YR Other Activities for week commencing 22nd 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 a ball -Look at and discuss the ideas with your child. How many different types of ball can they think of? How many can you find in your home? Are they all the same size? What colours ae they? Are they patterned or plain? What are they used for? Discuss the games that your child likes to play with a ball. Most balls are spheres. What other spheres can you find in your home? (You could let your child take photos of these). There are fruit and vegetables that are spherical. Can you think of them? Maybe you have some in your house. Which do you like to eat?

ART: Practise drawing spherical objects such as fruit, globes and footballs. How can you make it look 3d? What colours will you use? The following video shows you how to draw vegetables. You can use it to follow the instructions, pausing it as you draw. 

Physical Development: Practise throwing, bouncing and catching a ball. If you have a wall with space next to it you can throw your ball against the wall and catch it as it bounces back. Alternatively, you could bounce the ball on the ground and catch it. If you find this easy, bounce the ball and clap your hands before catching it. How many claps can you do? Investigate whether it is easier to catch a large or a small ball. Which ball bounces the best?

PHSE: Watch the story of Dogger  Discuss with your child what is important to them. What and who do they care about? Using the ‘This is my world’ sheet, can they draw the things that are important to them in the circle. Encourage your child to label the pictures.

Forest School – Continuing with mini beasts and their habitats


Further activities for all children

Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Science: Look at the ‘flowers’ PowerPoint. Ask your child to describe the different flowers. Look at the colour and the shape of the petals. Does it have large or small petals? Do all flowers have the same number of petals? Can they name some of the flowers? Which flower is their favourite? Make your own flower scavenger hunt. How many of the flowers can you find?

Expressive Arts and Design: Can you design and make your own ball game? What skill will it enable you to practise? Will it be an inside game or an outside game? What type of ball will you need? Think carefully about your game and draw notes on a piece of paper first. Set up your game and then create a video to tell and show others how to play your game.

Physical Development/Understanding the world/PHSE: Make some stress balls/sensory balloons with your child. You will need some balloons and different things with which to fill them such as sand, playdough, water beads, rice, beans, cotton wool, etc. It might be useful to use a funnel for certain fillings. Fill each balloon with a different filling. To add the playdough it is easiest to roll it into snakes and then drop them in. When they start to reach the top, blow up the balloon a little and then let the air out. Smush all the playdough together at the bottom of the balloon and then add more if needed. Once each balloon is full you should tie it up and then your child can draw a face on the outside. Can they draw a different emotion on each balloon? Take the opportunity to talk about the emotions that they represent. Discuss how each sensory ball feels. Which of them can be squished into a different shape and which retain their shape when squeezed? Why do they think this happens? Which one do they like the feel of best and why?

Understanding the world/Expressive arts and design: If you have one, show your child a globe. If you do not, you can access an interactive Earth by following the link  Look at the Earth and discuss what they can see. Show your child where we live. You could also show them where you have been on holiday, particularly if you have been to another country or if you have relatives living abroad. Why are some parts blue and some parts green or brown? What is the white? (clouds) Imagine if you could hold the world in your hands with all the people and animals on it. How would you hold it? Would you hold it tightly or gently? Is it strong or fragile? Is it clean or dirty? Is it whole or broken? Ask your child what they know about the Earth. What does the Earth provide for us and how should we look after it? Create your own Earth. You could use playdough or paint to do this. Perhaps you want to make a stained glass window of the Earth or perhaps a sensory Earth using coloured shaving foam that you could play with. (see pictures) Listen to the song about the planet Earth 

Thoughts on a ball

Find the flowers PowerPoint by following this link:





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