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Home learning – Dear Zoo and more

Tomorrow would have been our school sports day so keep an eye out for our sports day videos. You can join in with all the staff doing lots of different races with your family. Have lots of fun!



Have a look at this video of Singing Hands signing the story “Dear Zoo”.


Now let’s do some activities related to this.

We made some snakes and some lion masks. Can you make some too? Or can you thing of another animal in story and make a different animal craft.

We used paper plates of circles of paper and added strips of other colours to make the lion mane.

The snakes we got lots of strips of paper and made a paper chain and then added a face. Mrs Adair did some super folding of the paper to make her snake.

Check out this video where we use a special dice and have to act out the different animal moves or sounds. You can join in too. 🙂



We are now into June and lots of people will be taking part in the annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild. We want you to do one wild thing each day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and the planet. They are fun and the ladies will be joining in too. Please watch the video to see first 7 activities.


Save the animals and toys.

Some of the ladies have been using their fine motor skills to save teddies and toys from the bobbles and elastic bands. Mrs Russell showed her using a special loom band board


Ball skills

Can you roll a ball or orange through a some tunnels in your house? Can you kick a ball through tunnels in your house or garden? The ladies have been having a go. Just use anything to create a tunnel paper is an easy option.


Rocket making

Can you make a rocket and see how far it travels? Use a straw, and paper to create your very own. Watch the video to see how to make it and to see how far the rockets the ladies made go.



More home learning and Diggidabble week

Hi everybody,

I hope you liked your little rabbit and enjoyed using the stickers. This week the ladies have been extra busy thinking of fun activities for you to do with your family.

Activity 1 – literacy

Put a picture on a plate the cover it with salt. You can then use your finger or paintbrush to write out some letters, draw a picture of just to reveal the picture underneath. Have fun. You may want to put your plate on a tray to minimise spillages.

Activity 2 – expressive arts

Shadow art – we put cling film over a toilet roll or kitchen roll tube and stuck a sticker or made a design to stick on the end. We then used a torch to shine light through the tube and create a shadow image on the wall of the sticker or design.

Activity 3 – science

Tornado in a jar – We made a tornado in a jar. Watch the video to find out what you need and how to do it.


Activity 4 – numeracy

Colour hunt – all the ladies went hunting around their house for a specific colour. Check out the video to see some of the pictures.


It would also have been Diggidabble week in school this week so here a few activities related to digital learning you can do at home.

Use a phone to take a selfie of yourself or you and your family.

Use your tablet or iPad. What apps do you like to use? Do you have a favourite game to play? Let us know in the comments below.

Make a facetime call or skype call with a family member to stay in touch.



Weekly home learning activities

Hi everyone, Hope you are well.

I hope you enjoyed the activities last week and helped out at home doing some different jobs.  This week we have lots more fun activities for you to try.

Activity 1 – Music

We love exploring different musical instruments in class. Do you have any instruments at home? Explore the different noises they make. Don’t worry if you don’t the ladies and I have been very busy making our own instruments. Watch the video to find what materials around the house we used to make our own musical instrument.




Activity 2 – Numeracy

Numbers are everywhere in our environment in our house and outside. Create you own number scanner by cutting a whole in a bit of paper or card. You can then explore your house or the outdoors on your daily walk having a number hunt. How many different numbers can you see?


Activity 3 – Art

This week I made my own chalk paint to create pictures on my patio. The great thing is you can wash it away with water and create more or wait for the rain to wash it away. Just add a small amount of water to some tablespoons of cornflour then add some food colouring and mix. Then use a paintbrush to draw your pictures outside. The possibilities are endless.


Activity 4 – Health and wellbeing

The ladies and I had lots of fun creating a bowling game in our garden. Watch the video. 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUETPPnWYqo&feature=youtu.be

You can create your own it can be indoors or outdoors. You can make it with anything bottles, cans etc and then use a ball or an orange to see how many you can knock down. Play as a family and see who can knock the most down.


Activity 5 – Health and wellbeing

This week we decided to work on spreading skills. You can make a meal all your family will enjoy – a pizza 🙂 Mrs Russell had fun making pizzas with wrap for her lunch. Mrs Adair didn’t quite have the ingredients so she improved and made a dessert option. She spread chocolate spread on a pancake and the used other ingredients to create a face – she is very creative.

Stars Activities 4

Hi everyone

Hope all is well with you and your families.

Here are some more activities to try this week if you wish. Ask your family to help you.  🙂



You will need:

Plastic bottles with lids

Selection of items e.g. nuts and bolts, large ball playdough, cup sand, cup lentils, cup pasta, cup rice, water (half fill bottle), leaves, buttons, twigs, gravel, in fact anything you have to hand that will fit through the narrow bottle top.

Glue or sellotape (optional)

1 Put items, or liquid, into bottle

2 Secure lid with glue or sellotape

3 As you shake and spin the bottle listen to the noise inside. Is it……….

‘clink, clank’

‘rustle, rustle’

‘splash, splash’

‘thud, thud’

‘swish, swish’




You will need:

A selection of large smooth stones or pebbles

Thick paint


Newspaper and apron


1 Lay newspaper on table to keep it clean. Put on apron.

2 Paint chosen design on stone and allow to dry.

3 Protect with a layer of varnish or non washable PVA glue or else paint will wash away in the rain.

4 Place stones around garden to decorate.



You will need:

Long paper tube (halved longways)

a rectangle of cardboard shaped into ramp (see picture)

Selection of cars

1 Lean ramp against sofa or chair

2 Hold car at top of ramp and let go

3 How far does it go?

4 Try another car. Does it travel as far?

5 Make the ramp steeper. How far does the car go now?

6 Try different ramp surfaces e.g. a strip of carpet or bubble wrap

7 Try racing two cars

8 You could use small balls or marbles instead of cars

9 Have fun!



We enjoy singing the Hokey Cokey in class but try it differently this time – Sing it in Scots

‘Ye pit yer richt erm in’

It’s not as easy as you think!


Post a comment or photograph to let us know what you have been doing. We’d love to hear from you.

Have Fun! Stay Safe!      ❤🙂


Lots of socks #WDSD – successful learners

Today has been a very different day for some of the children in the Sunflowers class. However we have made the most of the situation. Today is World Down’s Syndrome Day we used some of the spare socks and took a picture of all of us wearing odd socks. We used crayons and stickers to successfully create our own pair of odd socks. We also have a new toy in the Sunflowers class. It is a huge hit. It is a bug that moves faster the noisier we are.  We had lots of fun shouting at the creature to make it move.

Yesterday we made some lovely Valentine’s treats to take home to our parents. We melted white chocolate and then added sweets and then put it in the fridge to harden. Later in the afternoon we broke it into lots and lots of pieces.

We also made cards. On the card was a piece of pizza – saying you stole a pizza my heart! We chose a friend in the school to send it to and then posted them in the post box in the atrium.


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Have a cup of kindness

To follow on from our friendship assembly and because February is Friendly February.  We made out own kindness cups. We decorated them with stickers and stampers and then picture a symbol of how we are going to be kind.  We chose sharing, helping, listening and hugging. We added these mugs along with some of our friendship assembly to our display and will continue to look at different ways to be friendly and kid throughout the month of February.


Yesterday we explore our school garden and collected. We then used the leaves we collected to create either a hedgehog or an owl. We used glue and stuck them on our picture. We were looking at the many different colours of leaves in the garden when we were collected them trying to get lots of different colours.