Easter Holiday Ideas.
We have collated some ideas of things to keep the children busy and support family well-being over the holidays. Please feel free to dip in and use the activities in which ever way suits you and your family. There is no expectation to complete these activities.
If you would like further activities, have a look at our 'Useful Websites' section of the Year 5 page.
Outdoor learning activities
Learning through landscapes
Learning Through Landscapes have created these plans of outdoor learning activities. The lesson plans are split into age groups but we have added them all here for families with mixed age children. For suggestions how to adapt the activities for indoor use, follow the links below each activity.
The Woodland Trust have a blog of 10 outdoor activities to try as a family too.
Essex Wildlife Trust
Essex Wildlife Trust have set up a number of webcams including badgers, bats, barn owls, and swallows . Settle back and watch these little guys in their natural environment.
The Great Bug Hunt 2020
The challenge is pretty simple – take your children into the garden or any outside space you own and see what bugs they can find!
Simply point them at the nearest hedges, flower beds, trees, long grass, logs, stones, rocks (well, you get the picture)... let them explore and then report back to us what they have found.
Please be sure, however, to follow government advice and do not leave your property. To do this, stay 2 metres away from people not in your household and do not put yourself or others at risk.
Make it into a project – if they find a spider or woodlouse, find out all about it. Draw it, examine it (carefully!), what does it eat, where does it live – maybe even write a story or poem about it, design a poster, shoot a video and then email it over to us by the 12th June.
Full details are on the website.
If you enjoyed filtering dirty water, this link is the one for you! Each box contains a different investigation to try at home. Ice cream in a bag is one of my favouirtes!! Remember to take a photograph or record your experiment so you can share your science work with us after the Easter holidays.
Please make sure you have permission from an adult (and all the resources you need) before you begin.
Touch typing skills
Have you ever wanted to be able to type faster with increased accuracy? In our increasingly technological world, touch typing is a valuable skill. Use either of these two websites to learn or improve your touch typing skills.
To round off our Water topic, use the Anglian Water activity packs. You may have paper copies of these from the last day we were together. Alternatively, follow the link to find the activity packs.
Stay at home sports
A pack of sports related web links and apps to help keep you active. Click on the icons o be redirected to a vast range of sport and fitness pages.
Mindfulness glitter jars
The glitter jar represents the mind settling. It's a great afternoon activity that children can keep coming back to as a mindfulness practice. They can also be used as a timer for calming down.
Use your creative skills to create some Easter crafts.
Write a film review
Have you seen a great film that you would like to recommend? Can you write a review in 100 words or less? Check out the website for more details. Ensure you have permission from your grown-ups at home.
Blue Peter badges
Have you ever wanted to earn a Blue Peter badge? This link tells you all about the 8 different badges you could apply for. The application process for each badge is different, so click on the link and follow the instructions on how to earn a Blue Peter badge.
Penguin Watch are partnering with WWF and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to ask you, the public, to help count penguins from aerial photos taken with drones and planes. This is real life scientific research and the scientists need our help to analyse their data! A special camera was used to capture high resolution images of 140 colonies of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins (collectively the brush-tailed penguins) along the Antarctic Peninsula. Some of these colonies are so difficult to get to that they haven’t been visited for 50 years! The images contain unprecedented detail, giving us the opportunity to gather new data on the number of penguins in the region. This information will help us understand how they are being affected by climate change, the potential impact of local fisheries and how we can help conserve these incredible species.