It’s Freezing!

We’re in the middle of winter now, so expect some freezing weather, brrrrrrr! This month we should have some weather which is cold enough for you to create some fantastic ice art. You don’t need anything special to create them – just things you can find around your home, in a garden or even a local park. So, here’s a challenge to test your creativity skills – how many different or unusual objects can you include? Can you create a theme in your frozen art? Perhaps the objects could all be the same shape, the same colour, or totally random?

Hang your icy mobile outside in your garden on a tree or near the window and watch as it gradually begins to melt. Once you’ve mastered the technique, try using different shapes and patterns to make a longer icy mobile! Make your icy mobile on a really frosty night to make sure it freezes! You can always use the freezer if it’s not cold enough outside instead.

You will need: Saucers, lids, plastic bowls or pastry cutters
A tray or plate
A range of objects  

Step 1: Ask an adult to help you choose a few different objects to freeze. They could be items from home or you could collect some natural objects (leaves are great) on a daily walk?

Step 2: Place 3 or 4 jam jar lids, little trays or pastry cutter shapes on a tray or plate. Arrange the shapes into a row on the tray, leaving small gaps in between.

Step 3: Place your chosen items one in the middle of each shape or lid. Take a piece of string and lay it over the shapes to link them together, making sure that the string goes right into the shapes allowing the string to freeze into each one. Carefully fill each shape with water.

Step 4: If it’s below freezing outside, put the tray on a flat surface outdoors and leave overnight if possible (remember you can use the freezer if it’s not chilly enough!).

Step 5: Once your icy mobile has frozen, gently remove the ice from the shapes (you may need to use a little bit of warm water to ease them out – ask an adult to help you as this might be a little tricky!)

Step 6: Why not hang your frozen artwork somewhere, so that you and your family can take a closer look? Outside is perfect, especially on a cold

day so it won’t melt too quickly. Take a close look – what can you see in the ice shapes as well as your object?

Step 7: Why not have another go? You could try adding a drop of paint or food colouring to the water you add to each object. Can you create a rainbow?

Remember that if you complete this you can earn special Children’s University credits!

Valentine’s Day Challenge

14th February is known is Valentine’s Day and is traditionally the day that many people show how much they love others. The history Valentine’s Day is unclear – there are lots of different stories about who ‘Valentine’ was and why the day came to be named after them. But what we do know is that it’s always good to show people how much they mean to you. It doesn’t have to be with large, expensive presents either! A simple note, a card, a letter, a message or even an email goes a long way to brightening up someone’s day.

But this challenge is all about telling someone why they’re important to you, what makes them special to you. Perhaps it’s a parent or someone else who looks after you? Maybe it’s a brother or sister, auntie or uncle, grandparent, or another member of your family? It could even be a friend. So, get creative and think about why they’re special to you – what is it that you love about them? You might want to say thank you for something

You will need: (all optional) Paper, pencil, colouring pens, phone or camera  

Step 1: Decide who your Valentine’s message will be for, then think about WHY you want to give the message to them. You might want to brainstorm a few ideas first?

Step 2: Think about HOW you’ll tell them all those wonderful things. Will you write a poem? Could you draw a picture of them and write all your thoughts around the edge? Will you make a Valentine’s Card for them (you could make a card like this at any time of the year though)? Have a look here for some good ideas…

Step 3: Maybe you could ask an adult to help you record your message on a phone, maybe even a video message? Think about what you’ll say – you could read your poem if you’ve written one, or even just a simple message about why they’re special to you. Make sure you speak slowly and clearly – we don’t want them to miss your special message!

Step 4: Make sure you give or send your Valentine’s message to your special person. You could post a poem, picture, or card to them, or if you’ve created a video or sound message, ask your adult to send it to the other person.

Remember that if you complete this challenge you can earn special credits for Children’s University!

Friday Mentions

We have reached the end of another brilliant week of Home Learning. I am so proud of how hard you have all worked this half term. It was tricky to choose who received certificates this week.

Home Learning Heroes

We have some familiar faces receiving certificates this week. These children are making a consistent effort to complete their home learning tasks and should be very proud of themselves.

This week, even more children have been trying their best in zoom lessons and have been sending their learning to me. I think it will be tricky to choose next week!

Home Learning Mentions

We have had another super week of Home Learning in Jet Class. So many of you are putting in maximum effort which makes it tricky to decide who gets these certificates. These 3 learners have gone the extra mile this week – congratulations!


Did you know you can still earn Children’s University credits whilst you are at home? As we are spending lots more time at home, I am going to set you some more challenges which you can complete with your families and earn Children’s University credits too! This challenge was inspired by the snowy weather we have had this week.

You will need:

Challenge: Snowflakes

Step 1: Ask an adult to help you with this challenge. Take a square piece of white paper and a pair of scissors, and listen carefully to your adult’s instructions. They might need to help you using the scissors, but they can’t show you an example (they might want to make one beforehand!) or help you by pointing or touching your paper!

Step 2: Fold your square of paper in half to make a rectangle

Step 3: Fold your rectangle in half again to make a square

Step 4: Fold your square diagonally, to make a triangle

Step 5: Cut 3 triangles out of each side of the paper triangle, or you can choose any shapes you like!

Step 6: Unfold your paper carefully to reveal your paper snowflake! Is it the same as your adult’s? How good were their instructions? Were you able to listen carefully? How hard was it just using auditory (listening) learning skills? What would have made this easier? Why not try making another snowflake by cutting different shapes from the edges of the triangle?

I know how creative the children in Jet Class are so I know they will enjoy this! Send your pictures to the class email or add to Tapestry to receive your credits.

Home Learning

Jet Class have really started to settle in the new routine of working at home. Here is a selection of some of the fantastic work they have been doing.

In Literacy, we have been listening to the story of Traction Man. We have created our own characters, used things in our houses to make our own scenes from the story; and written voiceovers, thank you cards and diary entries.

In our History Topic we have been learning about toys from the past, thinking about toys we play with now and designing toys for the future!

We have also been getting creative, and enjoying the winter weather!

Keep up the amazing work, Year 1!

Children’s University

Before Christmas, we were set a home learning challenge to make Elves from an old toilet roll tube.

Here are some of the amazing creations which Jet Class made!

These children will all receive special children’s university credits. An amazing effort!