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Hello Willow Class!
Welcome back to the second half of the summer term. This term our challenges for you are slightly different. Instead of having daily tasks, we will be posting a weekly plan. This weekly plan will be filled with different activities and challenges for you to complete over the week. We are hoping that this will help you as a family to plan your week ahead, and further support you all with the home learning process.
The Family Fun Friday will continue in the same format as last term. We all hope you will continue to enjoy these fun Friday challenges. There are some exciting ones ahead…
You will see that I have also updated our class padlet. Do not worry, your work has not been deleted. It has been safely stored. Please continue to visit the padlet to share all the wonderful things you get up to.
We can see that you have been working so hard at home to complete your daily challenges. Each week on a Friday, we will be sending just 1 daily challenge for all 3 classes to complete together. You can complete these with whoever is in your home, inside or out, anything goes! Those of you who have brothers or sisters in the school, or at home, can play together, with or without your grown-ups to complete the challenges. These challenges may get a little loud or messy at times, but hopefully you will find them good fun!
We all look forward to seeing your pictures and videos on our class padlet pages.
Week beginning 6 July
This week is Sports Week!! As we can’t have our usual Sports Day competition, it will be a little bit different this year. I have put together a collection of challenges for you to complete over the week. The attached document will explain each of the activities and what you need for each one. This is your chance to get competitive, to try and beat your own scores, others in your household and even those in your class. Remember to take lots of photos and videos to share on your class padlets so we can all see what a wonderful job you have all done! Let battle commence!! Enjoy and Good luck everyone!
Week beginning 29th June
Now we are into summer and the weather has been getting really warm, so make sure you are drinking lots of water to keep hydrated!
Follow the instructions on the video- choose your favourite and perform that movement each round. Feel free to repeat it as many times as you like! You could change your movement each time.
Week Brginning 22nd June
Tuesday 23rd June is National Olympic Day, so this week you will be having a go at traditional games played from different Olympic nations. The 2020 Olympics was set to take part in Tokyo, Japan, so each day there will be a Japanese game and one from another country. There are a lot of countries that take part so I have selected a few. On Friday you will have a Friday Challenge which will get you outside and exploring nature.
Here is the official Tokyo 2020 video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENMhrEVa4XQ When it does get to take place, it’s going to be INCREDIBLE!
What can you find out about Japan? Here are some questions as a starting point. Share in some of the things you found out about the host nation in your class padlets.
|What is Japan’s national sport?||
How many active volcanoes are there in Japan?
What is a popular Japanese dish?
What popular Japanese activity means ‘empty orchestra’?
What does a traditional Japanese home have instead of walls?
What food is eaten almost every day in Japan?
What currency does Japan use?
Japan is one of the world’s biggest producer of what?
Traditionally, what do Japanese people sleep on at home?
What is one of Japan’s traditional dances?
How many islands make up Japan?
What is Japan’s traditional dress?
Japan: Tokyo 10 Listen Up.
If you are in a school bubble, use your jumper as a blindfold or close your eyes. Your partner should use clapping to help get them to a chosen final destination.
Gather approximately 10 sticks (or as many as you like). You will need a ball (or as used in the video, a ball of bags, or even lots of pairs of socks). Choose one person who has to try and collect all the sticks. Everyone else has to work together to hit that person below the waist. Whoever is successful in making contact then has to try and collect all the sticks. It can take more than one go to collect all the sticks. If you manage to collect them all without being hit, place them down on the floor and have another go- or as many goes as you like until you are hit. You get 1 point each time you pick them all up. Decide how many points is the target to win.
Non contact in school- individual stick per person. Play in pairs with one time keeper. Each child has 30 seconds to try and retrieve their stick. Their partner must do all they can to prevent them retrieving it. It is non contact so it is all about dodging. You can decide in your groups how many points you need in order to win! Make sure you keep changing around so that everyone gets a go at each element.
Japan: Tokyo Ten Kendama.
If you are in a school bubble, you could use a rolled up piece of paper or bring a sock ball from home. You will have to try this without a cup.
France: Un, deux, trois soleil- like grandmother’s footsteps. Mark out a length of at least 15-20 meters (depending on how much space you have. This is a little bit like the game what’s the time mr wolf. You have one person at one end who will shout Un, Deux, Trois, Soleil (Which means 1,2,3 Sun!). They will turn around and anyone caught moving will be sent to the start to try again. Everyone else must try and get to that person without being caught moving. They need to tag that person and run back to the start without being caught.
If you are in school, a non contact rule applies. Find a stick/stone as a marker and lay them out in line with the person shouting the instructions. You just need to get to your marker and then run back without being caught.
Petanque- This video explains how to play the game so you can have a go at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSzQd0-g6so
If you are in a school bubble- have an individual pebble and aim towards a jack placed by the teacher.
Japan: TTT Active challenge play with no equipment
Anyone can do this as it requires no equipment
Spain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj5wslWkPdw Here are some traditional Spanish games for you to have a go at. You may recognise some of them. If you don’t have the equipment, you can improvise. For example The Frog- you can use whatever you like as a target to aim closest to. You can use sock balls or paper instead of balls for throwing activities.
If you are in a school bubble you will have to be selective about the activities you can try. Where possible try and improvise in a way that you don’t have to use any equipment.
Japan: Tokyo Ten Janken
Anyone can do this as it requires no equipment.
Caribbean: Goma- A game played with rubber bands where the object is to capture as many of the opponents' rubber bands as possible. Players stand facing a wall or other vertical flat surface and bounce their rubber bands off the wall. If a player's rubber band falls to the ground and overlaps any rubber bands currently on the ground, then the overlapped rubber bands are captured. Use as many rubber bands as you like.
The most popular game in the Caribbean is cricket. This can be played with 2 or more people. One person uses a bat/racket, pan or anything they can to shield their legs/feet from being hit. When the ball is thrown you need to hit the ball away. The more space you have, the better. If the batter is hit in the legs/feet they swap with the bowler. You can score by number of ball hit, the amount of time batting or you can create a space that the batter has to run between to score runs after after ball.
Week Beginning 15th June
Try these new activities working on coordination, agility and strength. You can try all of these against others in your household.
Monday: Coin challenge: what level can you make it to? This is harder than it looks so make sure you can master 1 coin before you attempt to catch more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_SafllVZyc
Tuesday: Pass 11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJQeXoGSPtA You can try by kicking, throwing underarm or throwing overarm.
Wednesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHFnd4KmMhE Bottle flip challenge- 3 squats, 2 bottle flips- (1 point each time your bottle lands upright). How many can you do in 1 minute? Challenge someone in your household. You can also swap the squats and try with sit ups, star jumps, lunges or another skill of your choice. Increase the time if you like or see if you can beat your score in 1 minute.
Thursday: Work on your coordination by trying these juggling/throwing skills. There are a few options of what you can use for this. If you want to challenge yourself, use a ball or rolled up pair of socks. Who can juggle using 2 balls (pairs of socks)? Challenge: you can try using 3 balls/ pairs of socks like on the video. This is very tough so make sure you have mastered 2 before you move on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4h9J6pXE8A
Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIhA-gs-SgY Plank challenge. How tall can you make your tower without it collapsing or you ending your plank?
Week Beginning 8th June
This week you will be doing some tennis challenges. Don’t worry if you don’t have a tennis racket. Some options are: Use a shoe, book, your hand, hockey stick or cricket bat. If you don’t have a tennis ball, you could use a pair of socks. If you are using socks, why don’t you try using a saucepan. If you are not able to get outside, use a sponge ball or a pair of socks inside.
Monday: Set a target. Using either balls, socks or shuttlecocks, see how many you can land in the target. You can try throwing, or hitting in with a tennis racket. If it’s too hard, move closer to the target. To make it harder, stand further away. You could play against a partner to see 1) who can land the most on the target. 2) Who can get all of theirs into the target first. 3) Who can hit the target from the furthest away.
Tuesday: with a partner, see how many hits you can do, using a tennis racket and tennis ball, without dropping it. If you don’t have a partner, use a wall to hit the ball against. To make it easier, let the ball bounce before you hit it again. To make it harder, don’t let the ball bounce at all. If you don’t have a tennis racket, use a shoe, your hand or a book. Alternatively, you could use a pair of socks and a saucepan.
Wednesday: using shuttlecocks/socks aim to sink the oppositions ship. You could use a towel as a target and lay it on the floor. Stand roughly 5m apart, behind your towels. Agree how many socks/shuttlecocks are needed to sink their ship. Once you have thrown all your arrows, a point is awarded to the winner if the ship is sunk. You could also use a tennis racket to hit the socks at the target. Reset- and go again. If neither ship is sunk, reset and go again. Decide between you how many points you need to win.
Thursday: how many hit ups can you do using your tennis racket without it falling on the floor? See if you can alternate between using both sides of the racket. Set a time limit i.e. 30 seconds (it can be more or less) to see how many you can do in that time. Try hitting the ball down as many times as you can too. You could see if you can beat someone else in your household. If you really want to challenge yourself, see how many hits could can do on the side of the racket- This is trickier than it looks!
Friday: Create a ‘net’ by making a line on the floor using whatever you can find. If you already have a net, then you can use that. Make the playing area as big as you like. Mark out a court. Aim to hit the ball over the ‘net’ and land in the court. Get someone to throw the ball gently over the net for you to hit back without it bouncing first. Then try by letting it bounce first before you hit it back. If you are really confident, work with your partner to hit the hall (both with a racket) over the net. See if you can get a rally going. How many times can you hit the ball over the next in a row as a pair?
Week Beginning 1st June
Some more challenges for you this week. Watch the videos as they will tell you how each activity works. You can do them as many times as you like.
Monday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJY7kDJJrp0 How many times can you complete it without putting your foot down? Start with one piece of paper with a sock on it. Can you pick it up without putting your other foot down? Then try with 2, 3 and 4 sheets of paper.
- Challenge: stand a few paces back from a piece of paper. Standing on one leg, throw your sock to try and get it to land on the paper, hop to pick it up, pick it up and hop back to where you started, without putting your foot down. How many times can you do this without putting your foot down at all? You could make the distance you hop and throw, further.
Tuesday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzWyMWAEfk4 Speed bounce: How many jumps can you get in 20 seconds? Why not make it 30 seconds or more? Have a competition with those in your household to see who can do the most.
- Challenge: try hopping side to side over the sock. You could also try jumping forwards and backwards rather than side to side.
Wednesday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA4XN3Pynig How many did you complete? Why don’t you work your way up to find out the longest amount of time you can manage without stopping.
Thursday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNrkzkckZN4 How many star jumps can you do in 20 seconds? What is the most you can do without stopping? Have a competition with those in your household to see who can do the most. You could also see how many star jumps you could do to your favourite song.
Friday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfSl3G0p4u0 How many throws does it take for you to knock over the tower? How many can you get in a row? Have a competition with those in your household to see who can do the most.
Week Beginning 18th May
Some more challenges for you this week. Watch the videos as they will tell you how each activity works. You can do them as many times as you like.
Week Beginning 11th May
This week you will be doing some yoga. This will help you to focus on your breathing and help you to be able to feel calm. This may be quite new for you all so if you find it tricky, don’t worry because the more you practice, the easier it will get. You can always repeat the videos if you need to.
Week Beginning 4th May
You have two Bingo cards to complete this week. By completing all the challenges, you achieve a gold medal. Can you become a double gold medalist? On the map there are lots of activities for you to complete. Don’t worry, you don’t have to complete them all in one go- you can split them over the 5 days. Alternatively, you can make them harder by increasing the time you spend on each activity or increase the number you want to complete.
Week Beginning 27th April
For each of these challenges you can have as many goes as you like. See if you can beat yourself or see who can get the most in your household. Record your results because you can always come back to them later in the week to improve your score. If you don’t have the correct equipment, each activity has an alternative that you can use so you can still take part in the challenge. How many gold medals can you get this week?
Week Beginning 20th April
Welcome back to your virtual PE challenges! I hope you have managed to have a good Easter break whilst staying at home. This week you will be doing some Zumba. This is dance fitness, so learning routines to music whilst keeping fit at the same time. Don’t worry if you find it a bit tricky, you can always practice a few times. The more you practice, the easier it will get. You could even use some of the warm up stretches from the Joe Wicks workouts. You can do the same for your cool down, you here is the reminder of the cool down stretches video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMuN6m1Gso Joe Wicks is still doing his daily workouts too so if you prefer to do those, or want to do both, that is absolutely fine. Keep moving, keep drinking lots of water and eating healthily and most importantly, stay safe!
Hello everyone! I’ve really missed teaching you all over the last few weeks. It’s the Easter Holidays now, but it doesn’t mean you can’t stay active.
You can continue with the Joe Wicks workouts on his YouTube channel, (I will keep doing them too!), or you can redo some of the other activities that I have set over the last couple of weeks. You might have found other ways to keep yourselves moving too, which is wonderful. Keep those going if you can! Remember to keep drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet so that you can continue to stay healthy.
Stay safe and enjoy the break.
Week beginning Monday 30th March
Well done to everyone who managed to complete a challenge every day last week. If you managed to complete all of Joe Wicks videos, amazing effort as I know he worked you all very hard. If you managed to complete my shorter challenges, again, super effort to make sure you are keeping moving everyday. You are all Sports Stars! Joe Wicks is continuing his live challenges so here is a reminder of the link to his YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 Keep moving everyone, you are all doing a wonderful job!
Remember, keeping healthy isn’t just about exercise, but about your diet too. Make sure you are thinking about what you are eating and drinking. Remember to get your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. You will feel so much better for it! As a side challenge, maybe you could take a photo or draw a picture of a healthy meal you have had this week and share it in your class padlet. It would be a good opportunity to share ideas with each other, to find out what you like and don’t like. Maybe you might come across a healthy food that you have not tried before that you could try.
Stay safe everyone, keep washing your hands and keep moving!
Friday: Alphabet exercises: Can you spell your name and complete the exercise for each letter? What about your middle name and surname or people in your family?
A 10 jumping jacks
B 10 sit ups
C 10 press ups
D 10 squats
E Run as fast as you can on the spot for 20 seconds
F 20 high knees
G 20 jumping jacks
H 15 sit ups
I 5 press ups
J 15 squats
K runs as fast as you can on the spot for 15 seconds
L 10 high knees
M 30 jumping jacks
N 15 press ups
O 20 squats
P run as fast as you can on the spot for 10 seconds
Q 5 sit ups
R 5 jumping jacks
S 5 sit ups
T 12 press ups
U 20 squats
V run as fast as you can on the spot for 15 seconds
W 20 high knees
X 35 jumping jacks
Y 30 high knees
Z 12 sit ups
Remember that it’s important to cool down after each challenge. Here is a reminder of last week’s cool down stretches.
Week beginning Monday 23rd March
This week, Joe Wicks the Body Coach is doing live workouts for children at 9am each day from Monday to Friday. Here is the link to his youtube channel so that you can follow them at home. You will be doing some of his other workout challenges during this week too! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
We want you to keep active in your time at home, so have a go at each of these Active 8 Workouts. These are HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) and are a great way to get lots of exercise in just a few minutes. Each workout is 5-8 minutes long and will get your heart beating faster. Your mission is to complete a video each day. If you want to challenge yourself, you can repeat the videos as many times as you like or retry the videos from the other days. If you are finding it more challenging, pause the video if you need extra time to recover in between each exercise. The more you practice, the easier it gets. Have fun and keep moving!
Don’t forget to warm up first! Complete this video before each of the Active Workouts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_swUGtEpazY
Remember that it’s important to cool down after each challenge. Follow this video for your stretches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMuN6m1Gso
Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping well and staying active. Unfortunately we are not able to go swimming at the moment, however this week is Drowning Prevention Week so I thought it would be nice to at least think about swimming and water safety. There are some activities here that you may like to do, either print off, do in your books or on plain paper.
When you are out and about near rivers, lakes or at the beach or playing in paddling pools, remember to follow the Water Safety Code to keep yourself and others safe around water.
Mrs Rous, Swimming Teacher
Times Table Rock Stars!
This week we have focused on improving our times tables knowledge using Times Table Rockstars Times Table Rockstars. We would love for the children to practise at home as this will help them greatly with their maths work in school.
Visit to Lincoln Central Mosque and Cultural Centre and Lincoln Cathedral 20th November
We had a fantastic time visiting the Lincoln Central Mosque. Imam Patel taught us lots about Muslim worship, and then gave us a tour of the mosque. Whilst in Lincoln, we took the opportunity to visit Lincoln Cathedral and enjoyed looking at the beautiful architecture.
Remembrance Day 11th November
As part of Remembrance Day, the children wrote messages for people who have fought in wars to express their gratitude. Messages included ’Thank you for fighting for us’ and ’Thank you for fighting because you have made us the people we are today’. The children then used the messages to create a large poppy. We observed the two minute silence and shared poems and prayers too.
Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders’ Award: 7th November
This year we will be participating in the Young Leaders’ Award. The children thoroughly enjoyed session 1, which focused on developing leadership skills. The children particularly liked the Cup Challenge, which resulted in some fantastic teamwork followed by great discussions about good leadership qualities.
Diwali! 4 November
The children have been learning about the story of Diwali. We discussed why it is called the Festival of Light and compared Diwali to other celebrations where light is an important symbol, such as Candlemas. The children designed and created their own Diva lamps and retold the story during Class Collective Worship.
The 10 Commandments 4 November
We have been learning about stories that have authority for Christians and have focused on the Ten Commandments. We discussed each of the Commandments and the children chose which one they thought was the most important, explaining their answer. They then painted a picture to show their interpretation of that Commandment. The children also created their own Commandments in groups and depicted them using oil pastels.
Shape Poems! 30th October
The children have been applying their newly-mastered grammar skills to create amazing shape poems! Children used alliteration and similes to make their writing more effective. They have planned, drafted, edited and then published their poems. Here are some examples of what they have created!
Class Collective Worship 17 October
The children have been making the final preparations for leading Collective Worship for the rest of the school. Can you guess what story from the Bible they might be focusing on?
Sketching 8 October
The children have been practising their sketching skills. We also learnt some new nature vocabulary, such as 'larch', 'snowberry' and ‘teasel’.
Sketching 24 September
The children were very excited to receive their new sketchbooks, which they will use to practise their drawing skills and collect ideas for art projects that they are working on. We started by sketching natural materials from the school grounds.
Parts of a river 24 September
This week we have been learning how a river is formed and the different parts of a river. The children have made models using clay and will now label them with all of the different parts.
Back to school! 4 September
The children in Willow class have had a fantastic first morning exploring the new resources in our classroom. They particularly enjoyed sewing and using the magnetic construction equipment!
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