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Human and Physical Features

Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and discovered a new land! But the land was not empty, people were already living there. How would you know that people were living there? What would they have made? Homes, seating, fencing to keep cattle in, fire places, etc.

Look at the picture above. Do you recognise it? Yes, it’s monument valley. Can you see anything that has been made by humans? How were the rocks made/formed? (previous Science learning – rock erosion). Everything you can see is a physical feature. It is part of the world; no human person has made anything.


If you had discovered this place and decided to live there, what would you add/build?

This will be human features.


Now you have a go – if you can, print out the picture of Monument Valley (document below) and then draw on small pieces of paper or stickers then stick your human feature on to the valley. If you don't have access to a printer, draw Monument Valley first or use a landscape picture from a magazine. You could also use technology e.g the Paint program or Minecraft.


This is our last week of becoming those cheeky clowns! don't forget, you will need a ball. 

We are still working on the following Creative Skills:

Here are the skills cards to help you on your way. Remember, the Yellow card is the beginning skill, this progresses on to the Green Card and then the Red card is the hardest. Which level are you? 

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. 

Now we have been practising our ball skills, have a go at this game:

Physical Challenge

Use cones/cushions/pieces of paper to set up a small circuit and roll a ball around the circuit by striking and pushing it. Either count the number of strikes it takes you to get around the circuit or record your lap time.

Use the ideas below to make the activity more or less challenging depending on how you’re finding it:


Yoga and Dance


Click here for some cosmic yoga or here if you would like to exercise with Jump Start Jonny, we just love to move to music!

Art - Spirit Animals

We have enjoying watching 'The Catch' animation.

At the end we discovered that the boy had a fox as his spirit animal. Some Native American tribes believe that they have different animal guides, also called spirit guides and/or power animals, come in and out of their lives depending on the direction they are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along their journey. If you were to have a spirit animal which animal do you think it would be?


Write your own ideas into your own animal template (Draw your own or print out one from the document below). Then cut out your animal. 


At the end of the story the fox disappears into the stars. Let's make a swirling, beautiful sky by using a printing technique called marbling. Click here to find some ideas on how you could use household equipment to create a beautiful marbling effect. 


Once your marbling is dry glue your spirit animal in to the middle of your art so the sky surrounds them. Beautiful! 



(And if you're anything like me, you will have loved marbling so much you will have made lots of different pieces - have fun creating)! 

History and DT

The Legend of the Dreamcatcher

We began to learn about dreamcatchers in our Maths shape work last week. 

The Ojibwa (Chippewa) are a large amount of Native Americans. They believe that night is full of both good and bad dreams. When a dream catcher is hung above the place where you sleep it moves freely in the night air and catches the dreams as they drift by.


What do they symbolize?

The hoop symbolizes strength and unity because it is a circular shape that has no beginning and no end. 

The feathers represent breath or air and they look beautiful as they move in the breeze. 

The web or net in the middle is for the dreams.

The good dreams, knowing their way, pass through the opening in the center of the webbing while the bad dreams, not knowing the way, are caught in the webbing and destroyed at the first light of the morning sun.



Here are a set of instructions on how you could make your own dreamcatcher. Use your fine motor skills to create the webbing in the centre of your hoop. We can not wait to see them! 

Why not listen to 'Colours of the Wind' from Disney's Pocahontas as you create.

Listen out for the words - 'In a circle, in a hoop that never ends'.

Colours of the Wind

Still image for this video



Today we are going to think about how Muslims express their beliefs.

Encourage your child to think about and discuss where Muslims go to worship, what a mosque is like, some of the key features of a mosque, both inside and outside, how they pray, which direction they face, why Muslims pray together in the same direction at the same times - to create muslim (harmony). 


The outcome of this activity is the discussion, it does not have to be written anywhere or recorded. 


  Now we are going to learn about whether Muslims have to pray in a mosque.  Watch the following video clip together.


Activity (All)-  Do Muslims have to pray in a mosque?  

Reception - create a thought shower, using your sound knowledge.

Year 1s - Complete the worksheet below, writing in full sentences, using full stops and capital letters. 


As part of the discussion you could think about how Muslims worship at home, what Mecca is and how often Muslims go there to pray and why.  Can they identify what Muslims ask Allah for when they travel to Mecca?