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Social Studies/RME 23/06/20

Dragon Boat Racing

These are called Dragon Boats!

Every year in China people celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is a holiday celebrated in China on the 5th day of the 5th month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar! This year it falls on June 25th.

The festival is celebrated by having boat races where the boats are in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row their boats forward to a drumbeat, racing to reach the finish.

In this video, you can see a fast race in the water.

Watch out for the man beating the drum in each boat!

Can you see the Dragon faces on the boats?

You could try to make your own colourful paper dragon boat:

Here is a list of what you need:

Sheet of sturdy cardstock or paper (approx. 21×21cm)

boat dragon face

6 straws
Scrap paper for paddles
Tape
Markers or crayons
Glue stick
Hole punch

And here is the method with pictures and instructions:

Instructions:

Step 1: Grab your 21×21cm square of cardstock/paper.
Step 2. Fold the cardstock in half so that fold is on the bottom.
Step 3. Fold it in half again, then open back up to form a crease in the middle.
Step 4. Fold the bottom corners in.
Step 5. Fold the first layer of top corners in.
Step 6. Turn it over.
Step 7. Fold the top corners down.
Step 8. Fold the flap down.
Step 9. Turn it over and fold the other flap down. Secure flaps with glue stick.

     

You  can now decorate and add the two dragon heads from above.  Once you have glued them to the front of the boat, punch three holes into each side of the boat for the straw oars. Finally, cut some paddles from scrap paper and stick these to the straws.

For more information you can visit : https://www.littlepassports.com/blog/craft-diy/diy-chinese-dragon-boat-activity-for-kids/

Finally, a song to finish:

Enjoy your Summer holidays!

See you in August,

Linda and Ana.

 

 

Social Studies/RME 9/6/20

This week is Carer’s Week!     

Carer’s Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This comes at a time when we have all been thinking about people who care and look after us and our pets  a lot of the time, especially when we are unwell.   Can you think of any?              You can find out on this word mat:

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Have you heard about this event over these last few weeks?   –  “Clap for Carers”      

       

Every week for the last 10 weeks on a Thursday evening at 8.00pm, the country has clapped in their gardens, on their doorsteps and  through  their  open or closed windows  to show it’s appreciation to all those carers who are working so hard for us all just now.

Here is a story about one special carer – a Scottish nurse, whose name you might have heard recently in the news:

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Here is a poem written by some children who want to say “Thank you!”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52574524

It is always nice to say “Thank you” to people who look after us. Here are some activities which you could try to help you do this:

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Thank you cards:

         

Write “thank you” with a wax crayon first, before painting over it. And above, turn paper hand-prints  into colourful flowers in a pot.

Press this link for a “thank you” rainbow to colour in for the NHS:

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Or, try to make this hand-print/heart card.

And finally, – a Thank You song!

Thank you!

Linda.

 

 

 

 

Social Studies – 29/5/20

Windy weather.

   

Have you ever wondered where the wind comes from?     Take a look at this short video:

What are some good things about windy weather?

The wind dries your clothes for free!

  

You need to have some wind to be able to fly a kite!

A yacht needs wind to be able to sail on water.

A wind farm provides a clean, renewable source of energy.

 

What are some not so good things about wind?

It usually  makes you feel colder! Brrrrr!

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It can cause damage to trees.

A high wind makes conditions very unpleasant.

Natural disasters like hurricanes can occur and have dangerous winds.

Here are some wind related crafts you  might like to try:

Start with a square piece of paper which can be decorated first.

Fold it in half diagonally, open out and fold over the other diagonal. Open out and you should have a creased “X” on the page.

Cut along the creases about halfway to the middle of the paper. Be sure not to cut all the way.

Bend each corner into the middle. Make sure to bend and not fold.

Once all 4 corners are in the middle, push the push pin/paper fastener through them all as well as the straw or eraser. Be careful not to hurt yourself with the pin!

 

You can also create your own wind by making a paper fan:

How to make a paper fan:

 

An anemometer is used by meteorologists to measure the speed of the wind.

How to make an anemometer:

 

Have fun!

Linda and Ana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RME – 19/5/20

                                             

Eid is a special celebration time for Muslims  which happens at the end of the month of Ramadan:

Here is a word-mat to help you –

How do Muslims celebrate during Eid?  This picture explains:

Maybe you could try to bake some biscuits like these (with help from an adult):

               

Here is a link to a recipe you could maybe use:

Eid Biscuit recipe cards

You could also try to make a special card. Have a look at these children making some cards for Eid:

Finally, here is a short video explaining why Ramadan and Eid are special times for these children :

 

Have a blessed Eid!

Linda.

 

 

 

 

Social Studies – 15/05/20

The Rainbow                 

Some of you may be very familiar with this image of a rainbow. It has become a very important symbol of these times with a lot of children from around the world placing rainbows in their windows.

           

However, why and when does a rainbow appear?

This short video might help to explain:

Can you remember all the colours of the rainbow?

This video might help:

You could practice learning the colours by playing the games on this website:

https://www.learningchocolate.com/content/colors-rainbow

Here are some crafts for you to try:

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For both of these you will need a paper plate or semi-circle of card (could be from a cereal box?) along with tissue paper, colouring pens or pencils or perhaps paint with some cotton ball clouds to finish it off.

You might also like to try a Rainbow Treasure Hunt – you could make a sheet up like this to help you:

Finally, we can’t end our rainbow lesson without hearing the most famous rainbow song from the movies:

Hope you enjoyed learning about the rainbow!

Linda and Ana.

RME – 12/5/20

             

May is a busy month for religious celebrations from around the world.

Wesak or Vesak is a special celebration time in Buddhism                                                    

that remembers the Buddha’s birthday.

To find out more about the story of Buddha have a look at this story:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t2-re-492-the-story-of-the-buddha-powerpoint

Wesak Day is celebrated on the full moon in May and is the most important Buddhist festival.

             

To find out more information about this celebration, please click on this link to BBC Bitesize:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zh4mrj6/articles/zbsp92p

There are many important symbols in Buddhism, here are just two which you may already know: –

           

Here are some activities you could try:-

– an easy origami lotus flower made from a square of coloured paper

– or a trickier, but very pretty flower, made with different coloured squares

You  could also attempt to make some lotus flower designs from cup cake cases-

Here is an easy moon activity using some aluminium foil. Just crush up a circle of foil, flatten it out and stick it onto a background.

For a dharma wheel craft activity try this from CBeebies:

Finally, this pretty “stained glass” lotus flower is also a simple lesson in symmetry! It looks very pretty hung in a window for the light to shine through it, and would be perfect for Vesak celebrations.

You will need:

  • Black card
  • Pink tissue paper
  • Glue

Instructions:

Fold the card in half and draw on the petals of a lotus flower, using our photo as a guide.

Carefully cut out the pieces.

Glue a piece of pink tissue paper to the back of the card.

Hang your picture up against a window, or somewhere the light will shine through it.

Enjoy the Vesak activities!

Linda.

 

 

RME – Ramadan 6/5/20

 

Ramadan is a very important time in the Islamic calendar, and Muslims all over the world will be  taking part.

Here is a link to some short videos on BBC newsround which help to explain about Ramadan:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/23286976

See if you can match the words below with the following pictures:

neighbours exchange food                      crescent and star                    mosque                  Quran

dates                                                              woman makes donation       lantern                  fasting

girl praying                                                  men praying                              rug                         Kaaba

For more information, ideas and activities for Ramadan or indeed other subject areas, you could try to access the TWINKL website.

They have a free offer on at the moment for parents:

www.twinkl.co.uk/offer

Once you have registered, use the following code – PARENTSTWINKLHELPS

Finally, you could try to make some colourful paper lanterns, which some children make during Ramadan – they can be very detailed, but for a basic lantern template, please watch this video:

Well done!

Social Studies Friday 1/5/20

One of our favourite talking points in Scotland is the weather!

Here are a collection of weather related resources for you to try:

Some ideas for you to copy:  (all from a website called “TwistyNoodle”)

Here is one of my favourite weather songs for you to enjoy:

If you would like to carry out some more research or tackle some trickier weather games, then follow the links below:

https://www.learningchocolate.com/content/weather

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/weather-and-climate/

Happy learning!

 

 

Social Studies

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Continuing with the Earth Day theme, this might be a good time to catch up with some geography games.

You can find lots of educational puzzles, quizzes and matching games on this website:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm

 

Alternatively, there are plenty of educational interactive activities to complete on this link:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/preschool/preschool.htm

You could try to choose activities based on the colours of the rainbow?

Or, simply spend some time on Google Maps looking up your favourite holiday places or landmarks.

Why not investigate some of the landmarks from the puzzle website mentioned above

– “World Landmarks Puzzles”    or search for places from some of your last school topics:

Groups 3, 4, 5 – you could try to look for Roman buildings such as the Colosseum or a roman aqueduct.

Group 6 – you could look again for the Stone Age village of Skara Brae in Scotland.

Group 7 – you could look for all the different continents and oceans.

Groups 9, 11 – you could look at some famous landmarks in Spain such as the La Sagrada Familia or the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Finally, a song to finish:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RME

“The Golden Rule” appears in the teachings of the world’s six biggest religions in some form or other. Some pupils may remember this.

      

What could you do today to treat others nicely?

     

  • wash the dishes                                                  share toys

          

say something nice to someone                                      help to make a snack

                  say thank you more often                 show respect for others

Here are a couple of videos to help you learn about the Golden Rule –