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100+ indoor activities during lockdown.

The Scouts normally encourage their Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to spend their time on activities outdoors but in the current circumstances they have compiled a list of activities to complete indoors. BBC Newsround has a short video giving…

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10 ideas for Eggs.

(1) Egg photo bomb: Use some photo editing software like Photoshop to put eggs in a photo for amusing or intriguing effects.  Maybe it will become the next world famous egg… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instagram_egg (2)…

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10 ideas to develop Computing skills.

There are different strands of the computing curriculum covering e-safety, computational thinking and digital literacy. The following activities cover a range of objectives within them. Not everything has to be done on a computer…

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Mr MacKinnon’s Photo Competition

This week, I am creating a photo challenge which all children in our school can take part in. The rules of the challenge are.... The title of the photo is 'Leaves'. Photos are not to include people. One photo entry per child…

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‘Light’ – a collection of photos by children at our school.

Thank you to the brilliant entries in our first photo competition. I have been very impressed by the quality and the creativity. Keep an eye out for the next photo challenge going soon...

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10 ideas for listening to stories.

As a ‘We Are Reading’ school, our children enjoy stories – both reading them and having books read to them – and there are many authors, teachers and websites where children can listen to stories being read. Below are 10 of our…

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10 ideas for developing map skills.

Aerial View: Ask the children to draw an aerial view of a room in your house, your whole house or part of your street. For younger children show them that things look different from above eg a glass looks like a circle and a chair…

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Online Safety Tips

Attached are three posters which you may want to look at. One gives some facts and triggers some questions for parents. It provides links and further links can be found within our Online Safety page of the website. The other two…

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10 ideas for problem solving activities.

When children start school in Reception they are given lots of opportunity to work together to solve problems; to find out that being stuck is good, because when they become unstuck, that’s where learning happens. At Willow Lane…

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10 ideas for active maths in Key Stage 1

1. How heavy? You will need: scales that can weigh things in kilograms. ♦ Ask your child to find something that weighs close to 1 kilogram. ♦ Can they find something that weighs exactly 1 kilogram? ♦ Find some things…

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