Ms Whyte – Nature, Counting and Science Activities

Hello again everyone!

I hope you and your families are all well. I have been in the countryside since school closed and have been going on lovely walks every day with the dog. One of the most exciting things that I have found on these walks are tadpoles! I took a short video of them which you can see here. Some are swimming about and some are asleep. Have a look at this PowerPoint I found on Twinkl to find out more about the Life Cycle of a Frog.

The birds are singing all day too and sound so happy. Listen to them here in my back garden last week. I think you might be able to hear a bee buzzing there too! What sounds of nature can you hear when you go out into your garden or to the park?

It is so nice to see all kinds of wild flowers growing everywhere. I have taken some photos to show you. You can click on each one below to see the larger image. I also took a photo of a bee on a dandelion after I read Ms O’Dowd’s post last week!

I already knew the names of some of these flowers but I did have to do some research to find out the names of the others. I used the websites and to help me. Maybe you could check to see if I got them right.

Next time you go out for a walk have a look out for flowers, especially wild flowers. If you don’t know the names of them, take a photo and use these websites to research them.     

I have also heard the cuckoo every day this week. I recorded his cuckoo song in a wood near my house – listen here to hear it! I also discovered that one of the wild flowers I have seen is called a cuckoo flower! It was given this name because it usually flowers around the same time the cuckoo begins to sing.


I say this every week – it is very important to keep practising your Counting!

This week please keep practising the counting activities, addtition activiites and maths games that were in my other posts here and here and here.

– Count both forwards and backwards. This might be between 0 and 20, between 0 and 50 or between 0 and 100.

– Say the next number before and after, e.g. What number comes before 19? After 26?

– Count forwards and backwards across the decades, e.g. forwards 28, 29, 30, 31, 32; backwards 42, 41, 40, 39, 38.

Those of you in the Senior classes could:

– Count forwards and backwards over 100, between 0 and 1000, over 1000, etc.

– Say the next number before and after, e.g. What number comes before 500? After 345?

– Practise counting forwards and backwards in 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s 7s 8s 9s and 10s.

– Count in 10s off the decade, e.g. count in 10s beginning at 4, 14, 24, 34, 44, 54, 64, etc. Don’t forget backwards too! 104, 94, 84, 74, etc.



Did any of you get a chance to make a tornado in a bottle?! If you did, or you are still planning to try it, you could take a video of it and upload it to Seesaw.

Here’s another experiment – can you make an egg float in water?

After doing this experiment you can read here about the Dead Sea which is a very salty lake in the Middle East. It’s so salty that people can float in the water without any effort – just like the eggs in our experiment!

Please note: For internet based activities please ensure your children are supervised while accessing the internet.


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