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We have been learning about light and dark in Science!  We have been learning the meaning of two new words, transparent and opaque.  Can you remember what they mean?  Can you tell your adult?


This week we are going to learn about shadows?  What is a shadow?  When do you see them?  We are going to use a very special character to help us find out a little bit more about them. 


Watch the Peter Pan Clip.  What was Peter looking for? His shadow! 


Think about the following questions...

What is a shadow?

A shadow is when an object blocks the light. 

How can you describe it?

How can you make a shadow?


Model how to make a shadow, using a torch or going out on a bright sunny Autumnal day.  Play with shadows to explore this concept. 

Can you making different shadows using your body?  Can you use your hands to make shadow puppets?  Can you chase someone else's shadow?  Perhaps Mummy's or Daddy's, anyone who is at home with you. 


Reception activities:

  • Practise making a shadow. Can you change it? Can you hold still so a grown up can draw around the shadow?  Can you tell a story, using shadow puppets?
  • Put an animal on a wooden block can you see its shadow? Draw around the shadow and colour it in.
  • Make a tinfoil/pipe cleaner model, can you see its shadow? Draw around the shadow and colour it in a dark colour.
  • Use the torches to cast shadows; can you make the shadow longer shorter? How?


Year One:

Write the question: What is a shadow?

Fold the sheet in half, cut around one of the Peter Pan outlines and stick it onto black paper.  Can you see Peter's shadow?  Is it the same as the shape his body is making? Answer the question around the picture of Peter.  Can you include our new specialist vocabulary (opaque and transparent)?




Peter Pan

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Religious Education


What story did we think about last week?  Show the painting to remind children. 


Where is this story found?  In the Bible

What is it, can anyone remember that special word?  Parable.

What does it mean? Jesus’ parables help people to understand the difficult things by using metaphors.



Let’s read some metaphors, what do you think they mean?

The snow is a white blanket.

He is a shining star.

You are my sunshine 


What do you think the meaning is behind the Parable of the Lost Son?

Draw out that for Christians this parable teaches them that God is loving, like a parent.

It teaches them that God is forgiving and will forgive all things. 



Draw or paint a picture of someone that they love.  What does this person do to make you feel loved?  Can you talk about this as you create your picture?  E.g. I know Mummy loves me because she gives me cuddles.  Can you use your sound knowledge to write words to describe what this person does to make you feel loved, e.g. cuddles, plays, reads, sings,etc. 


Year 1

Using their own parents/ guardians as a model give the children an outline of someone loves them. Inside the outline write/draw what parents do or say to show that they love their children. On the outside of the outline write/draw what pupils do or say to show that they love their parents. Identify that love goes both ways.


Making Connections

Talk together: Is it good to forgive people? Why/why not? How does it feel if you don’t forgive? Why is it sometimes hard to forgive?




We are going to find out about a very important person, she lived many years ago and changed the way hospitals are run and kept clean today because many, many years ago hospitals were very dirty and smelly places.


Watch the clip;


Florence Nightingale tells the story of her life and work, and shows how she grew up to become a nurse during the Crimean War. The story is told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, music and animation. We see Florence as a child and follow her determination to become a nurse. She trains nurses to go to the Crimean war. They make the hospital clean, and care for wounded soldiers. Florence describes how she worked at night with her lamp. Finally, Florence tells us how this changed nursing forever.


Year 1s

Using a question mark. What questions would you like to ask Florence Nightingale? Discuss question words that could be used to start each questions, e.g. What, Who, When, Why, How. Think of at least 3 different questions to ask and write them, using question marks.



Role Play hospitals. 

This hospital is in an awful mess! Can you become Florence Nightingale and sort it out?  Perhaps you need to sweep up, bandage your patients, give them medicine, make their beds and make sure that they are warm. Perhaps your patients could be your teddy bears.



Can you design a hospital? What will it need to have? How could you make it nice for the patients?  Draw a picture of your plans and build it using a range of construction, such as Lego, Duplo bricks, wooden bricks, etc.



Can you draw a picture of Florence Nightingale’s lamp?  Perhaps you can  use different materials from around your house to make it more textured,


Ask your adult to become Florence Nightingale.  Ask ‘Florence’ the questions that you have written (Year 1s) or think of questions that you might like to ask (Receptions).  Can you think of a question to ask Florence, think back to the video you saw, what her family were like?  What the hospital was like? What would you like to find out?