Please pick your favourite book, which you have read this year.
A story book
Scrap or recycled materials
Activity Choose a location that best suits the feel of your story. e.g. a garden area for The Hungry Caterpillar, or Peter Rabbit Read your story at that location. Bring it to life with sound effects, puppets, or even act it out.
Talk about the characters, locations and items that appear within it. Which parts are the most memorable, and what is it about them that helps you remembers?
Recreate scenes from the story or inspired artwork utilising a variety of materials for small- or large-scale creations. It may be that you recreate individual characters or choose to follow a theme from the story instead.
Caterpillars this week I have added 5 problems for you to have a go at. For 2 of them you will need to use your addition and subtraction knowledge, while the remaining 3 will test your multiplication and division.
Once you have solved them challenge your adults or siblings to have ago. Can you impress them by working out the answers?
Please send in your workings to me, so I can see how you have gone about solving them. Have you used resources or drawings to help you?
What did the Romans wear?
What clothes did men wear in Roman times?
Men wore a knee-length tunic (chilton), either sleeveless or short-sleeved. Roman men wore a cloak over their tunic, which was like a wide shawl that was draped over the shoulder and carefully wrapped around the body.
Important Romans dressed in a long robe called a toga.
When did men wear a toga?
Only men who were Roman citizens could wear a toga. They wore it when they wanted to look smart, like wearing a suit today. The toga was made from white wool or white Egyptian linen. It was square or rectangular in shape and was worn draped around the body. A tunic was always worn under a toga.
Colours were used for special occasions or to show peoples rank. Only the Emperor was a allowed to wear a purple toga. Purple dye was very expensive and so by wearing the colour, an Emperor would be showing off how important he was.
What clothes did women wear?
Women wore a longer tunic which was often ankle-length. Over this the women wore a stola which was a full length from neck to ankle, high- waisted and fastened at the shoulders with clasps.
Rich women wore long tunics made from expensive cotton or silk. They also wore lots of jewellery and make-up, strong scent and elaborate hairstyles. They had specially trained slaves to help them dress. arrange their hair and put make up on their faces.
What did Roman children wear?
Boys wore a tunic down to their knees and a cloak if it was cold.
Rich boy's wore a toga which had a purple border.
Girls wore a tunic with a woolen belt tied around their waists.
Children wore a special charm around their neck called a bulla. It was given to them when they were a few days old.
Can you dress as a Roman for the day?
What are you going to wear? What would all your household wear?
Could you take group photo and send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need:
A few tips:
a) Check which way your foam hand is facing before you glue on your straws. You don't want to accidentally make two right skeleton hands instead of one right and one left – oops!
b) Make sure you leave a large gap between each straw section – otherwise you won’t be able to bend your skeleton’s fingers later on.
c) Leave small space for the chopstick in between the hand bones – this will be added in the next step.
Step 4: Cut five long pieces of wool. Tie a pony bead to the end of each piece. Then thread each piece through one of the four fingers / thumb, and through the corresponding straw in the hand.
A large-eye blunt needle makes this process easier, but you can do it without this if you don’t have one. Leave long ‘tails’, as these are what you will pull on later to bend the fingers and thumb.
Step 5: Flip the skeleton hands over, and paint bones on the other side using white acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush.
This is is now your time to go and show this off to your family, but don't forget to email in photos of your hands for Caterpillars, Mill Hill and Me to see please.
Can you impress them with some of the facts you might remember when you looked at bones with Mrs Smith, as well as the ones below?
You have three bones in your fingers, but only two bones in your thumbs! These bones are called phalanges.
The tips of your finger and thumb are called distal phalanges. The middle bone of your fingers are called middle phalanges. The lower bone in your fingers and thumb are called proximal phalanges.
The proximal phalanges connect to five longer bones in your hands, called metacarpals.
There are also 8 bones in your wrist called carpals (but we focused mainly on the hand and finger bones this time.)
Can you make a set of DIY nature paintbrushes and see what painty patterns you can create?
This outdoor art idea is all about the process. Get outside, go on a nature walk, collect lots of interesting pieces of nature and then get painting!
Collecting your nature for this activity is half the fun. Go on a walk and see what interesting things you can find. Look for different textures and patterns. Talk about which pieces of nature you think will make good prints.
Making the nature paint brushes is easy: Simply attach a piece of nature to each stick using an elastic band (or a piece of string).
TIP: To avoid breaking your pieces of nature put the elastic bands onto the sticks first and then slide your pieces of nature into the bands. Make sure the elastic bands aren't too tight. You may need more than one band to keep your nature in place.