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Snow Day Learning

The DfE guidance says that where children need to remain at home they "expect schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education". Please find below a mixture of resources to be used today, including off-line and on-line content, with a suggested timetable. All of the objectives are taken from the National Curriculum (look at the writing in purple for the actual activities).


9:00 - 9:15 Science
Objectives: Working scientifically (to ask and answer questions), everyday materials (identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials), properties a1nd changes of materials (compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties)


Activity: Get dressed in the most appropriate clothing you can find to go outside in today. Compare, group and select clothes based on their properties. Discuss things like whether something is waterproof and how much warmth it will give.


9:15-10:00 Science

Objectives: Seasonal changes (observe changes across the 4 seasons), states of matter (observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled), forces (explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object).


Activity: Go and look at the snow. Then have a snowball fight. Notice how the snow changes state from solid to liquid when it hits you in the face. Discuss how when you throw a snowball in the air, it falls to Earth through the force of gravity.


10:00 - 10:20 Design and technology

Objectives (cooking and nutrition): From the National Curriculum, "Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life." (prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques). 


Activity: Make hot chocolate and drink it, thus beginning to instil a love of cooking.


10:20-11:20 Design and technology

Objectives: Technical knowledge (apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures).


Activity: Build a snowman or igloo.

How to build an Igloo.mp4

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11:20-12:00 English

Objectives: Increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence.


Activity: Watch The Snowman and discuss the boy's thoughts and feelings at different points in the story.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch


1:00 - 2:00


Objectives: "A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music... and to  listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions."


Activity: Follow the link below to listen to, review and evaluate the music of David Bowie (who we met in the Snowman earlier!).