Yr R Other Activities for week commencing 15th June

The following activities will take place in school so you will only need to do these if your child is not returning to school.
RE: See Thoughts on Birdsong sheet
Ask your child to make their own listening to birdsong headbands focussing on cutting skills. They can make their headband look like a bird or colour in and cut out images of different types of birds to stick on their headband. Once completed go outside and ask them to lie down with their eyes shut so that they can focus on listening. What can they hear? How can they tell if there are different types of birds? Discuss and describe the sounds. Are they long/short? Are they repeated notes or different notes?

Physical Development: Use the follow video link to encourage your child to dance like various animals.  Encourage your child to then think of their own animals and actions. Can they mime an action for you to guess the animal?

Further Activities for all children:

PSED/Physical development: Explain that it is important for us all to have quiet time when we can relax and feel calm. Play some calming music. (This can be found by googling calming music for children). Provide some mindful colouring for your child to do while listening to the music. Perhaps you could do some too! 

Understanding the world: Have a look at the PowerPoint on garden birds and discuss the different birds. Ask your child if they can name and describe some common British birds. Choose either the Garden bird sighting sheet or the Bird scavenger hunt sheet (links below) and have a look at the different types of birds, identifying them. Go out in your garden of for a walk, seeing which birds you can spot and identify. 

Art: Make your own origami bird finger puppet. Think about what you want your bird to look like. What colours will you use? Will it have a pattern?  Watch the video on YouTube 

Begin my making a square piece of paper. Fold the A4 sheet of paper in half.
Bring one corner up to the central fold. Cut that “triangle” out. When you fold it open again you will have a square.
Fold your square across the diagonal (again) to make a triangle and a nice diagonal crease.
Open up.
Bring one flat edge of the square to align with this central diagonal and start forming a “Kite shape”. Repeat with the other side. (Photo 1)

Fold your paper along the diagonal again (so your other fold are on the inside).
You now have one long edge. And two short ones. Fold the long edge in half to find the mid way point and pinch as a “marker” (bottom left photo).
Open again.
Fold up the short edge to make a crease (the video shows this really well- or look at the dashed line in the image!) -(bottom right photo). (Photo 2)

Folding the paper down (top left photo).
And then back up (top right photo).
Now wrap the paper around itself and “tuck in”. (Photo 3)

One side will show the “folds and tuck”. This is the “rough side” (but can of course still get decorated).
Flip over and you get a “neat” side – this is the side that is easier/ more fun to decorate!
Your basic bird is finished.
Be as creative as you like! Invent your own birds or google your favourite types of bird and be inspired by their beaks and plumage. Maybe you can make some parrots, some parakeets, some puffins and more?! (Photo 4)

Expressive Arts and Design: Can you design and make a bird feeder. There are lots of different designs to choose from. Think carefully about where you can put your bird feeder and how you will attach it. How will you make it attractive to birds? Perhaps you could try two different types of bird feeder and see which one the birds like best!

Expressive Arts and Design/PSED: This week we are listening to and thinking about bird song. Ask your child if they have a favourite song? Have they noticed that singing makes you feel happy and the people around you smile? Can you video them singing their favourite song and post it on tapestry for me? (It will certainly make me smile!) Perhaps you could phone up a family member and sing it to them to make them feel happy too.

Art/Physical development/Listening skills: Follow the instructions on the video to draw a cute little duck. You will need to listen carefully to each instruction and pause it before moving on. Once drawn, can you colour it in and add any detail to the background? You may want to put your duck in a pond and add some reeds. 

Thoughts on Birdsong





Origami bird photosks1-british-birds-information-powerpoint

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