Kingfishers 2019 - 2020

Mrs Pickles

Mrs Harling

Wednesday 8th July

Good afternoon Kingfishers! Mrs Pickles and Mrs Harling have loved seeing so many of you back in school this week. Today you have a SPAG challenge and a Fitness challenge.


SPAG Sentence Challenge: Choose three long descriptive sentences from a book and copy it out. Use a different colour for nouns, verbs, pronouns, proper nouns, adjectives, adverbs and modal verbs (you may not have all of these in each sentence). As always, your sentence should start with a captial letter and end with a full stop.


Fitness Challenge: Roll a dice. Whatever number the dice lands on, complete the matching exercise


1 - 5 burpees

2 - 20 squat jumps

3 - 30 secs of mountain climbers

4 - 30 secs of bear crawls

5 - 15 press ups

6 - 30 second elbow plank  


Look out for Sam's excellent ppt on Ernest Shackleton in the kingfishers photo's folder

Keep sharing what you are up to on the class padlet or email Mrs Pickles or Mrs Harling with your photos.


One of the grey tabs at the top of this page called French Songs, there are links to some of our favourite songs we have learnt over the past year as well as a couple of new ones to learn. Have fun singing!


**** The answers to the comprehension books in the NEWS section below so that you can go through what your child should have been looking for with them. There is also some suggestions of extra activities if you want *****


Remember you can send photo's of what you have been doing to our new padlet on the link below or to our email address's


It was wonderful to see so many Kingfishers completing the 5k or 2k virtual run or walk yesterday in memory of Katie ratcliffe heart I would love to see all your photo's on our new Summer Term Padlet.


Have a go at these challenges:


Harrison's Wordsearch: 

Sam's Wordearch: 


Maths Challenge: Using only these numbers, what is the biggest number you can make? What is the smallest number you can make? How many other numbers can you make? Can you order them from smallest to biggest?

                                                4    7    9   2


Nature Challenge: Read about how to create an insect hotel. Consider what differnt types of insects like to live in (holes, tubes, dark corners etc) and design your own insect hotel. 


Wordsearch Challenge: Using some of the insect names and other key words you have discovered in reading about insects, create your own wordsearch. Take a photo of it and email it to Mrs Harling who will put it up on the website for other children to try. Remember to spell each word correctly and list the words others need to find clearly.

French Challenge: Practice how to pronounce french fruits and colours (use the j'aime les fruits song) and then make the french fruit fortune teller attached in the french songs file above to play with someone.


Word Game: The first person starts off by writing down a word of between three and six letters. The next person tries to change one letter to make a new word. Take turns to change one letter to create a new word until no more words can be made. For example: games, gates, mates, mites.


Paper Airplane Challenge: Using the link below, can you follow the instructions to build  different paper airplanes? Which ones fly furthest? Measure how far each one goes and present your results in a table


Invisible Ink: Squeeze lemon or lime juice into a bowl and add a few drops of water. Using a paintbrush, write or draw something on a piece of paper. Wait for the paper to dry completely. When you are ready to share your message, simply heat the paper and watch your message appear! You will need your grown up to help you with the heating. 


Insect Art Challenge: Can you create insects or creatures using nature? You could research food chains and create a picture food chain.

Storm Challenge: Research using any books or websites, create a non-chronological report about thunder and lightning. How does it form? Why does it happen? Where are the biggest storms? How can you tell how far away the storm is? Are there different types of lightning?


Music Challenge: Use the following link and listen to the storm. Think about how the volume changes, how long the thunder lasts for and how the you can hear individual drops of rain. Can you recreate your own thunder storm using items you have at home (ask permission from your grown up first!) Record your storm and share it on our class padlet.

Mindfulness Challenge: Listen to the following link and spend some time relaxing as you listen. Some people find listening to storms so relaxing they fall asleep sleep! Whilst the music is on, spend some time doodling or drawing.


Charity Challenge: We all know lots of famous charities (Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation, Royal British Legion etc). But there are thousands of small ones that do incredible work that we never hear about. Have a chat with your grown up about what charities they know and find some smaller charities you didn't know about. Make a poster about the charity that you like best and share some of the amazing ways it helps people. Make sure to include the charity name, logo, who they help, how they help and why you chose this charity. Post a photograph of your poster on the class padlet or email Mrs Harling.


Word Scramble: Choose a 15 letter word (let your grown up help you) and see how many different words can you make. If it is spelt incorrectly, it doesn't count towards your score. So make sure you have a dictionary handy to help you!


Illustration Competition: As you all know, Mrs Harling is a massive Harry Potter and J K Rowling fan. Over the past couple of weeks, she has been enjoying reading J K Rowling's new story called Ickabog. The author is asking for children to submit their own illustrations for the book. J K Rowling will then choose some to go into the published book later this year. Tragically, Mrs Harling is too old to enter the competition but she thought some of you might like to submit your own amazing illustrations!  Follow the link to read the story and enter the competition:


Limerick Challenge: The Limerick is a 5-line poem which rhymes and is usually very silly. Lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme and are longer than the middle lines. Lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other and are usually short. Mrs Harling has put a coupleof her favourites below as well as a video explaining how to write a limerick written in limericks!


Flip Book Challenge: Using the link, create your own mini flip book. The best flip books are simple and are based on a simple idea. For example, big fish eating smaller fish or a stickman jumping up and down on a trampoline. If you can, video your flip book in action and email it to Mrs Harling or share it on the class padlet.


Photography challenge: Take a photo of a creature or flower and uplaodit onto our Padlet


Times Table Memory Game Challenge: Follow the link below and see how quickly you can complete the times table memory game. Email your best time to Mrs Harling.


Tanagram Challenge: Tanagrams are chinesee puzzles where you make pictures using mathematical shapes (e.g., triangles and squares). Follow the link to  try it out! Mrs Harling finds these extremely challenging so if you have any top tips, let her know!


Painting Challenge: One of Mrs Pickles favourite artists is Govinder Nazran - If you remember, she painted the elephant for the art competition based on his paintings. Can you replicate a piece of your favourite artwork and upload the image onto our padlet or email it to Mrs Pickles?


Rain Guage Challenge:  A rain guage measures how much rain has fallen and is a key instrument in weather stations. Record your results in a table over the next week. Remember to be accurate when you read from your sale! 

*Spicy challenge - Research what a meteorologist is and what they do. Create a poster about their job using interesting facts you have found.

Make your own rain guage:

Black Ink Challenge - The process is called chromotography - separating out the colours. Follow the video attatched, you can use coffee filters for a better result but it does work with kitchen roll. Make sure the paper only just touches the water for best results.


Maths Puzzle Challenge - What are the next 5 numbers in the sequences below:

1     4     9     16     _     _     _     _     _

7     12     17     _     _     _     _     _

2     3    5    8    13    _    _    _    _    _


Number Race Challenge: Using the facts below, can you work out if the Fibonacci numbers catch up? If so, at what point do the Fibonacci numbers overtake square numbers? 

Square numbers are numbers multiplied by themselves (2 x 2, 3 x 3, 4 x 4, 5 x 5 etc).

Fibonacci sequence is a sequence of numbers that starts with 1, and each number after is found by adding the two previous numbers. 


Map Challenge: Go on a walk and when you get home, create a map of your walk. Remember that a map should include a North arrow (orientated the correct way), a key and place/name labels. 


Water Challenge: Select five different cups and bowls. Fill these up with different amounts of water and estimate how many millilitres of water are in the cup or bowl. Write this down before pouring the water into a measuring jug. Accurately work out how much water was in your cup or bowl and record it. How accurate was your estimate? Can you convert your measurements into litres? Remember 1 litre is made of 1000 millilitres.  


Science Observation Challenge: Fill a glass of water to the brim and place on a flat surface. How many coins or paper clips can you slide carefully into the glass before the water spills over the top? What do you notice about the water level?


Bee Fact File Challenge: Every individual bee has its own small job which when it works together with other bees, makes the colony successful. Create a fact file about the different types of honey bee and their jobs. 

*Spicy challenge - why do bee colonies swarm and how should Mrs Harling catch the swarm safely?


Bee Colony Challenge: Why do you think bees are so successful? Write a list of rules you think the bees follow to work as an effective team.


Bee Life Cycles Challenge: Research into the life cycle of the three differnt types of honey bee (the worker bee, the drone and the Queen). Draw each type of bee a life cycle and remember to illustrate it.


Write a letter to a grown up at school explaining what you are doing at home and what you are looking forward to when you come back to school. Make sure you write the name of the adult you are writing to and the school address correctly on an envelope before posting it. Mrs Pickles and Mrs Harling will be in school next week and will give them out. Your letter doesn't have to be to your teacher, it could be to a teaching assistant, a member of the Hive, the kitchen staff, the cleaners, our caretaker Mr Dillworth, our head teacher Mrs Sweeney or any other adult.


Signals Challenge: This week Mrs Harling has been busy building a sail canopy in her allotment using pulleys, shackles and rigging eyes to raise and lower the sail. Before radio was available to sailors to communicate between ships and to port, they had to use flags to send and receive messages. The simplest of these was called semaphore. Semaphore involves holding your arms in different positions which mean different letters. Can you send a short message from one end of your garden to another using semaphore? Use the cipher below to help you. You do not have to use flags as long as you have your arms straight in the correct position but if you wanted to make your own then have a go!


Origami Animal Challenge: Origami is the art of paper folding and there are plenty of you tube tutorilas for you to choose from. Send in photo's of any creatures you make.


Firework Science Challenge: Can you follow these instructions to make your own mini fireworks. This can get rather messy! 


Nauture Picture Challenge: Make a picture out of nature of something you love. I can't resist making art when I am on the beach. The elephant was made on a beach in France and the VW camper was on a trip to Anglesey in our camper van. 


VE Day Singing Challenge: Learn the song 'We'll Meet Again' by Dame Vera Lynn using the link at the top of the page. Ask your parent to video you singing it and email it to Mrs Harling who will try to put them all together. The more of you who participate, the better it will be!


VE Day Challenge: Create a garden party poster for VE day. What does VE mean? Find 3 facts about this day 75 years ago


Countdown challenge: Can you make the answer 299 from the numbers below?

50           100           3           8           25          2


Magic Challenge: This challenge is inspired by Max! Learn a magic trick and perform it to your family. There are plenty of you tube videos and resources on the internet to get ideas, please remember your e-safety guidelines when researching.


Famous Building Challenge: Research a famous building, for example the Eiffel Tower, and produce a poster explaining key information about it. Then using lego/blocks/straws etc build it and share a photo up on our class padlet page. 


Washing Machine Challenge: Learn how to use the washing machine to do the laundry. Make sure an adult supervises you to sort the clothes, put in the detergent and turn the washing machine on. The challnge is only completed when your clothes are all neatly folded or hung up in your room.


Sit up Challenge: How many sit ups can you do in one minute?


Coding Challenge: Max and Sam have been working hard on creating their own code and have written a message for you all in Kingfishers. Who can work out the message?


Use Max's cipher to decode his message below:


Max's message: I am missing my friends and teachers lots.


Use Sam's cipher to decode his message:

Sam's message: Kingfishers are the best.


Spelling Challenge: Write out a column of your tricky words - make sure there is enough space between the words to cut out each letter. Mix all the letters from all the words together. Using a timer, see how long it takes you to make all the words. A point for each correctly spelt word and a 10 point bonus if you can do it in less than 5 minutes.


Woodland Bird Spotting Challenge: Go outside, sit quietly and see whether you can spot any birds. Write down which ones you see. If you don't know what they are, do a quick stetch or take a photograph and look it up online afterwards. Keep a diary of which birds you see over the next week. 


Coding Challenge: Create your own code and write a cipher. A cipher shows another person what each symbol or letter means. Write a message to Kingfishers in your own code. Email Mrs Harling with your message and cipher and she will put these up on the website tomorrow.


SPaG Challenge: Write the following labels and stick them up around your garden - concrete noun, proper noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, modal verb, adjective. Ask your grown up to say different words. Run to the correct label to show your answer. For an extra challenge, get your grown up to have a go!


Spelling challenge:

                             t n v r n o m e i n e


What word does the letters above spell?


How many different 3 letter+ words can you make from the letters above?

You can only use each letter once in a word.

eg: ten


STEM Challenge: Using sticks you have found outside, build the tallest tower you can. It must be free standing - not leaning against anything. Think about what shapes would add strength to your tower. You may use up to 2m of string (this must be measured accurately) to tie your sticks together. Meausre your tower and share a photo of you with it (and the tower height) on our class padlet.


Amy's Maths Puzzle - Fill in the blank squares and email your answers to Mrs Harling. Answers will be revealled tomorrow morning! 



Keepy Uppy Challenge: How many keepy uppies can you do with a football? How many times can you throw and catch a ball against the wall without dropping it? Can you hit a target box on the wall with accurate throwing? Send us the photo's of you practising.


Adjective Challenge: Can you write two adjectives for each letter of the alphabet? Use a dictionary to help you! Share your best ones by emailing Mrs Harling or putting them on the class padlet.


Easter Story Poster: Read the Easter story and think about why it is so important to Christians. Design a poster to show the key parts of the Easter story and exlpaining how Christians observe the different parts of the Easter celebration. Some vocabulary to include: Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, forgiveness, hope, resurrection. Share your poster on our class padlet page. 


Have a go at Sam's pyramid challenge - send your answers to Mrs Harling and the answers will be put up tomorrow at 4pm


Reading Quiz - Choose a sentence from each of your 5 favourite books. Write each of these down with the title of the book underneath it and email it to Mrs Harling. These will put up once a week and the answers will go up the next day.


A-Z Scavenger Hunt: On your next walk, take a match box or a similar sized box. Fill this with different things you find as you walk. Try to find objects with each letter of the alphabet. Share your best ones with us on our class padlet page. 


Maths Challenge: Can you design your own triangle puzzle. Use the photo to help you. When you are done, email Mrs harling with your puzzle and a completed answer sheet. These will get put up on the website over the next couple of weeks.


Woodland Challenge: On a walk or out in your garden, find three different leaves, cut them in half lengthways (along the line of symmetry) and stick onto a piece of paper. Using a pencil, draw the other side of the leaf and colour it in.


Easter crafts: Design and make an Easter display to go up in a window so others can see it (ask your parents which window first!). Remember to send us your photos either by email or on our class padlet  


Word Challenge: Use a dictionary to find a 14 letter word. Use the letters in that word to make as many other words as you can. Score 1 point for each one. Proper nouns don't count and the words must be spelt correctly to count towards your score.


Mrs Harling's Flag Challenge: Make a set of pairs cards, one card needs to have the country name on (e.g., Italy) and draw on the flag on the other card. Lay the cards face down and match the country and flag together. How many can you get?

Exercise Challenge: How many burpees can you complete in 1 minute?


Mrs Pickles Sketching Challenge: Learn to sketch and shade animals and insects - there are lots of different You-tube videos you can follow. 


French Song Challenge: Teach your family some of the french songs we have learnt this year and have fun singing out loud!   J'aime les fruit Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes Alouette


Obstacle Course Challenge: Create an obstacle course for the family in your garden or house (use Zander's video at the bottom of the page for some ideas)


Rock Cycle Challenge: Draw and illustrate the rock cycle. Some of the key words you will need :volcano, igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, pressure, heat, cool, particles.


Photograph Challenge: Choose a plant or flower in your garden and take a photo of it, from the same angle every time, three times a day for a week. Make a short video of all your photographs in order and play it at double speed to see how your plant grows!


Woodland Challenge: Using natural objects you have found in your garden or on a walk, create a piece of art. 


Mrs Harling's Knot Challenge: Can you learn how to tie a slip knot, a reef knot, a figure eight knot and a bowline knot? Use string or a shoelace and share your photos on padlet.

Spicy knot challenge - can you tie a monkey's fist knot? Follow the instructions on this video:


Mrs Pickles Headstand Challenge: Learn to do a headstand. If you can already do a headstand, can you make up a small routine making different shapes with your legs while you are balancing? We look forward to seeing your photo's and videos on Padlet


Bailey has been busy doing crafts, he has designed and made his own football trophy.




Rebecca has been busy making and selling bird boxes. She has raised over £120 for the NHS. Well done Rebecca!


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