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Whitewater CE Primary School

Whitewater CE Primary School

Otter Class Y1/2

Welcome to the Otter Class Home Learning Page!

We are so pleased to see you here.

For more information about home learning, please see the updates and attached PDFs below.

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I Spy...

I spy with my my little eye, something beginning with 'r'!

This rainbow is now on display in one of the school's windows. If you live near our school, can you spot it?

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Home Learning Friday 3rd April

Dear Otters,

Thanks to those of you who completed yesterday's suggested daily activity. I am enjoying reading your messages! Percy and Wilbur say hello.

        

Your suggested daily activity is to do some block printing! The artist in the videos below, Molly Mahon, uses a potato to make her prints but you can use other root veg or look here for some alternatives: 

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/how-to-stamp-without-stamps-4061239

For today's activity it is very important that you ask a grown-up to use the knife for carving. Only do this activity with a grown-up helping you. 

Click the arrow  to watch Molly's videos and then have a go with a grown-up! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to Molly for agreeing to let us have her videos and pictures on our class page. With a grown-up, you could have a look at Molly’s Instagram or website for more inspiration. Remember to stay safe when using the internet! 

Molly's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollymahonblockprinting/?hl=en

Molly's website: https://www.mollymahon.com/

Easter Holiday Reminder

A reminder that there won’t be any suggested daily tasks set over the Easter holiday. If you would like to do an activity over the holiday, why not make a gorgeous recycled spring wreath like the one pictured here? Follow this link for the instructions: https://nurturestore.co.uk/paper-plate-spring-wreath-for-preschool

If you don’t have an egg carton you could use a paper plate or an empty cereal packet. Make sure you ask a grown-up to help you with any cutting.

In addition, here is a link to some resources provided by Winchester Diocese:  ttps://www.winchester.anglican.org/education-coronavirus-resources/

I hope you and your families have a wonderful Easter holiday, I'll be thinking of you all each day. Keep a list of the things you do so you can tell me all about them when the holiday is over.

Love from,

Ms Lamble

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Home Learning Thursday 2nd April

It feels like such a long time since I saw you all and I am longing for news of how you're doing. So today your suggested daily activity is to reply to the letter I've written to you below. Please tell me all about what you've been up to since school closed. When you have finished your letter, send it to Mrs Fox at adminoffice@whitewater.hants.sch.uk and Mrs Fox will send it to me! 

        

Dear Otters,

It's almost two weeks since I last saw most of you, and I'm missing you all lots. I've been busy doing lots of work for school, including putting up the suggested daily activities on this page. Usually I would go for a walk each day but I've had to stay inside this week as I was a bit poorly. I'm feeling much better now and I'm looking forward to enjoying the sunshine soon. My two cats, Percy and Wilbur, are loving having me at home and spend their days chasing pheasants in the garden. Luckily, the pheasants don't take any nonsense and chase the cats right back! That's Percy and Wilbur in the photo above. Percy is all black and Wilbur has some white patches.

I've been enjoying watching the flowers blossoming outside and it's made me wonder how your sunflowers are doing. Are they really tall? Have you got a bud or even a flower yet? Perhaps you could send me a photo. I've read quite a few books recently but my favourite  at the moment is 'Du Iz Tak?' by Carson Ellis. I like this book because the characters speak a funny, strange, made-up language. Have you been reading lots of books? Which one was your favourite? Why do you like it?

With so much time at home I've been able to do some arts and crafts. One of my favourites is potato printing because you can make beautiful patterns really quickly. I've also been listening to lots of music and podcasts. Have you been making art or music at home? What is your favourite pastime at the moment? Why do you like it?

I can't wait to hear from you. Lots of love to you and your families.

Love from,

Ms Lamble

P.S. Your letter doesn't need to be as long as mine!

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Home Learning Wednesday 1st April​

Dear Otters,

A maths suggested daily activity today! Choose the activity for your year group and give it a go with a grown-up.

Y1 Number bond revision: Watch this video https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-number-bonds-with-martin-dougan/zf6cpg8 and then have a go at the Y1 Number Bonds to 10 activity saved as a PDF below. Make sure you use counters to help you. You could use buttons, large beads, tiddly winks or even dried beans as counters!

Y2 Multiplication: Watch the first video in this series https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/maths-ks1-ks2-a-world-without-maths/zmbjf4j and then have a go at the Y2 Times Tables activity saved as a PDF below. Remember to stick to the 2, 5 and 10 times tables until you are confident. Make sure you use counters to help you. You could use buttons, large beads, tiddly winks or even dried beans as counters! Why not try making multiplication flowers, such as the ones pictured above?

Emotional support: Mrs Miles has sent us a brilliant ELSA Support April Wellbeing Calendar (see PDF below). Each day there is a new activity to support your wellbeing. I'm going to print it out and tick off my activity each day! 

For Otter grown-ups: Please explore the Whitewater E-safety Poster with your children. The poster is saved as a PDF below.

Love from,

Ms Lamble

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Home Learning Tuesday 31st March

Dear Otters,

Today’s suggested daily activity is to listen to, and talk about, Episode 1 of the Big Life Kids podcast with your grown-up https://biglifejournal-uk.co.uk/blogs/podcast/episode-one and then watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1KPLj6adj8

You may not be able to focus on listening for the entire length of the podcast, so try listening in two or three chunks. You can talk to your grown-up about what you’ve heard between each chunk.

The Big Life Kids podcast is for children ages 5 to 10. It teaches children to stay resilient, believe in themselves, and face life's challenges with confidence. In each episode, Zara and Leo (sadly not our Otter Leo - hi Leo!) travel the world to discover the living heroes that are making a difference in the world today. The podcast is produced by Big Life Journal.

 

In this episode, Zara and Leo travel to Paraguay. They discover Los Reciclados de Cateura, the children’s orchestra that plays with instruments made out of recycled garbage. Follow their journey and find out how YOU can dream big and believe in yourself!

Once you’ve listened to the podcast and watched the orchestra in action, you may feel inspired to make your own recycled instrument. Follow this link for some ideas:

https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/Music-Instruments-for-Kids-to-Make

For Otter grown-ups: Please note that there are several paid links on the above web page. It is not necessary to purchase these items for your child to enjoy the podcast. Your child is not expected to complete the linked activities.

I highly recommend that you take a look at the Stay-at-Home Care Package by Big Life Journal PDF at the bottom of this page as it provides lots of great ideas for simple and fun home activities.

The Big Life Journal website has lots of interesting information about how to support your child in developing a growth mindset and I encourage you to explore the site further.

Love from,

Ms Lamble

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Home Learning Monday 30th March

Dear Otters,

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. I'm missing you all so much and thinking about you each day. I have two suggested daily activities for you today, choose one or both as you like.

Challenge 1: Cut-out Calculations (Maths)

Cut out the cards to practise addition and subtraction. You can find the PDF at the bottom of this page.

Challenge 2: An Attitude of Gratitude (Mindfulness, Resilience)

Thinking about the things we are truly grateful for helps us to get through tricky times like this. With a grown-up, try one of these gratitude activities (I like the gratitude flower, pictured above): 

https://blissfulkids.com/5-awesome-mindful-gratitude-activities-for-kids/ 

Top of my gratitude list today is...OTTER CLASS! I'm so grateful to have such an amazing class. I love imagining you reading our class page and having a go at the home learning challenges. Remember, you are STRONG, you are BRAVE, you are LOVED and you MATTER

Love from,

Ms Lamble

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Home Learning Friday 27th March

Dear Otters,

A little video message from me today!

 

 

Your suggested daily activity is to design a family crest. The PDF is linked at the bottom of this page.

Love from,

Ms Lamble

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Home Learning Thursday 26th March

Dear Otters, 

Your suggested daily activity is about this creature:

Bootle

Bootle was brought here from Blobbo Island and set free. The problem is that Bootle eats bricks and he is trying to eat my house! For this reason, he needs to be trapped and returned to Blobbo Island.

Your task: Design and label a trap that will catch Bootle without hurting him. 

Some facts to help you: Bootle loves sausages. Bootle likes to push red buttons. Bootle always follows green arrows. Bootle always eats bricks but never eats wood or glass. Bootle's ears get tangled very easily. Bootle has a very strong magnet at the end of his tail. When Bootle gets wet, the end of his whiskers become extremely sticky.

(Adapted from  Outside the Box by Molly Potter)

I hope you are well and doing lots of fun things at home. Look out for a little video message from me tomorrow!

Love from,

Ms Lamble

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Home Learning Wednesday 25th March

Dear Otters,

Another beautiful spring day! I hope you all get a chance to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. I have two suggested daily activities for you today, choose one or both as you like.

Challenge 1: Sit Spots (Mindfulness, Writing)

Find a comfortable seat somewhere (outside is preferable, but inside works too). Take five deep breaths in and out. Close your eyes and listen to the noises around you. Open your eyes and observe what you see. What do you smell? Pay attention to your body and how you're feeling. Now write down what you noticed. You could illustrate your writing with pictures. 

Challenge 2: In a Minute (Maths)

You will need: A helper, something to time one minute accurately (such as a cooking timer or smart phone), a pencil and paper.

You are going to: See how long one minute lasts. 1. Start by watching a minute pass on your timer. Talk to your helper about what you think you could do in that much time. For example, could you write your name 10 times? Line up 15 coins? Hop 20 times on one foot? 2. What does your helper think they can do in one minute? 3. Think of a way of writing down what you can do in one minute. 4. Try each of your activities. Write down the results. 

Bet you can't: 1. Estimate a minute. Shut your eyes, then hold up your hand when you think a minute is up. Was your estimate too long or too short? 2. Repeat one of your activities and see if you can do it more times in a minute. 

(Adapted from Mental Maths Homework by Helen Williams)

Love from,

Ms Lamble

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Home Learning Tuesday 24th March

Dear Otters,

Your suggested daily activity is a Rainbow Treasure Hunt! You can find the PDF at the bottom of this page. 

Love from,

Ms Lamble

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Home Learning Monday 23rd March

Dear Otters,

I hope you're all staying well and enjoying your home learning. We are working hard to find a way for your grown-ups to stay in contact with us. Check this page each day for suggested daily activities, starting tomorrow!

Love from,

Ms Lamble

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Emotional Support for Children

For Otter grown-ups: Some children are naturally feeling more anxious during this difficult time. Please explore the 'Emotional Support for Children' PDF saved below. UPDATED 1.4.20