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Stars Home Learning Challenge W/C 08.02.21

Hope all is well with you and your families. 😀  Find below some activities to do so if you wish. Friday 12th February is the Chinese New Year. 2021 will be the year of the ox. The ‘Chinese Zodiac Story’, sometimes called ‘The Great Race’, tells the story of how the Chinese calendar follows a 12 year cycle, each year named after a different animal.

The Chinese Zodiac Story

Below are two video’s showing preparing for and celebrating Chinese New Year.

Preparing for Chinese New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Dragon Dance

One of the colourful activities to watch is the dragon dance.

Dragon Dance

Create Your Own Dragon

Make your own handprint Chinese New Year dragon. You will need:- paper, pen, glue stick, sellotape, two sticks and scissors.

Dragon Craft

Seeing Red

Red is a lucky colour in China. How many red things can you find in your living room.? How many can you find in your kitchen?

Chinese Dragon Game

Find below a Chinese Dragon Game for you to try.

Chinese Dragon Game

Noodle Handling.

Handle a tray of cooked noodles with your fingers. Try to lift noodles using chopsticks. If this is too difficult, use kitchen tongs. Try cutting noodles with scissors.

Paper Lanterns

Make paper lanterns to hang in your house. You can decorate them any way you like. Maybe use stickers or glitter.

Chinese Lantern Craft

I hope you have good fun doing some of these activities.

Have Fun! Stay Safe! 😀

Stars Home Learning Challenge W/C 01.02.21

Hi everyone. 😀  Find below some activities you might like to try. Maybe you would like to send us photographs of some of the things you’ve been doing at home.

Sound ‘s’

Listen to the Crazy Stir Fry ‘s’ Song

You collected some things from around the house last week beginning with the sound ‘s’. Have you found any more? Play ‘I Spy With My Little Eye Find Something Beginning With ‘s”

Roll out some playdoh in to a long snake and form into the shape s.

Enjoy playing the game Ten Little Snowmen


Play the game Planet Pals

Try printing coloured patterns with household items e.g. cotton reels, back of fork, pen tops, duplo/lego bricks, cookie cutters.


To relax, make this Home Made Stress Ball 

Cookie Cutter Bird Seed Ornaments

Cookie Cutter Bird Seed Ornaments 

You will need – 2.5 cups birdseed, 2 packs unflavoured gelatine, 2 tbl golden syrup, 1 cup water, 12 cookie cutters, 12 x 5cm lengths drinking straws, string.

  1. Prepare gelatine as per packet instructions.
  2. Add 2 tbl syrup and stir.
  3. Add bird seed, mix, and put in fridge to firm up. (approx 10 minutes)
  4. Put cookie cutters on to parchment baking sheet.
  5. Spoon mixture in to each cookie cutter to the top and press down firmly with the back of a spoon.
  6. Press length of straw into bird seed before it is set so you have a nice neat hole for the string to go through afterwards. Make sure it is at least 1 cm from the edge.
  7. Refrigerate overnight.
  8. Remove straws and remove from cutters. Thread string through holes and tie the ends in a knot.
  9. Hang in the garden from trees and shrubs and wait for the birds to come.

I hope you have fun with these activities should you wish to try them.

Have fun! Stay safe! 😀

Stars Home Learning Challenge W/C 25.01.21

Hi everyone. Hope all is well with you. Find below some home learning challenges which you might like to do. As always, have fun! 🤩

Sound ‘S’


Collect some things from around the house beginning  with the sound ‘s’ e.g. socks, slippers, sunglasses, sellotape. How many can you find? What is your favourite?


Spread some shaving foam on a tray then try and trace the letter ‘s’ that an adult has drawn for you. Good luck!



Sorting Box

Name the colours and sign them.


Below is a link to a counting game. How many flowers are there? Click on the flowers to count them.


Lego/Duplo Challenge


Try to build the world’s biggest tower. How tall is it? Is it as high as your couch? Is it as high as your door? Knock it down if it hasn’t already fallen over. Have fun!

If you don’t have any lego or duplo you could use building blocks or cardboard boxes.

Today is Robert Burn’s birthday. He is a famous Scottish poet. Maybe you would like to listen to ‘The Sair Finger’ by Walter Wingate, in Makaton, then some Scottish bagpipe music.



Have fun! Stay Safe!  😀







Stars Home Learning Challenge W/C 18.01.2021

We hope all is well with you and your families. Find below some new learning challenges for you to do should you wish to. Adjust them as needed but above all, have fun!

Heid, Shooders, Knaps and Taes       

Sing the song, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes but using Scottish words. See how fast you can sing it!

Heid, shooders, knaps and taes

Knaps and taes

Heid, shooders, knaps and taes

Knaps and taes

And een and lugs and mooth and neb

Heid, shooders, knaps and taes, knaps and taes.

Scottish Counting. How many?







Hide small plastic toys in a tray of lentils or oatmeal. Count how many toys you can find. Match your number word with the written number.

Scottish Food


Help someone at home prepare some Scottish foods to eat. It might be porridge, shortbread, pancakes, haggis, a scotch pie, oatcakes and cheese or heating up a tin of lentil soup! Enjoy a taste and try. The smells are good too.! Before you eat your Scottish fare you could maybe recite the Selkirk Grace. This is the prayer normally said before you eat your meal at a Burn’s Supper which is a celebration of the poet Robert Burn’s life and work.

Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it;

But we hae meat, and we can eat,

And sae let the Lord be thankit.

Tartan Car Track Painting


Design a new tartan for Burns night. Use toy cars dipped in paint to roll on the coloured lines.

On You Tube, choose and listen to some Scottish music. What is your favourite? Find a few ideas linked below.

The Proclaimers 500 miles


Dougie McLean Caledonia


Coulter’s Candy


Have fun! Stay safe!

Stars Home Learning Challenge W/C 11.01.2021

Happy New Year! I hope all is well with you and your families. The ladies and I are fine but are missing you all very much. We can’t wait until we can all be together again.

Find below some home learning challenges for you to do should you wish to. I will post new ones every Monday. Adjust them to suit yourselves but the main thing is to have fun!

The Glasgow Gruffalo

Listen to our theme book, The Glasgow Gruffalo by Elaine C. Smith. Can you sign the characters, mouse, fox, owl, snake and gruffalo?


Owl on Toast

Decorate toast with chocolate spread or jam and a selection of fruit to make your very own version of owl on toast. I bet it tastes yummy.

Finding Colours

How many green things can you find in your kitchen in 30 seconds? Next time, how many red things can you find.

Counting How many underwater creatures can you find? Match your answer with the written number. Good luck!


Sensory Sparkles

Collect shiny things like a mirror, tin foil and metal pot scourer. Darken your room and shine a torch on the shiny items. Can you see sparkles and reflections?

Winter Ice Ornaments

Collect lots of natural things from your garden or the park. e.g. leaves, cones, berries, holly leaves. Count how many items you collected.

Place these in to a cupcake tray and fill each space up with water. Remember to dip a loop of string or ribbon in to each pot.

Either leave outside to freeze, if cold enough, or put in to your freezer. How many ornaments did you make?

When frozen, hang them in your garden to decorate. Watch them. Do they melt when the sun comes out? Do they sparkle in the sunshine? Choose your favourite ornament. Why is it your favourite?

Have some fun playing the attached games. You have to be pretty fast though!



Have fun! Stay safe! 🙂

Christmas Craft

We have been effective contributors creating Christmas art and craft work to take home. We completed a Christmas tree wall decoration, created colourful ‘stained glass’ bauble pictures and made salt dough baubles. We also practiced Christmas party dancing and were successful learners when we successfully tried a magnetic Christmas bottle science experiment.


Christmas coming already?

The Stars class have been effective contributors by making personalised snowflakes for something ‘secret’ Mrs Murray is planning. We have also been working hard on our Christmas window display for the atrium. We hope you will like it when it’s finished. We also enjoyed the sensory experience of copying shapes and names on shaving foam.


Parachute Fun in Pine!

Well it was the other half of the Class on Monday that got out for some Outdoor Education – the rain stayed away but it was a bit breezy …

…off on a Autumn Hunt!!

Tuesday saw some snow!!!

Well it looked like snow, sensory play and tolerating a different texture and feel on our hands – and tolerating an apron the whole time – Well Done!!!!

We didn’t eat it – but it was edible!!

And now for the clean up!!

Logan go and get your own swatter and leave mine alone!

MOVE, Music and FUN!!!

Snowflake Art – using my multi-purpose swatter!

It is a Masterpiece!

Nothing gets you out of doing hard work in the Pine Room.

Creating Art with paint and Cotton Buds – sprinkle some glitter Jardine would be proud!!!

Bubble Art while in my Standing Frame.

Fiona the Physio brought me a Walker – I successfully learned to use it in no time at all, what a confident individual!

WOW!!! Tomorrow we can dance to Baby Shark (Oh no! )

Now this might look as if I am relaxing BUT I am actually working on my exercises.

Working on Global Goal 5Gender Equality – looking at the jobs men and women do.

A Pilot or a Builder?

This Walker is FAB!!

A Policeman or a Fire-women.

Parachute Fun!!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

A little bit blue!!

We are at the end of our IDL Topic and our Colour Rainbow  – so this week we are blue!

Although this art work is from our Purple Week.

This successful learner has been working on her numeracy skills. That will be 4 million pounds please!!

Ordering money – well done!!

The sunny weather prop creates a lot of laughs.

More ordering – sizes this time.

Concentration here from these successful learners  as we clap, count and sign…

…and giggle!!!

This week our Science was all about Colours.

A tray of milk with some food colouring – when you put some washing up liquid on the end of a cotton bud and dip it in colour moves away – it was really cool you could try this at home!!!

Now for the Skittle Rainbow – Shields loved this!

Skittles on a plate then slowly pour on some warm water and wait!!


Not about Colour but using a non-permanent marker we drew on some shapes on to the plate added some warm water and watched the shapes move.

Yellow and Blue make…


Outdoor Learning an Autumn  Hunt round the Kay Park.

Autumn Leaves.


Boyle lets take some of this back to the Pine Room – quick no one is looking!!!

Looking for a 4 leaf clover.

Ready for our new story Blue Penguin and Sensory Play?

Shaving foam and Arctic Animals.

Watch out the Arctic winds are coming in.

I have an apron on!!!

The Eco-Captain making sure we reuse everyday things for our Remembrance Art.

Do you want to Dance?

More juice please Boyle!

Colour sorting and the Color Monster.

Which Monster goes where??


Someone preferred the story in Spanish!?!?

Cause and Effect.

Finishing last weeks Recycling craft – a lot of PVA glue was used!!!

Making lots of choices.

Oh Wow!!

Someone is very pleased!

And now for some Children in Need Crafts – Bingo Dabbers!!

Note from the ECO-CAPTAIN  Please save you Crisp packets – Mrs Slinger has an important use for them – they are going to be made into blankets for the Homeless ‘Get your Eco On!!’

Happy Children in Need Day 2020!!!