Today's theme is: the Ocean (but don't tell the kids yet!)
Hi nannies and parents! Here’s your daily schedule for Wednesday. You don’t have to follow this exactly (or at all if you don’t want to), and the timings are just there as a guide. But we hope it’ll give you some ideas and inspiration – you may need to adapt some of the suggestions depending on the age of the children.
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9am – Get active!
Follow along with this livestream for some fun PE activities to burn off some energy at the begining of the day.
9.30am – Go on a virtual field trip
Take a virtual trip to an aquarium to learn about underwater ecosystems. When the guides have finished explaining the food chain (10:05), pause the video and make a diagram to show the food chain you learned about. We've made a sheet that you can print out, cut out the pictures and arrange them in order. If you don't have a printer available, or you'd like a challenge, try drawing the pictures yourselves on a piece of paper. When you're done, play the video again where you left off, and as the other children ask their questions, think of some of your own. When the video is over, find the answers to your questions by looking in any non-fiction books about the ocean you have on-hand, or look online. While you're researching, see if you can find the names of five oceans and locate them on a map or globe.
10.30am – Have a morning snack
Prepare a morning snack with the children. Fruit is always a healthy and tasty option. Get the children involved in washing any fruit or veg you prepare, and if it's age appropriate and the parents are happy for you to do so, the children can help you cut up the fruit. Here's a guide on safe cutting techniques to use with primary school aged children.
11am – Writing
If the school have sent home any homework for the children, now's a great time to do that. Otherwise, why not write a diary entry about your virtual trip to the aquarium. Before you start, remind yourselves of the format for a diary entry. Make a list together of the things you need to include.
12pm – Have lunch
Prepare a healthy lunch with the children. Again remember to really get the children involved. Here's a break down of ways children of different ages can help.
1pm – Maths
If the school have sent home any homework for the children, now's a great time to do that. Otherwise, why not try making up some number problems based on underwater creatures? Year 1 children should be able to add and subtract numbers up to 20, so you could create problems like “If there are 18 fish in the exhibit, and 5 swim away, how many are left?" For a Year 6 child, you might try something like “There are 60 fish in the exhibit. 1/5th of them are clown fish. How many clown fish are in the exhibit?” Look up the skills the children you’re looking after would be learning at school, and try incorporating them into your questions.
2pm – Get active
Remember, children normally have outside play at break and lunch times at school to burn off some energy, so we need to give them opportunities to do this at home too. Use the garden if the family have one. If you can't get outside, why not try some of these indoor Finding Nemo themed activities.
3pm – Craft
Wash some of the plastic waste you collected earlier, or pick some out of the family's recycling bin. Once it's clean and dry, use it to make a piece of art, reminding us of how plastic can impact the ecosystems in the ocean.
3.30pm – Quiet time and afternoon snack
This is when the children would normally be finishing school so they're likely to be tired. A bit of quiet time and a snack is a great way to mark the end of the structured day and signal to the children that their free time is about to start. Why not wind down with a guided meditation?
3.45pm onwards – Do what you would normally do after school
Let the children lead imagination games, play their favourite games, and read their favourite books. Stay connected with others by joining online challenges and prompts.
Draw With Rob – Each day Rob posts a tutorial on Twitter teaching children to illustrate. He encourages children to share their creations.
Emma Scottschild Art Club – Each morning Emma will set a task and then asks families to share their creations at the end of the day.
30 day Lego calendar – This printable calendar gives you a new Lego challenge every day.