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‘Hello’ from the Stars Class

Wishing you a warm ‘hello’ from the Stars class. We have all settled in well to our new group and are enjoying activities. We have been successful learners doing hard work both indoors and in the sensory garden. We have been learning about ourselves and our new classmates by doing activities together. This week we created DVD spinners for the garden and enjoyed making a grass head caterpillar. We will keep it well watered and see how it grows. It might need a hair cut soon!

Stars Activities 9

Hi Everyone. Hope all is well with you. All the Stars class ladies are doing fine and enjoyed the sunshine this weekend. 🌞

This week is POLO (Power Off Learn Outside) Week at Willowbank so we thought you might like to do some of the activities we’d be doing at school.

CD Wind Spinners Ornament 

You will need – old CD, string or ribbon, PVA glue, sequins, buttons, glitter, scissors


Mrs Chisholm made spinners with her daughter Evie. Aren’t they good?

Garden Treasure Hunt 


5 stones

8 pegs

2 gardening gloves

6 weeds

1 trowel

3 plant pots

7 daisies

9 twigs

4 leaves

10 buttercups

Write the number beside the bundle of things you’ve collected using twigs, chalk or painted on the slabs with a paintbrush and water.

Also – Make a circle from stones

Make a triangle from twigs

Leaf Name 

Write your name from some of the things you’ve collected or write with chalk. Get your family to write their names too.

Mrs Logan was busy with her children writing their names. Looks like they want to be in the Stars class too!

Paper Plane Challenge 

Make and decorate some paper planes with your family. Who’s plane can fly the farthest?


Mrs Westerman made some paper planes with her wee grandson, Liam. They used pages from his colouring book. Liam had great fun flying his planes.

We hope you choose to do some of these activities. Remember to send us your comments or photos. We’d love to hear how you are getting on.

Have Fun! Keep Safe!   ❤😊

Stars Activities 6

Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and keeping busy despite the poorer weather. The sun is shining today. Long may that continue. 🌞🌈

This week is diggidabble week so we thought it might be good to do some activities involving technology. 💻📸


Borrow a camera, phone or tablet and look around the house and garden for things that are red, blue, yellow, green, purple, orange, pink or black. Take a photograph of what you find. Mrs Chisholm and Mrs Westerman found these coloured things in their homes.


SINGING HANDS MAKATON COLOURS   How many signs can you remember?



Photograph items beginning with the sounds   s   t   a   r   s   c   l   a   s   s

Mrs Logan and Mrs Gardner collected these things in their homes.



Can you fit more than one person into your selfie? How many have you photographed? Can you decorate your selfie with a filter like Mrs Westerman has done?

Can you think of any other digital things you use around the house? Here are some examples. Can you think of any others?


Try and sing/sign along with this song.


If you choose to do any of these activities then maybe you could send a photo or write a comment. We’d love to hear from you.

Have Fun! Stay Safe!  ❤☺

Stars Pea Head and Car Ramp Activities

Mrs Logan has been busy making the Pea Head person from this week’s blog. She decorated a cup with a face, filled it with compost and planted seeds in it. It will be kept well watered in her greenhouse. Mrs Logan used cress seeds instead of peas. She will send you a photo once the cress ‘hair’ has grown.

Mrs Chisholm has built a car ramp with her children. They are having great fun racing cars and seeing how far the cars travel if you make the ramp steeper.

Why don’t you try making these. Send in some photo’s if you do.

Have Fun! Stay Safe! ❤😊

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!      ❤🙂


Comets-At Home

Hi, hope everyone is doing well! Here are a few fun activities you can try this week if you wish

  1. Big Bird Watch- Before we stopped we had been taking part in the  Great British  bird watch. Have a look out your window, in your garden or when you are out for a walk. How many birds can you see? What colour are the birds? Are they big or small?

You could even feed the birds to help spot them!

  1. Jungle Book- Our theme this term was the jungle book, and we were all enjoying listening to all the songs! Can you have some fun singing and dancing along  to all the Jungle book songs. What was your favourite? I really like the ‘Bare Necessities’

3-Build a Tower- Using whatever you have around the house, built and super cool tower. You can use recycling, lego, dvd boxes etc. I would love to see photos of all your towers!

Stay safe and have a lovely week!

Stars Activities 2

Hope you are all enjoying the good weather. Mrs Gardner and the ladies are all missing Willowbank and the Stars class.

Mrs Gardner’s daughter, Isla, made cinnamon buns. Don’t they look good. They didn’t last long!

Mrs Chisholm went a lovely walk to the Dean Castle Country Park with Evie and Owen where they saw ducks, sheep and a donkey.

At school we were learning about ‘The Great Outdoors’ by watching the DVD ‘Over the Hedge’

Maybe you’d like to do some outdoor activities at home. Choose any you wish to do. There is no obligation. Adapt any activities to suit what you have available, where you can safely access or what interests you. Ask your family to help you.


Try and find as many of the things on the following checklist as you can. Maybe you’d like to make a pair of binoculars to help you look!

Checklist – Try and find:-



flower buds     






green leaf    


Collect a selection of stones, flowers, leaves and twigs. Use them to make a face collage. Maybe you could make faces for all your family. Count how many you’ve made.


SCIENCE – How to grow a rainbow

Mrs Westerman found a great way to make a rainbow.

  1. Draw coloured squares along the end of a strip of kitchen roll.

2. Hold paper over a saucer. Add a little water making sure the end of the paper gets wet.

3. Watch as the water creeps up the paper and makes a rainbow.


I hope you have fun doing these activities if you choose to do so. Send a photo or post a comment if you can. It would be great to hear from you.

Have Fun. Stay Safe.  




World Book Day

The Stars class enjoyed World Book Day with lots of activities. We were effective contributors and made shortbread men alongside the story, ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Some of us were confident individuals as we dressed up on World Book Day and enjoyed the story, ‘The Old Toy Room’. We made story masks and explored a selection of old fashioned toys. We made a cup and ball game and enjoyed books we had brought in to share.