Home Learning – Alnwick Class


Don’t forget to send us photographs via twitter @Castle_Sch_NCEA  or email of all the fun activities you are doing at home!


Updated Week Beginning  1.6.20

Current Planning 

This half term our new topic is ‘Water Water Everywhere’.  A quick overview for you as to what will be looked at in addition to the suggested areas of focus.

Areas of interest:

  • Ocean life – animals, habitats, rock pools, beach environment etc…
  • River/pond life – animals, habitats, tadpoles, environment etc…
  • The water cycle.

Some stories you may find useful to start off with: (Some are available on Twinkl and some are on YouTube in read aloud/ song versions).

  • Commotion in the ocean.
  • Rainbow Fish.
  • The singing mermaid.
  • Starry eyed Stan

Some suggested focus areas

Literacy Stories related to Water. To develop listening skills, recall/re-telling skills, letter recognition, pencil control, reading skills including handling books correctly with greater independence, create character descriptions, develop your own story telling and interaction with different stories.
Numeracy Number recognition and counting, Capacity, big/little and more/less.
Science Animal habitats.
Geography Water cycles and the seasons.
Art Mixing colours and water art. Exploring resources, textures and materials.
Life skills Keeping safe, Changes and transitions in my life, healthy living and exercise.
Physical Development To engage in movement. To work on fine and gross motor skills. To develop balance skills. To follow instructions and positional/directional language.
PHSE Developing sharing and turn taking. Helping around the home.


Daily Challenges

Click here for  list of challenges 

These are just for fun and on going.

So they are still there!

 Have a go and see how many you can complete



Movement activity – Click the symbol PE with Joe

Topic‘Water water everywhere’ Ocean life – what is the beach habitat like? Who lives there?

Art: Create some seaside related art work. (sand painting, animals, beach scene)

Yoga – Click the symbol Cosmic Kids Yoga

Can you complete a daily challenge today?


Movement activity  – (PE/Go noodle/Zumba/Yoga)  click the symbol for an example

LiteracyYour choice of story. The Singing Mermaid/ Commotion in the ocean. What is your favourite animal? Draw them and write about them.

Music: Ocean life/ sea life songs

Numeracy Online number games and number songs

Can you complete a daily challenge today?


Movement activity  – (PE/Go noodle/Zumba/Yoga)  click the symbol for an example

Music Free choice

Cookery – Make sometime seaside related e.g. a picnic.

Science – Animal habitats – choose an animal to research from a rock pool. Where does it live? What does it eat? Draw them and write about them.

Can you complete a daily challenge today?


Movement activity  – (PE/Go noodle/Zumba/Yoga)  click the symbol for an example

Literacy – Your chosen story. Re-tell your favourite part. Answer some comprehension questions.

Numeracy  –  Big and little. What little/big objects can you find? Group them. Do you have more or less big/little objects.

Topic – The Water Cycle – look at the overview, what happens? Can you order it?


Movement activity  – (PE/Go noodle/Zumba/Yoga)  click the symbol for an example

Literacy – Mark making – draw/ colour in / mark making in sensory materials

Numeracy – More and Less. Grouping objects of more and less.

PHSE (turn taking –Go outside or play a game and have fun!)

Can you complete a daily challenge today?

Suggested Online Resources

Cosmic Kids Yoga – The class love these sessions. Allow your child to choose one they would like to do.

(We’re going on a bear hunt, Moana and Pokémon are amongst the favourites).

Twinkl – twinkl are opening their website up to parents for free during the school closures.


PE with Joe – The Body Coach TV presents 30minutes of live PE every morning on YouTube at 9am.  Parents, Brothers, Sisters anyone can join in with you! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Singing hands – Have fun with Suzanne and Tracy enjoy the music and practise your signing. You may even want to send us a video? https://www.youtube.com/user/SingingHandsUK
Kids Zumba (YouTube) – There will be a few different channel selections. Choose as appropriate for your child. Type into YouTube ‘Kids Zumba’
Edinburgh Zoo – Live cams being shown daily – Penguins, Tiger, Panda & Koalas. https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk
Go Noodle – Your child loves their songs and dance moves. They are on YouTube and they also have their own website. https://www.gonoodle.com/
Barnaby Bear – Barnaby enjoys adventures to lots of different places and enjoys to learn about new things with his friends. Some places have town links and some have country links. These are short easy to watch episodes. Go onto YouTube and type in Barnaby Bear
Debbie Doo – Debbie has her own YouTube channel. She has lots of action songs and learning songs available on there. You child enjoys her songs. ‘Let’s Star Jump!’ is good for movement and directional language. https://www.youtube.com/user/DebbieDooTV
Barefoot Books– The home of sing along stories. We have often enjoyed listening to these stories. Your children enjoys ‘The magic Train ride’ and  ‘We all go travelling by’ (www.barefootbooks.com) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf_8ZTFvJeS8U60W8C8PGhA
English/Literacy Website – This website has fun songs that your child enjoys, Stories and some interactive word games as well as online fun tasks. https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/
Learning Station – Lots of fun songs – Action songs, educational songs and nursery rhymes. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLearningStation
Bounce Patrol  – Lots of fun songs – Action songs, memory songs and information carrying songs. https://www.youtube.com/user/BouncePatrolKids


Castle Theme

Task: Research castles.

  • What are they?
  • What are they made from?
  • Who lives in them?
  • What are they for?
  • Where is Belsay castle?

(Just some ideas)

Stories and MusicTask: Listen to some stories with Castles in.

  • Mike the knight.
  • Jack and the beanstalk.
  • We are Knights.
  • Ben and Holly.
  • A brave knight

Task: Listen to some songs with Castles in.


Task: Make something Castles themed!

  • Pizza shield.
  • Jelly castles.
  • Castle biscuits.
  • Castle cakes.

Art and craft

Task: Make Castle related crafts.

  • Design/draw a castle.
  • Castle junk modelling.
  • Design a shield.