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Oh no! During a big storm, the sails on Christopher Columbus’ boat have broken!  

Sails use wind power to propel a sailing vessel.  Without a working sail, Christopher Columbus and his crew are stranded out at sea!  Can you help him fix it?


He only has three fabrics on the ship, which one is going to be the best? Your grown up will show you the materials.  Remember the sail needs to be strong, durable and help propel the ship in the right direction. 

In order to figure this out you will need to make your own sail boat/s first.  Here is a little tutorial. 


Then attach one of the sails, put your sail boat in the sink or in a container of water and blow it to make it move (I'm not suggesting using a hair dryer near water!).  How many blows does it take to get the boat to the other side?  Repeat with the other two materials.  Which one was the best? Why?


Reception - Can you make a prediction?  Once you have carried out the experiment, was you prediction correct?  Can you remember the method that you used? 

Year 1 - Can you make a prediction?  What method are you going to use?  How could you record your findings during the experiment?  Could you take photographs or draw diagrams?  What were your findings?  Was your prediction correct?  It is up to you whether this is verbal or written down.


What have you have learnt about Christopher Columbus this week? 

Where did Christopher Columbus sail to?  Which Ocean did he cross?


Let’s have a look!

Have a look at the routes the Columbus and his men took. Which county did they start at? 

Which country did they find themselves in?  Follow the route with your finger.


Which direction did he travel in?  

Let's have a look at a compass.  This tells you which direction you are going in. 

Did Columbus sail North, East, South or West?  


Activities –

All - work through the Powerpoint.


Reception Worksheet - Can you find Spain on your map?  Can you find south America? Can you locate the exact island that he found?  Can you name the Ocean that he crossed?  Create your own route from Spain to the Americas.


Year 1  — Worksheet – Have a look at the map on your worksheet.  Can you draw the route the Columbus took?  Can you find where he started on your map?  Can you find where he eneded up?  Can you locate the exact island that he found?  What did he name it?  Can you name and label the Ocean that he crossed?  Can you draw your own compass points on the map and work out which direction that he travelled?

Extension - Using an atlas, can you name some of the other countries on the map that you are using?




What have we learnt about Islam so far?  Discuss this with your grown up.  You could:

  • Create a thought and ask your grown up to scribe for you. 
  • Record your discussion and upload via Tapestry or the Reception and Year 1 email address.


Here are a few questions that could help the discussion:

  • Who follows the religion?
  • What is the Islamic Holy Book?
  • How do Muslims show respect for the Qur’an?
  • What stories do you know from the Qur’an?
  • Where can you also find these stories, although they might be slightly different?


Today we are going to consider how Muslims worship Allah.  What do Christians do to worship God?  Support your child in considering the following, praying, singing, reading stories from the Bible, having quiet reflection time, going to church, etc.  We know that many Christians express their beliefs by going to church, let’s find out where Muslims go to worship.  Please work through the PowerPoint below. 

Now that you have looked at the inside of some Mosques, look at the pictures below and read the information to find out a little bit more about some of the key features.  Try to remember some of the new terms that you learn today. 






What do we know about where Muslims go to worship?  What is the building called?  What key features does in have? Shoe rack, prayer mats, wash room, Qur’an, Tasbih beads, Minaret, Mihrab.  Much of this is new language.  Enable your child to repeat the words, use the pictures to support understanding and revisit often.



Year 1 - Label the features of a mosque, using new technical vocabulary.  

Reception - Can you make your own Mosque, using any construction toys?  You could use Lego or Duplo.  Can you remember to include some of the key features?  Perhaps you could write labels for your Mosque, e.g. has your Mosque got a wash room?  Can you write wash room and put it next to the wash room?


Today we are going to be learning about a new artist, called Kandinsky. 

Work through the PowerPoint slides below.



Activities –

Rec – Look at Kandinsky’s works of art and decide which is your favourite and give a reason for this, e.g. I like this one because... 

Year 1- Look at Kandinsky’s works of art and evaluate them, considering what you like/don’t like about them?  Consider why the artist has chosen to use certain colours.  For example, I like this one because... I think he used these colours because...


Child initiated:

Can you create your own piece of art work in the style of Kandinsky, by drawing around shapes, using rulers for straight lines? Can you cut the shapes out and stick them onto larger shapes to create concentric circles? 


Clown's Naughty Ball


This week we are going to the circus!  For our warm up you are going to pretend to be a clown!  Can you be a silly clown running forwards/backwards and from side to side?  Can you make silly noises to provide sound effects?


Let's move on to the skills that we need to develop.  You will need a ball but this ball is going to be a little bit naughty!  The ball wants to roll all over you!  What a naughty ball!  Can you copy the moves?  Some of them will take a lot of practise.smiley


Don't forget that you can can practise these ball skills as often as you like, every day if you want to!  The important thing is to stay active, every single day.   


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