Draw a picture following these instructions. Be aware that this is a challenge that is designed to get you to think about instructions and the different features that help us to follow them. Do not worry if you end up with something unusual or abstract.
These toys were owned by my Dad (in the 1930s) and by my Great Aunt and my Gran (in the late 1800s and early 1900s): I hope you enjoy looking at them...
A fun way to remember the days of the week (video from YouTube) - enjoy!
Another simple story to teach the days of the week from YouTube
I thought you might enjoy this story about a toy boat made by a little boy. By Kathy Henderson.
This is our book for Literacy this week - Miss Moore wanted me to stop at certain points, so please pause at the points indicated and carry on the next day.
Short but sweet - I hope this little video will set your imaginations racing!
This lovely story - "On Sudden Hill" by Linda Sarah and Benjie Davies - sums up what we've been doing this week, then takes it one step further! Please save it until after Literacy on Friday - I think the children will enjoy it more then, because they will have done their own inventing by then.
This is the video prompt for literacy - I wonder what amazing stories you'll invent?
Watch how the dragonfly nymph changes through different stages until it transforms into its adult form...
This video shows a dragonfly as it emerges from its pupal stage to a dragonfly, narrated by our favourite David Attenborough
I wonder if you will be able to spot any ladybird larvae in your garden?
Amazing footage as bees develop from egg through to larva and then transformation into bee.
A bird-box camera film showing a family of buetits - lovely!
Here's another sparkly Diamond reading his My Book of Me!
Here's another of our brilliant Diamonds reading his Book of Me!
One of our Diamonds has sent in our first 'Book of Me' - I wonder if we'll get any more?
This video shows Mrs Bray teaching the ducklings to eat and drink for the very first time!
This YouTube video shows some young runner ducks seeing an outside pool for the first time - you can see how curious they are. Can you guess which will be the first to be brave enough to jump in?
This YouTube video shows how two different ducklings change over the first 60 days of their lives - on the left is a Runner Duck, and on the right a Pekin Duck.
This funny video shows just why Runner Ducks have this name!!! (and no, it's not speeded up...)
This video shows just where those runner ducks were running to and why...
I love this song, by Danny Kaye - my Grandad used to sing it to me when I was a little girl. Listen carefully to the story at first, and then maybe try to learn the song yourself so you can sing the story to your family! Use this song to sequence your pictures and captions to make your own Ugly Duckling story book.
A catchy little number about the Butterfly Life-Cycle!
This is the same type of butterfly as the caterpillars you've been writing about in your Caterpillar Diary. Can the Butterfly fly straight away? Why do you think that is?
Lovely David Attenborough narrates this video from YouTube about the life-cycle of a Heliconis Butterfly - particularly interesting because it talks about the changes that take place inside the chrysalis.
A story and fact book, all in one, by Vivian French.
We love this song!!! Perhaps you can send me videos of you singing along to your family and showing them your illustrations? I'll put them on the video page if you'd like me to!
This is the story we're looking at for Literacy ... Christopher's Caterpillars, by Charlotte Middleton
One of our Diamonds has interviewed his Great Grandad George about his war-time experiences -- it is so interesting to hear REAL HISTORY from a person who was actually there at the time!
Great Grandad George was on the news! Although our Diamond couldn't be with him, he could watch him smiling and celebrating on the television!
This is an edited video from YouTube, of an interview with our Diamond's Great Grandad George where he is talking about the day the war ended and he was released from the Prisoner of War camp where he had been held for the previous five years. It is his 100th Birthday today, the 7th May! Happy Birthday Great Grandad George!
This gentle little animation (which we've looked at and discussed in class before) prompts younger children to think about war from the animals point of view, and about why poppies are our symbol of remembrance.
KS 2 only. This video talks about the events that led up to VE Day and also the continuing war against Japan, until their surrender in August 1945.
Just to make you smile, my Diamonds, here's one of our favourite stories -- can you join in???
This film was made by a little boy in America, who kept a video diary as his caterpillars grew - they are the same caterpillars as we had in our classroom.
A Butterfly Life-Cycle video from YouTube with lovely photographs, and that also teaches the correct vocabulary for the stages of a butterfly's life.
This is a video of one of the ducklings ACTUALLY HATCHING in our classroom last time we did this topic. The eggs had been kept moist and warm in the incubator, and then.... wait and see!
Ella took this short video for you last week, of a duck family at Petersfield Lake . The longer video won't load at the moment, so I'll try it another time. Can you count how many ducklings this duck and drake have to keep an eye on?
I'm missing reading you all stories, so here's one called 'Caterpillar Dreams' ...
This is a video from YouTube, made by a little boy in America - I wonder if he'll teach you something new about the fabulous Maria Merrian?
This video from YouTube shows you one of Maria's ACTUAL books -- look at her wonderful pictures, and can you spot the portrait of her?
The YouTube video, made by Waterstones to celebrate 40 years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, shows Eric Carle talking about how he wrote the story, and about how he makes his artwork.
Why do we need bees? Where do they live? Who's who in a bee hive? find out in this beautifully illustrated book.
In this part you will find an overview of bees, information about honey bees and an in depth look at the bee anatomy!
About honey, where honey bees live and all about the honey bee hive.
Importance of Bees and pollination.
More in depth information about the honey bee and its behaviour.
Why bees are in danger and how we can help them.
Rufus and Merryn made an incredible water rocket with their Dad - wait for it ….. and watch just how high it goes! I love it!
Please feel free to turn down the sound and pause the video to allow your child to read the text themselves!
This is a lovely animation of Eric Carle's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', read by Roger McGough.
This is a true story about a young girl called Maria Merian, who lived 370 years ago. She grew up to become an amazing artist, scientist and explorer.
This short video gives us information about frogs and shows the different stages in the life-cycle of a frog.
This is our first new topic song for this half term - play it lots of times and learn the words so that we can sing it together when we can come back to school.