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Tuesday 19th May 2020

 

Today's Challenge: All about Ants! 

 

Did you know ants are amazing creatures? They can lift up to 20 times their body weight! Have you ever noticed how ants are always following each other and walking in lines? Does anyone know why? As the ants go out of the nest in search for food, they leave a scent trail behind. This then allows them to walk exactly the same way back to their nests as they left. What would happen if you put something down and blocked their path? Do you think they would get confused?

 

Why not go outside and give it a go? Find an ant trail and put a piece of paper down to block it, what happens? Do they walk over the paper? Or around it?

 

You can also try and change their trail, leave a small piece of apple or fruit near to a trail you found. How long does it take the ants to find it? You could even try and put out some obstacles for the ants, will they walk over them or around them, try it and see what happens!

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see what you discover about ants! 

 

Miss Cox

Tuesday 12th May 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Build a pitfall trap! 

 

This is an easy way to see what creepy crawlys are hiding in your garden. First you will need to find a plant pot or an old container you don’t mind getting muddy. Then you will need to find a quiet spot in your garden and dig a small hole (the same size as your pot or container). Place four stones around the edge of your pot and find a lid to put on top (old tile, piece of wood or anything that will keep your trapped creatures safe from hungry birds). The stones should enable a small gap to allow the insects to fall into your trap. If you’re a little bit confused, see the diagram below to help you!

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see what you find in your gardens! 

 

Miss Cox

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Tuesday 5th May 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Fork Painting!

 

Having a little glance at the weather it is due to be raining on Tuesday, so today's challenge is an indoor activity. 

 

I would like the children to have a go at painting an animal with a fork! You may wish to draw an outline first and add details afterwards, but using a fork is a really simple way of creating spines or fur on an animal. Have a look at some of the examples below to get some inspiration!

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see your fork paintings! 

 

Miss Cox

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Tuesday 28th April 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Shadows

 

Have you ever noticed your shadow moving throughout the day? Today I would like you to go outside at different times in the day and look at your shadow. You may even want to draw your shadow at different times. What happens to your shadow? Does it stay still? Does it follow you? Is your shadow always in the same place throughout the day? 

 

For older children who have done this activity before, could you make a human sun dial? 

You will need to mark a point in your garden to stand. 

Next you will need to make notes for different times you stand on your spot. 

Place a time note on the ground where your head is at different times of the day. 

Stand back at the end of the day, what do you notice? 

What happened to your shadow throughout the day?

What do these markers look like? 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see your shadows (lets hope the sun stays out!) 

 

Miss Cox

Tuesday 21st April 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Make a potion! 

 

As we all know from different books and stories, potions can be made from all sorts of natural ingredients! In today's challenge I would like you to experiment and make your own potions. Try to record what you put in and how much you have used to create your own set of instructions. Also don't forget to write down what your potion is for! 

 

I have made an example below, feel free to use mine if your not sure what to put in yours! 

 

(Please don't drink your potions as they are not healthy for us muggles to drink, however the plants may appreciate it as additional plant food when you are finished) 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see your potions! 

 

Miss Cox

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Tuesday 14th April 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Build a pixie house!

 

While you are out on a walk with your family, I would like you to take a small box or bag with you. Whilst you are walking along, keep your eye out for anything that looks interesting. This could be an interesting rock, colourful petals, a odd shape leaf or a wonky twig. Put anything that catches your eye in a bag or box.

 

When you get home, have a look at what you have collected. Using these materials, could you make a pixie house? Make sure you find a quiet place in your garden to build your house, as pixies are very shy!  

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see your Pixie houses!

 

Miss Cox

Tuesday 7th April 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Draw your own map!

 

While you are out on a walk with your family, take note of landmarks and things that you see while you are out and about, also try to notice what directions you turn in. When you get home, have a go at drawing a map of where you have been. When you have finished, use google maps to see how accurate your drawing is! 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see your marvellous maps! 

 

Miss Cox

Tuesday 31st March 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Make a bird feeder! 

 

I would like you to have a go at making a bird feeder to put outside. I have attached instructions to make a simple feeder using an old toilet tube. If you don't have the ingredients specified, you could always use bread crumbs, raisins, any fruit, seeds or nuts. 

 

If you are struggling to find suitable ingredients (or have a nut allergy) you can always cut a piece of fruit in half and hang it from a tree, the birds will still come! 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see your feeders!

 

Miss Cox

Tuesday 24th March 2020

 

Today's Challenge: I spy a garden bird!

 

I would like everyone to have a go at bird watching today.  Either sit by a window or find a place to sit in your garden. What birds can you see? 

 

Use the guide below if you would like to have a go at identifying the birds or simply count how many birds you spot. 

 

Remember the birds are very scared of you, so you will need to be still and quiet! 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see what birds you find today! 

 

Miss Cox