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Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Home Learning activities:

Science - Woodland Animals

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Olympic Games

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Bread Modelling Dough

Show your children the reaction that is made when you add glue to crumbled white bread!

First, grate or crumble white bread into a bowl. Next, add PVA glue a teaspoonful at a time, mixing with your fingers (if you have none, you can use water instead - even better, if you use water you can leave any extra out for the birds to eat!) 

The, when the mixture becomes slightly tacky (not sticky), then it is ready. You can model with it and then leave it to air dry. What animals can you make? 

Click on the powerpoint link and try and guess what each under the sea picture will be before revealing it!
  • Is it waterproof? - Oh no! It's pouring it down with rain and the princess is going to get wet!! What could we use to make her an umbrella? Help your child test what is waterproof and what is not by wrapping a doll or figurine up in different materials and testing what keeps them dry. Use the visuals below to help your child communicate their results.
  • Changing seasons - We have been learning about different materials and their properties. Get lots of different summer and winter clothes out - can the children sort them into winter and summer clothes? Give them a chance to dress up in them and have fun! Can they way which clothes keep us warm and which cool us down? Use the visuals to support your child. 



  • Recycling - get your children to help you out with the recycling! Watch the Peppa Pig video about recycling as an introduction, then see if they can group paper, plastic and cardboard items separately (there are visuals below to support this).



  • Collage - making collages is a great way to help your child explore different materials and to compare how they look and feel. Have a look at the examples below.
Magnets - (you will need a magnet for this and some metal materials e.g. pots/pans, cutlery, screws etc.) Have fun comparing materials with a magnet. Use the visuals below as you sort them into two groups.

Autumn Term


In Knowledge and Understanding of the World this term, we have been exploring different materials - comparing how they look and feel and thinking about what we could use to make a rocket ship, an astronaut helmet and an alien planet!

We have also been learning about recycling and how to look after the world. We were really good at sorting all of the different materials to be recycled!