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Week 3 – Home Learning Challenges

Hi Planets Class! Today is Robert Burns’ birthday 🥳🎈 I thought this week that we could celebrate by doing some Burns themed home learning challenges.

  • Literacy *
    Below are two animated clips of some famous Robert Burns poems. Can you listen to them? What one is your favourite?

A Red, Red Rose

Auld Lang Syne song

Can you find some of the Burns themed words hidden in the wordsearch below?

  • Numeracy *
    Can you go on a tartan hunt? You might be able to find some tartan in your house, I have a tartan scarf and a tartan skirt that I have found in mine.
    Can you create your own tartan using the electronic game below? Maybe you could make a different tartan for each person in your house showing their favourite colours.

This is Miss Gemmell’s design that I made during the game.

  • Health and Wellbeing *
    Can you put your icing skills to the test and create some kilt wearing gingerbread men? We had been using icing pens for some Christmas crafts as part of our ILP targets so this activity ties in nicely.

  • Expressive Arts *
    In class, we regularly create some step by step drawings. We find this very calming and relaxing. Normally Miss Gemmell demonstrates step by step on the SMARTboard, however a parent/family member could have their own piece of paper and be demonstrating for you to copy.

Can you draw Robert Burns?

Home Learning – week beg. 25th January


Learn about Scotland and living on an island by watching Katie Morag on iPlayer – what episode did you watch? Did you enjoy it?

Have a look at this clip where Katie Morag is playing pooh sticks. Have you played pooh sticks before? Did you like it? When you are on a walk you could have a go and play pooh sticks too. Video – Katie Morag – pooh sticks

Now have some fun doing the Shooglie Wooglie. This a clip from Scottish Book Trust doing the Scottish version of the Hokey Cokey. Have fun and hopefully you learn some Scottish words for different body parts.

Shooglie Wooglie video


Our theme this term is Scottish castles can you use kitchen roll tubes to create castles. Places a different number on each castle you make. Then you can play a game, placing the correct number of straws or pencils inside the numbered castle – you could even add flags to the top of each straw/pencil. Have fun. 😊 You could also get help from someone in your family to draw a castle with a number on it and place the correct number of toys on top on the castle drawing. You could also create a number line. Draw a castle with battlements then use a toy character to count to 10 and back again moving him along the battlements.

Health and Wellbeing

Put on your own mini Highland games in your house.

Toss the caber – use a cardboard tube for this.

Hammer throw – use a cushion and see who can throw it the furthest.

Catch the Haggis – use a bean bag or a sponge or even an orange. How many times can you catch it before it drops?


Have a look online at different tartan designs. Then have a go of making your own tartan. This can be made drawing lines with pencils, pens or crayons. You could even get messy and use paint. Or you could cut or tear paper into strips creating you own design by sticking them to a piece of paper.

Burns Fun!

We all had a fabulous time at our annual Burns Supper this year.

Special thank you to Sean Good (Beech), Blake Milligan and Jack Hughes (Oak) and Patrick McCready for their fantastic reading, speaking and signing during our readings.

Another special “well done” to the Transition boys who helped to serve our meal!

Here are just a small selection of our favourite photo’s from the afternoon, where we were all very effective contributors.

Burns and a’ that!!

A busy week at School. We had fun at the Sensory Burns Assembly – painting part of the Loch Ness Monster, tasting different Scottish foods, dressing up and listening to a story all about a Haggis. Carried out lots of Numeracy tasks, worked on our Scottish Poem – The Sair Finger. We have played in the Sensory Room this week,  made beautiful textured thistles in Art and made and enjoyed Leek and Potato Soup. We had some chill out time too and enjoyed our Tac Pac session!!

Activities this Week

We have been working hard learning our Scottish dances for our Burns Supper. All boys have really enjoyed the dancing this week, everyone has been an effective contributor to make all the dances a success.

We also made the table decorations for the Burns supper, paper roses and thistles.

Jack and Blake have been learning the words and signs for the Selkirk Grace, they have been confident individuals performing in front of their class peers

The boys had fun at the sensory Burns assembly thank you Bluebells and Sungazers.

We were looking at our Rights Respecting Article 15 – I have the right to choose my friend and be included. The boys choosing their closest friend in the class.  Sean was Mr popular the majority of the boys chose him as their friend.

This is my favourite photo of the term!