Welcome to Fun Friday!!
About Fun Friday...
Fun Friday is a new alternative to the children's usual Friday home learning activities. We want the children to be motivated throughout the week and give them a special reward on a Friday to say thank you for all their hard work. We believe that family activities are just as important as our other areas of learning in school 'where loves exists, it works great things'.
By studying design and technology, children will build up their creativity, problem solving, planning and evaluation skills. Since many projects are done via group work, children will also gain communication and teamwork skills.
Every time a child builds and creates a structure or even an entire world, children have to use reasoning and critical thinking skills. They also have to problem solve when something does not work the way they hoped it would. These skills are what make children become well-rounded, independent and successful adults!
Walk of the week
Recipe of the Week
Get the family involved and make tasty meals from scratch to help your kids stay healthy. For more ideas visit: Healthy Recipes | Change4Life (www.nhs.uk)
What do we do?
Each week the Fun Friday page will have an updated timetable of 6 different areas of learning that the children can choose from. The activities will have a specific focus in mind but it's up to the children which activity they want to complete. Some activities are designed so the children can work independently and the family activity is designed for all the family.
One of the best ways for children to learn about chemistry, biology and physics is to ignite their interest through hands-on experiments. Besides giving children the chance to explore different scientific concepts through their senses, the experience also helps develop other useful skills including problem-solving, research and perseverance.
When your child asks a question, they are taking an active role in their own learning. They are trying to figure out how the world works by seeking information. As they asks questions, they are developing critical thinking skills that build brain power. Asking questions is also an important form of communication.
I know lots of you like colouring; It is a great way to relax, be calm and stay focused ( as well as having lots of fun). Here are lots of different colouring sheets for you to print off and use.
If you don’t have a printer, you could use your own colouring books or draw and colour some pictures of your own. You all have great imaginations so what would you draw or colour?
Do we have to log it?
We would love to see the children completing their fun activities so if you do take any pictures, please could you send them to your child's class teacher. This month our golden Gospel Value is 'gentleness'. We will be looking out for children from each year band who have been 'gentle' when completing their fun activities. One child from each class will then be displayed on our Fun Friday page each week. This is an alternative to our 'golden sweatshirt' celebration in school.
Giving children the opportunity to feed their curiosity is not only important for their development but also for their well being. There is so much to be gained from getting out and letting your child explore. Teaching confidence and independence. Confidence is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child.
When we provide children with the time and place for reflection, we empower them as learners and thinkers. Reflection on a lesson or on their own progress also allows them to build skills in critical thinking that they can apply when they are problem-solving and learning on their own.
The RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch is celebrating its 20th anniversary this academic year. It is a citizen science project designed for schools across the UK as part of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.
The results schools submit to the RSPB are used by conservation scientists to help create a picture of how the birds are faring across the UK.
Here's what to do:
- Pick a time
You can choose any hour between 29 and 31 January. So whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you can still take part.
- Tell us what you see
Count the birds you see in your garden or from your window. Ignore any birds that are still in flight. To avoid double-counting, just record the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not a running total.
- Submit your results
Online: You can submit your results online at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch from 29 January until 19 February or let you teacher know and we will submit the results for you
Have a look at some of our other resources for you have a go at this week......
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