South Brent Primary School

South Brent Primary School

Wider Curriculum

Friday 24th April 2020


Let's get dancing again this Friday - Just Dance - I like to Move it


Pirate Ships 



Today, we are going to learn a bit more about the making of a pirate ship. 


Watch the linked video to take a tour around a replica of the Golden Hind that is moored in Brixham Harbour.


Below, I have attached a Pdf with a some key information about pirate ships. I would like you to have a look at this and then draw (or print and complete the ship attached) a basic pirate ship and label the parts (e.g. sails). 

Thursday 23rd April 2020


Take a little time out to relax and unwind:

Treasure Box | A Guided Meditation for Kids | Peace Out



Before you start on today’s activity, have a go at these online quizzes to see if you remember any facts about Sir Francis Drake from yesterday:

Quiz 1 

Quiz 2


Sir Francis Drake's Knighthood

As you may have learnt, Drake was the first English explorer to sail around the world, or to use a rather long word, circumnavigate.



He was one of the most successful pirates of his time and helped to build up England’s power during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It was in 1577 when Queen Elizabeth sent Drake on his around-the-world voyage. In 1580 he returned to England with his ship loaded with treasure. Queen Elizabeth rewarded Drake by making him a knight.



To recognise and celebrate Drake’s achievements, I would like you to design a special medal.

To do this, think about Drake's significance and try to show this within your design. You therefore may draw a mini version of his ship, a map to show his route, a mini portrait of Drake or a collection of the treasure from his journey – it’s up to you. Once you have drawn your medal design, colour it in neatly.


I have attached a template of a medal if you so wish to use or you can draw and design your own shape.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020 


Pedro the Penguin Goes to the Fun Fair | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!


Sir Francis Drake



Today, we are going to be finding out about a famous pirate called Sir Francis Drake. Drake was a local pirate, born in Tavistock, Devon and you can see a replica of his ship, The Golden Hind, in Brixham. 


Sit down with an adult and talk through some key facts about Drake – I have attached a Pdf all about his significance below or feel free to do a Google search too - and find out as much as you can. 


Things to think about: 

  • when was he born?
  • when did he die?
  • why is he a well-known (significant) pirate?
  • do you think he was more of an explorer (like Christopher Columbus) rather than a pirate?
  • why is he a 'sir'?
  • what was his ship like?


I would like you to use the information you have found to create a mini fact-file about him. In your workbooks, write his name at the top, include a portrait picture, date of birth and death, a sentence to explain his significance and an extra fun fact about him.


Have fun! 

Tuesday 21st April


Remember to join Joe Wicks' PE at 9am on YouTube as often as you can -it's a great way to start the day.  (Or anytime it suits you.)


L.O. To create your own version of an Alfred Wallis picture.


Yesterday, we began to find out about Alfred Wallis, the Cornish artist who loved to paint pictures of boats a hundred years ago.  These days, if you want to buy one of his pictures, it will cost you many thousands of pounds.  However, during his lifetime, Alfred didn’t sell many of his paintings and was in fact quite poor.  Have a look at these pictures (as well as the pictures from yesterday) and see if you can spot anything about them which might suggest that he didn’t have much money.

Did you notice that some of the pictures look as though the corners are torn, and that they are painted on tatty cardboard?  That’s because Alfred Wallis painted his pictures on anything he could lay his hands on! 


Today you are going to create your own version of this picture called ‘Small boat in a rough sea’.


Find yourself a piece of cardboard, just as Alfred Willis might have done.  You could use the inside of a cereal packet, or something similar, and if the corners are a bit tatty and torn, well that’s fine!


Now think about how you are going to draw a boat on a rough sea.  You had a go at drawing a simple boat yesterday, so you can use that method again today, but this time you need to make sure your boat looks like it is on rough sea. 


How has Alfred Wallis made his boat look like it is on rough sea?  Think about the angle of the boat, the sea, sky and the sails.


Now your turn.  Remember yours doesn’t have to look exactly like Alfred Wallis’.  Just take your time and enjoy drawing your own version. 


When you come to colouring your scene, think about the colours Alfred Wallis uses.  Did he use bright colours such as red and blue?  No. You have probably noticed that he used quite a ‘muted’ colour palette (not bright).  He used whatever oil paints he could find and often got them from chandler shops (shops which sell items for boats). Try to use similar colours if possible (resist the pink!).


You could use anything you like to create your picture such as pencils, crayons, oil pastels, paints, chalk.  Try using crayons on their sides.  You could use felt tips for the lines, but try to avoid using them for colouring in a large area as they often start to run out and look messy. 


How are you going to make your sea look rough?  Remember you can use your finger to blend and smudge.  Have fun and don’t worry if you make mistakes, I’m sure Alfred Wallis made plenty!  Just keep going, and even if you’re not happy with the whole picture, there’ll be parts of it you’ll be really pleased with.


Now admire your picture.  I wonder if yours is worth thousands of pounds?! 

And finally… tidy up! yes



Monday 20th April



L.O. To find out about the art of Alfred Wallis and then to draw a simple boat.


To link in with our Pirates topic, our art this term will be based on the work of Alfred Wallis.

Alfred Wallis lived in Cornwall and was a fisherman and artist. He was born in 1855 (during the reign of Queen Victoria) and he died in 1942.


Here he is.  He didn’t start painting until after his wife had died, and by then he was 67!  It's never too late to start a new hobby!

Here are some of his paintings.  Aren’t they great?  What do you think?

Talk to a grown-up about these pictures using these questions…

What can you see in these pictures? 

What do you think Alfred Wallis liked to paint?  Why?

What colours has Alfred Wallis used?

Which is your favourite picture?

If there were sounds for this picture, what would the sounds be?

How does the picture make you feel?

What shapes can you see in this painting?


Now here’s your opportunity to draw a simple boat.  Use this YouTube video link to show you how.  Don’t forget that you could pause the video at any stage if you need time to catch up.  Once you have drawn your boat, enjoy colouring it in.  How about turning it into a pirate ship?  Perhaps including the flag you designed last week?





Friday 17th April 2020 


It's Friday, so lets get dancing with Just Dance Kids - A pirate you shall be 


Find and rescue Freddo!!


A crew of pesky pirates have been up to no good and taken our treasured frog Freddo hostage! They sent me this photo of poor Freddo all tied up and scared on a deserted island. We must find and save him! 



They left me some clues but no map.... 


  1. Go past the palm tree.
  2. Over the raging hot volcano.
  3. Into the dark, gloomy cave. 
  4. Under the long jungle vines.
  5. Around the big rock.
  6. Through the smelly swamp. 
  7. Down the sand dune. 
  8. Behind the foamy waterfall. 
  9. Across the rickety rope bridge. 
  10. X marks the spot!


With no map, this is going to be tricky for us to follow. I would like you to draw a map with all these key physical and human features to show the route we need to take to find and set Freddo free from those terrible pirates! Once you've drawn your map, colour it in neatly and label the features you have drawn. 

Thursday 16th April 2020


Let's get started with a bit of Yoga with Cosmic Kids - Popcorn and the Pirates 


Below are some examples of flag designs from famous pirates. In the table below, you can find out what some of the symbols on the flags mean as they carry very important messages and 'warnings' to other oncoming ships.Can you use the table to work out what some of the flags mean? 



Pirates Symbols and Meanings

Symbol Meaning
Red Pirate Flag Warning sign for no mercy
Skull and Bones Death
Bleeding Heart Slow painful death awaits you
Edward Low (red skeleton) Torment with eventual death
Hourglass Symbol Time is running thin
Nude Pirate Pirates with no shame
Clothed Pirate Most likely stood for pirate captain
Lifted Drinking Glass A toast to dying or to Satan
Horned Skeleton Satan
Weapons Incoming fight


Now, I would like you to have a go at designing your own pirate flag for your pirate ship. Use some of the symbols above to help you. 


Pirate flag template (if you so wish to use)

Wednesday 15th April 2020


Before you get started on today's activity, head on over to this website to learn some key facts about pirates. 


Ahoy there me hearties! Today, we are going to transform ourselves into pirates for the day. There are so many crafty ideas to help you become a pirate - hats, hooks, parrots, eye-patches, cutlass swords - so I have attached some pictures below to inspire the pirate character you are going to become (just use anything you can find in the house - dive into the recycling box and have fun being creative!)





Tuesday 14th April 2020


Let’s get back to joining Joe Wicks for PE at 9am! (Later if you prefer. Find it on YouTube)


As it is the beginning of a new topic, you are going to create a Pirates title page.  Ideally use the page before today’s maths and English work, but don’t worry if you didn’t save one, just use the next available page.


You could have the page landscape or portrait.  Write the word ‘Pirates’ in big letters in the middle of your page (make sure you spell it correctly!).  You can use bubble writing or any type of writing, as long as it is clear.  Colour it in neatly with colouring pencils.  You might want to do a border around your page.  Then decorate your page with anything related to pirates.  Have a think.  What could you include? 


Here are some ideas……




Have fun!

Friday 27th March 2020


We are going to start our wider curriculum activities by doing some more yoga: Squish the Fish – a Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure.

Let’s finish our Easter cards by writing the message inside.  Plan what you are going to write on a scrap piece of paper and ask a grown-up to check your spelling.  Freddo has decided to send his card to his ‘Gran and Grandpa Frog’  and so he has planned to write in his neatest handwriting………


To Gran and Grandpa


Happy Easter


Love from

Freddo xxx


Then write your message in your neatest handwriting inside the card.  How about decorating the border?


Now you’ll need to remember to post your card in time for Easter, if you are sending it to someone not in your house, or if you are giving it to someone at home – I suggest you hide it, but remember where you put it!


Additional Easter activities


I've attached some Easter colouring, dot to dots and word searches for you to enjoy.  Each attachment has several pages, so just choose the sheet or sheets you want to print.


Also, check out Mr Stephenson's page linked below for his latest wider learning activity about Christopher Columbus. He has tasked his class to make the three ships Columbus set sailed with on his voyage. Can you make the ships and retell the story too? 


You could also make a junk model ship out of any recycled boxes you have. Get creative and crafting! 


Thursday 26th March 2020


We are going to start our wider curriculum activities by doing some yoga, so that we can strengthen our bodies whilst enjoying a story: Popcorn and the Pirates – a Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure.

Also, Joe Wicks’ PE lesson live on YouTube at 9am each morning, or do it later if you prefer. yes

For the last two afternoons of term we are going to do some Easter activities.

At Easter we think of new life, as Christians believe that Jesus rose again (came back to life) at Easter. 

What do you think of when you think of Easter?  You probably said chocolate Easter eggs!  You might also have said chicks and bunnies, and some of you may have said spring flowers such as daffodils.


Let’s make an Easter card for you to give to someone on Easter day.  You can make it however you like, using whatever paper or card you have at home. 

I have attached a link which you could print out and use, or, if you can’t print out, it might give you some ideas. 

Or you could cut out some egg shapes and then decorate them with line patterns which I know you are so good at, and then stick your patterned eggs onto your card.  Here’s some pictures to give you ideas.


We will write the message inside tomorrow afternoon so just aim to get the picture on the front finished today.  Have fun and do remember to tidy up afterwards!


Remember, don’t get too excited – Easter isn’t until Sunday 12th April.  Look on a calendar and count how many days you need to wait!

Wednesday 25th March 2020


I took this photo of a tree yesterday afternoon.  Is it deciduous or evergreen?    How do you know?

Yes, you’re right!  It is deciduous.  Deciduous trees, such as oak and horse chestnut, lose their leaves in the autumn, have bare branches during the winter and begin to grown new leaves in the spring.  Whereas, evergreen trees, like holly and fir, are green all year round.  Can you see the evergreen tree in the background?

And this is a picture of a branch of the horse chestnut tree by the river from which we get all those beautiful conkers in the autumn!  Can you see the new leaves beginning to grow on this deciduous tree?  Keep an eye on this tree, as well as the trees you have drawn, to see how they change during the seasons.



How did you get on with your observational drawings of leaves yesterday? 


Today, we are going to have some fun with art.  You are going to be taught how to draw ‘Gregosaurus’ by the author and illustrator Rob Biddulph!

Enjoy being creative. smiley  Perhaps you can design your own cartoon dinosaurs afterwards.


Use this link to access the lesson:

Tuesday 24th March 2020


If you haven’t yet managed to do so, go outside and look at deciduous and evergreen trees, as per the activity yesterday.




Then, let's do some drawing!  Find two very different leaves and look at them closely.  How are they different?  Are they a different shape, colour, texture?  See if you can find out the name of the plant they come from and then very carefully draw each one with a pencil.  Keep looking at the leaf and draw slowly and carefully.  Can you see its veins where water and other nutrients travel up the leaf?  Enjoy.


Also, have a go at Joe Wicks’ PE lesson live on YouTube at 9am each morning. A great way to get your day started.  You can always play it later if you miss it at 9am.

Monday 23rd March 2020

The sun is going to shine this week, so it is a perfect opportunity to learn about plants and the seasons!


L.O. Identify and name some common plants including deciduous and evergreen trees.

An activity to do sometime over the next few days.


What do deciduous and evergreen mean?  Which season are we in?


Have a look outside in your garden, or ideally go for a walk and look at the trees.  Find at least one deciduous and one evergreen tree.  How are they different?  What do you notice about their branches?  Can you see any new growth? 


When you get home, draw and label it in your home learning book. 


Remember the trees you have chosen, as we would like you to return to those trees, if possible, throughout the seasons to see how they change.


Note for parents:  Although we would love our year ones to get outside where possible, we obviously need to ensure that we all practise social distancing, and adhere to constantly evolving government advice.