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Can you distinguish between man made and natural materials?


Can you think of a selection of western objects e.g. barrels, wagon wheels, stetson etc.  What materials have they been made from?  Where did the materials come from?

Establish 2 groups– natural/ man made– discuss what this means.

Look at picture below and identify which things in the Wild West environment are natural and which are man made.

Explain than some naturally occurring materials are features of the Wild West/ America (gold, oil, cotton, wool, leather)


Think about these materials in their purest form (see the PowerPoint below)  and then as everyday objects and discuss how ‘man’ has had to do things to the natural materials so that they can be used but the materials that some things are made from occur naturally.

Consider some of the objects in the man made category from earlier (plastic on spurs, felt hat etc) and explain that these materials are made by mixing combining different elements so they are man made.


Can you think about the shape and texture of a cactus and use different materials and media to create your own cactus picture?


Cactus grow in the Wild West.  You will have seen them many times in pictures or on screen.  Do you have any cacti in pots around your house?

You probably know the cactus as a spiky green plant that grows in the desert.  That may be true, but there’s so much more to learn about cacti (that’s the word for more than one cactus plant)!


What is a cactus plant?

The cactus is a type of plant called a succulent. This means that it can store water in its stems, roots, and leaves.  Even if it doesn’t rain for a long time, the cactus still has water saved up to help it grow.  Thanks to its ability to store water, the cactus can live for over a year without rain!  

What does a cactus plant look like?

There are about 2000 types of cacti, and they come in different shapes, sizes, and colours. Green may be the most common color for cacti, but they can also be bluish or brown-green.  Some cactus plants are very round, and others are flat like a pancake.  Some are even shaped like snakes or starfish. 


Use the pictures below or search on the internet to see the different types of cactus plants that grown in the Wild West and draw your own.  Choose a shape that you find interesting or unusual.  Cacti are often spiky.  Think how you will create texture (a spiky effect!).


You might use:

paint with sand or rice added


tissue paper


Be creative and have fun! 

Physical Education

We want our school family to come together for the next virtual town competition. So come on, take part and represent our amazing school!


A series of three Infant Skipping Personal Challenges have been designed in partnership with ‘Dan the Skipping Man’ including some short demo videos, Please have a look at the first Welcome video in the link below – it is only 2 minutes long and explains it all. Then, if you’ve got your rope, get involved and have a look at the other skills videos in the series that explain each challenge and how to skip!


Infant Welcome video – how to and what to do


When your child has had a go, collect their results, they can keep trying to improve their personal best scores with the final scores returned to me by Wednesday 27th January 2021.

What I need to know

  1. Which level of the challenge are you trying to complete? Bronze, Silver or Gold?
  2. Single Bounce - what score did you get? This is the number of bounces in your chosen time.

Double Bounce - what score did you get? How many bounces?

Running on the Spot - what score did you get? How many times did the rope complete a full rotation around you?


Good Luck everyone! Let’s get skipping!


R.E - Islam

Do you understand why it is important to look after Nature?

Can you understand the message in this religious story?

This story is from the religion of Islam.

Which faith do we follow? – Christianity, we are Christians.

What do we call people who follow Islam? – Muslims


Muslims also believe in one God as we do.  However, they celebrate and worship God a little differently. This doesn’t mean that one faith is better than the other. It just means we have different ways of worshipping and we should respect these differences.


Read the story from the PowerPoint below - The Boy who Threw stones at Trees.

Talk about the key issue of respect (one of our school values) and discuss other themes such as patience and thoughtfulness.


Have a go at the worksheets below to express your thoughts and understanding.






What are directions? What is a compass?

Directions can tell us where something is. Directions help us to find out how to get somewhere. We might need to ask for directions or we might give someone else directions to get somewhere. We need to know about directions to do this. We use the 4 names on a compass to know which way to go. These names are: north, south, east and west.


Watch the video clip and look at the PowerPoint to see which way is north, south, east or west and how to use them to find your way around a map.