!

This week we made Litter posters to display in the library as so much litter has been gathering lately!

Here are the pics! Loved seeing all the kiddies get stuck into this activity!







Canal and River Explorers

We're using these amazing resources this week for our trip to the local canal. There are always plenty of fishermen down there willing to give the kiddies a quick explanation of how to fish and they allow them to have a go!

Search by subject or format for some great educational resources for your canal trip!

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers/resources

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-and-river-network


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Dark Art

With the nights drawing in I picked up some black card for our Home Ed classroom this week. We usually get out the chalks to make firework pictures and cover the whole science topic of 'Colour and Light'.

Today I gave DD3 some Autumn coloured chalk, black card and the leaves she had collected. She carefully chalked around each leaf and rub the chalk to make a great outline. The end result looked fab and is now stuck on our fridge alongside her other works of Art ;)

Why not try out these other great Dark Art activities!

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/mediafile/100703475/dark-art.pdf?cb=000222511c0343fb8a92bca65de16833









10 things to do with conkers this Autumn

So we were having a lovely walk through the park the other day, leaves falling, children collecting conkers and everyone wrapped up in coats and my husband said to me 'why do children come out to collect bags and bags of conkers? it's pointless collecting so many'. Well......I obviously pointed out that other than the whole fun of being a kid and collecting conkers which is one of the many fun things to do in Autumn, there are actually lots of fun uses for them!

So I thought I would make a post of 10 things to do with conkers just to show him some of the many things kids get up to with them other than the usual conker fights! ;)

1) Conker Art!

Place a piece of paper on a tray and add dots of paint. We used red and yellow knowing it would make a lovely Autumn orange colour. Add two or three conkers to the tray and start moving the tray around so they roll in the paint creating a lovely work of art! You could teach mixing primary colours this way to the younger ones too! Here are our pics of this morning's Art work after DS11 and I took an early morning stroll through the park, time for a cuppa now! (see a quick video of this on our Instagram page! theworldistheirclassroom)




 
 
2) Make your own clay snails and pop a conker on its back as its shell!
 
3) Conker rolling! Have a conker rolling competition or even make it into a fun maths lesson and measure the distance of your roll!
 
4) Help with counting practice. Make strings with numbered tags, the younger ones can then thread the correct number of conkers onto that string.
 
5) Make conker necklaces! Threading conkers are great for those fine motor skills!!!
 
6) Paint small, simple pictures onto them such as a star, then use them as story stones to spark the kiddies' creative writing skills and get writing their Autumn stories or acrostic poems!
 
7) Use them for a weighing activity! Scoop them up and add them to the kiddies' weighing scales to make both sides balance. If you don't have a set of scales then make your own with a coat hanger and a yogurt pot tied to each side. This works quite well!!!
 
8) Make a nature table with other seeds and leaves, leave out nature books, identification cards and a magnifying glass too! We have the following tree id book and cards which show their seeds too!
 

 
 
9) Nature art! Collect leaves too and make a giant display on the ground. The kiddies could place all their conkers in a giant spiral other pattern.
 
10) Last idea is of course the good old conker fight by threading a conker on a string and battling it out with your opponent trying to break theirs in the process and finally winning their conkers! 


Now have fun colouring this conker sheet! https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/mediafile/100703472/conker-colouring-sheet.pdf?cb=ebddd6f96a1a42569fee5f9f5de04e65

Have fun collecting conkers and please add any activities you do with them in the comments section below!!!!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Grain Chain

After reading 'The Little Red Hen' and learning about making bread we made some playdoh from flour and salt with a touch of oil to play around with. I made it for DD3 but DS5 seemed much more interested and used it to make allsorts of models yesterday! So today we're using the fantastic free resources from Grain Chain to learn all about growing wheat and flour milling!

'Grain Chain is a comprehensive educational resource providing a wide range of teaching materials exploring farming, food and healthy eating within the context of the wheat growing and flour milling industry. You can browse by age, subject area or topic.

https://www.grainchain.com/teachers/primary

There are lots of activities, information, presentations and videos as well as some bright, colourful free posters to order!

Search the resources by age, theme or type under all resources or check out the teacher section!

Check out their online games too! https://www.grainchain.com/teachers/games

Whilst we're waiting for our posters to arrive we looked at some online presentations and started baking cheese scones (he's a bit fussy about things with raisins in so it had to be cheese)!!! Here are the pics!









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