Spring Week

Period: 13-19 April 2020

Spring is well and truly here - lambs are in the fields, birds are singing, leaves are budding and flowers are blooming.

This week we would like you to have a good look around to see what you might find. You can look from your window or look in your garden or look in the park on your walk each day - let's see what you've been missing!

Activities

Spring into Change

Everything around us is changing quickly in these early Spring days, so quickly that each morning you might spot something else.

Print out our Scavenger Hunt Worksheet and see how many things you can 'Find and Do' on your next walk.

Have a look at the trees as you head out on your walk or even from the window of your home.

Can you see the changes in the colour on the trees? What about flowers in the garden or the park.

Can you see tiny buds appearing? Watch carefully as the little birds such as Sparrows take a tasty bite of the tender leaves - given half a chance.

Take some photos and send them in to show us what you see.

Watch the YouTube clip (below) from the Woodland Trust to see the life cycle of a tree through all the seasons in one year.

Life Cycle of a Tree Video

In this YouTube clip (below) from the Woodland Trust you can see every tiny detail of the leaf growing in the Spring.

Leaf Growing Video

Spring into Snap!

It's time for some fun with your family - with a game of Snap!

For this game you can print out our Spring Snap! Template and add lots of colour to the pictures, or you can make your own Snap! cards from scratch.

We are very sure you all know how to play Snap! But just to remind you...

  • The aim of the game is to win all the cards.
  • Deal out all the cards equally to all the players - face down. Each player keeps their cards face down in front of them.
  • The first player turns over their top card and puts it face up to start a pile in the middle.
  • The next player turns over their top card and puts it face up, on top of the card in the middle.
  • This is repeated by each player around the table.
  • When someone places a card that matches the card already on top of the pile in the middle, the first person to notice calls out "Snap!" and wins the pile in the middle.
  • Keep going until someone wins all the cards

Have fun!

YouTube Video: How To Make Your Own Snap Cards

Spring into Twitching

Did you know that someone who watches birds is called a 'twitcher'? And when they are out bird watching they are 'twitching'! Well today you are going to be twitching and we will take a closer look at the birds coming to visit your garden.

Why are we seeing more birds in our gardens in Spring? Birds, such as the Swallow, often migrate many, many miles south in the winter and then return to the same place to nest again in the Spring, so keep a look out for birds trying to repair their nests or create lovely cosy new ones to raise their little chicks.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is an amazing resource for learning all about birds and bird watching.
This week we are going to find out what different birds are coming to your garden, it is best to do this over a few days if you can.
You can watch for birds in your garden by sitting at a window with a good view or by standing very still outside to see what you can see.

Use this excellent RSPB tool to help you count the various different kinds of birds on the RSPB worksheet, RSPB Online Bird Identifier.

Sometimes you can hear a bird but not see it, especially if you don't have binoculars to help you see amongst the branches of a tree. Not to worry - many birds can be identified by their song alone! The RSPB Online Birdsong Identifier is a playlist of the common garden birdsongs for you to listen to and match to a birdsong you have heard in your garden. Remember to listen carefully when you are out on your walk to try and identify any birds close by.

As with many things in nature, birds are amazing and very talented! This clip from BBC Earth on YouTube (below) shows an example of just how amazing!

There are many things you can do to make your garden more wildlife friendly and one of them is to have a Bird Bath. A bird bath is helpful as it helps the bird maintain healthy feathers, it might also attract other birds to your garden, birds that don't like the bird food you have put out and so you wouldn't normally see them.

Follow our simple Make Your Own Bird Bath Guide, and remember to send in a photo!

Spring into Action

During this time of home schooling lots of boys and girls have been encouraged to continue taking daily exercise. Some of us are doing online workouts, some of us are going on a fun walk and some of us are lucky enough to get out on our bicycles.

But why is this important?

When you exercise you get stronger - your muscles get stronger.

Did you know your heart is a muscle? And this muscle also gets stronger when you exercise. A strong heart means each strong beat pumps more oxygenated blood around the body to keep you alive.

So let's look closer at what does your heart does? In this Operation Ouch YouTube clip (below) Dr Xand and Dr Chris explain how the heart works.

What is the difference with your heart beat when you are resting and just after you have been exercising?

You can check how fast your heart is beating by feeling your pulse. The NHS gives great information to answer How do I Check My Pulse.

Now do this very quick activity to find out What Happens to My Heart When I Exercise?.

You need to exercise to have a healthy heart - but it's not the only important thing!

Healthy Eating is also very important for a Healthy Heart.

What do we already know about healthy food? Can you complete this worksheet identifying Foods That Keep Me Healthy

The exciting news is that you can grow your own healthy food! Our friends at the Dundee Green Health Partnership have a video to help you get started!

Also see our other Home Learning Portal information and don't forget to enter our Competition of the Week.

If you have enjoyed these activities please share them with your friends and family.