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Day One

Enjoy the brief film clip of the blackbird feeding its chicks and the audio recording of a blackbird’s song. Discuss and marvel
at each!

Read the section ‘I want to learn about …’ and use the links to read more information about the robin, house sparrow, chaffinch and blue tit. Note how each set of information is written like a series of clues, similar to a riddle, e.g. I see a bird with a chest of
red, With black and white wings and grey on its head …
It’s a chaffinch!
Your task today is to write a riddle(s) for other garden birds. Your riddle doesn’t have to rhyme and can include other information as well as appearance. E.g.
I see a bird that sings nearly all year round.
It eats worms, seeds, fruit, insects and other invertebrates.
Some think it is cute, but it will defend its territory.
It is famous for its red breast.
What is it?
It’s a robin!
Use the A-Z Find a Bird guide on the RSPB website to find key information on your chosen garden bird(s). Adult support will be required to read some of the information here. 

Options may include: wren, blue tit, goldfinch, woodpigeon etc. Remember to sequence your information so that you only reveal the most obvious clue at the end!
Test your riddle(s) out on your family!

This week we are looking at our science topic all about materials:

Thinking activity: What is it like?. Go around your home and garden and make a collection of different balls/spheres which all have different properties . Are some shiny/dull, rough/smooth, stretchy, squishy, etc? Feel and explore the items and then collect words that they use to describe them. Can you give a sentence about different balls and their different properties. E.g. this ball is squishier than this one but this one is shinier.

Sort / Group / Compare / Classify:

Why have these materials been used? Look at objects around your house. Can you label  each of the materials you find- metal, wood, plastic, glass, fabric.  Discuss with your grown up why these objects were made from these materials. What if it was made out of…instead? Can you record the objects in a table and then next to them list some of their properties OR write a sentence about why they are made from this material.

Silly or sensible? What is it made from and is it useful? Spin the wheel – making up funny material uses.  Use a pencil to hold a paperclip in the centre of the each spinner. Spin the paperclip around the pencil point. What property does it point at? What object does it point at?  Is this a sensible sentence or a silly sentence?  Silly sentences could begin “It would be funny if………were made of ……… because……”  

Find this activity attached in word document.

Spinner and some extra material activities